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Unread 10-21-2005, 08:16 AM
rectocele repair/nerve damage

I am seeking opinions on my complicated issue. I suffered nerve damage during my hysterectomy. (Post op complications caused them have to insert drains twice into my abdomen) Pain and numbness radiate down my leg when i sit. Working is impossible, because i cant sit for 5 minutes without pain. My family doc has put me on Neurontin and it is helping some with this pain. I also have a rectocele. Its uncomfortable but i have normal bowel movements.

Here is my question. I already have nerve damage. I am scared to death a rectocele repair would cause furthur nerve damage. and i cant be really sure which problem is hurting . both can hurt. surgery to fix one can complicate another.

dear sisters, please dont suggest asking my doc. they DO NOT KNOW. i am asking for any input from other sisters who have walked this road. I feel hopeless, in pain, I am out of money and have other family issues... ...any input appreciated and God bless you all!
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Unread 10-22-2005, 08:25 PM
rectocele repair/nerve damage

I had lost alot of sensation in my vagina even before I had my hyst. I now realize it is probably due to my back problem. I had my rectocele and enterocele fixed in Jan. I felt no pain what so ever. I did not become incontinent of stole luckily. I just had a anterior repair and tvt 6 weeks ago. I felt nothing from that surgery either. I am pretty sure I have nerve damage in lower abdoman due to having 4 c sections and the hyst through same incision line. I don't think any of this caused me a problem during my recovery from the rectocele. Unfortunately I still have a terrible time trying to move my bowels most of the time.
I hope my input has helped you a little.
I hope everything turns out ok with you
Peggy
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Unread 10-24-2005, 07:00 AM
rectocele repair/nerve damage

peggy hi. thanks for responding. what do you mean "you felt nothing" from your surgeries? sorry i didnt understand you on that one, do you mean no pain or what/ you said you had tvt, what is that? again thank you.
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Unread 10-24-2005, 06:38 PM
rectocele repair/nerve damage

Katie, I feel exactly the same way you do. I have been
left with pelvic pain for 5 years now, had 2 surgeries
to correct the problem, nobody new what the problem,
was, so they did exploratory, finally a pelvic specialist
found an enterocele, repaired successfully, but I still
have some of the same symptoms that I had when he
did the surgery, and I feel I had the rectocele at the
time he did that surgery. It just seems the body can't
get over the trauma and continues to hurt. The thought
of them cutting on my vagina is just too much to bear, I am so afraid they will create more pain that won't go away, and have scar tissue that will be another problem.
but I am suffering so much, and I don't trust anybody
to really fix anything, or my body to heal correctly. And
you are right, seldom do the Dr.s know anything, they
act dumb as a rock, I have seen many, many of them,
I can't figure how they can charge for the little knowledge they have. I am in the same boat and stressed to the max trying to figure out what to do.
This last week I just crashed from the pain and mostly
the stress of working in pain, taking more pain meds,
which was counter productive. It is just a vicious cycle.
There are people on this road that have had the rectocele repairs maybe they will post. Good luck to you,
and I know your pain.
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Unread 10-24-2005, 11:34 PM
rectocele repair/nerve damage

Jill
If you are having regular bowel movements, I would not have the rectocele repaired unless you are in alot of discomfort.
I had a moderate rectocele and it actually got better once I started exercising more (walking and riding bike).
I also changed my diet to eat more fruits and veggies.
Unfortunately, I listened to a very self-serving doc who encouraged surgery and I went ahead and had my rectocele repaired because I was afraid it would get worse. I have lived to regret it( Never forget docs are a "business"). Rectocele repairs can cause alot of problems, so use caution and do all the conservative stuff first!
Give excersise and diet a chance to work before letting a doc cut into your vagina. Also, always get a second and third opinion and have alot of preliminary testing done to establish what is really going on.
There are different ways to repair these problems, so look into laparoscopy and abdominal aproaches. Try to preserve your vagina as much as possible. It is a very sensitive organ that does not like to be disturbed by a scaple.
Good luck and take care! And don't underestimate the power of exercise, diet and hormones.
Violet
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Unread 10-25-2005, 02:39 PM
rectocele repair/nerve damage

thank you all for replying to my post.

it helps to hear from others who are walking the same long road i am (although i am sorry you are!)

violet, do you think the exercise (walking would be all i can do) strengthens the muscles? I do take hormones, Vivelle Dot 1.0 (cut in half). thanks again. God bless u all!
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Unread 10-25-2005, 05:31 PM
rectocele repair/nerve damage

Yes, I think the walking was a huge help for me. I started walking about 3-4 miles a day, pretty briskly. I would walk to and from work and it was about a 20-25 minute walk each way, depending on how fast I went.
It took a couple of weeks before I started to really notice a change, but when it did the improvement was quite positive.
Violet
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Unread 10-26-2005, 05:32 AM
rectocele repair/nerve damage

thanks violet! (wheres my walking shoes lol)......i will certainly try it, as i need to exercise anyway. I do wonder about the women in my grannys day (she had EIGHT children!)....they didnt have all this surgery and they managed. (maybe they were uncomfortable all the time i dont know) again, thank you SO much!
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