12 weeks on

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So I will be 12 weeks on tomorrow after laparoscopy to remove endo and ovaries along side an anterior posterior repair.

Things are good ! Definitely feel like myself again though do still get unnaturally tired if I have a busy few days on the run which is sometimes a bit disappointing but I know that will not be an issue for long.

My main concern - still- is my bowels. I still feel that I am unable to go for a motion unless it is really loose. I feel like I just don't have the muscle control to be able to actually open and contract for a BM to come out ! I have done pelvic floor exercises but it is not improving ! Any advice !? Am I going to have to go see my GP !? :-(

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    Hi Bunky, think we are about the same. Are you taking anything for your bowels. I am finding a combination of Movicol (2 per day) and 1 dulcoease is just about right. But when I try to cut it out or even down, the dreaded constipation returns. After a lifetime of battling this I'm ready to throw in the towel and just buy truck loads of Movicol, it even comes in chocolate flavour. I know different things work for different people. Lactulose is ok but for me not so effective (not to mention disgusting). I have an emergency supply of glycerin suppositories. I'd never had these before my op but needed them to get out of hospital. It is so perfectly miserable do let me know if you find a miracle cure......someone on here said they ate 2 oranges before bed which works a treat. I'm trying that and will keep you posted!
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    Oh dear. You poor things. Did you both have a Urogynaecologist do your repairs? Sounds like the repair hasn't done what it was supposed to achieve. Do you have another appointment with the surgeons that did your op's?
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    Thanks Robyn. I don't think it's the op, this is s longstanding problem and probably a lot to blame for the rectocele in my case. Urogynaecologist was excellent but doesn't understand the intractability of the problem (drink more water, eat more veg la la la).

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    Hi Bunky, I tried to post some recommended reading but it got moderated so have sent you a private message.
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      Thank you will have a read but think I will still have to pluck up courage to go chat with GP just know tho that they will send me for the Bio feedback stuff and really don't fancy that !!
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    I've just re-read your original post and realised I've got completely the wrong end of the stick. Your GP (or perhaps a call to the consultant) might refer you to a women's health physio? I had just one physio session where she identified that I was doing the exercises wrong!
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    Thanks all ! Yes it's not so much a constipation issue it feels like a physical literally cannot use/control the muscles well enough to do a BM that isn't really loose and even then sometimes I have to resort to using a suppository which I think helps stimulate those nerve endings and muscles. I too take Movicol and docusate to make sure I can go somehow !

    I had an 8 week post of check with consultant and he was really happy with how everything looked and if I'm honest didn't really seem concerned by my bowel difficulties which is why I though it would get better !! It really isn't and do constantly worry that the posterior prolapse is failing !!

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    Bunky do you know you've posted this question twice? I replied to the other identical post x
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      I've deleted the other duplicate discussion and copied Matron's reply below.

      Hello Bunky I can't believe it's been 12 weeks since your operation. Is the problem with your bowels no better at all? I think you're doing absolutely the right thing doing your pelvic floor exercises but I'm sure your GP will have some better suggestions. Did you have a post op check with your Urogynaecologist?

      Matron

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      Bunky do you know if your Urogynaecologist has a Specialist Nurse working with him? More and more of the consultants are getting funding for nurses who are specialists and research nurses as well as specialist physiotherapists. I was just thinking about you and how they could help you because they have much more time to spend talking to you and often nurses are better listeners because they have more time. Where I often to work we got funding for these nurses and my friend is a research nurse who keeps me updated. It was just a thought x
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      I will give his secretary a call and see what she says - but hoping to get the GP this week and have a chat too ! Problem is I went private as surgery on NHS was too long a wait so I'm assuming I would have to get referred back into the NHS system to see anybody now !?
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