Infected incision and heavy feeling.

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I had a total abdominal hysterectomy and ovary removal last Friday. Yesterday I went back to my GP as I was in a lot of pain at the sides of my bikini cut inscision as well as it feeling warm and gummy. It is infected and I am on antibiotics - back to hospital tomorrow. The other issue I have is an intense feeling of heaviness every time I stand up/ walk - and a vaginal discharge seems to seep constantly - a pale pink discharge that doesn't smell. I did not bleed much afyer the op - just wondering if anyone else has experienced this - obviously being checked over tomorrow, but wondering what they might do? Only confortable lying down and not moving! But I am not giving in and keep as mobile as I can. Thanks in advance

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    Just curious, why did you have hysterectomy, did you have fibroids? I have several and some pretty large. I am scheduled for hysterectomy on two weeks
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      Yes I had a very large fibroid in a bad place. Now gone but having post-op problems. The pressure from the fibroid has gone. Issues I have are kind of standard. My inscision has a little bit of infection. I am getting checked out today. Where ever you go - expect to be wiped out for a while. I have no regrets - but be very wary and listen to your body. Good luck!
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      Thanks. I hope I fare as well as you are. I have several fibroids and the 6cm one is on my bladder, there are four 4cm ones that are just pulling on me from the inside, so I will be glad when they are out. I am just so scared and nervous.
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      Hi Reece,

      It's normal to be scared. I was bricking it before my op! I woke up from operation feeling much better than I expected. I have no stitches to remove - but you must watch your inscision carefully - I got an infection just 5 days post -op . Saw my gp and got very fast treatment from her. Hospital did a check up and said her treatment is working. First few days at home can be a bit scary and sore - and make sure you have laxatives to help you go to the toilet for the first few weeks. I managed to go just 3 days post -op . General anaesthetic doesn't help as it slows your system down. Hope all goes well for you!

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      Thanks so much! Please continue to post, as I learn so much from the ladies who post and comment. I hope your incision is better, and you are continuing to improve. ☺
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    Hi Glennie

    I had my full abdominal hysterectomy and bso nearly 2 yrs ago. You should be resting and not moving so much. It took 4 weeks complete rest. I bled for 5 weeks after mine. I kept a large dressing over the wound and changed 2 or 3 times a day. You will have the heavy feeling for a while probably months. It can take up to 2 years for your insides to heal. You shouldn't be lifting anything for the first 2 to 3 weeks. 2 years on and i still get pain if i bend down too quicky. You really need to rest hun. Xx

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      Thanks for your lovely reply Karen. Was so tired and angry when I got home. My stomach is enormous with being up all day and sitting on hard chairs. Not the best! I have had no dressings - the infection is localised and the antibiotics I have been given will clear it up.
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    Im on antibiotics as have pain on left of my scar but gp and gynae have said it not infection. Gp thinks it fluid but hospital sent me home no scan just go back after course of tablets finished i had my op on 27th march. Not happy with gynae attitude but will do as told.

    I have not had discharge, did have very large fibroid and everything has been removed. Although u need to rest and definetly dont lift small regular walks are the best thing and keep legs and feet moving to help prevent dvt.

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      Thanks Belleloiuse - sounds familiar! The gynae I saw today was so young - and really couldn't possibly understand the discomfort I was in! If the GP just wants things checked - and i was told to go in at 10am. Then someone should check you over quickly and do the bloods. I waited 2 and a half hours before I saw anyone - then had to wait over 3 hours for the results. The bloods were ok - and was told to go home and keep taking the antibiotics the gp gave me. I am bleeding quite a lot today - just because I couldn't rest! Also like you - I have a lot of pain on one side - my right though. Been told this is old blood and will ease in time. Do they not drain old blood anymore??? Last time I had abdo surgery they did - and I had much less problems!

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      You did so well right after your surgery and now to be having so many difficulties, it is scaring me a little. Why in the world are you bleeding? Where is blood coming from? Can't understand what's holding the blood your discharging? Sorry to be so intuitive I'm just so nervous that I want know everything I can.

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      Don't worry too much Reece - everyone is different. You bleed like a period - but not as heavy - for about 4-6 weeks after the op. I just didn't bleed much the first few days as I wasn't doing much. Now I am walking around more I have been bleeding more - but when you are up too long it can really drain you. The antibiotics I have been given are really kicking in now - and I am feeling a lot better. In fact almost to the point I want to do too much - but you just have to listen to your body and sleep when you need to. You might just breeze through this - the benefits of the op should outweigh the initial problems. I have noticed one thing almost instantly - I can sleep on my back - and I no longer have backache - that has been a big problem for the last 18 months! Going to the loo was an issue too - and that is miles better as well.

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      Yes, that's an issue with me as well. If I try to sleep on my back I feel horrific pain in the lower back after just a little while. Haven't been able to sleep on my back for several years now. Keep me informed on how you are doing please. I am glad things are so much better for you. I still have awhile to constantly think/worry about my upcoming event, but I will try not to worry. Thanks again for your kind words and info.  Have an awesome day friend.

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