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Unread 10-06-2002, 03:49 PM

I had my surgery 3 1/2 months ago. I kept my ovaries because they "looked" fine. Before my surgery, so much of my pain was in my ovaries, but I had high hopes that the hysterectomy would get rid of all my pain. It did get rid of ALOT of my pain, but not ALL my pain. I had an enlarged uterus(slightly), pelvic congestion, my bladder was stuck to my uterus and that caused all sorts of problems that are now gone, thank goodness! I had long, heavy periods, bleeding in between periods and bleeding after sex. So many of my problems are gone now, but I am still dealing with pelvic pain.....lots of pain and tenderness on both sides where my ovaries are and I swear I am cramping What could be causing this cramping feeling if my uterus is gone? Why would my ovaries be so tender and painful if they "look" fine??? I know I should call my doctor....he is a really great doctor that specifically told me to call if I had any concerns or problems, no matter how small they seemed. I guess I was trying to take a wait and see approach to see if it happened at certain times of the month`. I think it is. I was feeling pretty good for about 2 weeks and then the last few days I have been feeling worse and worse and my husband is positive that I am PMSing right now, if you know what I mean So I do believe that this pain seems to come around at the time I would normally start my period.

So basically what I want to know is....

what causes this crampy feeling that I feel every once in a while?

Tell me honestly what you would do if you were still experiencing pain after hysterectomy....call your doctor? Or wait it out and see if it gets better(probably won't, because I have been waiting for it to get better for 2 months now!)

I think I'm afraid that I will need to have my ovaries removed I don't want that, but I don't want this pain anymore either!!!

What should I do? I think I know the answer already....call my doctor. What should I say? I always have to go through a nurse to get messages to my doctor and I'm afraid sometimes that he doesn't get the straight facts....that something gets lost in the translation, which is one reason why I keep putting off calling him.

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Unread 10-06-2002, 06:03 PM

((((Princess PasDeChat))))) I'm so sorry you're still in pain after your hyst. It's a pain I know very well: except for the part of having problems with the ovaries pre-hyst (I didn't) I could have written your post when I was 3 months post hyst

You ask what I would do? I went back to my gyn when I was 5 months post-op... actually booked the appointment when I was 3 months post-op... what with the delays and the appointment being re-booked... it took a few months.

In my case, the pain and cramping was caused by a mixture of extreme PMS symptoms, a spastic colon (a symptom of IBS) and my ovaries still adjusting to the shock of surgery and the absence of the uterus.

My doctor said he was pretty confident the PMS symptoms and hormonal unbalance would diminish and even go away once the ovaries got over the surgery. That's what happened: when I was about 10 months post-op, I noticed that the PMS symptoms were become less and less intense and noticed that the dizzy spells, the fog and hot flashes were going away. As far as the spastic colon goes, that's still going on and I'm almost 2 years post-op.

Sweetie, all this to say that you should listen to your doctor and give him a call. Often enough, relief is available, providing we ask for it.

Unread 10-06-2002, 07:12 PM
Hi Pasdechat,

I remember your recovery well, we are both Juner's. You might remember about 1 month after my hyst, I started having the same kinds of problems, I also could have (and still could) written your post.

It's important that you contact your dr. You knew somebody was gonna say that. LOL. If he does an internal exam and is unable to feel anything, request that he do a vaginal ultrasound. It turns out that I had (have) a cyst on my left ovary. My dr couldnt feel it with an internal exam. He said it is pretty normal to develop a cyst on the ovary, the only thing that made mine unusual was the large size and how long it is hanging around. They actually found my cyst in a ct scan, but also evaluated it with vaginal ultrasound a few times since then.

I feel for ya honey, I know all too well how painful this ovary pain can be. Mine tends to get better at times but always gets worse during the time that I ovulate, so you are probably right on track with that. I think you've waited it out long enough. Maybe at the very least your dr can give you something to help with the pain until he can get you in.

Good Luck, let us know what happens.


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