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Unread 03-08-2003, 03:35 AM
Pain after 6 months


This is my first post - but I first wanted to say how much support this website was in the months following my op. Nothing happened to me that I didn't find an answer to on the post-op board - so a big thanks to you all.

I had a LATVH at the end of September last year - no particular complications. At my three month check up my bladder was still uncomfortable and I had a lot of pain in the area where my left ovary was - the doc fobbed me off with antibiotics and said it was all part of the healing process. Now nearly six months on - the pain is worse - it ranges from a dull ache and dragging sensation over the lower left side of my abdomen to a sharp burning/stabbing pain in the area of the left ovary which takes my breath away. The pain is now more or less constant and it's really wearing me down. I still have some bladder discomfort which goes when I empty it. I'm due back for a check up again on Tuesday - I don't want to be fobbed off again by the doc, so I'd like to go armed with any info any of you sisters can help with. Anyone got any ideas?

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Unread 03-08-2003, 08:03 AM
Pain after 6 months

Hi scotbelle and welcome to Hyster Sisters So sorry that you're posting because you're in so much pain

I had a TVH in December 2000 and was in varying amounts of discomfort (sometimes outright pain) until the 5th or 6th month post op. So much so that I ended back to the gyn's office when I was 5 months post op. In my case, the pains and discomfort were due to a combination of continued healing, IBS flare ups due to the bowels being disrupted both during surgery and then from settling in the space vacated by the uterus and to my ovaries having to adjust to the shock of the surgery and to the removal of the uterus. Just to be on the safe side, he ran tests to ensure that my hormones and thyroid were ok and told me that, with time, my symptoms should improve. He was right for the most part: while the PMS woes and healing discomforts either disappeared or decreased dramatically, the IBS woes continue.

I really think that you should insist on getting the tests that will rule out any on-going problems. I'm not a doctor, but I don't think that you should still be in constant pain at this stage of your recovery. If your doctor will not take your complaints seriously, do not hesitate to seek out another opinion: sometimes, all it takes is a fresh view at things.

Sending lots of healing s your way. Hopefully, your appointment on Tuesday will shed some on the issue. Please keep us posted.
Unread 03-08-2003, 10:27 AM
Pain after 6 months

I'm sorry you are having continuing pain I agree w/ Dany about maybe getting a 2nd opinion, exp if you dont get any help on Tues...
I am 3 yrs post-op & suffer a great amount of pain in the area where my right Ovary was, it's been there since my Hyst. At the time of that surgery both my Ovaries were retained but due to the worsening amount of right-sided pain my Gyn did an U/S which revealed a large mass on my right Ovary, along with mulitple blood-filled cysts, it was very enlarged as well. Due to the unknown origin of the mass( it wasnt there 12 weeks prior at the time of my Hyst) he scheduled an RS0/lap to remove the Ovary, which he thot was the source of my pain, & to remove the mass. It turned out to be Scar Tissue that was adherring it to my vaginal cuff. Unfortunately, the pain persisted 8 weeks later I ended up in the ER b/c of the pain, I was also experiencing vomiting & nausea. I had 2 total bowel obstructions that required emergency surgery & a 2 week hospital stay from complications that occured afterwards. My Surgeon stated that I was a mess inside, all my organs were adherred to each other..she had to cut thru all the overlying Adhesions to access the obstructions. I also had a condition known as a malrotation. I was left in greater pain...
I experience that sharp/stabbing/burning pain in my right side, cramping pains thru out my entire pelvic & abdominal area that goes thru my back & down my legs. I consulted w/ several Specialists & Surgeons who all stated that more surgery was to risky & would probably worsen the pain & damage. I do see a Pain Dr to treat my pain...
I didnt mean to go on here, it's just that your pain reminded me of mine & all I went thru back then.
Many ((Sisters)) here suffer from Adhesions/Scar Tissue that can be very painful for some, they are our bodies natural way of healing. The most common place for these to form is on the Ovaries or area of them. Here is some info on them that might be of some help:,00.html

I have printed off articles to tske with me to Drs appts when I am suffering something that has symptoms similiar to mine...maybe you could do the same if any of this info sounds like what you are experiencing??
Good Luck on Tues Hopefully your Dr will be able to get to the source of your pain & find you some relief soon! Pls let us know how it goes...(((hugs)))

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