Pain After Surgery for Endometriosis

posted 3 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Jacksonville Inn

Do you have pain medicine? Take it! Don’t be a hero, you had surgery today and it’s going to hurt. I’m assuming you had a laproscopic procedure, it’s going to hurt for a few days and then just be sore for a week or so. I had a physical job when I had my last of 3 laps done so I always was out for 2 weeks. Is it possible for you to take Thursday and Friday off, recuperate more over the weekend and then go back on Monday? Thursday seems very soon to me. After my last lap I had very good pain relief for 6 years, that was in 2006. I followed up that surgery with 6 months of Lupron shots and I think that is what made the differance for me. My pain came back suddenly over the summer and I elected to have a complete hysterectomy. I hope you feel better soon!

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@Brittanyrio:  Are you in pain from Endo or from surgery?

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

My friend is going through this right now.  She had her surgery on the 16 and is still struggling to go out for more than 40 minutes today, the 22nd.  Sorry you’re going through this! Sounds terrible, my BM actually had to go back to the hospital for a day. 

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

From what I’ve heard (my mom had it done three times), a lot of pain is caused by the gas they use to inflate your abdomen in order to visualize your organs. It takes awhile for your body to be able to process all of that gas and eliminate it. I know that there are some people who swear that there are things you can do to make it go faster — you might want to call your doctor or look around the internet and check it out.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@cmbr:  yes! I’ve had similar surgery myself and the gas is the absolute WORST.  you have to keep moving to get rid of it but it hurts so bad, like a human balloon.

 

Post # 8
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Newbee

I’m surprised they let you out of the hospital already. When I had my surgery for endometriosis to remove a cyst they made me stay overnight. I was on morphine and everything and I was off work for 2 weeks and I only work a desk job. You should definitely take more time off if at all possible.

Like others said, the gas that they pump in you to make it easy for them to get around in there hurts like hell. It probably hurts worse than the anything. It’ll be a few days before the worst pain goes away.

 

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

just a suggestion… Heat/wheat bags are wonderful for the gas pain. Between my lap band & other girly trouble I’ve had four similar ops… so I’ve definitely been there! And it’s never fun 🙁

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@Brittanyrio:  I had a D&C to remove endometrial tissue and a cyst removed from my fallopian tube and I will say that I was in some pretty bad pain for a few days. They gave me some morphine while I was in recovery, told me to pee and then let me go home. I felt fine until the morphine wore off. 

As another poster said, most of the discomfort and pain comes from the surgeon inflating your abdomen with air. As that goes away, some of the discomfort should also go away. It took me four days before I could stop eating Vicodin, but it took a week before I felt comfortable again. I would personally just take Thursday and Friday off and go back to work Monday if you’re feeling up to it. 

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@Brittanyrio:  for me it took a couple weeks to not be really bad, as any bending will aggravate the pain. My doctor told me a week for the bad pain, and my experience may well have been worse as the severe pain the surgery was supposed to fix wasn’t helped, so it was surgery pain on top of pre-existing bad pain. The first 48 hrs is extra bad though because of the extra interstitial gas from surgery. But just try to take it as easy as possible. Even though the incisions are small, they had to cut through your abdominal muscles – thats big! I hope you find relief soon!

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Jacksonville Inn

I’ve had 3 laps but only had alot of gas pain after my first surgery. So, you may be having gas pains or it may just be normal pain from having surgery. If it is gas pains, GAS X is a lifesaver. I hope you feel better soon!

Post # 13
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

@Brittanyrio:  I had an ovarian cyst removed, and they looked for endometriosis and a D&C at the same time. I found the gas pain to be worse than anything. I spent two nights in hospital and was off work for 2 and a half weeks healing with the help of paracetamol and codene but it wasn’t intense pain. If you are in intense pain you could try calling the post-operative care/nurses/specialist. Be careful of yourself with any lifting, stretching – hanging out the washing is supposed to be particularly bad etc… I still get some occasional pain from my cyst being removed March 2012 which isn’t an adhesion nor a new cyst. 

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

@Brittanyrio:  I had a lap last January for endo. The procedure was supposed to take 45 minutes but once he got in there and saw how bad it was, it took 4 hours. I was only going to miss 1 day of work as I’m PT but I couldn’t move the first 2 days. 

It took me a good week before I felt well enough to stand on my feet all day at work. I was told by other women that had the procedure, they were out for a day or two. But given the amount of “scraping” my surgeon did, I wasn’t that lucky. 

DH put the air mattress in our downstairs bedroom and slept on the futon next to me for a week. I should also add that my surgeon’s idea of “pain relief” (I’m overseas) was OTC tylenol. It did NOTHING for the pain.

DH said it was the first time since we’ve been together that I “needed” him as I’m fiercely independent and never ask for help. He actually liked helping me go to the bathroom…weirdo!!!

Post # 15
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

@goingtotherooftopoflove:  +1

So sorry you’re going through this. I feel your pain, sis. I had this surgery done last year. I was told I would feel “uncomfortable” from the gas and bloating… but it was excrutiating. To be honest, I worked from home for a week. It took quite a few days to go away.  I would definitely try to take off (or if working from home is an option) for at least the rest of the week. I vaguely remember trying gas-ex pills to try to rid myself of the pain, but don’t really remember if it helped. Maybe try it?

 

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