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TVH and posterior repair, still painful TVH and posterior repair, still painful

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Unread 07-13-2009, 06:52 AM
TVH and posterior repair, still painful

I had this done July 8th, so I am about 5 days post-op. Anyhow I thought by this point I'd be able to ease off the pain meds. But if I don't take 2 percocet every 4 hours and my motrin then I'm suffering, even with the medication my pain level is still about a 4/10 at it's best. Part of my problem I know is the fact that I haven't had a BM since the 9th and that was very small. PLus I still have problems peeing, it takes forever to start and then I have to push to completely empty my bladder and if anyone comes knocking at my door during midstream then I have to start all over again. I know of course the pain meds are not helping these problems. I wish more people with similar problems would post instead of all the "wonderful recovery" stories so I can feel a little less alone.
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Unread 07-13-2009, 07:08 AM
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HI
I had the same work done on June 22 and I have just stopped taking my pain meds in the last week! I think the worst was the pressure I felt from the posterior repair. Sitting was uncomfortable, standing was not good but lying down or sitting back in the lounger helped. As for the bowel movements, I found a stool softener works the best as straining is not good!!! Also I am eating 4 prunes and a bran muffing for breakfast each day to try and move things along. I was not allowed out of the hospital until I could pee, pass gas and have a bowel movement so I was there for 4 days. Although I did not have too much trouble with peeing I found it helpful to run water at the same time and if you can reach it, put your hand under the tap. In the hospital that did wonders for me to get started!! Good Luck! It will get better!!!
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Unread 07-13-2009, 07:22 AM
Re: TVH and posterior repair, still painful

i took pain meds for the whole 6 weeks afterwards. i totally felt like crap i had A&P repairs with my TVH........

i didn't have a problem with constipation though... i had diarrhea!

hugs,
jamesgirl
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Unread 07-13-2009, 10:14 AM
Re: TVH and posterior repair, still painful

Be sure to drink lots of fluid! My pain from constipation was worse than the surgery pain, but I couldn't do w/o the meds. Maybe try metamucil--I've taken some every day w lots of water. And tea, and coffee. I had surgery the 23rd, still am having constipation every few days.
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Unread 07-13-2009, 05:03 PM
Re: TVH and posterior repair, still painful

Hi, I had TVH with A&P repairs on June 11th. At 6 days post-op I had to go to ER for bowel impaction. After I "evacuated", the pain was reduced considerably and I was able to come off pain meds. Now at nearly 5 weeks, I am feeling really good with the exception of occasional pulling sensation (inside) when I stand.

Hope this helps!
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Unread 07-13-2009, 05:13 PM
Re: TVH and posterior repair, still painful

I was having trouble having a bowel movement the first few days(I tend to be constipated anyway) and was drinking Metamucil twice a day, 6 senna/w stool softener tabs, one 240 mg stool softener. I finally had to resort to a suppository( yuck) a couple of times. I'm now 5 weeks post-op and am able to cut down to 2-4 senna tabs a day. I 've been doing all this because I think being constipated is not good for the surgery and after going through everything I want to be sure nothing goes wrong! Good Luck
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Unread 07-13-2009, 05:22 PM
Re: TVH and posterior repair, still painful

You are still very early in your recovery so please be easy on yourself. It really does take time for everything to start working again and to begin to feel like yourself again. Lots of us took pain meds a lot longer than five days. I just past my three month post op and am doing well now, but those first days and weeks were much much harder than I thought they would be. You are not alone.
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Unread 07-13-2009, 05:23 PM
Re: TVH and posterior repair, still painful

I had TVH with post and ant repairs on June 8th and was certainly NOT off pain medication by day 5. I hadn't left the hospital, perhaps because that is the standard time for hospitalisation in Australia. In that time, nurses really encouraged me to take pain medication regularly so it didn't build up and become more difficult to manage. I was discharged with advice to use nonpresription pain meds like ibuprofen and paracetamol, but to resort to codeine rather than have significant pain.

Letting bowel and bladder settle down to whatever is going to be normal is the work of the next few weeks. There are lots of posts on these two issues as lots of us with repairs and/or an extended relationship with the catheter need time and a few extra strategies to get it all going. The things I found useful were drinking lots of water and herb tea, eating small portions, resting plenty and walking lots. I also found that if I didn't sit too long in one go (more than 20-30 mins at a time at your stage) I had less pain at the end of the day and slept a bit better.

Hope this helps. Don't feel discouraged. You'll feel much better in a few weeks.
Jx
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Unread 07-13-2009, 09:26 PM
Re: TVH and posterior repair, still painful

I had my surgery on June 10th. My tailbone was so sore that I was almost in tears when I passed gas. I couldn't sit or lay on my back. Too sore. I took Motrin and sat on a heating pad to help with the pain. When sitting, I would have to sit with one leg tucked underneath me. I truly thought that I would never sit again. Around 2 1/2 - 3 weeks I started to be able to sit a little better. Am now approaching five weeks and can finally sit. Having the BM did remove some pressure as well.
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Unread 07-13-2009, 09:40 PM
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I had this done July 8th, so I am about 5 days post-op. Anyhow I thought by this point I'd be able to ease off the pain meds. But if I don't take 2 percocet every 4 hours and my motrin then I'm suffering, even with the medication my pain level is still about a 4/10 at it's best. Part of my problem I know is the fact that I haven't had a BM since the 9th and that was very small. PLus I still have problems peeing, it takes forever to start and then I have to push to completely empty my bladder and if anyone comes knocking at my door during midstream then I have to start all over again. I know of course the pain meds are not helping these problems. I wish more people with similar problems would post instead of all the "wonderful recovery" stories so I can feel a little less alone.
don't feel bad honey, i'm in week 4 post-op and every now and then i still take a loratab along with my motrin. i was also taking precription meds for level 6 to 7 pain a week after my surgery. i wasn't having a B/M either. i was given stool softners in the hospital and ii had to end up taking a laxative after being home for eight days only after consulting my DR. it helped a lot the gas wasn't as bad and i actually started having a B/M on my own. I still have problems peeing but i was told that is was bladder spasms and that it would eventually go away. like i said it's week 4 for me and it's not as bad trying to pee just hang in there you will start to feel better soon. ask your DR about a laxative. it really helped me.
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