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Should I have asked more questions? Should I have asked more questions?

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Unread 10-07-2009, 08:12 PM
Should I have asked more questions?

I hope someone can shed some light on this issue. My hysterectomy was 6 months ago. I had a bladder infection 1 month ago. I went back for my check-up today. I told my doctor that I have continued to have tender spots in my abdomen about half way between my belly button and pubic bone and all the way across. Sometimes they are not tender, but other times, it is a minor tender feeling even when I am just sitting. Still other times, it is tender only when I touch it. Also, my lower back has really been bothering me, along with my shoulders on almost a daily basis. My knees have also been giving me more and more trouble with pain. She said that the tender places could be bruising from surgery (6 months ago???). She told me that, if it doesn't go away by the end of the year, that I will need to have a colonoscopy as my colons are about all that is left in that area - it is too high to be my bladder. About the bone pains, she wants me to be checked for rheumatoid arthritis. I had read that joint pain could be caused by lack of estrogen. I have no more hot flashes or night sweats and feel that I am getting enough estrogen now that I take it both orally and by cream for dryness. What do all of you think? Should I have pushed the issue of hormones causing joint pain? Have any of you had the tender places in your abdomen after 6 months? I hate to ask so many questions, but I want all this to go away. I know I shouldn't complain because I have really had an uneventful recovery. Thanks in advance for your responses. You are all the greatest!!!
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Unread 10-07-2009, 09:38 PM
Re: Should I have asked more questions?

Junebugsgarden -

I can't talk about the abdominal tenderness but I was having joint pain and increased my magnesium. I read that magnesium can work for some joint / bone pain helps calcium absorption. I can't take the oral or transdermal estrogen due to cancer so was looking for something else that might help.

It seems to be helping me, you might want to read up on that.

Unread 10-08-2009, 03:10 AM
Re: Should I have asked more questions?

Hi junebugsgarden

If it's any consolation I'm experiencing tenderness also, on my right hand side. I'm 4 mths out now, I've complained about the soreness and had an ultrasound which didn't show anything up.

The doctor doesn't seem overly concerned but I wish I knew what the pain was. I thought perhaps adhesions, but like you the pain isn't always constant and sometimes it does seem to go through to my back. I notice it when I bend over, or even getting out of bed. I'm hoping it's something which will resolve eventually!

I have also noticed a slight increase in joint pain. I had my ovaries removed and I'm not taking anything HRT-wise, so I'm taking a calcium supplement to help with my bones.

Hoping you get some answers/relief soon!


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Unread 10-08-2009, 06:26 AM
Re: Should I have asked more questions?

Bad news about the abdominal pain, I am 18 months post op and I still get extreme tenderness on my pubic bone below my scar (TAH) and tenderness in the area above the scar. I find that wearing support panties helps a lot with the pulling sensations and tenderness, it disappears when I lie down at night but otherwise it is there to a certain degree all day.
Unread 10-08-2009, 08:06 AM
Re: Should I have asked more questions?

I am only 8 days post op but I had a c-section 8 years ago and it took a while (close to a year if I recall right) to have the tenderness go away. My doctor said to watch and see if the tenderness was associated with a specific activity ie: after lifting something heavy, after excersice, after intercourse etc. I found that, at least for me, it seemed to be more tender on the days I did laundry (more then a load or two) or when I went for a long walk, mowed the law etc. I think it might have something to do with what activity I was doing more then a complication.

That being said, I wouldnt take that as an explination for everyone, have it checked out because it could very well be something wrong and it is better safe then sorry but in the meantime try to journal when the pain is worse and see what activities you did that might help.

Good luck to you and I hope you are totally pain free soon.
Unread 10-08-2009, 06:48 PM
Re: Should I have asked more questions?

Thank you ladies! I had two c-sections and don't remember the tenderness lasting this long. Taurus, thank you for the information on magnesium. I will definitely buy some tomorrow. I am a teacher, so I am on my feet all day. I presently take calcium and vitamin, but am willing to try something else to see if it will take the pain away. Again, thanks.

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