oopherectomy pain 16 days after, is this normal?

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This was my second oopherectomy as I had one on my right side 12 years ago. Which I was back jogging a week after that one. This one it's been 16 days and I'm still down in pain and weak. But with this one I bled out and had a blood transfusion ( almost 4 pints of blood) and I'm starting to think I'll always feel like this and never heal. To ask my Dr. about this he continuously says it's nothing he did. I bled from an incision, which he made. Should I be getting a second opinion? I'm getting scared and want my life back with my family. I was diagnosed with endometriosis, pcos and bleeding fibroid at 17. I had a full hyst 5 years ago at 31. After proving Dr 's wrong and having 3 boys when they said od be lucky to have one. I has two of my babies without having a menstrual for over 5 years. Now I can't enjoy my boys cause I'm dealing with this recovery which isn't moving along at all. Any suggestions or easing words from anyone would be greatly appreciated.

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    Hi Melissa. Are you in UK or US? I ask because we do things a bit differently here in the UK. I had a double salpingo oophrectomy/cyst removal in April. I'm still feeling tired and under the weather! It may be because I'm 73 and we take longer to heal and recover as we age. 12 years since your last one, it could just be the age difference or maybe you're anaemic after all that blood loss. If I were you I'd make an appointment with your GP, family doctor, whatever you call him/her where you live. Ask for blood tests to see if your iron levels are low. This could be a reason why you're feeling so tired and low but 12 days is nothing. I was told it would take at least a month for healing and recovery after surgery. Also you have children to care for which also saps ones energy at any age! rolleyes Jogging after surgery is NOT recommended here either. I think it's just too early for you to consider such exercise yet. Housework and children should give you enough of that for now. Take care of yourself and rest as much as poss and you'll soon feel much better. Best wishes, Pollyanna UK. razz

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      So true.

      If checking iron, also ferritin, transferrin and whole red blood count/hb should be checked in one go.

      The recovery from blood loss takes long (talking weeks or months) in itself without the addition of the surgery impact.

      If the iron/red blood study levels were moderately to quite low, you can get iron i.v..

      (If the levels were very low, you would get another blood transfusion.)

      If the levels were not too bad, you could get away with oral iron supplements.

      Keep in mind:

      if iron, transferrin and all red blood parameters (count, size, hb) are normal, but ferritin was low (as the only parameter),

      it's still a mild iron deficiency, that you need to address with oral supplements or change in diet (take vit C with it), because even low ferritin makes tired still.

      (odd, but it does!)

      All the best!


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    Oh my gosh!!!

    Yes get a second opinion! When the Dr. says it's not my fault instead of why you're going through this. RUN! (or in your case walk as fast as possible) to a specialist.

    Losing that much blood and being transfused takes a huge toll on your body. Though life saving, transfusions are not your blood and take time to metabolize. Then you have the cause of the bleed which likely will take time to resolve itself. (I gather there was no explanation for the bleed.) This was NOT just a simple oopherectomy. You've been through a lot surgically over the last 14 years and your history shows you recover well. Complications do occur but this seems extreme. I would, if possible, get copies or have copies of your recent file sent to the physician you chose. Soon, while everything is fresh.

    I was 49 and had everything removed, did lose lots of blood, and was anemic post surgery. Although extremely fatigued the only pain was my incision, and healing muscles if I over did it. But I was driving and running short errands comfortably 3 weeks post surgery. I had dissection of abdomen due to SEVERE endometriosis, total hysterectomy, hemorrhage due to 15 cm cyst rupture and an artery feeding my kidney stripped due to strangulation that would've killed my kidney if not found. My surgeon checked my blood count before I left the hospital and sent me home with a short term iron prescription, plus senna for likely constipation.

    Congratulations on your boys, what a gift. But your recovery is harder cause you're trying to keep up with them no doubt. The fatigue from transfusion/anemia alone can be crushing. Combined with the affects of surgery......exhaustion guaranteed. You are older so that is a factor too. Was this a full abdominal incision versus previous laproscopic? Soreness is to be expected but if you're in severe pain I would see someone else or at least check in with your GP.

    Trust your instincts, find another Dr. Take care of you! Rest as much as possible.

    You're in my thoughts and prayers!

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