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Unread 09-10-2002, 12:29 PM
Disappointed in Doctor

I am 5 weeks post TAH. I had my only post op check at 2 1/2 weeks. At that time doctor did an internal exam and I had a point of significant pain deep inside on the left (maybe ovary?).. it was unclear what it was being caused by... everything else was fine. At that time doctor said I could do anything I wanted when I got to 4 weeks.

DH and I tried intercourse at 5 weeks ... he thought it was great but the pain deep inside on the left made itself very apparent for me... it felt like DH kept bumping in to it over and over. This was my 12th gyn surgery and I am familiar with post op intercourse so we went slow and used lots of Astroglide. Even with all my pelvic pain I have only experienced a similiar sensation during intercourse when I had endo in the cul-de-sac area.

So I called and talked to the doctor's medical assistant thinking that the doctor might want or need to know that I still have problems in that spot.

The assistant called back and told me that the doctor said that my estrogen levels are probably lower now due to having an ovary removed (YEAH... BUT THAT WAS IN 1999 NOT THIS SURGERY - and at that time he told me it wouldn't affect my estrogen level) and that to make sure we used lots of lubrication (DID THAT!!)... he also said to give it time. So I am not even sure if the message got to him with the problem described correctly and if it did, if he even remembered which patient I was (since for some reason he seemed to think he took my right ovary out with the TAH).

Feeling rather frustrated today I wrote a letter to him explaining the problem again. I wrote to him that I was confused by his response and was concerned he may not have understood correctly the problem I was having. I told him that if he still thought it just needed more time, I was fine with that... but I was just concerned that he had told me that without really understanding what was happening.

Sorry to vent. I do really like my doctor, but he tends to be very sparse on his followup with surgery (like I said, I only had the 2 1/2 week post op.. that has sort of made me feel like I was abandoned even though I still had a potential issue). Maybe I am just being too sensitive.
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Unread 09-10-2002, 01:41 PM
Disappointed in Doctor

You have every right to feel the need to vent.

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So sorry you feel abandoned. Is there another gyn or general doc you could see?

What you are describing does not sound right to me.......

Don't give up - you do NOT need to live with this.
I liked the idea of writing your doctor a letter. Please let us know how it goes.
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Unread 09-10-2002, 05:44 PM
Disappointed in Doctor

Talk about feeling abandoned! I know where you're coming from. I just had my first post-op appt for my abdominal hyst, 8 weeks later! And I felt like she didn't even check me thoroughly. She just stuck her fingers in with one hand and pressed on my belly a few times with the other. I'm going to call my surgeon and ask if he can do a follow-up. He seems to know what he's doing anyway.
I like the letter idea. Good way to get heard. Hope you're feeling ok after your surgery.
Take Care,
Melanie
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