newbie here..2 weeks post cystocele, rectocele and vaginal hysterectomy..with alot of questions....

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Actually..its been a littleover 2 weeks and a real rough time getting to this point..the rectocele part of this ssurgery was the absolute worst..I still cannot sit without pillow underneath/elevation..all the problems I feel have to do with "butt".. The Dr did tell me this is a rough recovery but Inever expected to feel this way past 2 weeks....I am VERY worried about going back to work at 6 weeks..the good thing I guess is that I don't sit...but the part I'm worried about is that I NEVER sit..I work in a busy dental offiice and am on my feet 6 to 9 hours at a time with no place to sit..I take exrays..write charts and

set up and clean up rooms along with many other duties..very worried if I can be on my feet all that time..due to all 3 surgeries I had...

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    Hello denise. I know just how you feel. I was the same after my operation. It is very painful for the first 3-4 weeks and to be absolutely honest I don't think you'll be well enough to return to work after 6 weeks. I was off 13 weeks altogether but could have gone back at 10-12 weeks. You are going to have to give it time. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news.
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    I am 7 days post op, just out of hospital & in agony. Feel like I have constant contractions in my tummy & shooting up my bum. I really didn't think I would be in this much pain. The only thing that helps is salted baths that the consultant recommended but the minute I get out pain starts again.

    I have not had a bowel movement & overload of laxatives & suppositories are causing more spasms. Unfortunately my bladder was not operating so have to wear a catherer for two weeks. If I could rewind time I would never have had the surgery.

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      Hello fragglerocker. I feel for you as well. It is very painful, I remember it so well. Having your bowels open is so difficult. I had Lactulose but then resorted to Dulcoese and Dulcolax. That worked in the end. Once you've had your bowels opened you'll feel much better.
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      I am on lactulose & senokat. I normally use ducolax when I have a blockage but the consultant said it would undo all his work if I took strong laxatives.

      anyone post op can you give me a rough estimate of when pain eases?

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      The pain eased and became more bearable once I'd had my bowels open but I was taking Tramadol for about 4 weeks. Are you getting plenty of rest? What I mean is are you doing nothing at all. No cooking or any housework bits and pieces? My husband had just retired when I had my operation so he did every. I was lucky I know but it's important to rest. When I was going in for the surgery people who'd had the operation told me I wouldn't feel back to normal for a year and that's right. I don't mean you feel ill for that time but it's only after a year you realise just how under the weather you had been.
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      I relaxed all today but finding it hard. My mum is helping & my husband is trying his best when he is home. I have three kids under 6 who just want their mummy back.

      Consultant told me I cant drive for six weeks as posterior repair was extensive. was it like that for everyone else?

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      Yes 6 weeks is the time when you are supposed to be able to drive, have sex (no chance!). Your children will be even more demanding I expect because they'll have missed you when you were in hospital. Just try and get as much rest as you can. You'll have more chance of a faster recovery. 
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    Denise sounds like you will need longer off work. Or at least return part time.

    Standing for long periods is bad. I had hysterectomy and anterior repair oct 14. Took recovery very easy. 12 weeks off work. Then prolapse returned even worse. Take care of yourself.

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    When I returned to work I did phased return until after a month I was full time again. And remember you shouldn't life anything really heavy for about 6 months. Your GP can stipulate all of that when you are given your fit for work certificate (or whatever it's called these days).
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    Denise,

    Im sure it will take some time and you will get better soon.

    My apologies for asking.

    It is a possibility I will need this surgery.

    Just one major question.

    Did your prolapse always feel worse at the end of the day?

    I have discomfort from when I wake in the morning mostly anal, and now I am told this may be pudendal nerve pain, sounds complex I know.

    Although I have prolapse in all 3 departments.

    Sorry to ask when you are so needing some reassurance from fellow sufferers.

    Get well soon,

    Sandra

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    Hi

    Be very careful about standing for long periods, can't have a cushioned stool that you can half sit half stand at whilst you do some of your work?  I am 3 months post op and still need a memory foam cushion when sitting on hard chairs.  Recovery from this op is a lot longer than any of us expected.   One of you ladies mentioned some slight bleeding and whilst I would certainly get it checked out if you are at all worried, I went wandering off round my garden after 3 weeks thinking all was well, and ended up in agony with fresh bleeding, and laid down and rested after that little episode.  What you have to remember is that the wounds are in a warm, damp area, not like a cut on your hand that is exposed to air, so they need a lot of time to recover, and of course they're in the part of your body that you use lots of times during the day.  BM especially are a nightmare at first.  I would say I feel about 95% recovered now but am still being very careful about what I do and still know that if I over exerte myself that I get twinges and discomfort.   Get as much rest as you can, when you can.  After all I doubt any of us wants to have to go through this again.

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      Gill,

      Get better soon,

      Did you feel worse at the end of the day with this prolapse prior to surgery.  Sorry to ask.  As I wake up in discomfort too.

      Not just the end of the day.

      Sandra.

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    I'm 10 days post op for rectocele and perineal repair and I feel great no pain just bit sore where the outside stitches . I wonder if it matters what procedure you have. I know I had standard repair with just stitches to strengthen everything. I know they can use mesh which my consultant wouldn't use he said I was to young to have it. I couldn't sit for bout 4 days but now I'm fine. You have had quite a bit more done maybe that's why it's taking longer. I know for sure I'm scared to even think about resuming physical relationship with my husband as I've had a look as you do lol and it looks different much smaller if you get the picture. I hope you feel better soon Denise.
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      Hi Sandra

      Yes It definitely got worse as the day wore on and at night it seemed to burn as my BM moved down and the prolapse got bigger.   Plus I was up around 12 times a night for a pee, so exhausted too.  Well worth having it done.  Good luck.

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