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Unread 03-13-2008, 10:15 PM
The worst part of recovery

I feel your pain! Literally. I will be 3 weeks post op Monday and my pain issues are identical to yours. I have been using Miralax every day with grape juice. I am just curious, are you still using pain medication. Because I think it may have a lot to with the bowel issues. Today is the first day that I was out for any amount of time. I am totally wiped out. There is a medication that my doc prescibed to me for the urethra issues, but I haven't picked it up yet. Doc says it is bladder and urethra spasms. Urination is just as bad today as it was day after surgery. It is bound to get better for us. Good luck.
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Unread 03-14-2008, 12:51 AM
The worst part of recovery

Good Morning, I am new to this posting on this site. I had a TAH with some bladder repair. I have a great deal of pain when I urinate and I have stabbing pains and burning in my ab area as well as a pinching in the groin area. My incision is numb in most spots and very sore on the right side. I called my doctor at 2 weeks and was given Levaquin. I took that and the pain remained. Last week I left a urine sample for my doctor and was told that I have an infection ( enterococcus ) and placed on Macrobid. I take my last pill tomorrow and the pain is still ongoing. I am still taking pain meds everyday,mostly in the evening so that I can get a few hours of good sleep. I dropped off a urine sample again on yesterday so that test results will be in at the time of my next appointment in case I need more antibiotics.

I have not slept through the night since having surgery 2-6-08. I have had a few days where the only pain I have is right after urinating and that pain is bad enough to bring tears to my eyes. I was in such pain last night I considered going through ER. I also have pain in my lower back that the doctor has given muscle relaxers for. I don't have regular BM's unless I take Miralax or Dulcolax.

I feel like an addict as I am 5 wks post op and still taking pain meds. When I called last week for a refill they only gave me 20 pills so I have been dealing with the pain as long as possible so that I can make my meds. last. I have an appointment on Tuesday which will be week 6. I am hoping that he will not tell me that I am released to go back to work because I am still in so much pain most days that I either sleep or take up space on the couch. I only walk a short distance during the day and I try to drink as less as possible so that I don't have to urinate every 20-30 mins.

I have been reading about the progress of others and I feel like I must really be a slow healer. I wish I could walk a mile or resume my regular duties. I think I am a little depressed and scared. I have had 2 C-sections and expected to do as well with this surgery as I did with the other two. I really feel bad for by husband because the last thing I am thinking about as I get close to week 6 is having sex!

Is anyone else going through as much as I am or am I just odd?
Unread 03-14-2008, 06:36 AM
The worst part of recovery

There is also a medication your dr. can prescribe which numbs your urethra. You take it for just 3 days. I was having the same stabbing pain you are describing. This numbing medication really helped, although after I quite taking it, I do still have some pain but not nearly as bad. I didn't have an infection, but this was still prescribed for me along with Macrobid.

I got off my prescription pain meds as early as I could because they cause such horrible constipation. But, I notice that you had an abdominal incision, so that is much more painful than lap. I switched to motrin as soon as I could. I also used mineral oil once to get things going well. You drink it according to the directions on the bottle. This worked great and I only took it once. I've just been using a stool softener when needed.

I think once my BMs got moving regularly, it really helped the urethra pain. I think with the swelling and the poo, there was just a lot of undue pressure on my bladder and urethra. It has gotten better.

I hope you can get some relief and the pain doesn't come back. My doctor says it's not normal or typical to have such trouble after a catheter, so I'm relieved actually to know I'm not alone.

Good Luck.

I had Lap. Assist Vag. Hyst. on 2-14-08, kept ovaries
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Unread 03-14-2008, 09:10 AM
The worst part of recovery

The worst thing(s) for me are:

The tiredness - I am over 8 weeks and it still lingers.
The feistiness - Still not used to the "new" me.
The belly - I am still not fitting my clothes as I would like.

The gas, constipation and incision pain seems a distant memory. It is the stuff that seems to hang on that drives me insane. But overall, I am SO glad I had a hysterectomy! Woo hoo!
Unread 03-14-2008, 09:36 AM
The worst part of recovery

Great Thread, Like most of you the pain associated with bm is awful, the worst part of recovery was the Groggines caused by morphine and percoset. Even when I felt like taking on more, the lightheaded, drowsy state left me bed ridden..
I stopped taking both while in the hospital...
Unread 03-14-2008, 12:03 PM
The worst part of recovery

Absolutely, same pain, I am 10 days post op, and my mornings and evenings are the worst part. I just hope it ends b4 6 weeks, I do not know if I can handle 6+ weeks of this pain. I hope there are people in the world who don't have to go thru this after surgery.
Unread 03-14-2008, 03:06 PM
The worst part of recovery

So far at day 7 it has been the gas, I can't expalin to my husband the pain you feel as it makes its way through my bowels and then hovers before escaping. Believe me I drop little bombs everywhere just to rid myself of the pain, if I didn't I would spend my day on the toilet.
Unread 03-14-2008, 04:54 PM
Bladder infections and you will get better

I wanted to address Demples, who is experiencing terrible pain with urination. Demples, I had the same thing you are describing, and it really sounds like you have a bladder infection. Bad bladder infections are often characterized by a stabbing pain when you commence unrination, burning while you are doing it, then a stabbing pain when you stop...and yes, the pain can be so bad it brings tears to your eyes. I was put on CIPRO about a week after getting out of hospital when I had those symptoms. I got relief, but it came back a few days later, and my family doctor put me on a sulpha-based antibiotic and that has now done the trick. Thanks goodness. In addition to the pain and anxiety, there's no more getting up ten times a night to pee half an ounce and wince in pain.

You should drink water and cranberry juice, no pop or caffeinated beverages, and avoid spicy food. All of these things aggravate bladder infections. Now, I am not a doctor, and I know the catheters can sometimes cause bladder spasms, but I would swear that I felt these too. While they made me want to pee, they did not cause that awful burning and stabbing pain.

It does not sound like you are a slow healer at all. I had an abdominal hystercectomy (twice, actually, cuz I hemmoraghed and they opened me up again the next day and took out an ovary and tube that time), and I am in my sixth week. My incision is still numb, is more swollen on one side than the other, is sore and often aches. Still, I am able now to I get up, get ready for the day, and try to get through a to-do list, but I am wiped after a few hours. Thanks goodness I am self-employed and can just stay home suring this time and nap when I want to. I don't feel like a slow healer at all--I think that recovery since the first week has been miraculous, even with the infections.

On a bright note, I noticed a huge difference between how I felt in the fifth week and how I am feeling now that it is the sixth week. My head is not cloudy. Those painful, indescribeable bowel issues have mostly gone. I am able to sleep through the night most of the time. I feel much more like myself and am beginning to feel exhilarated and free because I will never again experience the horrible menstrual issues that led me to have this surgery. My appetite is mostly back, although I think I will have to sue someone: I seem to have an aversion to chocolate now!!

You are nearly at the top of the mountain, and soon, you will reach the crest and the rest of your recovery will be an easy trek. Remember that it takes six months to a year to really get your energy back. Be really good to yourself, and don't feel you have to make excuses when you are tired. I'll bet you have been an energetic do-er for all of your life--time to nurture yourself as you get back to full power. Good luck, and let us know how you are doing.
Unread 03-14-2008, 05:13 PM
Bowel Movement Pain

The pain with BMs is unbelieveable, and medical people really do not prepare us for it. They gloss over it ("YOU MAY EXPERIENCE CONSTIPATION.") Yeah. And if you hit yourself on the head with a hammer, it might hurt!

This surgery gives a whole new meaning to constipated. I don't know about you ladies, but I felt like throwing a baby shower for my first (painful) bathroom victory. I know I was sweating and cursing and wishing for an epidural....

What happens is we can feel the progress--or lack of it--of our feces as they try to move through our sore, stitched-up abdomen. It often feels like there is a sharp brick making it's way through...through...who the heck knows? Anyway, all I can tell you is with the help of fleet enemas, suppositories, stool softeners and Senocot, I made it through that awful period of time. I did this only during week three, when I realized stool softeners alone were doing nothing at all. I got enough relief to be able to eat again, since this ordeal made me afraid to eat and add to the backlog, so to speak.

I am writing this bluntly so that you all know what you are experiencing may be unpleasant (okay--awful), but it is normal. Be proactive with the help that is available, and you will get through this and feel many times better.
Unread 03-14-2008, 05:51 PM
The worst part of recovery

Great post giftware! I don't think I could've explained it any better!!!LOL
I'm at week five now and I'm doing alot better then I was the first two weeks as far as my bowels are concerned. It's still a little painful right before I take the kids to the pool. I too had a fear of eating for awhile. I was afraid of eating something that would make the gas worse. And after not going for ten days I must say the first time was like going through labor all over again!! I thought thay there was something majorly wrong with me. I had no idea that was normal. I know of so many women personally that I talked to before I had my surgery and none of them ever said a thing about bowel pain. I know now whenever I'm asked about a hysterectomy to let people know that the bowel pain is the worst part!

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