September 24, 2015 at 5:59 pm #274261
Sleepy star yes exactly it does impact on daily life,but seems we are all given conflicting advice,my youngest grandchild has grown up without me being able to lift him hes had to be placed on my knee it has impacted an awful lot ,but know one tells you what possibilities you can end up with,I think alot probably depends if you take hrt to keep your tissues strong and healthy Im now given vagifem pessaries to try n play catch up but its always after the horse has bolted .In hindsight hrt would have perhaps prevented these prolapses ,but my gp advised against hrt.
I found women on the hystersister site with similar probs telling people to research and educate themselves so you have as much info and knowledge .But just being able to talk /compare notes etc has been a real help .
Someone had said their consultant had told her not to even pull the fridge door open after her surgery as this can damage a weak pelvic floor after surgery .It seems to be a minefield out there sometimes and we are so used to wanted to do things for ourselves that we never give hard work and heavy lifting a thought but it does make sense to me now that when wombs are taken out a weakness can occur and you need a strong pelvic floor to support things,something which I dont seem to have,
Just keeping my fingers crossed for the 30th and hoping the removal of this mesh is on the horizon sooner than later take care Jill b xxxSeptember 24, 2015 at 7:16 pm #274262
I’m not on hrt. My consultant only puts people on if they have severe menopausal symptoms. Saying that, I haven’t actually seen him since my op and don’t actually go back.September 25, 2015 at 4:15 am #274263
Jill, thanks for reaching out. As an international weightlifter, I have several friends around the world who have had the surgery and still lift competitively. I have to say, it is not the same as lifting a heavy sack of gravel, as I tried that and was out of commission for four days. I was acting on their advice when I talked to my surgeon before surgery as to what I should be doing both before and after the operation. (And I am on Oestrogel HRT from six weeks after the op).
As you say, it also depends on where we were before and after the surgery, and what medical advice we have been given. I have been working weekly with a kine team, one of them is specialized in pelvic floor rehab. I am tested weekly as to my pelvic floor health, and given tools (e.g. AquaFlex) to work with daily to continue to focus on a strong pelvic floor. And I had to re-learn how to lift incorporating engaging my pelvic floor before I was allowed to go back to the gym. I am sure I will still possibly have issues, but am doing my best to avoid them.
I appreciate you sharing your story, and wish you the best for feeling better soon!September 25, 2015 at 4:18 pm #274264
Hi all. Interesting discussion going on regarding pelvic floors. I’ve just returned from my GP. Decided to have the slight occasional spotting after intercourse investigated. It seems I have a small area still left to heal probably due to a stitch still left to desolve. Also has my bloods checked to see if I’m on the correct strength of HRT and it seems I need to double my dose! Feel great so looking forward to even more bounce. Hope we are finaly all progressing forward x xNovember 6, 2015 at 12:44 pm #274266
Hi Alea, I’m popping in from this year’s September group to say your post about being able to lift weights is very reassuring! I was never anywhere near as active as you, but the pelvic floor (& prolapses/leaks/other limitations/etc.) worries me a lot — I did a fair bit of yoga before my op (& ran my first 5k a week beforehand!) & am now rather consumed w/worry about starting again, especially as I read a Michelle Kenway blog post about some yoga poses that weaken pelvic floors. Can I ask how you get your pelvic floor tested? I would feel better if I could get that sort of thing done, even if just once now & then maybe once again later on. I haven’t been offered any physio on the NHS & am wondering if I should just suck it up & pay for a private physio…November 6, 2015 at 4:01 pm #274267
Just to say that some NHS physio departments allow self-referral, also some have specialists in pelvic floor physiotherapy. Mine does both and it’s only a small hospital.November 6, 2015 at 4:04 pm #274268
I haven’t had any and have no idea if it is even offered! In my area you don’t go back to see the consultant either, just saw the GP and that was just to get my sick note extended.November 6, 2015 at 4:18 pm #274269
I think we are not good on pelvic floor health and prevention of problems in this country. If I’d been more aware of the importance of pelvic floor exercises and recognised my problem earlier then there’s a possibility that I wouldn’t be having this op. Mild prolapse can often be treated by physio and I’ve probably had some degree of prolapse since I was pregnant with my youngest.November 6, 2015 at 8:31 pm #274270
Hi Diffuse and Bonnie Take it from someone whos had 3ops for rectocele /cystocele/entrocele prolapses and ended up with a vault prolapse for which Ive had to have a Sacralcolpopexy with mesh (no choice) and am now permanetly on antibiotics to control infection/rejection/pain issues.
Most people are told to avoid lifting after prolapse has happened we dont seem to be told this before if Id have Known then what I know now ,alot of my prolapses could perhaps been avoided,I had a heavy job after having a hysterectomy some yrs ago and had to give up work ,I didnt take hrt either which I also regret as this can keep your walls and tissue stronger .
I am seeing a physio at a local clinic because of leakage probs although she says my pelvic floor seems not to bad so maybe there are other issues but have to continue exercises which Ive been doing for 4 1/2 yrs.
Iwas given a self referral from my gp as my hospital no longer offers this service and I think this is the case with alot of hospitals. so ask at your gp’s Bonnie.
It takes a long time to get over these prolapse ops its almost 15months since my last one and Im still not able to do the long long walks I used to do and dont think I will ever get back to that but Im grateful to at least being able to get about a bit better ,You still feel uncomfortable even when your all healed.
So please be careful ladies with certain excercise as Michelle Kenway says even some yoga positions are to be avoided and she ought to know ,we never no the out come until it is to late ,
Take care Jill b xxxNovember 29, 2015 at 7:07 am #274271
Keyres, Bella01, Sleepystar and other April 2015 ladies –
Hope you are all well, thinking of you. After seven months, hopefully seeing more spring in our step in time for the holidays!!November 29, 2015 at 8:30 am #274272
Sure hope so! Tired at the moment, just had a stupid cold that won’t go away and it is mad at work but then it is that crazy time of year. Excited germ ridden children!
Hope everyone else is well and enjoying the lead up to silly season!December 13, 2015 at 9:02 pm #274273
Hi ladies, lovely to hear from you, Cant believe its been 8 months since our op! Hope you are all doing well. I don’t think any of us could have predicted the length of time our recovery has taken and is still taking. I am feeling well, still get tired quickly, apart from having to change my HRT patch from 50mcg to 100mcg as my hormone levels were through the roof (but funnily enough i felt fine) i am doing and feeling well. Wishing you all a very merry christmas and a fabulous 2016.April 19, 2016 at 5:16 pm #274274
It will be a year this weekend. How are the rest of you doing?April 19, 2016 at 9:44 pm #274275
I’m great thank you. Best year I have had in a long time. Hope everyone else is well and happy too xJuly 24, 2016 at 6:25 am #274276
Finally fitting into my “normal” pants. I’ve come a long way back from the operation. Husband just had health issues, so now it is my turn to be the caring partner. Hope all is well for you folks.July 24, 2016 at 10:19 am #274277
Hi Alex. Lovely to hear from you. Hope your husband feels better very soon. I’m sure we all underestimated our recovery times. But I’m sure we are all much better for doing it x
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