Almost 8 weeks post open myomectomy and still in pain

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Hi ladies

I am 30years old, with no kids and not planning to have any.

I had an open myomectomy, cystoscopy and hysteroscopy done on the 18th of Feb.

10 fibroids were removed, the biggest being the size of a golf ball.

I have been recovering nicely, my incision is closed and neat but I am still in a lot of pain by my sides, sometimes shooting pain, back pain almost daily, pain when my bladder is full.

My belly is very swollen aswell.

My pains are worse afternoons to the night.

Have been to my checkups, dr said all will improve with time.

My 2nd period is about to start and my whole body aches as if I have just had my op.

wondering if any of you ladies are experiencing the same things, just always helpful and encouraging to know that there are others going through what I am.

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    I'm also 30 and i had a laparoscopic mastectomy and took out one 8cm fibroid. Took me almost 4 months to recover. I also had a lot of pain weeks after the surgery, bleeding almost everyday with cramps, which stops during the day and restarts at night. My doctor kept saying my body went through a lot and it was normal. I didn't believe her so I got a second opinion and the other doctor reassured me it was a process. I'm 6 months post op. Things are finally 99% normal. Yet I did some strenuous workout the other day and the following day I had a really bad lower back pain and spotted a little. The recovery was harder and longer than I thought. But don't lose hope.

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      Hi yg..

      thankyou for you words of encouragement I'm happy I'm happy to find other women so we can support and encourage each other.

      I went to my GP yesterday and she said I'm still not healed it can take even up.to 12 weeks to start feeling little better so I shouldn't focus on the 6-8 weekstory we being told, we are all different.

      take it easy at the gym for now, you will surely slowly get back to where you want to be.

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    Hi LandiM,

    I'm 38 and had my open myomectomy on 30 Jan 2020. I had 5 fibriods removed. My biggest one roughly 10cm x8cmx10cm so pretty large and tucked away towards the back of my uterus, which resulted in a 15cm horizontal cut. I declined the epidural pain relief during surgery as my friend had the same surgery and developed back pain after. I didn't want to risk it.

    I, too am still swollen 11 weeks on but it is going down. I have days when its not so bad and other days when I swell, like I have been for the past 2 days. I experienced a lot of shooting pains not so much from the scar itself but from the inside - I've been told this from where my fibriods were removed. I definitely experienced the pain when my bladder was full but not so much now. I think I have probably had that pain twice in the last month. It does stop!

    My first period post surgery which was 5 weeks after was horrendous. I was feeling the same level of pain as when I came round from the surgery. Pain killers did not even touch the pain. I've always suffered with period cramps since age 12 so I didn't expect that to change post surgery to be honest. I normally have cramps for the first day of my period only and the remaining 3 days are fine but since the surgery, I now have pain for the full duration. I assume everything inside is still swollen and not fully healed yet.

    My last period (2nd since op) wasn't has painful, thank goodness. I'm due on next week so I'm hoping the pain subsides and goes back to normal period pains and not the levels of pain post surgery.

    Not sure if this helps but it will get better. All the best!

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      Hi Tee..

      thankyou for your post, I'm really relieved to hear that all that's happening is normal. I have since gone to my gp, no UTI , thought I might have one since my pe had been burning. I hadn't been sleeping so I got some pills for pain esp at night and something to help me sleep. my GP said 6-8 weeks is just a guideline I should actually give myself minimum of 12 weeks to start feeling better.

      things are getting easier, still have back cake so my water bottle is my best friend. it's autumn this side and the cold adds to the pain funny enough so I do try and keep warm esp during the day.

      I hope my next period will be better like yours.

      just gna be patient and happy

      all the best to you

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