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Unread 07-04-2001, 06:07 PM
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Hi there. I have had a partial vaginal hysterectomy of the uterus. I am 6 days post-op (few) I am very lucky that I didnt have cysts or cancer. I had a prolapsed uterus. Darn thing has been hanging down into my canal(what was left of my canal) for 10 years. Mostly having children(4 of them) caused this for me. I also was diagnosed with pelvic relaxation. My perineum wall(between vagina and anal holes) had fallen from its muscle, it needed to be lifted and stitched back up to its muscle. I also had some vaginal repairs. My first child ripped me to shreds and my midwife did a terrible job stitching me. So he fixed that too. I saw a specialist in Boston. I do have a question though about my uterine hyst. I had it removed through my birth canal and was wondering if and how long you bleed for? Im not bleeding alot but Im just wondering. And im all out of my percosette and motrin isnt working. Does anyone know of any otc pain meds that work. I know I should call my doc back but it IS the 4th of july and he cant CALL in more percosette for me cuz you cant call that in. And he is waay down on the cape right now in his summer house(he is a specialist) So here I am and my crotch is killing me. And my lower back and I feel like a pole is going up my butt. The pain isnt really bad but at times(at night and morn)I am alittle too uncomfortable for my own good. Sorry this is long. Im sooooooooo bored doing nothing all day~Teri
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Unread 07-04-2001, 06:17 PM
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I'm so sorry you're feeling dreadful! I would suggest you try to call the doc. He probably has somebody in town covering for him who could write a prescription for you. Or he could allow you to take the maximum prescription dose of Motrin or naproxen and may allow you to take extra-strength Tylenol with it (ask, though. Don't do that on your own!) He may also allow you to put a heating pad on your back, which may help the back pain.

Are you getting plenty of rest OFF your feet? It's important to lie around like a princess. Sitting and standing are very hard on you, particularly with all the work you've had.

I do hope you feel better soon. Please rest and don't be shy about calling the doc when you have pain. You need to have enough pain meds that you can take them pretty regularly at this stage of your recovery. Once the pain gets bad, it's much harder to get under control. Sending a big

Anybody else have any good ideas for getting through the night?
Unread 07-04-2001, 10:16 PM
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When I was at this stage in recovery I was supplementing my Vicodin with 800 mg Ibuprofen every 6 hours. I had a TVH. Please call your doctor. I was on pain meds for about 2 weeks following my surgery, even if I only took it at night to help me sleep. YOu may want to try a heating pad on a low to medium setting for 20 minutes on and then 20 minutes off. Please call your doctor. Even if he is vactioning on the cape, someone has to be covering for him. Although he may not be able to call you in a scrip for Percocet, he may be able to give you something else. You should NOT have to suffer.


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Unread 07-05-2001, 07:14 AM
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Hi Teri,
Denise and Rita both gave you really good advice, so I'm not going to repeat what they said. Except that you should call your doctor if you're in pain (that can never be said enough). I was on pain meds for almost 4 weeks post op, and am still on Motrin (I'm 7 weeks post op today.)
The real reason I'm writing is to welcome you to the post op board -- NEIGHBOR ... I live in northern Mass... it's nice to see another New Englander here. :-)
Hugs, Laura
Unread 07-05-2001, 09:13 AM
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Hi Teri, and welcome to the Post-Op board!

I just wanted to make the point that OTC drugs may not "work" if you are only 6 days post-op. You have had LOTS of repair work in addition to a hyst which is major surgery in itself.

I was on Rx pain meds for more than 2 weeks post-op, and I didn't even have any repairs done. Call your Dr's exchange and get whoever is covering for him, as the other gals have suggested. You need to be out of pain this early in recovery so that you can get better rest, and your body can get to the serious work of healing properly.

My very best to you...

Unread 07-05-2001, 09:40 AM
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Thank You to everyone here. You ladies are all so nice I did call the doctor who is on call for my doc who is on vaca til the 10th. He is calling me back. This IS getting rediculous. I am very edgy and short tempered with my kids/hubby. you can tell when my pain gets bad. I mean im not doubling over but well I guess its worse than I thought. I dont know what to do. What I DO know is whenever I would take a percosette(and I only need one per dose) made me feel much better I have tried xtra stregnth tyleno and xtra tylenol PM but the PM meds make my legs achy and restless and regular xtra tylenol doesnt work Oh well, I am SO GLAD I found this site. I got it from my C.U.P.S. site(for uterine prolase
Unread 07-05-2001, 01:31 PM
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Sorry I cant answer your question,as I had a TAH/BSO but I am sure someone will be along that can.It is good that you called the they can give you something to help.Are you running a fever or anything else unusual,or is it just the pain your dealing with?
Julie(aka julyjewel)
Unread 07-05-2001, 01:36 PM
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No fever just pain and my doctor is on vacation and the doctor on call WONT CALL ME BACK Its not REALLY BAD bending over pain im just VERY uncomfortable. Thank you though I really like this site
Lara, what part of mass? We have friends in prinston MASS.
Unread 07-05-2001, 02:19 PM
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Hi Teri... if you can't get your doctor, or the doctor on call, you might be able to get the nurse on call a lot easier. I generally have better luck with her, sooner than the doctor.
I live in Northern Mass, near the Plaistow, NH line... do you know where that is?
Unread 07-05-2001, 02:38 PM
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hi Teri,
I had the same thing you had.I am 3 wks. post-op. I took the prescription pain killer + 1 refill. I can't say that I'm in pain now, but I am taking tylenol just to help w/discomfort. Getting your feet up helps & the heating pad. The more you do the worse you will feel. Right now you really need to rest. it still hurts me to sit...I still use a soft pillow everywhere I go.
I can feel some stitches too, so mine haven't dissolved yet....don't know what is going on inside
I know it gets boring at times, but I fiqure my body needs this rest up time.
Be careful & call your dr. if you think you need more pain RX. Everyone is different & I think every surgery is unique as far as recovery time.

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