Post # 1
Above is the original post about my new doctor and diagnosis. Tomorrow at 12 PM is my surgery. I’ve only been under anesthesia once before, for an appendectomy, and I have been nervous both times.
Just wanted to leave a semi-update; thank you for the Bees that have been encouraging me. Keep me in your thoughts tomorrow, please! I’m hoping that it’s fairly mild endometriosis, but we can’t be sure until we do this surgery.
Post # 3
Good luck and a smooth recovery to you. 🙂
I have been absent from WB for a while, so I’m not sure of your background. However, I wanted to share because I had this same procedure done in 2011. I have endometriosis (as well as PCOS and a fallopian tube issue they found during the procedure) but the surgery itself went very smoothly. 🙂 You can’t even see my scars anymore unless you look closely…and who would? Haha.
The recovery time isn’t as bad as you’d think either! I was fairly immobile and getting up from a lying position was weird. You don’t realize how much you use your core muscles for daily activity until you can’t, but it really isn’t teribble. I felt loopy and a bit nauseated, so that’s something to be aware of. I’m sure your Dr has recommended it, but in case they haven’t *TMI Alert* I would go buy some stool softeners because it makes that function more complicated than usual.
Good luck and try to get some sleep. 🙂 I know it’s easier said than done, though. If you don’t you can sleep plenty afterwards, just keep your mind busy!
Post # 4
@AmeliaBedelia: Thank you so much! That actually makes me feel a whole lot better. I’m just hoping I can get decent sleep tonight; I don’t want to be a groggy, grumpy mess in the morning! I have a tiny scar from my appendectomy, and from what the OBGYN told me, it should look about the same- so no worries there. Thanks again!!
Post # 5
Good luck tomorrow. I’ll say a little prayer that the Endo is very mild.
Post # 6
@stefanielovesjamie: Best of luck to you! I had a lap in March 2012 for a cyst and recovery wasn’t so bad. Surgery on Tuesday and was back at work on Friday (I was working at a school so I was on my feet thoughout the day). The worst of it was the constipation as AmeliaBedelia said. Definitely get some milk of magnesia or stool softners. Best wishes!
Post # 7
I’ve had surgery twice and it’s not too bad! I’m sure you know what to expect too since you’ve had an appendectomy so that’s good too!
Your situtation sounds like my moms, she has endometriosis as well. Her having surgery/being on fertility medication helped her have me and my sibilings!
Post # 9
@stefanielovesjamie: So glad to hear an update! My heart was breaking for you in your first two posts! I’m keeping my fingers crossed and sending you good vibes for a speedy recovery and a much improved life!
Post # 10
Good luck and I hope your heal up quickly and well!
Post # 11
hey I didn’t read your original post yet, but I had a laparoscopic appendectomy last year. It wasn’t too bad. The only other surgery I’ve had was to remove my wisdom teeth, so I don’t have much to compare it to. But it really wasn’t too bad! I didn’t even really need narcotics – advil seemed to do fine for the most part. Good luck! I hope that whatever they find out is the best possible outcome!
Post # 12
Hi there, just wanted to send you some extra courage and strength! *woosh!*
I had a “laparoscopic cholecystectomy” (I had my gallbladder removed)… I was terribly nervous/crying/shaking beforehand, and the nurse gave me something to make me relaxed. And BOY, did it work! I remember she gave it to me, and all of a sudden, I smiled. My poor FI told me that he was saying “Ok, I love you, see you soon,” as they were wheeling me to the OR, and I was just laughing and talking up a storm with the nurses and I didn’t even say goodbye to him, lol
You’ll be absolutely positively fine. 🙂 I didn’t even take Vicodin afterward, I just took ibprofen for 2 days and felt OK enough to just deal with the soreness afterward.
**hugs** Good luck, dear!
Post # 13
Good luck tomorrow. I had a lap in February to rule out endo and remove a fibroid and a cyst. I highl recommend stool softeners even if you don’t take any narcotic pain relievers after the surgery since sometimes what they put you under with and the drugs post surgical for pain can block you up.
I head a hard time dealing with the gas pain after from whatever they put into you abdomen tto inflate it to visualize the organs. It actually hurt more up in my chest and shoulders than where my incisions were. (My tummy was super distended for about a week or so). The Percocet did not help with that but I found out afterwards that Gas-X can help ease that pain. If you’re going to take the narcotics, ask for a script for Zofran in case of nausea. I had to call a day later because the narcotics in combination with the surgery drugs made me super pukey and that was unpleasant throwing up with abdominal pains. But take extra stool softeners in you take Zofran because that constipated too
Also, hold a pillow to your chest when getting up. It makes it much easier and less painful. Take it easy but do try toget up from time to time and walk around. It helps that surgical gas dissipate. I felt back to normal with my regular energy level after two weeks and went back to my Pilates and yoga after four weeks. I felt well enough to go back to work (luckily I was off for unrelated things) after about 5-6 days but I had trouble with the side effects from anesthesia and wasn’t able to keep food down for two days post surgery. So that was why I felt weaker for longer. Otherwise, I probably would have been ok to work after 3-4 days.
Wishing you a speedy recovery and I hope it’s a mild case of endo.
Post # 14
Thank you ladies! I had surgery earlier and am now at home resting.
The surgery lasted longer than we had anticipated (2 hours) due to the endometriosis being located in three places. My husband said the OBGYN told him it was stage II, which is mild (however, my fertility is a 2% chance of getting pregnant during a cycle as opposed to a ‘normal’ 20%- that’s kind of sad, but I already ‘knew’ since DH and I TTC for over 14 months with one MC and no continued pregnancy).
I am so, so glad that we now have an absolute diagnosis for my problems, and I should be symptom-free for at least a year if all goes well!
I am groggy and going in and out, but just wanted to shortly update you all. Thank you so much, everyone!
Post # 15
@stefanielovesjamie: Thanks for the update. I am so glad it went well and hope you’re resting comfortably 🙂
Post # 16
@stefanielovesjamie: glad it went well! And try to be optimistic about getting pregnant. I had a lap in January which found stage IV endo EVERYWHERE, and I got pregnant in May and am now 13 weeks, so it can happen!