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Bone, joint, and muscle disorders, Chronic pain, Healthy Aging, Healthy Living, Women's health issues

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Wed, Apr 10 8:02am · Want to discuss prolapse bladder or any kind of prolapse in Women's Health

@ggm43
First of all I hope you will not be overly anxiety ridden by the blood. Blood in the bowl always looks like more blood than it is because it is usually combined with water and/or urine. Did your doctor put you on aspirin or ibuprophen after the surgery? Sometimes doctors do this to prevent blood clots but if you have extensive bleeding it could be that are having the opposite effect. Are you straining at all during urination or bowl movements? If you are this could cause bleeding after this type of surgery. How many days were you in the hospital following your procedure? I have read different lengths of time after this surgery but wondered if this bleeding was occurring while you were there? I did not have this particular surgery so I am not familiar with the post-op time period for it. But did your doctor or PA tell you how long this should last. I might be inclined to call them one more time and ask them this. If you are still having symptoms beyond the time they say you should, I would let them know or call them and tell them you feel you need to go to the ER for evaluation. You don't want to become anemic and this is a possibility with excessive bleeding. You should not be lifting anything heavy or overdoing it at all. You should be walking around your house periodically to avoid clotting. You are your own advocate here and so if you think this is not right then you should take yourself to the ER. Do you have someone who can be with you or look in on you? I would call them if you do and have them maybe come and spend some time with you to take your mind off of your symptoms. And perhaps they can assist you and/or help you go to the ER if you feel it is necessary.

If anyone reads this and has any direct experience with COLPOCLEISIS please respond to @ggm43 and let her know your experience Keep in mind though everyone is different and particularly if you feel light headed or dizzy or shortness of breath at all you need to go to the ER. I would not be alarmed by the bleeding perse but if it persists longer than they say it should, I would get myself to the ER or at least a minor ER facility where you can be seen.

Sorry you are having this experience but the worst is clearly behind you and you will recover from this. And then you will be very valuable as a resource for someone else experiencing this type of procedure. Keep us posted on your progress. I have been thinking about you since I knew your procedure was this month. Don't worry just keep in touch with your doctor and don't let them make you feel bad for calling. They are supposed to take care of you. I will keep you in my thoughts.

Mon, Apr 1 12:12am · Chronic Pain members - Welcome, please introduce yourself in Chronic Pain

@katie215, So sorry that you are having such severe pain. But I write to encourage you to do exactly what you are doing by seeking answers in such places as this. You will find many sympathetic people who will share their stories and their experiences and perhaps you will find some answers. I will briefly tell you my story which is very similar to yours. Recently I began a new pain medication called belbuca which I will tell you about. I can sympathize with you as I have had stenosis at L5S1, L3L4 and L4L5 on both sides along with severe disc degeneration bilaterally and with some of the other things you mention. I have suffered for more than 10 years and had been taking 6 Norco a day until fairly recently which barely made a dent in my pain. I started having severe burning/nerve pain down both of my thighs and after a new MRI was told I was having some stenosis on the right side now along with a cyst at S3S4 on the right side. About 15 years ago we discovered a fairly significant scoliosis and therefore surgery would be life altering and I elected against it. I began to think there was nothing left to try until recently.

Recently my pain doctor suggested I try belbuca. I was very skeptical but am glad I gave it a try. It is a small square sticky patch that you place inside your cheek and wait for it to dissolve. It is meant to last 12 hours so you are relieved of taking so many pills. It is an opiate agonist and antagonist and so is one level below Norco on the drug schedule. I was able to go from 6 to 4 Norco per day with even the lowest dose belbuca patch and am now trying to reduce my Norco further with increasing doses of the belbuca patch. The belbuca has completely gotten rid of the burning pain in my thighs which was extremely severe. I still have some sciatica type pain that runs down my left leg and is quite painful. But I am hoping as I increase the belbuca, I will see more benefit still.

I would encourage you to ask your doctor about belbuca. I hope you have a good chronic pain specialist. I am 64 and even 10 years ago decided that getting a rod in my back with a 9 hour surgery was not for me and so I committed years ago to go the nonsurgical route. I have tried injections and a trial with spinal stimulation without results.

While I am a mentor for the Women's Health group, other mentors for this group may read your post and direct you to some other posts and resources they are more familiar with than I am within the Chronic Pain group. But I saw your post and just wanted to encourage you with my recent experience and let you know that I have found Mayo Clinic Connect to be a wonderful resource with a lot of caring people.

Sat, Mar 23 10:25am · Want to discuss prolapse bladder or any kind of prolapse in Women's Health

@pizon Sorry you had this nerve issue after your surgery. My doctor actually mentioned this to me and gave me a handout on it. He said that pundenal nerve interruption is a rare but often painful complication from various surgeries in both men and women. He said he has only seen it one time in a surgery while in medical school. He has never had it happen in one of his surgeries but felt like he should tell me all the possibilities however remote. I have nerve pain in my legs and I can only imagine how painful this must have been and I know how frustrating it is not to get the right diagnosis.

I had some initial nerve issues right after my bladder prolapse surgery but they went away within a couple of weeks. This is quite common. Mine was not painful at all. In fact, quite the opposite. For me it was just a bit of lack of feeling or feedback in the sphincter area when using the bathroom. But it went away quickly. You are the first person to mention pundenal nerve interruption issues here. Did you manage to get it taken care of or treated with the out of state doc that you mentioned? And what was the treatment?

Tue, Mar 19 3:53pm · Want to discuss prolapse bladder or any kind of prolapse in Women's Health

@hotfooted,
I am glad you find the information helpful and I agree that it has been difficult to find information. When I was trying to decide what to do about my bladder prolapse a couple of years ago, I felt very helpless at first because the gynecologist kept sending me to the urologist and vice versa (back and forth). Once I got in to see the urogynecologist I felt a sense of relief when I realized that what I was going through was quite common. With regard to women who are post menopause, there are some things that I was told by the urogynecologist after my surgery. He told me to use Estrace cream at least 3 times per week and to keep my Rx filled. It is a tube and you just use a small bit in the applicator and insert it 3 times a week. My doctor said it will keep the tissue "young" . When I went in for my check up one year post surgery, he said he could tell I was using it and that I should keep using it forever. I told him it was sort of a chore and he said it would keep things from becoming itchy and dry and irritated because as you age, the tissue becomes dry and less elastic so it is prone to irritation. So I use the cream religiously as instructed and I do notice that if I forget about it more than twice, I do feel a little dry and less comfortable.

The last time I was in to see this same doctor he tried to sell me on a laser treatment "down there". He had invested in the same general equipment as the dermatologists who do laser treatments on the face have. He said it costs something like $3500 for the first treatment and then a little less for the second and third and he recommended at least 3 treatments. He said this would keep me from having to use the cream. I laughed and told him that if I were going to spend that kind of money on laser treatments I would do it on my face where more people could see it. But apparently you can now get a photo-facial "down there". I guess there is demand for this but I don't think I will be a customer unless I win the lottery and even then, I am not so sure. But there is definitely starting to be a lot more interest in treatment of vaginal discomfort in post menopausal women. There must be or he would certainly not have invested in that big expensive machine. He now sells packages (like packages of 3 or 5 treatments and you get a volume discount). This particular doctor is in a high end area of town and his office is always packed so "we" are not alone in our issues for sure.

Fri, Mar 15 12:15pm · Want to discuss prolapse bladder or any kind of prolapse in Women's Health

@pizon
Sorry if you felt that your concerns were not being treated with the proper care. @barbnelson23 can certainly speak for herself but I took her message as her referring to herself and that her experience had been that doctors had treated her as a "problem patient" when she went to them with issues from a previous surgery that they did not perform. I have actually had this experience with an ankle surgery that did not go too well so maybe that is why I took it that way. I believe you are correct that most often on this site we all try our best to be respectful and compassionate. Hopefully this time it was just a miscommunication.

Thu, Mar 14 4:39pm · Yeast infection symptoms in Women's Health

@hotfooted,
Yeast infection is quite common after taking of antibiotics. It is often good to take a probiotic in order to combat this possibility. I have only had two yeast infections in my life and both times it was after taking antibiotics. I still think the best thing is the over the counter monistat vaginal cream (7 day treatment rather than the 1 or 3 day ones) and even better than the ones the doctors give you a script for. It may be cheaper to get a prescription for something depending on your insurance though. If you do not take a daily probiotic then you might try that as well. Certainly it is always best to see the doctor on these things but if it takes you a while to get in and you want to start trying to combat it now before it gets worse, this would be my suggestion. But definitely see the doctor as well. You are wise to think yeast infection though after taking antibiotics. My dog actually took cephalexon and ended up with a smelly infection in his ears afterwards which the doctor said was yeast. We were given probiotics and also an ear wash that was an antifungal (anti-yeast). So it appears yeast is a common downside of taking antibiotics in man/woman and our furry friends.

Wed, Mar 13 2:29pm · Chronic Pain members - Welcome, please introduce yourself in Chronic Pain

@tjp4 and @snowflake and others,
I have not been on the Chronic Pain site in a while. I am a mentor in the Women's Health group but often visit this group because I suffer from chronic pain from scoliosis and spinal stenosis. My symptoms have been progressive burning pain in my legs and aching in my lower legs and ankles. I have avoided any surgery for this and took opioids and gabapentin with few if any side effects. Since late last year I began trying a new drug called belbuca mainly because my pain doctor is trying to minimize the opioids he prescribes. I was a skeptic since I have suffered with chronic pain down my legs and into my ankles for over 10 years and I have tried pretty much everything nonsurgical. Belbuca is both an opioid agonist and opioid antagonist as I understand it. So it does have some opioid in it but it is not as high on the drug schedule as regular hydrocodone which is what I have been taking. The belbuca comes as a tiny stick-on patch that you put inside your mouth on your cheek until it dissolves. It usually takes not more than 30 minutes. It is a 12 hour medication which if it works correctly should eliminate all the pill taking or reapplication. I began at a low dose and did not think it did much. Then I went up on dosage and within a week I had reduced my opioid pills from 6 per day to 4 per day. I no longer have the nerve/burning pain in my legs much at all but still have some of the other skeletal/muscular pain in one of my lower legs and ankles. So I increased the dosage again starting today and am going to see how I do. I have very good insurance but even if you do not, there are some coupons for belbuca that I got from my doctor (there may be some online as well).

I am just wondering if anyone else has tried belbuca and what your experience was. I also wanted to share mine just in case someone might be interested in checking it out by discussing it with your doctor. My pain is quite severe and has been for many years so finding something that helped even a little was really quite encouraging. Just wanted to share it with the group.

Mon, Mar 11 10:17am · Bleeding during sex in Women's Health

@lioness
This could be anything from a minor infection to something more serious. You definitely should see your gynecologist as soon as possible. Bleeding during sex is not normal and is not something that should be allowed to continue. So please see your doctor and be as open as you can about the issue.