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Unread 02-11-2005, 01:44 PM
Painful Bowel Movements

I'm about a week and 1/2 post-op and have had no problems, except for a bladder infection so far. Yesterday was a terrible gas day for me. I continue to take stool softeners and they are working, but yesterday afternoon, bowel movements have become painful! Lots of pressure and pain when I go. Has anyone else experienced this? Should I be calling the doctor? I've noticed that since this, I've had a very little pink spotting from the vagina.
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Unread 02-11-2005, 02:08 PM
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Hey Rebecca...

I remember the gas and BM pains well. For me, these lasted about three weeks. I took Magnolax and drank prune juice. Ate raisins and increased my fibre intake. Also .... and this was key for me.... I drank LOTS AND LOTS of water!!!

Try to stay away from carbonated drinks and gassy foods like broccoli, beans, cabbage, etc. Also, dairy products can be constipating too.

If you are straining during a BM, it might be causing you to bleed a little. As long as it is not bright red and a lot of it, you should be okay.

Always, when in doubt, call your doctor for peace of mind.

Best of luck. It does get better eventually.

Unread 02-11-2005, 02:30 PM
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Hi, Sarah!

You know what's funny? I had beans two nights in a row for supper and that's when I started having the painful BMs! I'm careful not to strain mostly because I read posts here from other women who had bad experiences from doing it themselves! Thank God for this website and all you wonderful women!

Hugs right back atcha!
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Unread 02-11-2005, 03:05 PM
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Hi, This is my first post to the HysterSisters website. I had my surgery on Feb 1, 2005 and so far have had no problems with the exception of occasional pain because of constipation. I was able to get off the pain medication after a week but am still taking Colase to help with Bowel Movements. Before going into surgery I had read so many horror stories about recovery, so I was a little scared going into this. After coming home I did absolutely nothing until my follow up today. I think that may have been a good thing. It is easy to forget, however that I did have surgery just over a week ago because mine was a vaginal hysterectomy so there are no outside scars. As far as the constipation, I to have stayed away from carbonated drinks and anything that would add to the problem. Water has been my best friend since the surgery. The pains from constipation can be extremely intense. It does get better, to be honest I was just happy to have a bowel movement because it took me about 5 days to have one. I was so excited I had to leave a note for my husband, he thought I was a little crazy. So far, this has been the best thing that I could have done for myself. Just knowing that I am not going to have to deal with all the pain and bleeding each month has been beyond wonderful. Thank you for this wonderful website and to all the wonderful people that have shared there stories.
Unread 02-11-2005, 03:33 PM
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Hi, Syndey, I'm so glad to know that you are recovery nicely. I had a TAH/BSO so my recovery is going a little more slowly. I just find it difficult to lay down for long periods of time during the day, but DUH, when I do, I feel so much better. I've been out twice in the past two days. I had friends drive me, but it was probably too much, even the short excursions I thought were necessary.

I haven't had any problems with constipation at all. But even though the BMs are soft, they are still painful these past two days. I guess that's what made me so nervous. I coughed really hard without thinking today and OBOY! that HURT!!!! All the way down to my V. Come to think about it, that's when I started spotting just a tiny bit.

I think it's a combination of the roughage, the outings and the coughing. If it doesn't stop or gets worse, I'm going to call the dr.

Here's to us continuing with smooth recoveries!
Unread 02-11-2005, 03:48 PM
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I was not constipated the first week home, yet the BMs as they found their way out were painful.

After the first week they did not hurt as bad.

I took stool softeners every day and did not strain.

Unread 02-11-2005, 03:52 PM
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This may be kind of graphic - apologies.

I am having OK bm's now. However last week, I was in hell. It wasn't a matter of consistency, my stools were soft. It was a matter of getting everything working again. I read elsewhere that the rectum can get roughed up or damaged during surgery and the nerves don't know how to coordinate with the anus. So daily, I would feel this tremendous load inside my rectum which would painfully move forward to the anus...and then nothing. I refused to strain.

At first I thought I had to get fiber to make it move or drink prune juice - so I did that. My doctor also had me take first a teaspoon of Milk of Magnesia morning and night and then increased it to a tablespoon. He told me to stop when I had the bowel movement. I think this is because it's pulling moisture from us to add to the stools. Be sure to drink lots of water.

It took a couple of days to realize that the peristalsis (movement of your bowels) had to re-learn what to do. Some of the best advice I read was from someone who was told by a nurse to rock. I rocked at home in my recliner and I rocked on the toliet seat. It was sometimes painful but I envisioned the stimulation sparking the nerve endings to respond. Soon they did. Each time I had a bm, I passed bigger amounts. The pain decreased each time. (Not sure how scientific this is - maybe it was just time!)

I think that one needs to know if one is constipated or if one's experiencing what I experienced - the relearning of having a bm. You may need to soften your stools and that's all. Or you may be like me and have to be patient while your body connects it all up again. I never had a child but I've read elsewhere that this post surgery bowel movement problem is somewhat like that. I so sympathize with you going through this. I thought I'd die!

Hang in there, don't force it, call your doc if you worry. Remember it's the only time we have to heal right.
Unread 02-12-2005, 12:51 AM
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I had lavh/bso (kept 1 ovary) rectcyle repair and sling on 2/2/2005. I have not had a bm withouth a suppository. I know exactly what you are talking about! Gets just so far and then forget it! I can walk and walk and be so sure and then nothing. My mother had the rectcyle repair after her tah and they told her to take sitz baths to help, but since in had my lavh together with my repair I am leary about because I was told no baths. I did strain almost every time, but I was desperate and paid for it with the pain meds. What a catch 22, the thing that causes it also is what I need to recover from it! I am worried about how long I can go with out one! I do take the softeners and that helps, I am not constipated, just cant seem to make my body remember what to do. When should I contact my doctor about it? Thx for your help.
Unread 02-12-2005, 11:41 AM
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"So daily, I would feel this tremendous load inside my rectum which would painfully move forward to the anus...and then nothing."

Not to make light of a painful situation, but when my husband told me the correct medical term for these kinds of stools is "turtles" I almost fell off the pot laughing.

Unread 02-12-2005, 12:02 PM
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Thanks for the belly laugh (which I am happy to report i can now do without pain-usually)!

I am once again so glad to see that all this is normal--I have been using "flohsamen" in German--which as near as I can tell is called Psyllium seed in English. It is very gentle and natural and very helpful. But for about a week I felt like I could fell each inch of my bowel as it came into action and filled in the dead space at the end of the trip!

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