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Unread 01-11-2002, 06:58 PM
I still have discharge

Hello all! I have not written in a while now. I had my hysterectomy done this past June. I ended up having my gal bladder taken out 2 months later. (That one didn't go as well as my hysterectomy did).

My question is: Is it normal to still have a discharge? Its not bad, and does not have a smell. It is like a creamy white color. I thought that that was supposed to go away!

Also, I was wondering if anyone has had trouble with their Thyroid. I just had test done and found out that its out of wack! !

Thanks to you all!
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Unread 01-11-2002, 07:24 PM
I still have discharge

Hi luvmykidz

I'm sorry you're still having problems at this stage of your recovery. I thought I had discharge for an unusually long time and that was 11 weeks. At my 6 week check-up my doctor explained that it was due to the intensive work he had to do but that it should stop soon.

Have you mentionned this discharge to your doctor? If yes, what was his/her explanation? If not, it might be a good idea to do so soon

Sending Healing s your way. Please keep us posted.
Unread 01-11-2002, 08:29 PM

Hi Luvmykidz!

Well, I had my TAH/BSO in August of '93, and I still have a discharge. Like you, it is mostly white, and not bad smelling. Sometimes I have had a brownish discharge too. Doctor says it is not something to worry about. I just have to wear a small pad all the time.

Best to ask your doctor though, since each of our bodies are different.

Hope you are feeling better! God bless you and your family!
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Unread 01-12-2002, 07:29 AM
See your dr.

I'm almost 12 weeks post op. My dr. said the discharge is caused by granulation tissue and he's been cauterizing it with silver nitrate. He said it should go away after this is all healed. Wow I sure hope I don't have to wear pads the rest of my life. Ellen did your dr actually look at the vaginal cuff area to make sure it's ok? Seems kind of a nuisance that you have to wear a pad every day. I've read that granulation can happen even years beyond a hysterectomy at the vaginal cuff that can be treated. I want to toss the "diapers." Still waiting to toss the pads!!!!
Unread 01-12-2002, 07:33 AM
I still have discharge

Hi luvmykidz,

I had my hysterectomy in Sept 00, and still have discharge. I had three round of oral antibotics, one round of vaginal antibotics and three silver nitrate treatments and the problem persists.

My doctor told me he thought it was due to my having a high estrogen level, so I asked for a blood test to prove this - my estrogen level as well as all my hormone levels were normal. At my last appointment he told me that he didn't know what it was and if I wanted to follow up, to make an appointment for a second opinion with one of his partners. I never did, I just decided to "live with it".

In December I called the office and requested that they schedule me for an ultrasound because of the persistant right sided pain that I have had since before my TVH in Sept 00, (had the surgery and still had the pain - they left both my ovaries, saying they looked healthy) I got the report back on the ultrasound and it said that I have a complex structure/density in my right ovary. My doctors office told me I have cysts and scheduled me for another ultrasound on Jan 28. I started making some phone calls and ended up calling "cancer answers" at the local cancer hospital and asked them what the terminology meant. They asked me to fax them a copy of my report and called me back to schedule an appointment with an oncologist. I have my appointment on Tuesday (1/15)

To make a very long drawn out story short...I am hoping that this doctor will get to the bottom of the discharge problem and if he does, I will be sure to post what it is.

Unread 01-12-2002, 03:12 PM
Answering CM3's question

Hi CM3,

Actually, I went last year, and had to have a colposcopy done, because some abnormal cells showed up in my pap smear. But, the doctor has me using Premarin cream once a week till I see him again in the Spring. He said I had "thinning" of the vaginal wall, and it could tear, but the cream should build up the tissue again. I hope so.

I know what you mean about wearing a pad all the time. It is a nuisance, but still, all in all, I am just glad to be alive, as I was on the point of dying when I had my TAH/BSO, from massive hemorrhaging, and going into congestive heart failure. I was 44 at the time, and I will be 53 this month, so I just thank God to have gotten this far.

Thanks for your suggestions!

God bless!
Unread 01-15-2002, 05:15 AM
I still have discharge

Thanks for your response. Wow you have been through alot ElenaMarie. Hope the cream works well for you. To Jstone please let me know if you find out anything about the discharge. I'm going in for a fourth round of silver nitrate later this week.
Unread 01-15-2002, 12:47 PM
17 weeks for me!

I am 17 weeks post op and I still have a discharge. Mine is light to bright yellow, no odor, no burning no itching. DOc says it is from internal stitiches still healing.

I am sickof wearing pads. I figured out that if you have a period for 1 week a month that is 12 weeks a year of wearing pads. Well at this rate I am up to almost a year and 1/2 worth of pads!

Any way. I see my gyn on Friday and plan to discuss it with him them

Unread 01-15-2002, 03:56 PM
I still have discharge

well, I'm back from my doctors appointment, and the good news is they don't feel that the thing on my ovary is cancer.

The bad news is they aren't sure about the discharge. They did say that I tested positive for a bacterial infection (how many is that now?) and put me back on antibotics. They also gave me birth control pills for the ovarian cysts and they think that the pill might help the discharge. They are optimistic about it anyway.

Pretty good, having to take birth control pills after having a hysterectomy. Go figure!!

Unread 01-16-2002, 03:58 PM
I still have discharge

Thanks for the update jstone. I'm happy about the news with your ovary. I wonder about an infection as I've had some very minor itching off and on for the past two weeks (I did mention it at the last visit but it wasn't bad and seemed to not bother me) I will ask tomorrow if it's from the healing. I have noticed a slight decrease in discharge. As far as taking the birth control pills I'm sorry you have to do that. I was unable to take any birth control pills due to bad side effects so will have do without. I have gone through another box of pads and sure don't want to go out and buy more. I just hate to have "wet" underwear. How do some women that don't wear any extra protection even without a hysterectomy deal with that? I never understood that. So far I'm thinking that a hysterectomy won't solve that little problem but I'm so happy I'm out of pain and not flooding.

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