Enterocoele & rectocoele repair, now told cystocoele - advice needed please

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I Had an enterocoele & rectocoele repair in February this year. Feeling like I was getting better, started working and now told I have grade 1-2 cervical descent, cystocoele. I don't know what to do as I am a small food producer who does (did) festival and food fairs - do I have to give up this work as it involves lots of continuous standing up?

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    Hi Christine, I had a rectocele and enterocele repair in December and I was also told I had grade 1 uterine prolapse and nothing was done for this during surgery. I never felt the benefits of the surgery and felt better, at 6 weeks I had my post op and was told stitches in place, no prolapse but then four weeks later saw a different person and was told he could see a small rectocele. Felt defeated but knew something wasn't right, continual problems all year. I also work at least five hours everyday on my feet! I'm like you, I just feel like I'll never feel remotely 'fixed'. Sorry I don't have any other advice for you. I'm waiting to see someone about a possible connective tissue problem as I went to gp and discussed all the things I've been diagnosed with over the last few years (these and others) to see if there's a link - it won't help me but at least I'll know! Good luck, how bad is your cystocele, have you tried pelvic floor physio?

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      Hi Donna, I did write you a long reply but I think I lost it! I will write it again outside the forum and then paste it next time but I am seeing my consultant tomorrow and hopefully will find out more - thank you and good luck with your investigations
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      Hi Donna,

      I wonder too if other medical conditions have caused my prolapse problems.

      I had a large dermoid cyst removed last year along with my ovaries, I rested up for 4-5 months before I started my manual work (baking) and running again. I felt I was getting better and then was diagnosed with the prolapse. I had tests and was referred to a Pelvic Floor Specialist, who got me to use a PelviTone exercise machine, which I use while propped up on my bed everyday pre prolapse surgery and then post surgery. I had my last appointment with her last week and she diagnosed that I had a grade 1-2 uterine descent and a small grade 1 cystocoele. She really frightened me and basically said I need to look at changing my work, rest up again for 5 months and then go and see a Gynaecologist about the new problems! 

      It made me think when you mentioned 'pelvic floor physio', I thought my pelvic floor specialist was this. My consultant also mentioned not to rely on the pelvitone only.

      If you do all your exercises lying down, your pelvic floor muscles will be trained to work for you in that position, but this does not mean that they will work well for you standing up when you really need them to work!

      So, yes I will rest more and not stand up as much but I will start training my pelvic floor muscles in different ways and hopefully this will work! Thank you for the pelvic floor physio mention, have you seen anyone?



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