Last Monday, June 23, I had my LEEP done. Since then I have experienced nonstop cramping and lower back pain as well as the discharge I was informed of. The discharge has ranged from the first day of brown, toa few days later of what some call "coffee grounds" (so I have read from others online) of a basic clearish discharge with speckles of dark rough feeling pieces. I have assumed that to be the tissue that was burned aroudn the edges to stop the bleeding. Just now as I was getting into the shower I noticed that there was blood on the pantyliner. I don't really know how much it was since it is absobed and gnerally is spread out over the liner, and I am used to tampons since I was 14, so I can really only judge on those. I am curious as to know why I might have blood so far along in the healing. Well, it feels like it has been an eternity but it is really only a week and a half. I did notice some clots as well along with the blood discovery. I just didnt know if this was normal. I am not worried that I am dying or anything, but just didnt know if maybe I had gotten a slight infection or maybe I did some extra strange bend or move that caused a scab to tear. And again I suppose it could be all fo the above. Help my sanity please.
Pepper, the coffee grounds looking discharge is normal. After the LEEP, your doctor applied a solution to the biopsied tissue. This solution, when mixed with blood appears like coffee grounds.
Also, some women don't bleed/spot at first, but start to spot about 10-14 days post procedure. This can be normal too*. At that time period (almost 2 weeks postprocedure) it is the damaged tissue beinging to heal (sloughing off scab, stitches dissolving - if any).
*If you are soaking more than a pad per hour, then you need to go to the emergency room. Anything less than that is suppose to be ok. Personally, I'd be calling the doctor if I was filling a pad even every other hour. It doesn't sound like your discharge is that heavy. I just wanted to put this in as a disclaimer.
The cramping could be a sign that you are doing too much (lifting/bending, etc). Take it easy for another week or so.
I don't even think I could be doing any less work right now. I go to class 3 days a week where I sit for lectures and even labs there isn't much of anything. When I come home I sit around all day since I am not working right now. If I were to do any less i think people may think I was in some sort of coma.
It was a bit of a joke, so laughter is just fine. It helps a person heal they say. Well the blood part od the discharge seems to have ceased for now, even though I still have cramping pains. I am going back on Monday for a checkup and will be sure to mention it to the gyno.