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Unread 06-23-2006, 11:06 AM
Hey Ladies!! Thank God I found this place!


As my name states..I had LAVH last Wed. so I'm just over a week out from surgery. The surgery was fine, but I had a horrible time in recovery. My blood pressure kept bottoming out and my pulse would drop under 40. But, after 36 hours of "scary time" - and being checked out by other docs (cardiologist and internal med) they released me to come home last Friday.

So, here I have been sitting for the past few days wondering if what I have been feeling is normal. Did a search on hysterectomy recovery and VOILA!! found you guys!

I have one big question right now....What is up with the lower back pain!!! My goodness...there are times that it feels like labor pains in my back. I make my kids put pressure on my back when it gets to bad. I have a call into my doc to see if I can use a heating pad. Any advice on this would be appreciated.

Hugs to all of you brave ladies!

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Unread 06-23-2006, 11:12 AM
Hey Ladies!! Thank God I found this place!

the back pain is normal, I had it for two weeks or so after and then it went away unless I did something silly.

I called my doc on it too-the pain was just as if it was with period-so I asked-you took it out so why does it still hurt?

she said that most women tend to hunch over and "guard" the tummy area and your back muscles take over for those muscles. so try to walk upright and that should help.

use a pillow to help support your back and a heating pad to help relax the muscle
Unread 06-23-2006, 11:20 AM
Hey Ladies!! Thank God I found this place!

Thanks for such a quick reply!

About the back...that's exactly what my DH said...not using the tummy muscles so now the back is compensating....of course if it comes from him ...I don't listen!
I vow to try to stand up straigher from this point on. (Actually this smilie is perfect ...my DH is an investigator who has been "policing" me for the past week....I am superwoman don't you know.....where's that darn cape? I think DH hid it!)
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Unread 06-23-2006, 12:36 PM
Hey Ladies!! Thank God I found this place!

Nurse said that it is a very common complaint..I can use a heating pad for 15 minutes at a time.

I'll take relief where I can get it...even if it's only 15 minutes.
Unread 06-23-2006, 12:38 PM
Hey Ladies!! Thank God I found this place!

My doc said the period like pain was because some of the former supporting structures of the uterus were used to support the vaginal vault or just cut loose, and sometimes they spasm as they are healing...Hence the period like pain. Kind of like round ligament pain during pregnancy (I'm going to assume you have children because of your labor comment...if not then please don't take offense.)
Unread 06-23-2006, 12:41 PM
Hey Ladies!! Thank God I found this place!

Makes sense to me. Yes, I do have kids- 2 boys.

Thanks for the info!
Unread 06-23-2006, 12:42 PM
Hey Ladies!! Thank God I found this place!

Ah, yes, the heating pad. I'm glad you're calling in to get advice on how best to use it. Let us know how everything goes, OK?
Unread 06-23-2006, 06:49 PM
Hey Ladies!! Thank God I found this place!

i had my lavh on June 14, 2006. I was also glad to find this place. I am glad to see that I am not the only person in the world with strange things happening.
Unread 06-23-2006, 07:33 PM
Hey Ladies!! Thank God I found this place!

To repeat what my Sisters said, my nurse said the back muscles over-compensate for the tummy muscles for a good while. She said it was absolutely normal and they let me use a heating pad on a VERY (maybe a special pad with a really low setting?) low setting and it was soothing. I also use Biofreeze (like Icy Hot) on my back and that helps an awful lot, too.

I'm glad you found us! Let us know what happens for you.
Unread 06-24-2006, 10:52 AM
lower back pain

I am 16 days post-op, it took until last week for the constant pain to go away. I have noticed that when I "do too much" it tends to come back. My DH & DD has rubbed my lower back for hours it seems. But that's the only thing that helps mine. I tried the heating pad, but it wasn't as helpful. My pain was actually centralized right between my "tush" dimples....so having them rub in little circles was like heaven.

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