Bowel pain after hysterectomy?

I had a total hysterectomy March 31 for adenocarcinoma in situ. Since then I have had horrible bowel pains from gas and anytime I have a bowel movement it is excrutiating. My ob thinks it may still be from swelling since they also did an abdominal wash when they were in there. I know this is kind of a gross topic but I was wondering if anyone else had this problem. I also have painful urination but by ob said this is common to have a raw place on the bladder where it was in contact with the uterus. It is just the bowel stuff that is unknown. He wants me to wait it out for a couple more weeks and see if it gets better but I have to be 100% when I go back to work and dont want to wait too long to check this out. Any help from anyone would be much appreciated.

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Hi: just curious if you still have the bowel problem you described. l had a hysterectomy six weeks ago and have the same symptoms. My doctor said it might be adhesions.

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i also have also my abdominal hysterectomy and encounter problem with bowel movement and also experience uti. I will advice you to eat prunes to ease your bowel movement and try to drink cranberry juice which is good for uti problem it works for me you better try it. hopint for your speedy recovery.

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Rozo,
My bowel and bladder pain went away about 4 or 5 weeks after my hysterectomy for the most part. It's been 6 months now and I still occasionally have the bladder pain if my bladder gets really full. As I empty it, it gets painful towards the end. No problem with bowel pain anymore.

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That's encouraging news. It's been six weeks and I still have the pain which I felt immediately after surgery. Hopefully my result will be the same as yours. Thanks so much for your reply.

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Hi, I had a abdominal hysterectomy 4 weeks ago and my bowel pain is horrific. It seems like contractions when it is time to go. I have tried stool softners and gas X and it seems to just make it worse. I suffer from IBS...irritable bowel and spastic colon so the pain at times feels like I am going to pass out. It is encouraging that it goes away, but I am afraid that since I have IBS that it may always be like this. Yesterday my family and I went out to celebrate the new year and went out to eat. After eating I was in so much pain I spent an hour in the bathroom at the place. I have 3 small boys and my husband was ready to pull his hair out. The pain didn't seem to ease up though, it was better but it I still felt nausous for the rest of the day and my stomach felt really upset. I kept trying to go a few times throughout the day but nothing. I am so sick of feeling this way. I too also am thin and have the hard tissue built up under my incision. Thankfully the Dr removed my 3 C-section scars and just replaced it with the one Hysterectomy scar, but I don't remember my C-section scars doing this...but maybe I was just to busy being a new mother to notice. I too have the bladder pain and my OB said it was from where they removed the Uterus and the bladder was attached to it so the bladder has to heal and it can take up to 12 weeks before the pain eases. I am no longer on pain meds, however I do take one 800 mg of Ibuprofen at night because of the pain. Can anyone tell me as well how long the tiredness lasts, I feel like I still need a nap in the middle of the day.
Thank you all so much! I hope you are all feeling much better!

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I have so many problems i dont even know where to begin. First of all I am so lucky to have found all of you so at least I dont feel alone anymore. I had a complete hystorectomy Dec. 17th and I don't know what is happening to my body. I am 41 and a mother of two, both c sections, but this is the worst pain I have ever known. The bowel movements are AWFUL and the gas, I have never known this kind of pain!!! I had an adrenal tumor removed in 1998 and was cut from breast bone to pelvic are and that was a breeze compared to the bowel pains i have, apparently my uterus and ATTACHED itself to the wall of my abdomen and had to be detached to be removed. I have a lot of pain from my belly button down to my inciscion, I have night sweats from the pits of hell, I am either crying or angry at all times and i am constantly tired, UNTIL i get in bed at night then I cant get comfortable, Does any of this sound normal to any of you, It was a relief to read at about 4 weeks the satan living in my bowels may move on to another unsuspecting home! That is a pain I cant endure much longer!!! I am only on the pain meds at night now but I really dont see them doing much good. Id be grateful for any imput,
thanks
Michele

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Also I now have blurred vision, was this a problem for anyone else, like I cant read my prescription bottles, bringing them closer to me or further away does not help but it seems to be just small print im having trouble with,
thanks again
michele

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my3littlemen, i found that the fatigue from having had a hysterectomy lasted much longer than i expected....and the whole recovery was more significant than i expected to.....i guess that's why they call it major surgery! for me, the fatigue lasted a few months, and all of a sudden one day, you're not so tired. and, as long as you're feeling pain, i think the fatigue is one of our body's ways of saying that you need to rest and heal. if you're still having significant bowel pain at 4 weeks, i would encourage you to call your doctor.....usually by that point post surgery, the bowel pain should be noticeably lessened. i took gas-x for the first week or so, and took colace regularly, and i found that drinking lots of water and moving about (walking) helped a lot with the bowel troubles. hope you're feeling better soon!

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hello, michelle. i'm sorry to hear you're having such bowel pain post hysterectomy. as i posted for the other woman experiencing the same thing, i would suggest you call your doctor if you're not feeling like the pain is lessening. my doctor had me taking colace regularly, and that helped a lot. in addition, drink lots of water, and even though the surgery's been recent, you need to walk around to get the bowel system working properly again. as for the mood swings, are you taking estrogen replacement? you may be experiencing surgical menopause and that's not an easy thing....and the hormone replacement should help. definitely give your doctor a call to discuss everything that's going on with you! let us know how you're doing.

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thanks so much for your reply, i was in complete menopause before i had the surgery and my doctor has me on femhrt but according to those around me its not doing the job lol thanks for the reply

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michelebretbracie, you would need to change your hormone replacement medication after your hysterectomy. since you no longer have a uterus, you wouldn't want to be taking hrt with progesterone. please talk about this with your doctor!!! (and, yes, if your hrt is working properly, at the right dosage, you shouldn't feel all the menopausal symptoms)

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Thanks so much flowershoplady for the reply. I actually get a lot of exercise everyday, maybe to much which would also result in fatigue...my house has a floor plan that makes things a little more difficult. My kids sleep upstairs, which is 15 steps up and my office is down stairs in our basement which is another 15 steps, I probably take them 20 times a day up and down on each, plus I try to get out of the house with the kids when I can. Since I have IBS the colace doesn't really offer much relief, nor the gas X, but I have noticed that the pain is lessening, but today I had really weird bowel movement that was really jelly like in consistancy and wasn't like normal bowel in color, it was more clear...I know that sounds so gross, but I am worried about it. I didn't have a normal movement, but I have went several times today and each time it looks the same. Michelle, I hate to hear what you are going through, but I do feel your pain. The bowel movements make me want to pass out in the floor and it is so embarrassing when I spend an hour in the bathroom at a restaurant. I have to take my shirt off because of the sweat during a bowel movement. Also, I too suffer from night sweats. I am not longer on the pain meds so it doesn't seem so bad anymore, but I have a ovary left after surgery as well that may of helped regulate it. I am not sure what to say about the vision problems, could it possibly be a side effect of the pain medicine? Also, I have noticed dizzy spells when I am sitting or walking and since I am no longer on pain medicine this worries me...is this normal as well?
Thank you for the response. I am so happy I found you all!

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well looks like im going back in for another surgery, the cuff the doctor did during the surgery has torn and there is fluid in the abdomen, also appears to be a twist in my bowels which is causing all the pain, he did take me off the femhrt and now im on estrace. my3littlemen, what has your doctor told you about your problems with bowels my doctor said this is not normal and immediately sent me in for testing , thus finding the twist in bowels and if youre pain is anything like mine.....well you know its awful!!! 2 kids and childbirth was a walk in the park lol. surgery at 7am tommorow ill give all of you an update when im able, i am so glad to have someone to talk to that understands.

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Hi there,
I read your story and totally have been there.

I also wanted to post what I've been going through to see if anyone else has the same issue.

I had my hysterectomy about 2 years ago this coming June 1st. They made three holes in my tummy area and was assisted by the vaginal area. I had my uterus and cervix removed.

After the recovery which was painful with gas. I was fine.

I've begun to notice over the course of the two years that I get bad gas pains that double me over, I get out of breath, actually feel like I'm in labor again.. I then head to the bathroom and have a bowel movement, which I call dropping the kids off at the pool LOL... then I'm fine and on my way.

Has anyone had this experience after a hysterectomy?

Do you think I should be seen by the doctor for this?

I mean it's two years past and every time i have a bm I get these horrific gas pains.

Thanks for your help

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hi i just had an hysterectomy almost three weeks..i also have the bowek and gas problems very horrible feeling..mine has gotten better in last few days..hope yours does too

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I have had 3 different surgeries, removal of a cyst, then total hysterctomy, then robotic scar removal. My doctor said I will feel better after the last surgery and I did for about 3 weeks. I stopped all of the pain medicine. It took about a week for all the withdrawal symtoms to stopped. Now, I am back where I started with all the pain but doctors do not know where it is coming from. I am at my witts end I have no idea what to do. I have 2 specialist and my medical doctor. I hurt all the time and most of the time don't even want to move out of my bed. This is never ending. I was fine before I let them remove the cyst. Then they found endometosis, Interstitial cystitis, & diverticulis. Each doctor is saying that it is the other illness and I am caught between a rock and a hard place with this. Anyone has any suggestions.

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I had a laparoscopic assisted hysterectomy one week ago today. I had to start medication for high blood pressure and racing heart this morning. Never had these problems before. Anyone else? And the bowel movement pain, like someone is pulling an orange down my intestines. Slight relief afterwards. Passing gas is also painful. I had my uterus, cervix and fibroids removed. I had the uterus of a 14 week pregnancy because of the fibroids. Has anyone else had this surgery where they've sewed you shut where your uterus used to be? I guess it's to be expected to have pain after only one week? I, too, am very tired...

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hi. i just had my hysterectomy two weeks ago. i have the same symptoms as you. i have a lot of gas, and i spend a lot of time in the restroom if i have to take a number 2.you should not try to force the gas or bowl out . i am eating a lot of fiber especially at night and also soups help a lot.i do some walking around the house and no heavy lifting at all,and no driving. i had been diagnosed with HPV 45 with CIN 1 dysplacia. I had a hysterectomy with cervix removal,but was able to keep the ovaries.i have extreme bladder tenderness and vaginal tenderness also.i was told by my docter that he had to remove my bladder to make sure that he got everything out.i had an over active bladder before the surgery but this is horrible i cannot hold any urine at this point, i'm like a pregnant lady can't hold it.i think that we should feel better after 4 or 6 wks.i had my hysterectomy thru my c-section area.i already have 2 children and am greatful. best luck in your recovery also be completely sure you are to return to work don't push it. i am fortuntate that i will not return to work, this c-section is more time consuming to heal.i'll just do back to school.have horrible story with my two c-sections in the past,and i won't risk my health.
take care.

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Hi,again. I believe a lot on nutrition and i do not eat regular spiced or anything foods. A lot of water,homemade non-specied foods, soft foods, a lot of soups,a lot of fiber, and lots of rest.I won't be doing any spiced food for at least 6 weeks.lots of fish soups is good.we are old fashion and believe in the 45 day diet to health after any surgery.i am also a believer of organic aloe vera(www.aloeverainc.com),also vitamins,mona vie-active.
take care.

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First and foremost, I too am so happy that I found this website! My doctor really didn't give me any information in regards to recovery and what to expect....

As I read you entry about vision, I realize that I have an appointment at the doctor tomorrow because - all of a sudden my vision is blurred! I've always had excellent vision and now it's less than. Thank you for your posting, I hadn't entertained the idea that it could be related to the procedure.

.... I wish I could re-think the procedure; I feel that I have more discomfort now.... no bleeding, but so many separate "non related"issues. Independent of each other - no biggy... collectively - a bit much.

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