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6 weeks post-op - I want to feel better! 6 weeks post-op - I want to feel better!

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Unread 11-01-2007, 09:24 AM
6 weeks post-op - I want to feel better!

I had TAH w/BSO 9/19/07. I needed this surgery due to severe periods (I was bleeding 2-3 weeks of each month), borderline anemic, multiple fibroids, cysts on left ovary and severe lack of energy. I know that once I have recovered I will feel so much better - I am just frustrated with all the little minor complications that keep coming up. By minor complications I mean:

1. had allergic reaction to steri strips, painful and uncomfortable during week 2

2. incision opened up during week 3 and drained til week 5

3. insomnia has been a problem since week 3, I sleep one or two hours at a time, awake for an hour or two...

4. week 5 1/2 - have been noticing bladder leakage.

5. week 5 3/4 - I woke up Saturday morning with a UTI. Luckily I was able to get in touch with the doctor on call with my gyn office. He called in Keflex and pharmacy filled with generic Cephalexin 500 mg. (IS THIS MEDICATION SUPPOSED TO SMELL LIKE SEVERELY ROTTEN EGGS?)

6. week 6 - incision opened again, noticed drainage again a couple of days ago

7. went back to work yesterday (Halloween day), full day - ok but just a little tired after full day and incision area was aching a bit.

So last night (Halloween night) family decided to order pizza for dinner since we were expecting to deal with tricker-treaters. While we were waiting for the pizza to arrive I have a MASSIVE hot flash, first one I have had since week 2 post-op. It was as if someone were holding a fireman's water hose over the top of my head and turned the water on full blast. Previous hot flashes have never been this severe. In addition to sweat pouring out of and off of me I felt like I was going to combust from the heat I felt inside my body. I had an overall sick feeling, dizzy, nauseous, ears ringing, etc. In the midst of this massive hot flash my stomach suddenly does not feel good and I know I am going to throw up. I barely make it to the bathroom and I feel like I am going to have diarrhea too (TMI - sorry). I am on toilet and have trash can in front of me with both vomiting and diarrhea at the same time. This lasted for over half hour. Needless to say I was not interested in pizza when it arrived and the smell gave me the dry heaves for 15 minutes.

I do not know if I picked up a stomach bug by returning to work yesterday and got exposed to something or if the Cephalexin (for the UTI) medication that suddenly smells like severely rotten eggs made me sick. I have been taking this since Saturday night and have only noticed a slight stomach irritation when taking it (I do take it with food), has not been a bad enough irritation to stop taking it - that is until what happened last night.

I do know that this episode last night has my abdomen and incision area very sore and tender this morning. I did not go into work today due to diarrhea (thank God for Immodium...please work for me soon!) and the need to lay down with heat packs on my abdomen today.

Does anyone who currently has UTI have Cephalexin at home? Can you smell your medication (in the bottle) and confirm if it smells like severely rotten eggs? I think I may take the bottle of Cephalexin to my pharmacist today and have them check it just to make sure the medication has not gone bad. This medication did not smell like severely rotten eggs the first two days I had it.
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Unread 11-01-2007, 09:29 AM
6 weeks post-op - I want to feel better!

I'm so sorry to hear about how rough your recovery has been! I would definitely call or see the pharmacist and ask him about the medicine. You could also be having a reaction to the medicine.

I hope you feel better each day. Lots of to you.
Unread 11-01-2007, 09:45 AM
6 weeks post-op - I want to feel better!

Wow. I am so sorry about last night! I hope you call the pharmacy and check that seems weird if it did not smell that way all along. I hope you feel better soon!!
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Unread 11-01-2007, 10:00 AM
6 weeks post-op - I want to feel better!

I'm on Keflex to prevent infection after my fistula repair on Oct 22. It smells like a very strong antibiatic. What bothers me is why on earth did Your doctor release you if you are having so many complicatiions. Open incision is nothing to mess with. I think you need to take care of yourself and go back out on medical leave for a few more weeks. If you keep going the way your are, you make matters worse for you then they already are. I thought I was going through alot, Please check out your meds and please have your dr check you out again.
I think you need more recoupe time.!!

Take care of yourself!!

Unread 11-01-2007, 12:59 PM
6 weeks post-op - I want to feel better!

I'm sorry for your troubles! I took Keflex the first week I was home, and don't remember it smelling terrible, BUT oh my, I had massive amounts of loose BMs.

Went potty 18 times in 2 days, and ended up popping two stitches. That drug was pure H*LL for me.
Unread 11-02-2007, 04:55 PM
6 Weeks Post-Op...I want to feel better (UPDATE)

I was able to get an appointment with my gyn this afternoon. My incision was bleeding/draining again last night and today but with more blood than fluid. Doc says luckily I do not have an infection, continue taking the Cephalexin until gone.

Regarding the bladder leakage my gyn believes I may have a fistula between either the ureter and vagina or between the bladder and vagina. I am scheduled to have IV pyelogram and Cystogram next Wednesday. I had to pick up a prep kit which contains some sort of Phospho Soda to drink and some little pills.

Has anyone here had a fistula between either ureter or bladder to vagina? How was your fistula repaired - larascopically or did you have to have your abdominal incision opened up again? How long was your recovery?

Has anyone here had either a IVP or Cystogram done? Were either of these painful? About how long did your procedure take?

I know that if I have a fistula I will need to get this repaired but I am worried that I will have to miss more work and I am scared of the dye test. I welcome any information from fellow hystersisters experiences.

Thank you in advance for your replies and hugs to all who are waiting, recovering and already recovered.

Unread 11-02-2007, 05:08 PM
6 weeks post-op - I want to feel better!

I am sorry I have not had this experience so I can not answer your questions but I did want to let you know that I am so sorry this has happened! Hang in there I am sure someone on this site will post a similar experience, and hopefully be able to answer your questions. I am glad you went in and got looked at. Hopefully things will go well with your tests. I know you will be anxious waiting until Wednesday. Remember we are here for you. Please bring your worries here I will be happy to listen anytime. Rest and feel better.
Unread 11-02-2007, 05:37 PM
Consolation Hugs

While I can't specifically answer even ONE of your questions, I thought the very least I could do was offer a sincere for all you're going through. Some of us seem destined to not have things go well and I have very much been in the same boat as you.

My "recovery" started with a near-death experience (thanks to a morphine overdose - minor hospital oversight), "mistaken" administration of penicillin-derived antibiotic (I was wearing a BRIGHT YELLOW bracelet saying I'm allergic to Penicillin), severe anemia, a sinus infection, the stomach flu, a pulmonary embolism (back in hosp for three days), anti-biotic induced diarrhea for ten days, terrible dehydration, and finally the death of my aunt, but of course that wasn't related to my surgery.

All I can say is that my heart really and truly goes out to you. Sometimes things just don't go as planned and the whole domino-effect just starts. I know I am personally just thankful at this point to still be alive to talk about all this, find humor in my ills, and to offer support to the very community that got me through what I just laid out (which all took place in the last 17 days...).

My best to you, and I so hope your true recovery begins NOW.
Unread 11-02-2007, 08:53 PM
6 weeks post-op - I want to feel better!

mrswillie - I am anxious for the tests to be done and to know the results.
toastntea - thankyou for the hug. I extend hug to you. Wow! You have been through alot! I know that you and I are not alone in the "domino effect" and I know there are others who have worse problems than me. I guess I just keep waiting for "the other shoe to drop" - the "what next!?!" fear.

I forgot to add to my update that at 10:30 last night my husband was in an accident and we were in the emergency room most of the night. I believe we got home just before 4 am and I have only had a two hour nap in the past 36 hours. My husband will be ok, he has a 3 inch gash in his head that is now held together with staples, luckily no concussion, has a broken finger that is now in a splint and messed up his knee really bad - it is now in a brace and he has to see an orthopedist this coming week. I am thankful he was not hurt more than he was.

I just gotta tell myself tomorrow is another day...

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