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How long does pain last after hysterectomy?

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I'm 21 years old and had a total hysterectomy (ovaries, tubes, the whole nine yards) done October 11th 2011. It was done by abdominal incision.

At the hospital I felt like they rushed me along just to get out of there. I was only in till October 13th, about 9 in the morning. I was NOT ready because I was in too much pain, just as I was not ready to switch from IV pain meds to pills--but they made me once my IV meds ran out, and it was nearly unbearable pain.

Now over this weekend I had to call my doctor because he prescribed me percocet initially and I was running out of them, and he called me in vicodin instead. Well... the vicodin did nothing for me. I was supposed to take them every 4 hours, but around 2 hours they would start wearing off and I'd have shooting, burning pains in my pelvic area. I was able to walk around and do a few things before that, but now I'm bedridden again.

I called the drs to tell them it still hurts and the vicodin isn't helping (they prescribed me so little that taking them at the prescribed times now I'm two pills away from being out of them :/) and the dr RELUCTANTLY agreed to prescribe something else.

Even Saturday when I called, some nurse told me about a week after surgery they don't want patients being medicated too much. She suggested I even just use motrin before she would ask the doctor to call me in some vicodin!! Four days after they cut me a six inch long incision and removed six organs, MOTRIN.

Even now the doctors office is telling me pretty much this is the last medicine they'll prescribe me. I am in severe pain, and underwent a major surgery just a week ago--what is with my doctors no medicine stance?? Does pain after abdominal hysterectomy usually go away much quicker than this? I was told it would be 6-8 weeks recovery, so I'm just really confused. Why only give me three day supplies of pills at a time and act like it's unreasonable to give me any more?
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replied October 19th, 2011
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Hi zwerv and welcome to ehealth: It does go away, however, I think the fact that you were let go far so early has hampered your healing...I had a 7 inch scar...Belly button to crack separation...Ovaries and Uterus...Then I found that I was allergic to Morphine...Even though I was in the hospital for near 5 days, I could only use a strong Tylenol type medication...So I know what you speak about...

My best advice is to do what they say...You don't want to get addicted to the medication...Seeing today is your 9th day out of surgery, I hope you are doing better...Try and relax...Hopefully the stitches are not as sore...Don't lift anything heavy for a good 6 to 8 weeks...Take care...

Caroline
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replied October 25th, 2011
I'm sorry you're struggling!! I don't know how long your pain will last, but I certainly feel for you!

I had surgery on the 18th and they wanted to discharge me the same day. Mine was a lap procedure, which is supposed to hurt much less. It has actually been the worst pain I've ever felt, I ended up in the hospital for four days, and I'm still on pain meds. I've had to press my doc to give them to me too. I don't get why they give you pain meds via IV up until you leave and then send you home with so little. It's a shock to get home and be so uncomfortable! My doc scripted me 20 Vicodin and then agreed to give me a refill.

As far getting addicted to the meds, that's always a possibility. I'm not that worried about it. It's more accurate to say that you may become dependent on them. I still don't think people should just suffer. It's not that tough to simply take less and less painkillers as your pain decreases. It kinda happens naturally. You said that you are hurting way before your next dose is due. If your next dose was due and you still felt okay, you would probably not even think to take it. It kinda stinks, but there's so much abuse of pain meds now that people who really need them have a tough time getting them! I personally just demanded them. I haven't taken one pain pill since my last c-section, which was 4 years ago. I don't have a problem. If you don't have a problem, don't be shy about asking firmly for what you need. We pay a lot of money for these procedures, even with insurance. Smile
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replied October 29th, 2011
I totally understand your frustration. I also had my hysterectomy done on the 18th of October and still in a lot of pain. I've gone thru 3 different meds because some of them didn't work and I got itchy all over and had to take benadryl on top of it! I did stop taking the pain killers because I hated the way I felt after I took them, so now I'm taking Tylenol for arthritis 650mg each. I also try to ice the area of the incision and that seems to help a bit. Good luck ladies and a prompt recovery!
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replied April 23rd, 2012
This information is very helpful. I had a lap hyst 10 days ago. I sitll have my ovaries, but I still have a lot of pain. I thought I was crazy because I did not know what to expect. I am searching all over the net for information and I am so glad that you ladies posted all of the information that you did and after reading it, I no longer feel insane for still being in pain. I tried to stop taking my pain meds because I thought I wsas feeling better and it wasnt until the 12th hour of no pain med that I felt the worse pain ever.... 10 days out of surgery later... I have gone through all of my 800 milligrams of motrin and still have percocet left, but I am starting to feel that it doesn't do much as well. How long does this pain last?

Thanks,

ncgirl1234
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replied September 25th, 2012
I just had a partial hysterectomy September 4, 2012. First few days I had a catheter for urinating, then I needed help getting up angd going to the bathroom. Doctor came to see me and I was told I had a hematoma and it needed to drain. I was swollen, numb, and had pain, burning on both sides. I developed a keloid. I had severe constipation could not go for four days, pain radiating in my rectum and my sides and hips. I also have a hernia which was not operated on. The surgeon wants me to heal from the hysterectomy. When I had post-op visit with the doctor I was using a cane. I could not stand up completely straight, my back was hurting. I felt like a 90 year old cripple lady. It's been 3 weeks, I've been able to go out a little. Sitting for a long time is'nt good so I get up and walk. Going to the bathroom hurts a little but has gotten slightly better because I'm back on fruits and veggies. Getting plenty of rest is important. I am fatiged and I was spotting a little. Doctor says it's normal, but it's gonna take more time.
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replied September 2nd, 2013
Sorry for yall pain and agony, but I think that if you pay all that money for insurance a month, you have a right to ask for what you need and that that will help you, Besides no one knows your body better than you do. The doctor only knows what you tell him.
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