Hysterectomy recovery, still in pain

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shannon1
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   Posted 2/3/2009 9:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello everyone! I just needed to vent, i hope you all don't mind.
 
My hysterectomy was 13 days ago. I was recovering pretty well, that is UNTIL i coughed while laying flat. I either popped the round ligament that they had to reattach or i gave myself a hernia.  I see the doc tomarrow for an ultrasound of the area to see if we can see anything. My WONDERFUL doctor switched my pain meds from percocet to dilauded, and thankfully, that is helping a little.
 
Over the last 5 yrs i have had two csections and one laperotomy and one abdomnial laperscopy. This stupid hysterectomy is much more painful than any of the other surgeries.....anyone know about this??? i was expecting to be much better than i am at 13 days in.
 
One good thing i can say is that it was def. the right thing to do, as i recently got the pathology results and it showed stage 4 endometriosis and adenomyosis, which is a condition where it grew right through my uterus.  So, i know that once i heal, i will be in alot less pain,but right now im feeling very defeated and depressed...
Jan. 2009, complete hysterectomy, diagnosed stage 4 endometriosis & adenomyosis (age 36)
2003, dx moderate UC
2000, dx selective IGA deficiency w/ anti IGA antibodies
2000, dx Antipholipid Antibody Syndrome
1999-2009, chronic hemmoragic ovarian cysts, w/ partial ovary removal
1977, complete reconstruction of foot after lawnmower accident (chronic pain)
 
Meds
6mp 75mg, prednisone 40mg (just starting meds again)
percocet 5mg 3x day
potassium 3x day
 


Dagger
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   Posted 2/3/2009 9:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Some surgeries just take longer to heal than others. Remember, they actually removed some organs that you've had all of your life; after a c-section, they remove a kid that's only been there for 9 months. Seriously, they probably did a lot more work inside this time around. Give yourself time.

My hernia repair, considered minor surgery, was a million times worse than my bowel resection, considered major surgery.

PAlady
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   Posted 2/4/2009 12:28 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, Shannon,
I haven't had a hysterectomy, but do know that surgery always seems to take much longer to heal from than what's told to us in advance - or even upon discharge. I know that was true for me when I had my double fusion in 2007. But I also had my gall bladder out when I was 19 and I remember doing very well for a couple of months, and then having a real major setback. You've got a lot of organis and internal stitches that need to heal and two weeks is nothing. Like you said you coughed and maybe pulled something. It sometimes takes only very little. I remember with my gall bladder - and this was when the incision covered most of your abdomen, not like the laproscopic surgieries of today - I had a very tough time coughing and yawning and laughing! I had to do these things in little stages. Took me forever to be able to yawn again normally! And I was very young and healthy then in every other way.

So I'm glad you're having it checked out, but maybe just adjust your expectations a bit and make sure you're not doing too much too fast.

Well wishes to you...

PaLady

shannon1
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   Posted 2/4/2009 7:59 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks to both of you!

Dagger, that is scary to hear that your hernia repair was so bad.....if i have popped a hernia i will need it repared to...was the bad experience due to circumstances or just really difficult recovery?

PaLady, thanks for the kind words!!!! Like you, i had the open inscision, not laperscopic. It makes for all movement painful...lol...like u said, even a big yawn will hurt!

thanks again for the support!
Jan. 2009, complete hysterectomy, diagnosed stage 4 endometriosis & adenomyosis (age 36)
2003, dx moderate UC
2000, dx selective IGA deficiency w/ anti IGA antibodies
2000, dx Antipholipid Antibody Syndrome
1999-2009, chronic hemmoragic ovarian cysts, w/ partial ovary removal
1977, complete reconstruction of foot after lawnmower accident (chronic pain)
 
Meds
6mp 75mg, prednisone 40mg (just starting meds again)
percocet 5mg 3x day
potassium 3x day
 


uniquelyme
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   Posted 2/4/2009 8:10 AM (GMT -6)   
 
 
I had a hysterectomy about 13 years ago...They did it the old fashioned way along with a bladder tack.  It seemed like forever before I started to feel even a little bit better.  And coughing.....Oh My!!!  So, I know what you are talking about....
 
It will get better.....eventually..LOL  Seriously, in a month you will feel better, in 2 months you will feel better...
 
Just give yourself time to heal...That is MAJOR Surgery.....
 
I hope you get well soon
 
Me.

 

 Post Lamenectomy Syndrome, Bipolar, GERD

Hemi-lamenectomy, Spinal Fusion

120mg. methadone daily, 60mg. oxycodone daily

 


straydog
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   Posted 2/4/2009 2:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Shannon,
 
Give it time. You are not 2 weeks post-op. I would imagine from what you described you were a mess inside, this does make a difference, especially cutting thru the mess, ok. My sisterinlaw had alot of pain also afterwards because of endo and by week three she was much, much better. Her dr said when he opened her up she was a total mess, the endo was attached to her bowels and there much more cutting involved than what he originally thought. In fact, he apologized to her afterwards because before surgery she suffered terrible gut wrenching pain from time to time du to the endo.  When you need to get up & down, sneeze or cough, hold a bed pillow to your tummy and apply light pressure. It really helps, they showed me how to do this in the hospital the first thing. Walking is one of the best things you can do to get your strength back.
 
Take good care of yourself and don't push it, you will only pay for it. I sure hope you have not thrown a hernia. I have one and am waiting to get my health in better shape before having it fixed.
 
I had my spay job done back in 1987 for fibroids. I had the open surgery, but mine wa done down low across called a bikini line. As if I needed to be in a bikini,lol. I do know if they cut you up & down, its much rougher to recover from-don't know how you were cut.
 
Just hang it there and pamper yourself. I imagine things were pretty bad in there so keep that in mind. Hugs....Susie  (keep an eye on the depression-I always got a little depressed after any surgery-don't know why, but it always went away).


shannon1
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   Posted 2/4/2009 4:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks uniquelyme! I don' t know anyone who has had a hysterectomy, so im glad to talk to others who have....

susie, thank you so much for your support! I was cut using my old csection scar, so a bikini cut also , thankfully! This is the 4th time we have used this inscision tho....depression is kicking in for me, but im trying to hang in there and remain positive...
Jan. 2009, complete hysterectomy, diagnosed stage 4 endometriosis & adenomyosis (age 36)
2003, dx moderate UC
2000, dx selective IGA deficiency w/ anti IGA antibodies
2000, dx Antipholipid Antibody Syndrome
1999-2009, chronic hemmoragic ovarian cysts, w/ partial ovary removal
1977, complete reconstruction of foot after lawnmower accident (chronic pain)
 
Meds
6mp 75mg, prednisone 40mg (just starting meds again)
percocet 5mg 3x day
potassium 3x day
 


PAlady
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   Posted 2/4/2009 4:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Shannon,
Don't be shy about admitting some depression. It's very common after major surgery, like Susie indicated. Plus as we all know chronic pain bring depression for physical and emotional reasons. It might help you feel better to speak with your doctor about an anti-depressant, especially if the depression continues to worsen. No sense feeling bad both physically and emotinally if you can give yourself some help with an anti-depressant. You don't have to stay on it forever.

There is a website I think called hystersisters or something along those lines for women who have had hysterectomies. I've heard mixed things about it but maybe it would be helpful to you now.

hugs,

PaLady

shannon1
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   Posted 2/5/2009 10:23 AM (GMT -6)   
PaLady, thank you so much....you all are such a great support here!
I will try to find the site u mentioned...thanks!

depression is indeed a problem in my family and i have suffered my fair share to. i will keep an eye on it and talk to my doc if i notice it getting worse.
Jan. 2009, complete hysterectomy, diagnosed stage 4 endometriosis & adenomyosis (age 36)
2003, dx moderate UC
2000, dx selective IGA deficiency w/ anti IGA antibodies
2000, dx Antipholipid Antibody Syndrome
1999-2009, chronic hemmoragic ovarian cysts, w/ partial ovary removal
1977, complete reconstruction of foot after lawnmower accident (chronic pain)
 
Meds
6mp 75mg, prednisone 40mg (just starting meds again)
percocet 5mg 3x day
potassium 3x day
 


mom9mom
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   Posted 2/11/2009 12:42 AM (GMT -6)   
Shannon every surgery is different and you never know witch will be the worse just give it time to heal.Get help with your depression,I read once that 80 % of people that have major surgery have a bout of depression.I am sending you a big ((((((HUG)))))) and a prayer that you will soon feel better.Good luck.
Lost half of my small intestineJan.2008.Ilieostomy for 5 months then reverst in June 2008,Nerve damage to right leg,part of my right hip bone removed Jan. 2008,Cronic pain,hernia,infection in my back called discites,and depression.Gallbladder removed Nov,2008.Surgery to fuse L3 and L4 vertabra Dec. 31,2008.Mother to 9 kids 7 boys 2 girls and 1 stepson.4 grandsons,9 grandaughters.4 of my grandkids I inherited from my twin sister who passed away 6 1/2 years ago from a blood clot after surgery.God has given me my life back after I almost lost it.Even though its a painful and sometimes hard road to walk I take it one step at a time and give thanks to god for every step I take.


shannon1
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   Posted 2/11/2009 10:55 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi everyone, just a quick update....

I was having severe pain in the groin area and went back to my doctor, when he touched me, i flew off the table screaming in pain. I went home on more pain meds, and two days later was in such pain, my doc admitted me into the hospital. I stayed for 3 more days. They did a MRI and a CT scan, and they show some fluid there, but nothing of much significance. My doc thinks it is either a pulled round ligiment or a entrapped nerve. They did a nerve block into the groin and i finally came home. The next day, it actually felt great, but this morning i woke up and stretched and felt it pull again....Im feeling so defeated and just not sure what to do. They told me that if it is a entrapped nerve, they will need to open me back up and release it. I don't want to do that just yet, as i want to give it time incase it's a ligiment, but i surly can't be layed up like this for months on end trying to let it heal either...i have a 5 yr old and a 1 1/2 yr old and i really need to be well for them.

I am seeing my PM tomarrow to see if he thinks i should continue having nerve blocks or what. Has anyone ever had a entrapped nerve from surgery?

Anyways, just really need to vent and let some of this go....hope u all are having a lpd!


Jan. 2009, complete hysterectomy, diagnosed stage 4 endometriosis & adenomyosis (age 36)
2003, dx moderate UC
2000, dx selective IGA deficiency w/ anti IGA antibodies
2000, dx Antipholipid Antibody Syndrome
1999-2009, chronic hemmoragic ovarian cysts, w/ partial ovary removal
1977, complete reconstruction of foot after lawnmower accident (chronic pain)
 
Meds
6mp 75mg, prednisone 40mg (just starting meds again)
percocet 5mg 3x day
potassium 3x day
 


PAlady
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   Posted 2/11/2009 11:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Shannon,
Many of us have entrapped nerves, but it's a questions of what's entrappiing them. Can be many, many things. But I'd suggest you ask your doctor to explain to you what a ligament is - it's not the same as muscle tissue, and it sounds like you may be waiting for it to heal. From what my physical therapist has told me (because my SI joint ligament is loosened, which isn't the same as weakened) when ligaments get torn or loosened there's a different process at work than what we might think of with muscles. But I also wonder if you tried to stretch too soon after your injection. I still wonder if maybe you try to do too much too soon, and you end up shooting yourself in the foot (but many of us do it!).

PaLady

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   Posted 2/11/2009 11:54 AM (GMT -6)   
YIKES Shannon!! So sorry to hear your hurting so bad. I can't imagine trying to keep up w/ a 5 yo and does your 11/2 yo get around by his/her self? Do you have someone there helping you, I HOPE!! I know any cutting on your gut area hurts bad. I think your surgery and mine (radical prostatectomy) were probably similar in the pain dept. They cut my vertically from my pelvic bone to my naval but I would think it doesn't matter which way they cut, the point is that they cut! And you have been cut 4 times there? I couldn't ever do it! You must be one tough Lady!!! Hang in there Mommy, We will be saying prayers and sending VERY gentill hugs!
Your Buddy,
Pete
55 years old, Surgury, Radical Prostatectomy 8/20/03, PSA 6.6, Gleason 3 + 3 = 6, Adenocarcinoma extent (moderate) Stage & Margin:T2NOMX, No Metastases, Organ Confined, bone scan: Neg. 3 1/2 years of depression after surgery prior to Hypogonadizm DX, Testosterone Theropy (Testim Gel)since 12/06 but switched to a higher dose of (Androgel) 6/08. 55 and still alive and so glad to still be here to see my two sons grow up to be fine young men. They are both serving in the US Navy, one on an aircraft carrier heading for Hong Kong and the other on a Gator Freighter stationed in Norfolk, Va. I am one proud PaPa! 


Becoming undone
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   Posted 2/11/2009 11:58 AM (GMT -6)   
just my 2 cents...I just wanted to add, prednisone will slow down the healing process. yeah it keeps down some of the inflammation associated with surgery, but you kinda also need that to repair faster...My sister took quite awhile to heal with hers and she was only on 2mgs (I had another type of surgery (for my crohn's), and it took soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo long to heal, in fact, I don't think it is healed yet and I'm 2 years out)...
Take care...

shannon1
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   Posted 2/11/2009 2:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks again (palady, pete, undone!)

Palady, you are right, i have been waiting for the ligiment to heal...lol...guess i better talk to my doc about it. I didnt want to rush into surgery for a "possible" trapped nerve if it were relly a ligiment. I am trying my best to stay in bed as much as possible, and only get up to walk a few times a day for exercise.

Pete, it does sound like our surgeries were similar pain wise. Something i wouldn't wish on my worst enemy (well....maybe...) Thankfully, i do have my mom who has really stepped up and is taking care of the kids for me while i heal.

Becomming, thanks for the pred info. Thankfully i am not on pred anymore, guess i should update my profile. Im sorry to hear u had to have surgery due to your crohns, i hope it was successful!

Anyways, thanks again everyone, this board has been a life savor! Im so thankful for all of you!
Jan. 2009, complete hysterectomy, diagnosed stage 4 endometriosis & adenomyosis (age 36)
2003, dx moderate UC
2000, dx selective IGA deficiency w/ anti IGA antibodies
2000, dx Antipholipid Antibody Syndrome
1999-2009, chronic hemmoragic ovarian cysts, w/ partial ovary removal
1977, complete reconstruction of foot after lawnmower accident (chronic pain)
 
Meds
6mp 75mg, prednisone 40mg (just starting meds again)
percocet 5mg 3x day
potassium 3x day
 


straydog
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   Posted 2/11/2009 10:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Shannon,
 
OMG, what a wild thing to happen!!!! Just goes to remind us how careful we must realy be after a surgery. WOW, I am still just shocked. I hate to hear all the pain this mess has dealt you on top of everything else.
 
So glad to hear that your Mom is there helping out. I know when my Mom was alive if I was sick I always felt better if I called & talked to her. She would always come whenever I  had surgery. But, my Mom did not handle that too well, she got upset, but it was just comforting to me knowing she was there.
 
Take care and post and let us know how you are ding. Pamper yourself. Hugs, Susie


uniquelyme
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   Posted 2/12/2009 10:19 AM (GMT -6)   
 
 
Shannon,
I was wondering how you were doing?  Are you feeling any better today?  I saw that you were having some problems since the hysterectomy and I wanted to let you know that I was thinking of you...
 
I remember how awful it was after mine...My boyfriend, at the time, thought I should be all better in about a week!!  Could you imagine?  He wanted me to go right back to my old self and take care of him and the my son so he could out with his buddies and go hunting and whatever it was that he did...
 
No wonder I left his sorry butt a few years later...LOL 
 
Anyway, let me know how you are..
 
Me.

 
We are all in the same boat...unfortunatley it seems like it's sinking...
 
Rhonda
Post Lamenectomy Syndrome
Hemi Lamenectomy
Spinal Fusion
 
120 mg. Methadone daily
60 mg. Oxycodone daily
Lyrica as needed 

 


shannon1
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   Posted 2/12/2009 6:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Susie, thankyou for your kind words! They mean alot to me!

Me, thanks for checking in on me....I saw the PM doc today and he believes that it is indeed a nerve and not a ligiment causing my pain. He gave me lidocane patches, lyrica, percocet (10mg) and a muscle relaxer to help w. the spasms i have been having. He agreed that i should wait a few months if possible before going with surgery to release a trapped nerve, just give it time to heal on it's own.
Im so sorry that you didn't have someone supportive to help you after your hyster! I know at this point, my husband and mother are both starting to feel that i should be all better (3wks 1 day post op). Of course i have to remind them the doc said it was 8wks, so im not even half way there.....LOL

anyways, im so glad to have you all! hugs, and hope everyone is haveing a lpd!
Jan. 2009, complete hysterectomy, diagnosed stage 4 endometriosis & adenomyosis (age 36)
2003, dx moderate UC
2000, dx selective IGA deficiency w/ anti IGA antibodies
2000, dx Antipholipid Antibody Syndrome
1999-2009, chronic hemmoragic ovarian cysts, w/ partial ovary removal
1977, complete reconstruction of foot after lawnmower accident (chronic pain)
 
Meds
6mp 75mg, prednisone 40mg (just starting meds again)
percocet 5mg 3x day
potassium 3x day
 


PAlady
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   Posted 2/12/2009 7:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Shannon,
Glad to see you're getting more help with the pain. And as far as healing time periods, I've always found it probably takes twice as long as the docs tell us! I hope your mother and hubby will cut you some slack. One day they may be in your shoes.

PaLady

gee gee
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   Posted 2/12/2009 11:11 PM (GMT -6)   
nono  
Hi Shannon
 
After reading your comment, you really need to be careful for at least the next four weeks.   Surgical adhesions (scar tissue) can occur in the first two weeks after surgery if you do not obey the rules of post surgery.   I know this factually.   I am dealing with permanent scar tissue after three surgeries.  It seems as though anyone who has had it before tends to have it reoccur.   I have done a lot of research on this, I know more than my OB Gyn.    Scar tissue is not an elastic matter.   Your movement of your body cause it to pull which in turn causes pain.   I have chronic pelvic pain and probably will the rest of my life.  
 
I need someone to talk to about this.   I have zero faith in my doctor now.   He removed my uterus in the first surgery.   Then did another surgery to remove my left ovary and then another surgery to remove my right ovary.   Each surgery, he removed scar tissue also.  All surgeries were done by cutting my abdomine.   Not fun.   I trusted him and now I am a mess.   I have researched enough now to know that every surgery he has done has a risk of causing more scar tissue.   Something I was not told.
 
Good Luck

shannon1
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   Posted 2/13/2009 8:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi gee gee, i poste you u in your other post before i saw this.

Like you, i have delt with adheasions for many years to. Like you said, tho, mine was endo, it was all attached inside, stomach to my bowels. With every surgery, they always remove the new adheasions.

I wonder why your OBgyn did not just do a hyster on you rather than subject you to multiple surgeries like that....I really think you should find another gyn, you have a real history and should really look for someone in a teaching hospital or something like that.
Jan. 2009, complete hysterectomy, diagnosed stage 4 endometriosis & adenomyosis (age 36)
2003, dx moderate UC
2000, dx selective IGA deficiency w/ anti IGA antibodies
2000, dx Antipholipid Antibody Syndrome
1999-2009, chronic hemmoragic ovarian cysts, w/ partial ovary removal
1977, complete reconstruction of foot after lawnmower accident (chronic pain)
 
Meds
6mp 75mg, prednisone 40mg (just starting meds again)
percocet 5mg 3x day
potassium 3x day
 


straydog
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   Posted 2/14/2009 12:08 PM (GMT -6)   
GeeGee I really feel for you. Some people are also more prone to develop scar tissue than others. When you start down the path of doing surgery to remove scar tissue its never ending, more will just grow back and they can only remove just so much each time. You are obviously one of the people that tend to develop it more so than others.

Susie


shannon1
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   Posted 2/15/2009 8:30 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone, this recovery just SUX. Im so fustrated and feeling so bad for my family! I had a terrible night last night and again woke up to cough, and got that extreeme pain that has been plagueing me. This morning, i got up to pee (sorry TMI) and had this horrible burning in the vaginal cuff (where a ton of stiches are). I have taken my pain meds, and am in bed now on the heating pad.

Today i am 3wks 4 days post op. Im soooooo tired of it all. I miss playing with my kids, i miss holding my 20mo old, i even miss cleaning my house! Now thats real pity if you ask me!!!!

I do atleast feel that at this point, i am doing the "two steps forward, one step back" thing, so atleast i know im healing....I just want this to end. My poor mother has been driving back and fourth (45min drive) every 3 days to have a day off at her home. She has been so great taking care of the kids, but i worry so much about her, as she suffers chronic pain also and has already had a hip replaced, and she suffers from really bad arthritis. I worry that all she is doing here is going to hurt her.....I worry about my husband trying to run his own business, then come home to have to help with kids dinner, baths, homework ect....he is exhausted and needs a break to. I feel like maybe i should suck it up and just spend a day doing my normal things, i just worry about further injuring myself and ending up back in the hospital like last time.

Oh, i just don't know guys, i know im just venting and i know im just crying over spilled milk at this point, but it seems that i need to every few days....lol....i know my hormones are totally out of whack, and my HRT is much lower in estrogen than what my ovaries were putting out, and im having hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, ect on top of all the physical healing.

anyways, im sorry for all the complaining, i am usually a pretty positive person, but boy, this one has really thrown me for a loop!


Jan. 2009, complete hysterectomy, diagnosed stage 4 endometriosis & adenomyosis (age 36)
2003, dx moderate UC
2000, dx selective IGA deficiency w/ anti IGA antibodies
2000, dx Antipholipid Antibody Syndrome
1999-2009, chronic hemmoragic ovarian cysts, w/ partial ovary removal
1977, complete reconstruction of foot after lawnmower accident (chronic pain)
 
Meds
6mp 75mg, prednisone 40mg (just starting meds again)
percocet 5mg 3x day
potassium 3x day
 

Post Edited (shannon1) : 2/15/2009 9:03:35 AM (GMT-7)


uniquelyme
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   Posted 2/15/2009 10:53 AM (GMT -6)   
 
 
GeeGee,
What was ur Doc thinking?  3 surgeries?  Why not get it all in one shot?  That's what happened with me, I had my hysterectomy when my son was 3.  The only thing he left was my left ovary...I don't know why, but I guess it had to do with hormones...
 
I also had a bladder tack, and I too had an abdominal incision.  Which is still numb after 13 years! 
 
Wow!  you were put through the wringer weren't you?
 
Me.
 
Shannon,
I hope you are doing better today, I feel so bad for you....((((((HUGZ))))))

 
We are all in the same boat...unfortunatley it seems like it's sinking...
 
Rhonda
Post Lamenectomy Syndrome
Hemi Lamenectomy
Spinal Fusion
 
120 mg. Methadone daily
60 mg. Oxycodone daily
Lyrica as needed 

 


PAlady
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   Posted 2/15/2009 4:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Shannon,
i know it's so tough to go slow after surgery, but you're absolutely right that to do too much can set you back way more than one step! Are there any social agencies in your area that could send in some help for you to take some of the burden off your mother? I had community nurses after my surgery (although they didn't do housework or anything!) and they were great support in many ways. Some areas have homemakers that can come in, and a few insurances even pay for these things if your doctor prescribes it as needed. You may be able to look in the phone book for your local non-profit - something like a visitng nurses association, etc., and they could even recommend legit services.

But vent anytime! You know we're here to listen!

PaLady
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