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Unread 05-03-2002, 01:26 PM
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Dear sisters:
Anyone else out there dealing with a lot of physical pain while they are waiting? :big cry: I need to know that I'm not the only woman going through this.
Many s
(LAVH with anterior repair for prolapse)
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Unread 05-03-2002, 01:35 PM
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Hi, Sandy -

Big HUG for you! Hang in there!!!
Unread 05-03-2002, 01:43 PM
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I have some pain - mostly uncomfortable. And because of the anemia (although I swear it was long before too) I have really bad "Restless Leg Syndrome" it keeps me up MANY hours at night.
The worst part is the waiting.
Try to think about the how great you will feel later.
For now - lots of Hugs and I'm thinking about you!!!
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Unread 05-03-2002, 01:51 PM

I only started having pain this month. Actually, it all started after I was poking around on my abdomen one night, gauging the size of the fibroid twins. (They and my uterus are at about a 20-week pregnancy size now.) I poked something and had a horrible pain shoot through my abdomen for 45 minutes! I couldn't even get up off the bed!

Ever since then, I have had mild cramping sensations in my abdomen and a lower backache almost constantly. Not servere, but just kind of a nagging ache that doesn't go away.

I just keep telling myself (between doses of Tylenol), "Just 19 more days! I can hang in there for 19 more days!" If I just don't flip out mentally and emotionally, that is.


Unread 05-03-2002, 02:40 PM
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I too am having a lot of pain (endo and suspected adeno) and am wondering how I'm going to make it to June 11. We just have to keep telling ourselves it will be better afterwards.

And keep coming here for support!!!! We all need each other as we navigate this difficult time.


Unread 05-03-2002, 03:26 PM
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Hi Sandy,

I just wanted to let you know you aren't alone in your pain while waiting! I was on my last long period before surgery. Pain and more pain. And blood. Yuck.

The wait is the worst part girlie! Just remember to ask your doctor when you have to stop taking pain relief and what you can and cannot take!

Unread 05-03-2002, 09:44 PM
Worried sick and Thankyou

I am so afraid of this surgery. I'm wondering how I can cope with the pain I have now, plus the pain after surgery. I'm terrified and have to take something just to calm down, especially the fears tend to be worse at night. Plus I'm stressed out, too much happening all at once in my life. I'm worried sick.
Unread 05-03-2002, 10:02 PM
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Awww, Sandy -

Here's another HUG for you!

I can tell you that, at least at my hospital, they were very focused on making SURE you were not in pain. They gave me pictures and a 0-10 level pain rating scale, and kept asking me what level my pain was. Their goal was to keep it lower than 4 - in the either no or mild pain area. And they did it very well.

One tip is that you want to keep AHEAD of the pain. Don't wait till you are really hurting to tell the nurses or to take meds, because it will take time for the meds to work. While I was in the hospital, they gave me meds regularly, and I continued to take them regularly for the next few days, then weaned myself off the percoset.

I can sure relate to too much happening in your life all at once. And it can be so overwhelming, but you need to do something to de-stress a little bit.

The fears can be worse at night, cause you are lying there quietly and your mind goes crazy, thinking of everything bad. Try doing something relaxing before you go to sleep, or put on some soothing music or relaxation tape while you are falling asleep. And make sure the docs are aware of what's going on with you - sounds like they are if you are taking something to calm down. Please talk to the doc about your current pain level, too, and see if there's something you can take to ease it.

My cousin and I have a mantra we've been emailing back and forth - "this too shall pass"

Hang in there!

Unread 05-04-2002, 07:42 AM
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Dear Alisa:
Thankyou so much for being there last night. I was able to sleep lat night, thank goodness!!!!I took something to calm me down, got my children to sleep, and actually went off to sleep myself. When I wake up the pain starts again real bad, but at least I had a break from it.
Thanks again for your support!
Sandy (LAVH May 13)
Unread 05-04-2002, 10:56 AM
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You're very welcome, Sandy! Glad to hear you got some sleep. That's a nice thing about Hystersisters - we're here from different countries and different time zones, so 24/7 SOMEONE will probably read and respond to your fears and concerns!

I know it's hard to deal with the pain, and there are many medications that shouldn't be taken in the weeks before surgery, so do check with your doc and see if there's something you can take that can help you!


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