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Laparoscopy concerns!!

I had my laparoscopy yesterday and came home last night. Since being at home I have had chills, shakes, nausea, have been feeling faint and have had very very painful stomach spasms that last a couple of minutes at a time and are very frequent. I have tried pain killers and they have not made a difference. I can't sleep because of the spasms and cannot walk anywhere without being in serious pain. Should I be concerned?
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I should probably add that I had a dermoid cyst removed and it was discovered that I have endometriosis. I also have PCOS.
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How are you feeling?  I am not a health professional, but I feel your pain.  Literally.  I had my large dermoid cyst removed the day before you did and have experienced many of the same symptoms.  What you may be experiencing is a combination of a sensitivity to general anaesthetic and a crash in your hormones.  As for the pain, did your doc prescribe any high octane pain killers?  It's the only thing that is taking the edge of for me, but I am definitely not pain free on them.  

Make sure that you pump up your liquid intake as surgery does tend to dehydrate.  Eat well.  Rest more than you think you should.  When is your follow up appointment?  Make sure you ask your health care provider all the questions you can think of.  I am starting a list!
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Pain killers? What pain killers? I got sent home with paracetamol and ibuprofen. They definitely did not take the edge off. It will be a week tomorrow and my pain has gone almost completely! The fever symptoms have eased off a lot but still find myself being nauseous from time to time. How are your symptoms? Has your pain gone? My follow up appointment is in about 6 weeks and I've got a huge list of questions to ask. My main question is about the weird stitches I had. The incision just above my pubic line looks like it was sewn inside out with a prominent lip on top. Hope you are feeling well!
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So glad to hear that you are doing better.  I should tell you that I am from Canada and our system might be slightly different if you are from the states.  I was sent home with anti-inflammatories and with 40 morphine pills.  They made me very sleepy and subdued, but didn't manage to take the pain away completely.  It will be a week tomorrow and I am still in a lot of pain.  I had two c-sections and I would say this pain is comparable. I have pain at the ovary and tumour removal site and pain at all three incision sites.  I am still suffering from nausea occasionally as well.  

Your incision does sound strange!  Mine are all healing pretty well, though I had a serious reaction to the latex free band aids I applied at home so I have left them uncovered since Saturday.  

How are you for hot flashes?  Any other symptoms?
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I hope your pain goes soon! I'm from the UK so we definitely have different systems. The painkillers were basically over the counter strength ones, which are totally useless for anything other than a headache. I'm now feeling the best I have since the op. No nausea, no hot flushes. How are you doing? The thing that helped me the most was a heat sack on my stitches, the pain went away whilst that was on. Exciting day today though, I get my stitches taken out so will finally be able to properly see how the incisions have healed!
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I too, am off to have my stitches removed today!  I am looking forward to having some questions answered as well.

I have a dear friend who is studying reflexology and used me as a guinea pig last night.  I have to say that after she worked on me, I felt the best I have felt since my surgery. It's a pretty amazing field of alternative medicine!

My nausea has abated, my hot flashes are fewer, and I am hoping that my uncontrollable post partum like sadness is starting to be less as well.  Things are looking up!
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Hi, very interesting reading this. I had a cyst removed almost 3 months ago too, just a cyst, not an ovary. Since it's removal I've has hot flushes too, and night sweats, not to mention panic attacks too. I had my estrogen checked and it was extremely low. I am now on birth control and feeling a little better. I am just quite annoyed I wasn't warned of any hormone changes, as I never would have had this operation done. Understand what you are saying about postpartum sadness, it feels exactly the same.
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hi my name is aileen...working here from abu dhabi, uae...26 years of age..my doctor told me that I need to undergo laparoscopic surgery for them to remove my 88x78mm ovarian cyst...they had submitted my docs to insurance company and just waiting approval from them to proceed with the surgery...I'm really scared because its my first time to have a surgery and I dont know what to expect after it..Please do share me your experiences before and after the surgery...will really appreciate it...I just started my new job feb 9,2014 and now this happened...I dont want to loose my job..so asap as the surgery is finished i wanted to go back to work but how many days will be my complete recovery period? thanks in advance and will be waiting for your reply please....GOD BLESS...
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I just had my surgery on April 28.  My dermoid was quite large and I also had an ovary removed.  I am an active woman and live on a farm (so I am no stranger to physical work).  I thought I would bounce back quickly, but took two weeks off work.  I did not expect my recovery to be so slow.  I spent the first three days in bed.  By the fourth day, I spent about half out of bed,but on the couch.  It's been almost two weeks and I SMS till slow, still in pain at my incision site, and had to go back to my doc today because my incision opened up after I got my stitches removed.  He said it was healing fine, to keep Steri-strips (tape stitches) on it, and rest.  I have an additional week off work now to do so (I am a high school teacher).  

As for the surgery, it was a piece of cake.  IV in, 45 minutes later I was in the OR and I was put under before any prep was done.  I woke up 1.5 hours later and walked out of the hospital on my two feet.  When i for home,I walked up two flights of stairs.
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Oops.  When I got home, I walked up the stairs.  Your surgery will go better, because you are younger than me, and it sounds like your cyst is smaller.  

Just rest as you are told and don't push it.  That's been the hardest thing for me to do.  My horses, alpacas, chickens, kids, dog, and husband need me!
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