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Unread 09-15-2006, 02:38 AM
Low pelvic pressure

One of the reasons I had my vag hyst on 9/5 was constant pelvic pressure (I would say heavy pressure versus using the term pain). It used to be only when I had my period or ovulation or if I stood on my feet too long or something like that. Over the last year, the pressure and pain got worse and was occurring every day. I have had a 20 year history of some kind of problem or other with just about zero dx to call it. Heavy periods, pain, vaginal irritation, blah, blah, blah. So, we decided to get that uterus out of there. Of note, last summer, I had a urethra sling surgery because I was piddling every time I sneezed, etc. I had no complications from that surg. The only thing is that ever since that surg, if I hold my urine too long or if I am irritated for some reason, my flow is slow to start and it is more or less trickly instead of a stream. Whatever...better than piddling all the time.

So, about 4 days after my surgery on 9/5 I noticed the only pain I was still having was way, way low right in front of my pelvic bone. It seems more like pressure, similar to what I used to feel on my cervix, only farther forward. it is not unbearable. So, I figured maybe that is where all the work was done for this hyst on 9/5 and that is the part that is healing the most. Plus, maybe i overdid it with walking or sitting upright. Otherwise, I feel pretty good. I can't tell if I am having any bladder trouble...my flow is still slow, but not painful or any other big red flags. The only other thing is that my bowels have not started working on their own. The doc told me to do a fleets enema last weekend if no BM and again every 3 days if no BM jsut to keep things moving. My bowels have always been slow and I am one of those people who "goes" every other day or third day, not daily. So, I am not surprised that my BMs are slow moving. to appease my DH, I did the enemas as the doc requested. Not my favorite thing to do!--yuk!) He visualized my bowels exploding. I have my post op on Monday.Now I am wondering if my bladder is involved and if I am still going to have trouble even though this uterus is gone. Sigh.

Before the hyst and over the last year, I have had very little luck in finding info on pelvic pressure. Everything online refers to pain and specific stuff like that. I contstantly feel like I had a brick or a bowling ball sitting on my cervix, just waiting to fall out. It affected my daily movement. i could not lift, I waddled, and sitting upright and even laying in bed would cause the pressure. No evidence of prolapse, endo, etc. We are waiting to see if the path report from the uterus shows adenomyosis.

Just curious about folks and this pressure thing and if anyone has any thoughts to share on it!
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Unread 09-15-2006, 06:20 AM
Low pelvic pressure

I have the same type of 'pressure' when I wake up in the morning. I figured it was just the stress on the muscles in the area post-op (and so early post op) to having to support a full bladder. Like you, its a slow go in the mornings but improves from there.

I had had the same issue with worrying about peeing if I sneezed but it was only in the days up to my period starting. I figured my hyst would take care of that and never addressed it further. I hope I was right.

I assume you mentioned this to your Dr on Monday and Dr wasn't concerned. I am not for myself either at this point. I decided I would mention it in passing to Dr next Monday but give my body 2 months to recover. If its still an issue then, I will follow up on it.

There was a post last night kind of talking about this and someone said the bladder issue cleared for them about 2 months out.

Even with regards to your BM situation, you've made your Dr aware of what is going on and it is so early in your recovery. Keep in mind, if you are still on pain killers, this will add to your situation. Are you on stool softners? These helped me greatly. At 10 days I stopped taking them and have now switched to flax seed oil soft gels 3 times a day.

Best wishes to your continued recovery.

Julie
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Unread 09-15-2006, 11:40 AM
Low pelvic pressure

hi guys- from my personal experience & from what I have seen on here the pressure you are feeling is 'normal' I had it for a bit over a month post op. I think its kinda like swelling inside from the trauma of the surgery. Keep an eye one it & if it doesn't go away in the next few weeks I would certain't address it with your Dr again.
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Unread 09-15-2006, 07:11 PM
Low pelvic pressure

Thanks for the comments!

As for the BMs, I have been taking stool softeners twice a day since the surgery and zippo! It makes me wonder where they are going? They don't seem to be softening or moving anything in my body! I'm going to dry a fiber related product this weekend and see what happens. My appt is this Monday, so I will let the Dr know what the scoop is. My Dr is great, but it is hard to explain these odd feelings and pressures and pains to a guy!
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