Hi, friends. I have a strange question for any of you who have been through a hysterectomy. I had one earlier this summer (robot assisted lap) and had everything except one ovary removed. This was the culmination of a VERY long history of many many yucky and painful issues which I won't get into here. It has been kind of traumatic for me in a weird way - I was relieved to finally have it done as it will hopefully fix a multitude of issues I've been dealing with, and I am also hoping it might somehow help with my back issues since PCOS and Endo were among the issues (although my docs all say this wasn't the root of my back problems so it probably won't help). But on the flip side, it has been VERY hard to deal with the loss related to this. I am young and single and do not have even a significant other at the time. As PaLady and I have discussed before - that is one dream that seems to be slipping away and has been a struggle in and of itself, but now I have compounded the thought that if I do ever manage to find someone we will have this limitation as well... Just a lot to grapple with and it's been harder than I thought it would be.
Okay, well I didn't mean to pour out all THAT drama! Sorry.
Here is my real question....
I am over a month out and according to my OB-GYN everything is healing fine. My problem is that I am having a strange pain in my abdomen. It is on the side where the remaining ovary is. I should say that I really wanted the doc to take BOTH ovaries since they have been a big part of my problems, but he was insistent that I keep one so as to avoid early onset menopause. Now I am kicking myself for giving in. Anyways, I saw him yesterday and he is convinced that my abdominal pain is completely unrelated to my surgery and is "referred pain" from the back flare that I had a couple weeks ago. Thing is, my docs increased my meds and I did extra PT and I've gotten the back flare back under control (well - as much as it ever is controlled anyways). The pain in my abdomen is not unbearable - certainly not as bad as the back pain, but it is ever present and enough to make me adjust the way I sit, stand, and walk many days. Of course between my back and my belly now I am just a mess! I am sitting here now with a heating pad on my back and an ice bag on my belly as that seems to be the only thing that helps.
I'm wondering if any of you have had this surgery and how long it was before your bellies stopped hurting? Did your back pain or other pain problems seem to cause pain in the belly for you?
I know this is kind of off topic for this forum, so I apologize for that. I'm just at a loss here and I don't know who to ask. I appreciate any input you have.