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   Posted 1/13/2010 10:11 AM (GMT -7)   
I went to a gynocologist the other day. That was an adventure in itself. I ended up being there fore THREE HOURS. And I only saw the doctor for maybe twenty mintues at the most. Anyways. I went there because I have a lot of pain when I make love to my husband. It feels like I am being stabbed. It really sucks. When he did the exam I thought I was going to die. It hurt that much. He told me that he thought it would be best if I had a laparoscopy done. I don't really know what to do. I told him I had to talk it over with the hubby.
I was talking to my mom about it, and she said that it's likely that I have a lot of scar tissue from when I had Alex. But the only way to know for sure what is going on is with this surgery.
The thing is that I won't be able to take anything for the pain afterwards. No morphine, no lortabs, no nothing because I am on Suboxone. I know that I will have to lie in bed for days. I won't be able to pick my son up because it would tear my stitches. That would put all the responsibility on my hubby.
I really want to know what is going on, but I am hesitant to have this procedure done because of the reasons I listed. I could really use some advice.
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   Posted 1/13/2010 10:20 AM (GMT -7)   
I had that same Laparoscopy done this past August for almost the same reason! Mine turned out to be an ovarian cyst that needed to be removed. I only had one small incision in my belly button and upon going home, did not have to take any pain medicine beyond Tylenol for it. It was very easy to recover from it! I didn't have to lay in bed afterwards, except maybe the first day, but I think that was because I was still coming off of the anaesthesia. I did have to have my hubby lift my son into his highchair a few times just to be safe and not rip my incision open, but it wasn't that long until I was doing it myself. My son weighs 30 lbs.

Your experience may be different than mine was. Maybe it depends on the doctor and how much he needs to do while in there. I just wanted to let you know of my experience. Do you have a neighbor, family member, friend or anyone who can come help you and your husband with your son for even bath time or meals for a couple of days?

Good luck!
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   Posted 1/13/2010 11:14 AM (GMT -7)   
I had exploratory lap done too and I wasn't really hurting the day I had it done. I guess I was still a bit loopy from the anesthesia. But the next day I had a lot of shoulder pain which is one of the symptoms from the air they put in you to expand the area for the look-see. I learned that drinking peppermint tea relieves this tremendously! So if you have this done, please have some on hand if you don't just to be safe. Oh and I can't take any prescription pain killers either so I had Tylonel which worked fine.

I had the same problem among other issues. But my doctor couldn't quite figure out my pain but he did mention that I am prone to follicular cysts. I already had one that became a full cyst that had to be drained several years prior to this laproscopy.
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   Posted 1/13/2010 12:55 PM (GMT -7)   
I've had 4 laparoscopies for endometriosis. I've always just had incisional pain on the first day and the shoulder pain (from the gas put into your abdomen).

If you lie flat for the first 24 hours, the shoulder pain won't be too bad and will dissipate. Also, after the first day, I've never needed much pain relief either. Since you are on Suboxone, is there something they can give you at the hospital that is long-lasting to get you through the first day? After the first day or so, I wouldn't describe it as pain (at least for me), just soreness when you move.

I also didn't have to lie in bed for days. Usually a day or two of rest and I was able to sit, recline, take a shower, get myself a drink, etc.

As for stitches, I never had them. I've had 3 incisions at a time that were just closed with steri-strips. I did have to be careful about lifting for a couple of weeks, but the incisions have always healed pretty quickly.

Actually, the worst part for me was the neck/shoulder stiffness I got from lying still too much. If I ever have to do it again, I will try to be a little more proactive about trying to prevent that. That actually hurt more than the incision.

I'm sure you will do fine. The anticipation is often worse than the actual procedure.

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   Posted 1/13/2010 2:44 PM (GMT -7)   
I can't really say much different from the other posts.  I had a lap. for an ovarian cyst and endomaetriosis in 1998 and I didn't take anything but Advil when I got home and was sore the following couple of days.  My shoulder's also hurt and I didn't know about the Peppermint tea then, but I wish I would have.  The worst for me was the anesthesia but I felt well from that also after a day or so.  I probably should go back in for another but I keep putting it off.  Good luck.  I'm sure it will all go just fine!  Let us know.

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   Posted 1/13/2010 3:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you all for your responses. It makes me feel a little better about the whole thing. It is still something I have to talk about with my husband. Right now, he is going through a really rough time. His dad is in the ER right now. At first we thought he had the flu. When admitted to the ER, he had a 102 temp and his blood pressure was 168/120. When I last heard from my husband, his dad was during horribly. He has a breathing tube down his throat. He's having seizures. They looked for a blood clot in his leg and in his lungs, but they didn't find anything. My husband is really torn up about the whole thing. I'm stuck at home feeling useless. All I can do is talk to him and encourage him over the phone.
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   Posted 1/13/2010 5:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Ask your doc about your pelvic floor muscles. If your pelvic muscles are really tight, that could cause pain. Pelvic floor physical therapy would help. It's worth looking into if you want to avoid surgery.

Before you have surgery, do a little research on endometriosis. If you think it's even a small possibility that you have it, you should choose your surgeon carefully. You'd be best off finding a doc with experience treating endo surgically. Many surgeons don't remove the endo properly or at all leaving you in pain or requiring more surgery. The Endometriosis Research Center is a good resource; they have info on endo, pelvic laproscopic surgery, and recommendations on choosing a good surgeon.

My first lap was for an ovarian cyst, the pain was not bad afterwards. The second day was the worst and it felt like I had done about 873 sit-ups. Not pleasant but not awful either. I went shopping at the mall for a few hours the day after surgery. You probably won't be allowed to lift more than 10 or 20 pounds (depends on your doctor) for the first six weeks. Follow this rule carefully, lifting too soon can cause a hernia. My hernia repair was the most painful thing I've ever experienced.

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   Posted 1/14/2010 8:12 AM (GMT -7)   
I just had to post again and agree with Dagger about choosing your surgeon carefully. I also think it's important to find a surgeon experienced in endometriosis surgery if there is a possibility that you may be dealing with it. It can be tricky to get all of it, and an inexperienced surgeon can cause future problems.

Do you have a research/teaching hospital in your area? That is where I went this last time, and often you can find "specialists within specialties" there. I found a gynocological surgeon who actually specialized in atypical endometriosis.
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   Posted 1/14/2010 9:48 AM (GMT -7)   
I had a Laparoscopy don't for the same reasons and it didn't hurt at all the next day and believe me I'm no trooper when it comes to pain. He will probably go in through your vagina and if that's the case, you won't need anything the following day. Don't worry about it too much and talk to him/her about it. It will probably ease your worry's some.

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   Posted 10/16/2010 5:01 AM (GMT -7)   
I had a diagnostic laparoscopy yesterday. I was absolutely terrified... It may sound silly but it was one of the scariest things I have done in my life. I've only ever had a general anasthetic at the dentist when i was young which was horrible.

Anyway... I lost sleep over this laparoscopy and i was shaking like mad when i went in yesterday. I wanted my boyfriend to come in with me but he wasn't allowed. It really didn't matter about this in the end as the nurses were absolutely brilliant.

My boyfriend came into the waiting room with me and we waited about 5 mins (max) before i was called in by a nurse. She took me and another girl into the changing rooms, gave us a gown each and asked us to get changed. The other girl forgot her slippers but they provided disposable ones for her. We also had to put on a pair of disposable knickers.

We then had to have our blood pressure taken. Mine was quite high as i was so scared. The nurse reassured me and said everything would be fine.

We were then taken in to another waiting room where there were about 6 other women waiting. There were magazines and a TV. After about 5-10 minutes of waiting, i was called in by the anesthetist. A nurse accompanied me and i was just asked some questions about my general health. One of the main things i wanted was a pre-med.. i was told that this would help to calm me down. I was told by the anesthetist that this was not a good idea as it would make me groggy after the op and it would take to long to take effect. I wasn't happy about this but thinking back now, it really didn't matter.

After seeing the anesthetist, i went into the waiting room again for about another 5-10 mins. I was then called by the nurse who took me to do a pregnancy test... this is something everyone has to do.

Once again, i was take back into the waiting room and after about 5 mins, a male nurse came and took me out... he asked what i was worried about... i told him i was scared of the anasthetic. He then asked if i wanted to see the operating theatre... i said ok and he told me it was pretty boring. He took me through, the way i would go when i went for my op and showed me the theatre. It was not how i imagined.... it was just like a dentists room really with a bed and a bit more equipment. The nurse was so nice an reassuring.

I was taken back into the waiting room and after another 5 or so mins was taken out by a nurse to see the surgeon. I was asked when i had last eaten and some general questions about my health. The surgeon was really nice as well.

Back to the waiting room i went... for another 5 mins and then the nurse called me out again. This time, i was given some pain relief ready for after the op. I was also given an anti sickness pill in case i felt sick after the op. I was told that the next time i would be called out would be for the op... This terrified me... i was shaking like a leaf.

I waited in the waiting room for another 10 mins and was then called out by the nurse. They were very reassuring and told me that everything would be fine. I was taken into the operating theatre and was asked to get onto the bed. I was seriously praying by this point! I had people talking to me all the way through and i asked them not to kill me lol. The anesthetist asked if i played the lottery... i said not and he asked why... i said because i wont win. He said well it's the same as dying from an anasthetic.

I had a heart monitor put on my chest and was given some oxygen to breath. The anesthetist then took my hand and slapped it about a bit to find a vein... He told me i would feel a sharp sting.. i didn't feel a thing. I was then told that i would feel light headed. This was quite a nice feeling and by this point i was no longer bothered about what was happening! I dont remember a lot happening after that apart from a nurse rubbing my arm to make me feel reassured.

Next thing i remember was being woken up an wheeled into the recovery room. Although i was still out of it i was asking for my glasses! The only pain i felt was where the incision was but it was nothing... i've felt worse honestly!

After about 10 mins i was given a drink of water... and another and another. I then had a phone call from my boyfriend. He asked how i was and was told that he could pick me up in 2 hours.

I had a drip to keep me hydrated and once that had all gone, it was taken out. My blood pressure was taken a few times which was still high. They didn't seem too concerned though and put it down to white coat syndrome.

The nurse then came round and asked if i wanted some coffee/tea and toast. I said yes and the coffee went down really well. The toast however was a bit different. My mouth was so dry that i just kept chewing on one piece for ages and in the end had to wash it down with my coffee!! In the end i had about 4 coffee's!!

I was brought my clothes after about an hour and was able to get dressed. I still felt really weird from the anasthetic but it was quite a nice feeling really. Just dizzy and numb!

Once i was dressed i went to the toilet... getting up felt like being a bit drunk!

Still, i had hardly any pain which i was really surprised about. The nurse then came round with some paracetamol, ibuprofen, codeine and laxatives to take home. She gave me a leaflet on pain relief.

I was told not to drive for 24 hours and was also given a sick note for a week... It's 24 hours since i had my op now and i don't think i will need to stay off work. I work in an office so don't do any heavy lifting so other jobs might be different.

When i got home after my op, i felt a bit of pain in my shoulders from the gas they used but nothing i couldn't bear. I had my boyfriend with me and he looked after me all day... i sat under a quilt most of the day as i felt really tired.

I still don't feel in much pain... there is a bit but if you're having a diagnostic lap, it's probably because you have suffered from some sort of pain and this is completely bearable. Just make sure you milk it for a bit!!

Oh.. forgot to mention, I was told by the surgeon on the day that they found nothing wrong. I have a tilted womb which may be causing my probs tho so will go and see my GP and see what they think.

I was quite disappointed that i went through the op for nothing to be found but at least i'm well!

If you have to have a laparoscopy, please don't worry. It was nothing like i imagined. Loads of people told me that would be how it would be and i didn't believe them but it's nothing.

If anyone has any questions, please let me know... :)

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   Posted 10/16/2010 6:48 AM (GMT -7)   
emag, what a lovely first post...reaching out to help reassure another member. Welcome to the forums!

Sassy, I can't really add much to what's already been shared. For the most part, you will probably have very little pain from the surgery, but you will almost definitely have the shoulder pain from the gas used to pump up your abdomen. Peppermint tea and heat will help with that, and Extra Strength Tylenol is likely all you'll need for pain relief.

Good luck with it, I hope it goes well and the doctors find the answers they're looking for.

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