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3 days post hysterectomy: Rectal Pain/Pressure normal? 3 days post hysterectomy: Rectal Pain/Pressure normal?

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Unread 05-06-2016, 08:30 PM
3 days post hysterectomy: Rectal Pain/Pressure normal?

Hi, I'm 3 days post op (DaVinci, uterus, tubes, cervix) not sure of proper abbreviation as I kept my ovaries. My hysterectomy was for suspected adenomyosis because of pain, mainly rectal pain and pressure during my menstrual cycle. My labs are not back yet. Anyway, I'm freaking out because I'm having some of the pain and pressure now, especially more with bowel movement. I've been taking stool softeners since coming home and had a couple movements today without straining. I'm so scared I had the procedure for nothing and it is something totally different OR is this pain pressure normal?
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Unread 05-07-2016, 05:28 AM
Re: 3 days post hysterectomy: Rectal Pain/Pressure normal?

The pain and pressure sounds normal. I had this rectal pain where I had to grab onto something and start deep breathing because it hurt so much. Low and behold it was a bowel movement. I feel it a bit less now that I am a little more regular and a little less gassy. It does get better over time.
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Unread 05-07-2016, 08:04 AM
3 days post hysterectomy: Rectal Pain/Pressure normal?

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Originally Posted by falfrenzy View Post
The pain and pressure sounds normal. I had this rectal pain where I had to grab onto something and start deep breathing because it hurt so much. Low and behold it was a bowel movement. I feel it a bit less now that I am a little more regular and a little less gassy. It does get better over time.
Thank you. I am really hoping it is all surgery related. It just stinks to get some of the same feelings. Hopefully I will heal quickly!
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Unread 05-07-2016, 10:13 AM
3 days post hysterectomy: Rectal Pain/Pressure normal?

I agree with falfrenzy that it's normal. The pain is from the smooth muscles of the intestinal tract contracting to move the poop through, and the pressure is from the poop pushing on the intestinal wall as it passes through. The surgery can affect the intestinal tract, because of its close proximity to the uterus, and it can take a few weeks for things to settle down. In the meantime, be sure to take regular walks, which will work better than anything else to normalize your bowel function. Also try supplementing your diet with magnesium, which relaxes those smooth muscles so they don't contract so forcefully; food sources include leafy greens, whole grains, nuts and seeds, and dark chocolate. Best wishes for your continued recovery!
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Unread 05-07-2016, 10:22 AM
3 days post hysterectomy: Rectal Pain/Pressure normal?

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Originally Posted by Tiger_Eye View Post
I agree with falfrenzy that it's normal. The pain is from the smooth muscles of the intestinal tract contracting to move the poop through, and the pressure is from the poop pushing on the intestinal wall as it passes through. The surgery can affect the intestinal tract, because of its close proximity to the uterus, and it can take a few weeks for things to settle down. In the meantime, be sure to take regular walks, which will work better than anything else to normalize your bowel function. Also try supplementing your diet with magnesium, which relaxes those smooth muscles so they don't contract so forcefully; food sources include leafy greens, whole grains, nuts and seeds, and dark chocolate. Best wishes for your continued recovery!
Thank you. I've been scared of leafy greens because of gas, but think I should give it a try. How much walking do you think should be expected 4 days post?
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