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I had a total abdominal hysterectomy converted from laparoscopy, and bilateral ovary removal three weeks ago. My surgery was over three hours long as the laparoscopy showed my bladder was stuck to my uterus, and it was damaged . I was nine hours in recovery for some reason. When I woke up in the ward, I was in terrible pain. Not just from the wound, but from a migraine and trapped wind which completely paralysed me from my nose , up round my head to the back of my ribs. I was sick and frightened. That was at 6am. I waited till after 11 am for some pain relief.... and got paracetamol. Later, I got voltarol and a peppermint tablet. At 9 pm, the night medicines came round. My pain was 10/10. I got more. Paracetamol. Next morning, I was discharged.....with a catheter in place for a week, and a months supply of Clexane syringes for me to inject myself with every night. Not once, did anyone show me the slightest sympathy. When I said I was in terrible pain, sister said what did I expect. I left hospital, barely able to walk, feeling shocked and confused. I am recovering well at home, but think the nursing care I got was abysmal. Has anyone else had an experience like this? The surgeon and theatre staff were wonderful by the way.
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