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7 days post-op with alot of questions ~ help? 7 days post-op with alot of questions ~ help?

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Unread 02-26-2008, 09:00 AM
LSH 7 days ago Help??

Hello everyone
I have alot of questions, I hope that is okay
I have never been to this site and I hope I am doing this right?
Okay how should I be feeling?
Why is my poop yellow and burns? I know its graphic but
I don't know how else to put it
Why do I have so many canker sores in my mouth?
Did everyone wake up to extreme pain the day of surgery?
How long did everyone take meds?
Why is my stomach so upset?
When should I be feeling better to take care of my 5 kids?
I think I have to poop again what is my problem?
Please help?
I am I doing the thread wrong? I think I am replying is that what I am suppose to do?
My Husband just said okay the women on here are thinking that is one crazy chic from Wisconsin talking about her poopLOL
Thanks
I hope I can figure out how someone would reply to this?
Thanks
Charlize
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Unread 02-26-2008, 09:19 AM
7 days post-op with alot of questions ~ help?

charlize,
what kind of hysterectomy did you have? i can't help you with the poop color but i do know that its not the most comfortable thing in the world to do. i am taking stool softeners to help. ........pain med- i take mine every six hours as perscribed or else i am in lots of pain. the abdominal pain on my right side is the worst- i just keep praying i haven't injured myself sneezing and coughing. there are many people on here that will give you their opinions-its a great site-you can go to the post -op section and start a new topic for your own thread.
yes, i had extreme pain after surgery but was taken off the morphine because of complications the next morning and put on darvocet which is working fine most of the time. i do feel much more alive today than i did the other days so i am sure relief is coming for you. i will keep you in my prayers.
call your doctors if something doesn't seem right though. better to err on the side of caution
blessings
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Unread 02-26-2008, 09:57 AM
7 days post-op with alot of questions ~ help?

Charlize,

I can help you with some of your questions.

I know I woke up in alot of pain. I think that is normal. I am 2 weeks post op and still have pain everyday.

Your poop is yellow and burns because it is made up of mostly bile and stomach acid. I had the same problem. It is normal when your bowels have been sleeping and suddenly wake up. It will regulate itself soon. I am still pooping very often, which is not normal for me, but it all takes time. You may find you are only pooping a very small amount at a time and that is normal too. Don't fret - your body has been through alot and it is just reminding you of that.
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Unread 02-26-2008, 10:22 AM
7 days post-op with alot of questions ~ help?

Charlize,

Taking care of kids includes cleaning house, doing laundry, cooking meals, washing dishes, shopping, etc. You shouldn't do any of those things until you've had time to heal ( I had a total abdominal hysterectomy and the most I did was fold clothes for the first couple of weeks). Enlist your older kids to look after the smaller ones. Tip: Whenever one of my kids says they don't want to do something, I always smile at them and say firmly "It's OK, you don't have to WANT to do it, you just have to DO it." Recovering from major surgery is lots of work even though it may seem like you're not doing much. Drink lots of fluids and walk as much as you're comfortable doing. The pain meds may be causing the nausea. Make sure you don't take it on an empty stomach. If it persists, call your dr. He/she has meds they can prescribe for it.
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Unread 02-26-2008, 10:53 AM
7 days post-op with alot of questions ~ help?

I had the sores on my tongue post op. The doctor said it was from stress most likely. They went away without any treatment. Hope yours do too.

Kay
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Unread 02-26-2008, 10:56 AM
7 days post-op with alot of questions ~ help?

Hi Charlize
I woke up to extreme pain, my doc says that is common after general anesthesia because once you are off the general yo uhave no pain medicaiton in you and so then when they get the morphine going it takes a while to get on top of the pain. People who had epidruals probably didn't experience this.
I took an IV painkiller in the hospital; at home I was given prescritpions for percoset and motrin. I was still taking an occasional percoset in my 3rd week of recovery and continue (today its a full 3 weeks) to need motrin around the clock. This is major surgery, so it takes a while.

YOu should really check out the "checkpoints" for what you can do at different stages of recovery and also talk to your doctor. Please particularly read about adhesions--even when you are feeling better you need to take it easy and not lift stuff for 6 weeks or you will develop internal scars that can force more surgery down the road.

I don' t know how old your kids are; mine are 16 and 10 and I ask them to do many of the things I can't do like take out pots I need and take out the garbage and to run errands up and down stairs for me sot hat I don't over do stairs (although I do go up and down them, but not for every last thing...I just decided this was a good time to teach my kids to do things like sweep and cook dinners.
I bet the canker sores are because you have a lowered immune system post surgery but if they continue ask your doc.
Deb
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Unread 02-26-2008, 11:33 AM
Thanks so much

I had a LSH on 2/19/2008 Sorry if I didn't state that.
Can you please tell me how to start a thread because some nice person told me i was kind of doing it wrong, and i don't know what i am doing??
Thanks for all the pointers
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Unread 02-26-2008, 11:43 AM
7 days post-op with alot of questions ~ help?

I am not sure about the sores in your mouth. But I was in a extream amount of pain the day of my surgery. What didn't help is I couldn't have morphine I am alergic so they had to give me something else in my Iv I cant remember demeral or darvecet not to sure but I know it didn't work to well for my pain. I stopped taking my pain meds about the end of my 2nd week post op. I am in my 5th week post op now and still have some pain, mostly on one side when I walk or sit. I posted something about it but no one answered that yet. I do hope your recovery goes well. You are in my preyers.... I myself have just started cooking and driving this week. I was not feeling to well for a while with one of my sides constanly hurting I didn't want to push it. So my advice is listen to your body don't over do it... Im not sure about the yellow poop but I know it took my body a long time to get back to normal with my bowel movements. Everyones body is different it may take some people a little while longer then others.
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Unread 02-26-2008, 11:45 AM
7 days post-op with alot of questions ~ help?

Everyone talks about poop on this forum & I doubt anyone will think you're crazy for it! I don't know what to say about the particular problems you are having with that, though. If you're really concerned, a call to your dr. would not be a bad idea.
I woke up in recovery in EXTREME PAIN. I normally have a pretty high pain threshold and I felt like someone was stabbing me. Turns out, I don't respond to morphene, but they found something that did work for me, but it took about 4 hours to get pain under control and get me out of recovery.
After that, smooth sailing. After the first 24 hours, very little pain. I was off the narcotic pain medicine in a couple of days. Maybe it would help to take your medications with food or milk? My stomach is really sensitive & the stuff they gave me in the hospital and the vicodin they sent me home with made me nauseous.
You are still very new post-op & should not be putting pressure on yourself about when you will be ready to take care of the house and kids. Hopefully, your husband and older kids (?) are helping you out. I have felt better every day and every week I notice a difference and want to do more, but I have not pushed myself (much). I only have one teenager & I'm sure that's a BIG difference from having 5 to look after. Take it easy and let your body rest. You will feel better for it on down the road.
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Unread 02-26-2008, 12:17 PM
7 days post-op with alot of questions ~ help?

Charlize - I have a lot of experience with canker sores. They can be caused for several reasons. Too much acid in the stomach is one, which some of the medications we are put on can cause. Stress is another reason, which definitely goes along with the surgery. And, for me, I can get them when I am allergic to something. Certain meds, like Ibuprophen cause me to react that way. But as frequently as I have had them in the past, I haven't had any since my surgery which really surprised me. Anyway, if they continue to bother you I would ask the doctor about it.

If you want to reply to this thread, just hit the "new reply" icon in the top left corner. Or if you want to start a new thread with a new question or comment, go back to the catagory you want - like POST OP - and hit the new thread icon. I am just learning this myself so don't feel bad. This is a place where no question is silly and you can just put your feelings out there. That's why it is so helpful. We get a chance to vent here where we may not otherwise be able to.
Relax as much as you can, and let others do for you. I know with 5 kids you aren't used to that but for your own good AND theirs, you need to think about yourself for a change so that you can heal properly and get over this as fast as YOU can, not as fast as someone else thinks you can or should. My prayers are with you!

Oh, yeah, if your husband thinks you are crazy for talking about your poop, then there are a lot of crazy women all across the US and other countries talking abou the same subject!!
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