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Apologies for not responding to messages and posts. We moved house on July 22nd and didn't have wifi until this morning. I was relying on finding free wifi but had so many Emails I just didn't have time to respond. Hope everyone is well and anyone who has recently had surgery I hope you're recovering.

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    Welcome back matron. Hope your managing to get you new home sorted and you're settling in nicely. X

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      We are thank you but still got things to do however it's looking more like home now.

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      Welcome back Matron

      I'm sure everyone has missed you and uou will have lotd of catching uo to do!

      I hope you have settled in your new house and all cosy. Have you a nice garden or will you have lots of work to do?

      Phyl, ???

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      Thank you phyl. The house is a new build and they've just been and turfed the garden so we'll now decide what we want to do ie extend the patio and a shed for hubby!

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      Will be like having a blank canvas; how lovely you can plan it out to suit yourself! I'm missing not being able to do any digging, hubby says just say and he'll do the heavy stuff but I'm rather impatient, I tend to take a notion and want it done right away a bit frustrating. Found great forum called 'garden tags' will follow it for a while to get some good advice on seasonal planting; hopefully get a good start on next year's veggies!

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    Dear Matron I send you my best wishes to be very very happy in the new house and thanks for your message! Hugs!
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    Hello Matron. Wonder if you could help me. Had hysterectomy 8 years ago for prolapses. Had more surgery in 2014 for same problem. Found out today rectocele is back, which is what I thought. What concerns me is I have had 2 uti's with visible blood. Have bladder discomfort too. I am seeing a urologist in September. Obviously worried now about what is causing bladder symptoms. Apparently my perineum is flat and close to vaginal opening. Do you think the uti's are more likely with this problem? I'm obviously worried about bladder cancer. Thanks for reading thi. Hope to hear from you. 

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      Hello beth. Well first of all stop worrying about the possibility of bladder cancer, that is highly highly unlikely and you'd have more symptoms. From your description I'm wondering if your urethra is extremely close to your vagina (more than is usual) which is something I have seen quite frequently. Sometimes the only way of finding out initially is if you are catheterised by someone very experienced who has seen it several times before. When that occurs it does have a tendency to cause more urine infections. A urologist will reassure you and probably have more experience of this than a Urogynaecologist so you are going to be in the best hands. If there was any indication of bladder cancer you wouldn't be waiting until September, believe me.

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      Thank you so much for your answer. I really need reassurance about this, as I am experiencing severe anxiety about it all. I also have vaginal atrophy, which I believe can cause all sorts do urinary problems too. The doctor I saw, didn't think the rectocele coming back was anything to do with all this, and that it shouldn't cause bladder problems, but I think in my case it does. Than s so much for this reply. Really appreciate it. 

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      Just another question, if you don't mind, why would there be a lot of blood in the recent uti's I had, and I've never had blood with a uti before. They were back in April. Would it be because they were nasty ones because I have all the other things going on? Hope you don't mind another question, very anxious here. 

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      Blood is common in UTI's but often not seen by the naked eye. However when it is it usually means the infection has 'taken hold' and irritating the wall of the bladder, urethra and or ureters. With any infection there's always a tendency of signs of blood and it doesn't mean there's anything sinister. I know in the UK there's the advert that advises you see a doctor if you see blood in your urine, and that is absolutely what anyone must do but remember that's aimed at men and women who have no other symptoms. 

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      Thanks once again Matron. I'm in Australia, and it's so nice to have a bit of reassurance from across the sea! This is a wonderful forum. ??

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      Hello Matron. I am new to this forum and after a couple of years of suffering what I now realise is a severe prolapse involving pelvic organs will be making a GP appointment and embarking on the journey to I truly hope will be return to a normal vagina! 

      I notice some ladies on here experiencing horrible uti symptoms; I have found D-Mannose to be extremely effective in controlling infections and providing effective relief from symptoms, however I am not sure about rules for suggesting supplements/remedies etc. Please advise as I would really like to share what has helped me. 

      I know this forum is going to prove invaluable to me on my journey, and I look forward to sharing my experience with you all and hope that I can contribute usefully to others as they already are to me. Tudalen x

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      Hello Tudalen. Welcome to this lovely forum. It's 6 years since my anterior and posterior repair but I also have a lot if experience working in urogynaecology. I'm sure Alan the Emis Moderator will not object to you mentioning D-Mannose and although I've never tried it I know many women have and swear by it. The great thing is it's easily available so it's definitely worth anyone suffering a UTI trying it. Like any alternative therapies it's always wise to read up on it if course. 

      I hope you do see your GP because a prolapse as you know can be a problem and surgery can be life changing as I can vouch for although the recovery can be slow and sometimes painful I definitely think it's worth it. Please keep in touch, the ladies on this forum as so supportive and caring and the good thing is you rarely wait long for a response x

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      Thank you so much for your encouraging reply. Now that I am not ignoring my prolapse I am beginning to feel a little apprehensive about the journey ahead, not least because of wondering how I will make ends meet during my recovery time. I am a single self employed mum, so I will be doing lots of research into the financial support side as well as the medical aspects too! 

      I will share any useful info.

      re: d-mannose; if I do mention it I will be sure to attach the web address of a brilliant article by a doctor which explains exactly what it is and how it works.  Although I am a complementary therapist I am by no means anti allopathic, in fact I often recommend clients consult their GP. I feel we all need to make informed choices and do what is most appropriate, and happily the two approaches often work harmoniously together. 

      Thankful to have found this forum x

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