10/11 weeks post op and cannot do much without pain/pressure

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I'm now 10.5 weeks post op from various repairs including anterior, posterior, perineum, bladder sling, and suturing uterus...blah, blah blah...

I was cleared by surgeon to resume all activity at 8 weeks even though I told him I was unable to even take a walk without feeling pressure.  This pressure feels just like what I used to feel if I didn't have a pessary inside.  However, it is much worse now than before surgery.  My life is at a horrible stand still.  Mentally, I need to resume activity.  It is spring here in New England, but just pruning a little tree of tiny dead twigs for an hour caused me to feel terrible later.  By mid day, i can feel a slight buldge if I feel down below.  My hear has sank to an all time low.  This surgeon saw nothing wrong at eight weeks and seemed unconcerned about me experiencing pain/pressure.  This pressure quickly becomes pain that forces me to stop all activity.  

After reading on this site, I knew recovery would be longer than described by doctors here; however, I do fear this surgery has all been for nothing.  I'm certain I need to go back to a pessary and can now only hope that it will ease the tugging I feel enough to resume the activity I did pre-op.  Seems that this surgery was worst decision of my life.

I see physical therapist as well as surgeon this week.  Any thoughts on what I should ask or discuss would be really appreciated.

Thank you

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    Hi. Sorry to read that things haven't improved. 

    Before I came across this super website, I relied on an American website for information before my operation. It's hystersisters and as you live in USA it might be helpful to try it. You never know, maybe someone in NC has experienced similar difficulties and might be able to advise on what you should ask or discuss with the surgeon this week. Good luck.

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    I think you should ask surgeon if it's failed as you seem to be having same problems as before surgery. If you have a good PT, she should be able to tell you if it's failed as they train to look for prolapse if she's a gynae/pelvic floor therapist. Exercises may help if it's not failed but if it has it will probably need repairing again I think. Please remember that it can take up to a year for complete recovery and NO heavy lifting, squatting, bending etc after, probably for ever or it can prolapse again. Also no driving until you can do an emergency stop without pain, (Stamp on hard floor to test this) Good luck at your appointments, keep in touch. rolleyes (I think we do things a little differently, ie; don't go back to work until competely healed and can do all normal things barring above!) Poll UK

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    i went to physical therapy for first time yesterday with a therapist in same office as surgeon. Both are specialist in pelvic area.  I told her I thought prolapse may have returned and that I would be seeing surgeon following day. She said it's possible that tissue was just too weak so it may have prolapsed again.  Then she went on with instructions for exercises etc.  About an hour after my appointment, office called and cancelled my appointment for today with surgeon.  A different doctor called and said he already saw me at my 8 week post op and he'd see me again 2 months after that.  She really didn't want to reschedule me any sooner.  My issue is that I believe I need a pessary.  Why would I wait another month or more to make that determination and be sized, since I assume (and hope) my old one is now too large.  When I pressed on this, she quickly ended the call!  I found in shocking and insensitive.  I think I'm going to make an appointment with my gyno.

    Thank you for replying.  I am familiar with hystersisters, but have preferred this site

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    Hi I am now nearly 6 months after similar surgery and I had worrying problems too. My surgeon gave me the feeling that after 6 weeks all was solved but it has taken me until now to feel good. I used to walk and suffer from desperate cramps when I stopped. I would still say that I am still healing I still feel pressure when I do too much but thankfully getting there. I was certain that my surgery had failed Just give it time.
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