Week 3 post-op - hysterectomy and bladder repair

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Hi all.  I'm new to this but wondered whether anyone has had my post-op experience.  I had a vaginal hysterectomy (cervix taken away, ovaries left) plus a prolapsed bladder repair/repositioning on 12 May.  Apart from the expected post-op pain which I expected, I didn't open my bowels for 8 days and had to resort to suppositories and laxative drinks.  That slowly resolved itself but have now experienced two days of diarrhoea.  What's worrying me now is I seem to be in quite a bit of pain deep inside my vagina again, which I'm presuming is still stitches healing but why should I now be experiencing pain three weeks later when I haven't been in pain from the operation site for at least 10 days?  Bit worried something is going wrong.  Any help would be great.  Thank you.

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    Hello sue9335

    you sound like me...almost same procedure only I had 2 hernias, uterus, fallopian tubes removed and adjusted colon And bladder. I am now on 6th week and the pain has finally eased down. Only when constipated is when I have pain. Drink lots of water and laxatives. I had vaginal pain but was fine later. If you are at 3 weeks you should be seeing your doctor by now ask him or her. I was a big pain with my doctor calling everyday first two weeks. Always want to make sure. I bleed 4th week and was scare but it was my hemorrhoids lol. These procedures are hard and take time to heal. Call doctor with any questions. Feel better

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      Hi Maria.  Wow, your op sounds horrendous.  Well done you for being so brave in recovery.  My GP is useless - before i could get a prescription out of him for suppositories and laxative drinks, I had to send my daughter out to buy some over the counter.  I'm possibly worrying too much - I just thought that the pain would steadily decrease, not go and then come back again!  I'm not very good at resting so perhaps the pain is telling me that I need to rest more.  It would be good also if the bleeding would stop although it's not heavy. Wishing you well Maria.
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    I am in my fourth week post op but with an abdominal  hysterectomy. In my third week I had more internal twiinging pain and soreness than in the first 2 weeks. I only ever walked round the hose and garden but may be that was too much. I think the pain is because now you are healing and muscles and nerves are joining together. If I have a pain day I make sure I really rest up the next day. If in doubt call you Gp to request they call you back they can assess you over the phone 
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      Thanks for that Deborah - yes, i wondered whether things would have to "reposition"  themselves post-op and maybe that's the cause of the pain. I just get so scared that something's going wrong and I'll end up back in hospital! I'm doing the same as you, just pottering around the house and garden, but perhaps I am bending or moving too much and I need to be more aware of my whole abdomen area.  I suppose the 6 week recovery is just that for a reason - because it takes 6 weeks to recover!  I will do like you say, take a painkiller and have a rest day when the pain surfaces and hopefully those days will get fewer.  Good luck in your recovery.
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    Hi Sue

    this hysterectomy business seems to write its own script.

    so sorry to hear of your troubles.

    i am week 5 to 6 and this week the pain has come back.

    I have read that the healing is not linear. In other words it doesn't heal in all the same places at the same time.

    the bowel stuff seems to be the dominant feature in causing pain in readjusting / repositioning coupled with toilet issues.

    As the other ladies have advised if the pain is becoming worse then see your GP for some big pain killers.

    Over the counter high strength anti inflamotories may knock some discomfort off.

    the trouble with paracetamol and codeine is that it slows down the bowel.

    Stay strong and rest loads. 

     

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      Thank you Deb. Sorry to hear your pain has come back so long after your op. You must be really fed up with it all. I'm thinking you're right - I naively thought, it hurts, the pain gets less every day and then not at all and then you're fully recovered. But it does sound like that's not necessarily the case. Yes rest and patience may be the answer ..... Perhaps I should take up knitting! I'll limit the painkillers if I can cos I really don't want to go back to serious constipation as that was horrendous and nearly reduced me to tears.

      Take care of yourself Deb x

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    With you on the loo front !!

    that was the worst pain ever.

    i am assured that we are all positive in getting better.

    I have found this forum jolly useful to just get my head straight over what is happening and may happen in the weeks to come.

    At least the summer is nearly here!

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    I so agree this has been the best forum for me. And hystersisters. I had no idea these existed. But great to hear how everyone is doing and any word of encouragement. I am so bloated and swollen and next Saturday I have a sweet 16 to attend, yikes. I just ordered a panty op to help me with my tummy. fyi.. instead of prescription I take motrin. My doctor had recommended so I don't have bowel issues with the others prescribed. I can't wait for summer 😊 staying positive.
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