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Unread 02-18-2009, 04:06 PM
Concerns about foley and also shooting leg pains

Hello! This is my first time posting but I have been very encouraged by all you sisters. I'm not real sure how to do this but here goes.

I had a TVH, TOT sling, extensive posterior repair and colopopexy along with repairs for a bladder defect. My surgery was on Feb. 2nd and I came home from the castle on Feb. 5th with the catheder as I failed the test. I was sore but feeling pretty good. My exellent family helped me tremendously and my sweet mom even did some house cleaning. Other than my walking I did not do much the first days home. I had horrible shooting pains down my left leg and in my lower back. On Monday, Feb 9 I returned to my Dr's office to try and remove the folie again but once again failed. I also had not had a bowel movement since before surgery and had been trying every remedy under the sun, including the Dr's recomendation of suppositories, fleet enemea's and milk of magnesium - nothing worked. Finally the Dr had me go to the ER that evening and after a mineral enema and 2 courses of lactolose I still had no bowel movements. They set me up for a CT Tuesday afternoon and had me drink 3 glasses of contrast - ug! and then I had to wait for 3 hours on my back on a gurney. Such fun! At any rate, good news! when I got back to my ER space my bowels got back to moving again! They decided that I had a minor ileus. I am so glad that everything in that area is back to working again - what a relief! I was so worn out after my ER visit that I thought it would take me weeks to recover but happily by the next evening I was already feeling tons better. Yesterday I returned to my doctor's office to see about getting the folie out but was still not ready. So here I am hoping that next Tuesday will be the day. Have any of you had to keep your folies for three weeks? What tips do you have for discomfort? Is there any thing that can be done to get things working or is that just something that comes with time? They told me at the Dr office that because of the extent of my surgery that having the folie this long is normal. One more thing, does any one else get shooting pains down their legs? Mine is in the left leg. Do you find your self in more pain in the evenings? I do.
I am doing so much better and know that even better days are ahead.
Best wishes to all of you!
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Unread 02-18-2009, 04:41 PM
Concerns about foley and also shooting leg pains

to HysterSisters!

It's nice to have you join us on the message boards. I hope you'll enjoy sharing support and experiences with your Sisters throughout recovery.

You had a lot done with your surgery and of course it will take time to feel back to 100%. It sounds like you're making progress already! You may want to spend some time, as you feel up to it, browsing through the Post-Op Page for lots of helpful information and tips to help guide you through recovery.

Don't hesitate to call your doctor about any recovery concerns you have. Hopefully those who can relate to your concerns about the foley and leg pains will be along soon to share.

Unread 02-18-2009, 05:38 PM
Concerns about foley and also shooting leg pains

I'm sorry to hear about your troubles, how frustrating!

I would have been in your three week club had my doctor not allowed me to self cath after the 3x I was using a foley, she said there was no medical benefit to having it in vs. self cathing. I was relieved, it's so much better than the foley! Maybe you could ask about doing that next time?

About the shooting pain, I'm guessing here, I wasn't able to use my left leg the same as my right with the foley in, so could you be favoring it? Could it be that you are relying more on your right leg? Is your bag on your left leg? I couldn't bend my left leg up without serious pain to the leg and the pelvic area, everything was so sore!

Take care and good luck to you.
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Unread 02-18-2009, 05:44 PM
Concerns about foley and also shooting leg pains

oh you poor thing. I couldn't imagine not having a bm for that many days, bless your heart. I'm glad things are moving again for you. I had the foley at home but only for a few days. Froggylover gives some great advice though about self cathing. Maybe you can look into that. Good luck hun ((Hugs))
Unread 02-18-2009, 06:23 PM
Concerns about foley and also shooting leg pains

Hang in there!!! I will say an extra prayer for you!! I had my foley for 2.5 weeks and then finally shown how to self cath. It has been 1.5 weeks since removal and only had to self cath now three times. Slow recovery but coming along!!!
Unread 02-20-2009, 08:47 AM
Concerns about foley and also shooting leg pains

Thank you for all your comments and encouragment! I appreciate you all so much!!

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