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Unread 03-23-2012, 06:56 PM
Extreme abdominal pain with bowel movements

Davinci robotic radical hysterectomy for stage 3b cervical cancer. I have had severe abdominal pain every day since surgery. I am 7 days post op. At first the pain was constant. I think it was gas. Now the pain comes and goes. I dont have a lot of gas now. I'm not constipated, but bowel movements are more like labor pains. Ive been taking senakot daily. I pass bowel movements easily (their not hard is what I mean) but it takes my breath because it hurts sooooo bad. It brings tears to my eyes. I hurt for about an hour afterwards. I have to take percocet for the pain to ease. Is this normal?
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Unread 03-23-2012, 07:18 PM
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I would say that is probably within the range of normal. I remember having severe pain when having bowel movements. I put it down to all the raw edges getting moved around while the my bowel was active. If you feel it is not improving, you should contact your surgeon.
Unread 03-23-2012, 07:27 PM
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I'm having the same type of pain. I used to get this while on my period the first day. Only with a bm. Now it's like labor pains and omgeez it's so bad I breathe like I'm in labor
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Unread 03-23-2012, 09:26 PM
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I'm about three weeks after radical hysterectomy with davinci. It still hurts when I have to go even though it's soft. I have to take deep breaths just to get it done. Sometimes I feel better after its passed but sometimes it takes enough ou of me that I have to go lie down. I dont think this is unusual after pelvic surgery. I can say that this has been getting better gradually so hang in there.
Unread 03-26-2012, 10:33 AM
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I had surgery on a Friday. I had a bowel movement on Wed then Thursday. They were very painful, as I described, but now nothing! I havent had another one since. Ive been taking senakot daily and drinking water.
Unread 03-26-2012, 10:47 AM
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I am 5.5 weeks postoperative and am having a much easier time with this. It used to take my breath away. It got a little better by week 3 and now I only get it occasionally. I asked my doc about it and he said it is normal. It will get better as you heal.
Unread 03-26-2012, 11:20 AM
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TAH last Thursday with removal of L ovary/tube. Bowel movements are pretty stressful, but tolerable for the most part. I have pain with them, too - mostly on my L side - and little to no gas, just pressure and feeling like my insides shift every time I use the bathroom. It's weird and yeah, at times, I just have to breathe to pass them. And then all I want to do is lie down. If I remember correctly from my last abdominal surgery, it got better and easier over a few weeks' time. I take Metamucil 3 times a day and eat oatmeal, Fiber One bars and drink A LOT of water, but still, there is some pain. I think just the fact that you are able to go is great! Some ladies end up back in the hospital for constipation, which, after any abdominal work, is excruciating Keep doing your best and it should improve over time. If not, though, call your doc - at the very least he/she can recommend something to help with pain. Peace.
Unread 03-26-2012, 06:37 PM
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I had another BM today and was in pain for 2 hours afterwards. I had to take 2 pain pills but im glad I finally was able to go. I do not need a bowel obstruction with everything else I have going on.

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