I have been in pain 6 weeks now.

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I am a 65 year old and six weeks ago had an operation to get rid of a Bartholin Cyst. I have had three lots of antibiotics and still have a great deal of pain and discomfort.  How long is the healing supposed to take?  Can anyone give me rough timings?  

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    Hi there.

    I'm probably not the best person to write a reply but feel that good replies and bad give you an idea of recovery time.

    I had my gland removed along with the cyst on the 13th September and unfortunately I'm still in pain now, it is easing but think that is more down to the medication they have given me, amitriptyline and gabapentin these help alter the brains signals to tell my body that the pain is normal, I have been on them since my check up in November, I was experiencing horrible burning down there and the surgeon told me that my nerves had been damaged and will be a slow process for them to recover if at all.

    Some people have said that they have been ok from a few weeks in and others say it can take months if not years to feel 100% again if at all.

    So I think there is no specific timescale for recovery everyone is different. Mind was worse than most as I developed a hematoma in a pocket under the skin and so all the blood from the surgery was leaking into the pocket making it bigger and bigger, she said that it would take around 6 wks for it dispurse back into my body but again nothing straight forward with me, it took till about Feb/Mar to disappear.

    Nobody told me of the repercussions from surgery just told me you will experience pain.

    It does get easier just takes time, one thing I have learnt from this is don't suffer in silence, pester the doctors as that is what they are there for.

    Maybe ask if it could be nerve pain that your experiencing and if a prescription of pain blockers could work.

    Keep you company up x

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      Thank you for your reply. It is a relief to know it does take some time to get better. Just have to be patient, which is something I do not have. Sorry to hear of your experience and I hope it improves for you over time. 
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      It is annoying as your head says yes I'm going to do this this and this but your body thinks otherwise.

      Beginning of March I thought I'd begin to ease myself into excersise but unfortunately to add to the pot I tore the muscle in my bottom lol, all I did was lift my legs in the air and head a crack.

      I'm now waiting for physio which is on 18th May, but I've been told not to do any excersise until I've seen him, 3 steps forward 4 steps back.

      It's all set to try us.

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      Dear Teresa,

      I would like to know how are you 7 months after these posts. Do you finally recovery well? Are you still under medications? Do your nerves regenerate?

      It is important to me to see if someone can finally see the end of the tunnel as I also have these kind of pain.


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    Hey anne,

    From what I read about the procedures that where they lance the BC and place a catether or just open it is. It is possible that a nerve was hit and that is why you might be experincing pain. 

    If that is the case, i've had nerve manage in the hand before; the pain goes away as the nerve grow back (which is about 3mm a month). From personal experience, after i got nerve damage in the hand that took over 6 months for the nerves to heal and the pain to go away. 

    I suggest going to see your doctor.


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