Post # 1
I’m having a laboroscopy on Friday. I’ve been having issues with cramping and pain during sex for a few years now and I finally decided to get the surgery. The Dr. states it’ll help with TTC and we plan to start trying ASAP. He says he is going to scrape off any Endo that he sees. I’m getting kinda of nervous, but at the same time I’m so excited for it. Anyone have any advise for me?
Thanks yall 😉
Post # 3
I don’t have any advice, but I wish you luck!
Post # 4
I had the same procedure a few months ago. My GYN was pretty positive it was endo and planned to remove any lesions he found. I had similar symptoms as you as well as some others. Once he was inside, he found that it was not be endo, but chronic appendicitis instead with my appendix being adhered to my abdomen.I ended up having a second laporoscopy to remove my appendix a month later.
Regardless, it was the same procedure so my advice is to stay laying down on your bed or the couch for the first two days. They put gas in your belly to expand it during surgery so afterwards there is still some trapped gas that takes a few days to fully go away. When you sit up or stand the gas rises to your shoulders and is really uncomfortable. That was the worse part about recovery. If you stay laying down as much as possible it is more comfortable. Also a heating pad or hot water bottle helps the gas absorb quicker. I had one constantly on my neck or back and it helped SO much.
It was really sore walking around the first two days, but after that I started feeling better very quickly. Just make sure to not lift anything very heavy because it can strain your sutures even if you don’t think it’s that heavy. 🙂
Best of luck!
Post # 5
I had a lap last year for different reasons, but I second what PP said about the trapped gas being the worst part. My doctor actually told me to get up and walk around as much as possible, to drink lots of water, and to take gas-x. All of the above helped and I only had pain from the trapped gas for about a day. Your belly will be a little sore too, but nothing that some ibuprofen won’t help. GL hun!!
Post # 6
I just had a lap procedure done 2 weeks ago to remove my ovary that had endometrial cysts on it after years of struggling like you (mind you, this is even after having to have a hysterectomy a year ago and then my other ovary removed via emergency surgery due to a torsion caused by endo last september).
Anyway, I wholeheartedly agree that the worst part is the gas trapped in your body afterwards. Thank goodness my doctor warned me about it before the surgery as I was in soooooo much pain in my shoulders and chest from the gas that if I had not known, I would have thought I was having a heart attack and called an ambulance! IT WAS AWFUL!!! So definitely, take Gas-X, grab a heating pad and drink tons of water if you can.
Good luck! You’ll feel so much better afterward! 🙂
Post # 7
I had a laproscopy to diagnose endometriosis earlier this year. My symptoms were very similar to yours. I had gotten to the point where I couldn’t walk due to pain in my lower abdomen. My doctor found stage 1 endometriosis and removed it all. I was terrified to have the surgery, but honestly, it wasn’t bad at all. The pain wasn’t too bad for me and I only have one very tiny scar, and best of all, no more abdominal pain!! The worst part was nausea from the stuff they used to knock me out. I slept most of pain off, so I was horizontal most of the time, maybe that’s why the gas wasn’t an issue for me? Any time I hurt I just used ice on my incisiosn and a heating pad on my back for the gas I had. Also, shortly after laproscopy for endo has been shown to be a very good time to conceive, so good luck!
Post # 8
I had a lap for endo and it was the easiest thing ever…as far as surgery goes. I was in/out the same day, a little sore for a couple of days, but other than that, no issues. Good luck!
Post # 9
Take any advice you can to get rid of that gas! It was enexpectedlu painful for me and lasted for almost a week. Heat pack really helped. The surgery itself is a breeze but don’t expect to be able to do much for at least 7 days afterwards, i was feeling lightheaded for a while and the area was pretty tender when getting up and down etc.
Post # 10
@RoyalLime: Thanks!!! 🙂
@ButtercupBetty: Aww mayn…My biggest fear is they are going to say they didn’t find anything. At least they figured out what was going on with you. Thanks for the advise. I’m so nervous about the gas.
@MrsMonty11: I’m going to the store today to pick up stuff for the house so I won’t have to worry about going for the next few days. I’ll make sure to get gas-x. Thanks!
@mkendrick: Thanks!!! Yes I’m just going to keep thinking about how much better I’m going to feel. I figure a few days laying in bed has to be a lot better then the couple days each month I am missing out on life becuase my cramps get so bad.
@abax: I already hooked up my DVD player in my room and cleaned it really good so I’ll feel comfortable. Have every intention on staying in bed for the next few days. SO hopefully the gas won’t be too much of a bother for me either.
@JsDragonfly: Just what I want to hear 🙂 hahaha Thanks!
@Patience88: Yeah, I plan to take it easy Friday-Sunday…And still take it easy the rest of the week, but I do plan to go back to work on Monday. But I work in a call center in a cube. So i won’t have to do much anyway 🙂
Post # 11
I surprisingly did not find the pain from the gas to be that bad. However, I did have a crazy sore throat and my belly button hurt SO bad. Getting up from the bed or couch was so painful. I also had a really bloated stomach for about two weeks, and I pretty much wore only dresses to work. And sorry for this Too Much Information, but my pain meds made it very difficult to go to the bathroom (even tho I used the stool softeners as recommended). Also, my doc put this little band-aid looking thing behind my ear to help with nausea (I’m VERY Sensitive to anesthesia). I left it there for a few days and I only threw up one time, but that was when I was in the car on my way home. If you have any questiins PM me. I was super nervous (like crying in the OR nervous), but it wasnt bad at all!
Post # 12
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@Curly W: I’m so sorry you are going through this! I have had 3 laps for endo and now I am going to be having a complete hysterectomy. The surgery it’s self is not bad at all. I had 3 small incisions – 1 at the bikini line, 1 on my low right abdomen and the other in my belly button. I always went home the same day, usually after 2 hours in recovery. At the time I was doing very physical work and I needed 2 weeks away to recover. If you have a desk job you will need about a week, maybe a bit less. The best advice I have is walk a little bit around the house every hour to help move the gas. Otherwise you can get a ton of shoulder pain. Also, don’t wait until your pain gets really bad before taking pain medicine. Pain medicine will work better if taken before your pain is out of control. I’m sure it will go smoothly!
Post # 13
So I’m a little disappointed because they actually didn’t find Endometriosis. Its not that I want it, but where the heck is this severe cramping and pain during sex coming from. The Dr did find a cyst on my right ovary, which he lanced (or whatever its called). I only spoke with him for about 3 minutes after the surgery and he told me I need to F/u with him in a month. I asked what else he thought about with my symptoms and all he said was “when you get pregnant its going to help”….what about until then…or even after then. I’m going go do more research with all my symptoms before I go back. Maybe I was stuck on endo. since my mom had it and I have ALL the symptoms. The laporoscopy wasn’t a waste since I did have the cyst…but still…I cant help but be a bit frustrated. Thank you everyone for the support. I’ll be sure to let you know what happens. I appreciate all the advise. Oh, and OMG yall weren’t kidding about the pain and pressure with the gas. I’m completely fine laying down but the second i stand or sit up I feel absolutely miserible. Its only been a couple hours since the surger
Post # 14
@Curly W: Remeber to get up and walk around regularly. All that gas as to be absorbed into your bowel to be passed rectally or by burping, and walking helps that process.
Laying in bed for first few days is about the worst advice you could have and would put you at higher risk for a blood clot in your leg.
If you are taking pain medication, many or them are constipating so drink lots of water and have fibre in your diet. Prunes and prune juice are great for keeping things moving.
Post # 15
The cyst could have been causing the pain too, maybe it’ll be better now. Give it a little time- I hope it worked! Feel better soon- sleep it off until then:)
Post # 16
@julies1949: I’ve heard that too!! Luckily I did go to the grocery store last night and bought some high in fiber foods and Gas-x lol. The nurse was telling me today that its not the same kind of gas and this would need to absorb into my tissues, which I thought was odd so thanks to the bee and other persons with experience I still picked up some things last night that can help. lol Thanks!!
@abax: I just read on google that cysts could cause the pain too…that gives me hope :). Fingers crossed I’ll feel better now. It certainly is hard TTC if I cramp during intercourse more often then not.