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Old 09-21-2009, 07:36 AM   #1
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Just a note to help anyone out there experiencing uterine prolapse. I've had my second suspension surgery in the past 3 years. My doctors say hysterectomy is the last and final option. I had a different procedure this time, and I will admit very painful recovery. Still have issues with bowel movements, and some pain. I had physical therapy the first time around and learned very good excercises for strengthening. It's only been 2 months so I am still hopeful I will be 100% again. I was the first time around but it takes work. I believe the cause was too much heavy lifting, as I work for UPS and lift heavy pkgs. daily. Don't give up and settle for 2nd best. My doctors and therapists are fantastic, and very supportive. I would love to help anyone with questions on this because it was a very lonely road for me the first time around. Very hard to find support from people my age. This happens to older women usually. I am now 45.

 
Old 09-23-2009, 07:00 PM   #2
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Re: uterine prolapse

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Just a note to help anyone out there experiencing uterine prolapse. I've had my second suspension surgery in the past 3 years. My doctors say hysterectomy is the last and final option. I had a different procedure this time, and I will admit very painful recovery. Still have issues with bowel movements, and some pain. I had physical therapy the first time around and learned very good excercises for strengthening. It's only been 2 months so I am still hopeful I will be 100% again. I was the first time around but it takes work. I believe the cause was too much heavy lifting, as I work for UPS and lift heavy pkgs. daily. Don't give up and settle for 2nd best. My doctors and therapists are fantastic, and very supportive. I would love to help anyone with questions on this because it was a very lonely road for me the first time around. Very hard to find support from people my age. This happens to older women usually. I am now 45.
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what did they do different this last and final time? My doctor says the uterus only weighs about 2oz. I am confused. Are you saying that your first one didn't work because of heavy lifting? I am having cystocele, rectocele and hysterectomy surgery on October 19. My doctor is saying I will get back to normal life within 6 weeks...is this a big uh oh??
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Old 09-24-2009, 07:49 AM   #3
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Doodle, I don't know exactly what all of your problems are, but 6 weeks, that's optomistic. I was told whenever a suspension surgery is done there is the possibility of a recurrance. Any lifting causes pressure downward and can cause a relapse. I was very careful after the surgery to not lift anything over 20 or 25lbs. The initial problem I think was caused by continuous heavy lifting. I had a different procedure done the 2nd time, where the uterus was hooked to the ligament near my tailbone. It is a major ligament and is suppose to provide more support then I had the first time around. I actually have adenomiosis also which causes painful periods, and I still am against a hysterectomy if at all possible. I've read a lot of problems women have had after a hysterectomy and don't want to do that yet. It may be the right course of action in your case, so I hope all goes well and let us know. There are a lot of muscle problems after surgery, and I went for physical therapy 6 months after my 1st surgery so don't get discouraged. It takes time.

 
Old 09-24-2009, 09:08 AM   #4
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Re: uterine prolapse

Kibbles-

I started a thread about my upcoming surgery and NO ONE has responded I am having the same surgery as Doodle, but THIS monday...yikes. I am getting very very very scared. My doctor tells me after 2 weeks I should be up and walking and driving and doing light activities. He said by 4 weeks, I should feel much better. But no heavy lifting or exercising till 6-8 weeks. I have a bad back, so I don't do any heavy lifting to begin with.

THe problem I am having is I am "only" 36 and have a 3 and 4 year old at home to care for!! My husband does work from home, but it is just the two of us with no family closer than 1500 miles.

I guess I am just looking for some support and to know realistically what to expect.

I am glad your recovery is going well and I hope this one holds for you!!!!

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Old 09-25-2009, 09:44 AM   #5
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JDSun, Best of luck on your surgery. Let us know how things go. You will be in some pain and sore for a couple weeks. But before I relapse I was actually feeling fantastic. I also have herniated discs in my back, so to feel that good should be encouraging to anyone out there. I'll answer any questions I can for anyone. I needed that the first time around and didn't know who to go to. Take care and again good luck!

 
Old 09-25-2009, 10:33 AM   #6
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Kibbles:
Thank you SOOO much! Do you think your prolapse surgery hurt your back at all? That is a major concern of mine. I actually called my orthopedic surgeon and asked him about this. He said to just remind the surgeon and all the nurses that i have a very weak back and I should be ok. I am worried being in an odd position for 2-3 hours is going to really do a number on my back. But I need to have this all fixed, so I guess I will deal with that if it happens.

Do you think your back pain improved after your prolapse surgery? I know many of the symptoms of a prolapse is back/leg pain. That is what I live with daily. I have permament nerve damage from 2 very large disc herniations. I am wondering if maybe the prolapse is causing some of my pain too? I am not expecting any of that pain relieved, but if even a small amount is...that would be great! I live on so many medications each day from the nerve damage.

Thanks again!!!
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Old 09-27-2009, 11:21 AM   #7
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JD, I'm sure prolapse is contributing to your pain. After surgery the pain feels like a broken tailbone. Pretty bad for a couple weeks. But my back is ok and no worse since. I have herniated disks also and have had a lot of success with accupuncture. You may want to give it a try. The relief from the pressure I had while my uterus was falling is amazing. I would absolutely do it over again. (oh yah I have). Again good luck and I'm here for you. K

 
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Re: uterine prolapse

HI kibbles,

Just wanted to ask exactly what do you mean by phyical therapy. What does this actually involve?

I ask because I also have suffered from prolapses. 10 years ago I had a prolapsed uterus and had a repair done on the uterus and back wall of vagina (rectocele). Had complications from that and ended up with a sinus tract on the perineum (4 surgerys finally recified that).

Then had a prolapse again so in March 2009 I had a hysterectomy and also he hitched up the front wall of the vagina (cyst-urethrocele where both bladder & urethra fall towards vagina). Have been feeling great until August when I felt and heard something 'click' out of place. I really don't know why it occured again as I've been careful about lifting and the heaviest I've lifted would be 8kgs (about 18pds) and at the time it clicked out I was bending down putting washing in the machine (under bench front loader).

Saw my gynaecologist last Thursday and he confirmed that I again have a rectocele and he will need to operate once again. I am so sick of surgery. He also confirmed that my pelvic floor muscles are shot/crap/non existent, despite me trying to strenghen them since my last surgery. He's a great surgeon, very supportive, knowledgable and feels very sorry for me.

After I have this next surgery I want to ensure that my pelvic floor muscles are strenghened hence am interested in what you mean by physical therapy.

Thanks, Sue

 
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Re: uterine prolapse

You can strengthen the perineum by doing so called Kegel exercises. Either a doctor or a nurse can explain what to do, or you can find instructions on Internet sites. I do them all the time including while waiting on line at the supermarket, and they have prevented my small cystocele from becoming bad enough to need surgery. You do not need any equipment and no one can tell you are squeezing those muscles together.

However when I got a rectocele earlier this year, nothing helped except surgery, which was very successful.

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Old 10-05-2009, 08:57 AM   #10
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Hi Frustrated S, I know what you mean about tired of surgery. Physical therapy was a lot of different things. But in your case with pelvic floor muscle issues I was doing a lot of kegeling, and bridging excersices. I don't lift a thing before tightening those pelvic muscles first. Mine weren't in too good of shape either but I had them pretty strong before I prolapsed again. I have a friend who had some sort of device she used to strengthen those muscles somehow. She was also in therapy for a muscle issue. It is a female therapist who specializes in female muscle issues. I also learned how to strengthen my core muscles (abs & back) which all help when you are doing anything physical. I think we (or at least I) strain things I shouldn't when I'm not at the strength I should be. Ask your surgeon for a good therapist and give it a try. I honestly felt 10yrs younger after about 10wks of hard work and strength training. Let us know how things work out for you. Best of Luck! KibblesM

 
Old 10-15-2009, 07:49 PM   #11
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Hi, I am 55 yrs. of age and just had a cystocele and rectocele repair. I am still recovering, it was done 3 weeks ago tomorrow. My symptoms however are still there. Constant rectal pressure and always feeling as though I need to move my bowels even though I am empty. I can not tell you how disappointed I am. If I think about it long enough I can really start to get down.

When I spoke with the dr. the other day and told them that the symptoms were still there, no better or no worse, they were disappointed for me also.

They mentioned that perhaps my uterus was tipped back and pressing on my colon. Due to the fact I am still healing from the surgery they could not send me for tests right now, but the plan is to do so in about a month.

May I ask what your symtoms were? I am glad that your results were good. Thank you much. Furball

 
Old 10-16-2009, 09:33 AM   #12
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Hi I'm sorry to hear you are still having problems. You didn't say how far post op you are. My symptoms were a lot of pain, swelling and pressure vaginally. I also had incredible pain having a bowel movement before surgery. My surgery was a uterine suspension. My bladder was ok, just aggravated by the uteris resting on it. At my 6wk post op checkup the doctor said you'll still feel some swelling but that should subside in about 3 wks. I was also worried because it still felt like things were not right. I still felt like I was sitting on something falling out. It took another 6wks until I felt like he was right. I was getting ready to call the office and go see him, and started feeling better. I booked my 6 month post op checkup which will be in Jan. and told myself to be patient. I am really doing well now. Better then the first time around. My surgery was June 1st. I know it's scary, but try not to panic yet. I really does take time for healing. We women are just go getters and can't sit still. I'm not real religious but I thing sometimes someone upstairs wants me to slow down and relax. Give your body a chance. Keep us posted. I wish you well!!!

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Old 10-17-2009, 07:56 PM   #13
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Thanks for your thoughtful response. I agree I need to heal more fully. In the meantime the dr. gave me a nerve pain medication to take. She wants to see if there may be a nerve problem that may be the cause of the pressure. She said if it helps, it will be a clue to what to do next, and if it doesn't help-it won't hurt anything. I've also now heard about Pelvic Floor Reconstruction Specialists. When I see my OB/GYN next month, I plan to ask her about them. Thanks for your concern and kind words. Keep feeling better yourself and keep the faith.

 
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