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Unread 02-07-2008, 11:12 AM
Hysterectomy dates Jan 21-Jan 28,2008

Did you keep your ovaries?

Originally Posted by sunfinder
My back pain is just always there like a constant pressure kinda pain. I still have some lower tummy aching but I can handle that just not the back pain. I can't sleep because no postiion is comfortable and I have been using the heating pad that helps some but I cant sleep with it on. I have been drinking prune juice use softners and walking around alot so it hasn't been too bad. I have had a few headaches like the ones I would get just before my period starts so I think your hormones must go through an adjustment, its the only thing I can see that would explain the symptoms.
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Unread 02-07-2008, 01:30 PM
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Yes I kept my ovaries but it doesn't feel like ovulation pain. I assume its normal!
Unread 02-07-2008, 01:34 PM
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Originally Posted by braslynch99
My doctor told me that the lower back pain is due to the kidneys being aggravated during the surgery and I also heard from someone else that it is from the way we were on the OP table!

I have been using a heating pad faithfully for the last 5 years because of my pain! I thought I would have to retire it - but I have been using it since I came home from the hospital - it really helps - but it can also bring on a hot flash or two - LOL!
I dont need anymore of the hotflashes! I have been using the heating pad. My nurse told me about the position your in causes back pain but I thought after two weeks it would be gone.
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Unread 02-07-2008, 02:18 PM
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Two weeks today I feel really good. I too get the pain in my back and I am still taking the Motrin 800. I drove today to pick up my daughter from school.

I am returning to work tomorrow for a half day. I am very nervous. I have a 50 minute commute one way. I guess I will drive without the Motrin. My husband already told me if I get there and feel bad he would drive up and get me. He has been awesome. I have been so spoiled but I am ready to get back to life. Going stir crazy here.
Unread 02-07-2008, 03:27 PM
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I know allabout the back pain all too well! So I def understand. Mine was from the gas they pump into your abdominal cavity while in the stir-ups and your bottom end is hanging off the table-very arkward posirion- and the gas actually gets absorbed in soft tissue and causes pain and swelling in some.I just happend to be the SOME...But I am 1wk 2days post op and still having pain in incisions.I popped the end of my glued incision open last night and have been in constant pain.No more bleeding but doc saiys if any fluid comes out to get to er we don't want any infection. I am happy to see so many of us have begun to finally get through the bm thing.
well fast healing to all !
Unread 02-07-2008, 03:29 PM
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I just got back from my 2 week post op, and asked about the back pain. My Dr. told me the same thing about the OP table. Also recommended heating pad, and the massager that I am using is a good idea. It does seem to be getting better. Makes sense about the kidney irritation - and also, my bladder discomfort is likely due to the catheter irritating my urethra. Recommended cranberry juice. Overall, I think that everything I heard from the Dr. today are topics I have read about here.
Unread 02-07-2008, 04:22 PM
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Hello, recovering puntured princesses! I'm 2 weeks + 2 days out, and I'm doing much better than I had anticipated. I wish I hadn't freaked out as much pre-op and saved my energy for post-op! I'm feeling better than I probably should be, and I'm having a really hard time keeping myself down. I want to run wild with scissors in my hands.

A couple of tips from my (bottom) end of the world - Milk of Magnesia works wonders. I still take it every morning, whether or not I feel I need it. They gave it to me at the Castle when I was having trouble "working out my issues", and it worked like a charm. So, I figured, why mess with a good thing. I don't think even now, feeling much better, that I would want to be dealing with BM issues.

DEALING WITH WORK - although I don't recommend it , I had to go to drastic measures to let me boss man understand that I'm not ready to work from home quite yet (foggy head, forgetful, lack of concentration issues, and simply wanting to use my LOA for its intended purpose!). So, late last week, I took a close-up picture of my abdomen and e-mailed it to him (I had a TAH, so it was a pretty gnarly picture). A huge basket of flowers arrived later that afternoon, and he's left me alone ever since! They survived without you before you began work there, and they can survive for a few weeks more while you're recovering. Don't let them pressure you into going back to work (even remote from home) until YOU are ready, and more importantly, until your doctor says you are ready. It's called LEAVE OF ABSENCE for a reason. You need this time to concentrate on taking care of yourself.

Snacks - Loving the Cracklin Oat Bran. This cereal looks just like dog food, but it's a great crunchy treat. It's got a good dose of fiber, and it actually tastes pretty good. I keep a little container of it by my bedside when I want a quick nibble. And remember to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!

Don't forget to send thank you notes to all of your kind caretakers & recovery entertainment staff. What would you have done up to this point without them? You've got lots of time on your hands right now, so this is a great way to pass the time. Although you're looking and feeling better, you are still healing and still need their help, so be sure to let them know how much they are appreciated. It keeps them coming back if they know that their kind gestures are appreciated.

Thanks for all of your support and helpful suggestions. Is this a great site or what? Keep the comments coming! Take care of yourselves, princesses.
Unread 02-07-2008, 04:57 PM
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where and who are these people? Can I hire them?

[quote=Don't forget to send thank you notes to all of your kind caretakers & recovery entertainment staff. What would you have done up to this point without them?.[/QUOTE]
Unread 02-07-2008, 05:08 PM
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P.S. The Pillow Police are out in full force, and they're watching YOU!!

Take it easy, hydrate, get lots of rest, and do not, I repeat, DO NOT overdo it. You only get one chance to heal properly.

You may want to take another look at the post-op progress boards to make sure that you're not doing things on the "NO NO" list. I got busted by the Pillow Police the other day for pushing a shopping cart . . . I don't recall that being on the list (foggy brain when I first read it), but I have since been informed that it is. Dang it!
Unread 02-07-2008, 05:22 PM
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You poor precious princess - I hope that you were just kidding. Hugs go out to you. Luckily, I'm toward the end of the age spectrum of friends, so I'm surrounded by several veteran punctured princesses. They've been supplying me with endless entertainment items to pass the time while they're away at work - coloring books, silly putty, trashy magazines, puzzles, fun movies, prunes (entertainment for them), and good thoughts and prayers.

You're not too far away from me. I may need to send them your way! Please take good care of yourself and keep your spirits up!

Hugs 2 you,

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