New lumpy feeling 13 weeks post op

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Hi all, I'm 13 weeks post op TVH and anterior and posterior vaginal repairs and was doing well generally, but last  week I went back to work full hours (3 days) and looked after my grandchildren with my husband on another day ( he did the lifting) and yesterday and today I feel very swollen and 'lumpy' and it is uncomfortable to sit. I feel when standing as if things down below have 'dropped' a bit and I'm wondering if I have caused some injury to my repairs. When I climbed down off the bleachers at the swimming pool last week I felt a few sharp pains in the lower abdomen. My daughter always tells me that I'm using muscles I haven't used for ages but I still worry. Anyone else feeling swelling and lumpiness about this number of weeks post op? I know it is easy to do too much but I had been feeling pretty good at 12 weeks and now I don't. 

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    Hi Elizabeth I'm 1 1/2 weeks post op , I thought having this op would solve all my problems I really do hope it has , but reading all about u I'm not so sure I think the first thing u shud is go see ur doc get him/ her to examine u throughly I really hope ur ok u must insist that things r not rite, I honestly think that this problem isn't taken seriously enough and us women r partly to blame , it's such a personal problem and we don't tend to talk abt it and aving blogs like this is really good it allows us to talk abt it , plz let me know what ur doc hass sed
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      Hi Joan, thanks for your reply and concern. Yes I will see the Dr but am resting up first to see if that helps and have adjusted my meds for keeping my bowels moving- think I might have been taking too much. I did go back a few weeks ago because I felt sore in sitting and it was found I had a sore spot over a stitch and a low level UTI which I wasn't aware of. So felt better when treated.  I am totally happy that I had this operation as I feel normal now and am having a good recovery overall. Not everyone has trouble but I think it's realistic to know there can be ups and downs with it and that it does take longer than most women originally think it will. It has been so helpful and comforting to read this forum and know that others have had issues/ concerns.
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    Hi Elizabeth, I am also interested on any replies you receive. I also had TVT and posterior repair (in uk) and am 19 weeks now, but you have just described my new symptoms perfectly too. I have been fine until recently too but now I've got the feelings you have. I'm guessing that it's because we've overdone things a bit and should probably take things easier until at least 6 months have passed. I was so worried last week that I've made an appt with my doctor to check what's happening. In the meantime, I am trying to rest a bit more when possible and doing more pelvic floor exercises. Tracy
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      Please don't worry though Elizabeth but get checked by your doctor as Joan above suggests too. I'm confident that we're ok but that we are still too delicate to be on the go all the time x
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      Thanks for your commiseration Merlion. Will be very interested in what the Dr says to you. Here's hoping it's all positive!  I'm doing pelvic floor exercises too and the physio said my muscles had improved and are pretty strong. I do feel better this evening but had a quieter day. I also cut back on the medication I'm taking to keep things going bowel-wise. I went a lot yesterday and that also made me sore. I was worried about cutting back too soon! This recovery appears to take a long time but I definitely feel it's worth it.
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      I am so hoping that you are all OK and it's just swelling.  I didn't get any symptoms from my anterior repair at that stage, and having had the hysterectomy at the same time was SO SO careful for months and months and didn't even lift the full 10lbs, didn't overdo it or anything, but my repair had still failed by about 8 or 9 months.  No-one had told me before the op that there was a high rate of failure!  I would still have had it done though because it was the right time to do it at the same time as the hysterectomy, but it would be nice if they gave us all the facts.  Having said that, my connective tissue disease MAY have played it's part there and the problems you're all having may well be something simple like swelling but I agree - get this checked out because if it's an infection it needs dealing with, or if it's a small problem it might be able to be sorted before it becomes a big one.  But I VERY much hope you are OK and this is a temporary glitch.
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      Hi Chris , I don't seem to av any problem with my anterior repair but I get so much presure and my posterior repair I get a bit of relief after I've had BM , I'm only 1 1/2 week post op , its helping me to understand more abt the op reading everyone's experiences
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      That sounds encouraging then.  I hope it's OK, and if there's still a lump there I would suggest getting it checked.  Unfortunatelyh our GP is so useless that I'd probably ask the hospital where I had anything done (which is what I did when I suddenly realised my prolapse was back, and they fitted me in within days to check it out), but you can always ask the secretary of the surgeon because I'm sure they will give you advice too - they'll ask the surgeon and phone you back.
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      Hi Chris , my surgeon was brilliant she has given me a direct number to her office to speak to her direct so if I do have any major concerns I can contact her , from reading everyone's comment I shud give it a few weeks I spose to give myself chance of recovery
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      Hi Chris, I'm so sorry your anterior repair failed. It must have been devastating after all the time of being so careful! The complication of your connective tissue disease makes it more difficult for you too and it's hard enough at times anyway. Thank you very much for your best wishes and I send mine back to you. 
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      That's brilliant Joan.  It's what we have too.  Seriously, if it doesn't feel right, I'd have no hesitation in just asking.  That's what they're there for, and it might reassure you and you can then relax, rather than worry about it.  But I do hope it's all fine:-)
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      Thanks Elizabeth.  Yes when I contacted the surgeon and they got me in quickly we really thought it was the posterior one that hadn't been repaired that had suddenly got worse, so to be told it was the anterior that had failed, and the posterior was much the same, but the vaginal vault was also coming down, was a bit of a shock and did knock me back a bit and now it's really the not knowing what the plan will be that is the hard bit, as I wait for the appointment to come through as the gynie cancer surgeon who did my repair and the hysterectomy has referred me to the prolapse specialist.  But hopefully it won't be long and then we can see what the options really are.  In the meantime it's pelvic floor exercises so many times a day:-)))) 
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    Hi, im over six months post op and i get this too. But i notice that it often happens when i havent had bm so i guess its pressure from that making things uncomfortable, but as i have bowel problems at the moment it might be something completely different to what you are experiencing.

    as with all health issues if you are concerned your gp is your first port of call if you cant find a solution yourself.

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      Hi Lisa Helen, thank you and everyone for your kind responses. I agree, sometimes the lumpy feeling can be needing to have a bm. I was really interested that you feel thus at 6 mos post op. I just didn't have that feeling earlier in my recovery, I guess because everything was being held well together by the stitches?! Will go to the Dr as suggested to find out, if the feeling continues....I was very relieved last time that everything was OK re the reapirs.
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    There is also a definite element of bm being helped at the beginning from using laxatives but i didnt start to get this feeling until after i began weaning myself off of them
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