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My suggestions for nerve pain My suggestions for nerve pain

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My suggestions for nerve pain

I had a total Hysterectomy for Stage 1 endo cancer in Feb 2015. It was done through lap surgery and was a total success. My oncology gyn told me I might have some "numbness" on top of my thighs.

Well, to be honest, in all the post op pain and discomfort of the surgery, the pain in my right leg turned out to be the worst post op symptom. After I came home from the hospital I really didn't feel anything. But after a couple of days I noticed I was getting sharp shooting pains on top of my right thigh. After a few days I could barely tolerate it. It was like someone was literally scraping a knife down my leg. Of course the doctors brush it off because they either can't do anything about it or they don't want to acknowledge it is caused by the surgery.

It has been 6 months post op and the pain has diminished but not totally gone away. I still have numbness (I know, how can I have pain AND numbness!) but I can live with it.

Here are some suggestions for people that worked for me, it may not work for you.

The best thing I found that reduces the pain is an anti-itch lotion called Sarna Sensitive Anti-Itch Lotion. I found it on Amazon, but I'm sure you can get it other places. It is over the counter. It doesn't eliminate the pain but does blunt it quite a bit. I was so desparate I bought a 3 pack to make sure I had some! I still use it on my leg after a shower. From what I read, it works because itching is a mild form of pain, so it blocks the itch receptors. There may be other lotions that work, but this is the one I used.

I had the majority of pain when I was lying down or sitting, so when it started to get bad, I would stand up and walk around. I think this breaks the sensory nerves connection.

Massaging the area when I was NOT in pain seemed to help break it up

Exercise really helps, I think it gets your circulation going.

I also notice the pain flairs when I'm under stress or something is upsetting me. Sounds crazy, but I guess it makes sense, being nerves; brain connection. So I try to relax as much as possible when it flairs up.

And finally, it should get better with time, so keep your hope up. I only cried during the whole hysterectomy/cancer experience when the pain was terrible, so I empathize with those who have it.

I hope this was helpful to someone
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