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Was surgery worth it???

Sometimes I think,.. I should have just let my little hairy tooth friend in ( I had a dermoid cyst. sick I know).. My brother named it Timmy.. lol.. What are brothers for huh?? Any who, I still have pain and discomfort and I think wasn't it supppose to go away!!!!!! I know what all you ladies mean when you say go buy some stool softner..I was misserable for 6 days ..yes SIX!!! I was drinking coffe while sitting on the toilet with the light off, I was running out of things to do I was desperate!!! All I could tell my mom is "I just wanna poo"... lol.. She bought me Milk of Magnesia..OMG!!!! does that stuff work and when the time came I didnt know which was more painful, not being able to go or actually GOING!.. Well ladies all I can say is this is some serious surgery and don't let anyone down play it. But having support of friends and family is all the difference. They will see you at your worst and you wont give a damn.. I am very self-cautious but while in the hospital and in that much pain the Janitor could have come and wiped my A** for all I cared !!!...lol.. Well ladies take care.
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LOL! That was one of the funniest posts I ever read! I am so glad it's been a week since my surgery and I can laugh without serious pain. Seriously, I am so sorry for your misery, but you put it in such a humorous light. In my case, I took two Vicodins for the pain, and stopped when I read about constipation as a side effect. Once I stopped those, constipation no longer an issue. I luckily didn't have to resort to coffee while sitting on the toilet with the light off!
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What type of surgery did they do, laparoscopic (approx 3 small incisions) or laparotomy (full incision)?

Either one is abdominal surgery and, yes, it is a big deal.  It takes weeks for some to heal.  For others (like me) it takes months.

Yes, it is worth it, but it requires strictly following doctor's orders and not rushing the healing process.  Dermoids are ugly little buggers and you certainly don't want to adopt one as a lifelong pet.  You are better off without it.  Just don't overdo.  Many post-op pains are of our own doing.  It takes time to heal.

I am glad you have such supportive friends and family.  That helps a lot.  This is not a "fun" time in your life, but consider it a temporary one.
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I'm glad I could make you laugh.  I know what pain that comes with so for that part sorry.. :)  But yup it was NOT  a good first 3 or 4 days.  I drove myself to the Dr. when it was time to remove my staples, The Dr. was amazed. Everyone kept telling me slow down  but I felt "fine" .  Well after being off for a month I was due back to work, but I asked for another week and the Dr. gave me another MONTH!!!!! I thought I would go crazy. I went back to work and my family still tells me slow down and take it easy. I work with developmentally disabled children and teenagers and they can be aggressive so I get a little scared in those situations. I'm pretty sure the pain I experience is all my own fault.  I work 6 days a week and have two jobs, I start at 5:30am and don't end my day till about 10 or 11.  But hey what can I do? I NEED to work...
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I had Laparotomy with 9 staples. YES Dermoid cyst  OMG... my doctor was even grossed out to the point where she didnt take a picture of it to show me because she said "it was to nasty".  So of course I had to look it up on the Internet...eeeeeeeeeeeeeewwwwwwwww
It was "to nasty" I dont blame the Dr. for not wanting to take a picture..lol.

I think I have done to much to soon.  I tried to be super recoverer!!!! lol.. I even went to a club the day after my staples were removed.. Very bad Idea.. Lesson well learned!!!

So yes my pain I beleive is my own fault but how can I be sure??? I'm so tired of going back and forth to the Dr.
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I just had laparoscopy, but I've been getting the "slow" down too. My body definitely lets me know when I've done too much - I used to feel tired, now it's just pain, not bad anymore, but worse than the day before when I was feeling no pain. It's only been a week since my surgery. I started going crazy two days after surgery, but learned the hard way to listen to my body. I wish I had taken it slower the couple of days after surgery.
When did you go back to work, a month after your surgery? My friend had a laparotomy, she took off two months from work. She told me it took her awhile after that to feel normal again. But she had a hysterectomy and ovaries removed.
You probably are doing too much and your body is letting you know. It will probably just take you longer to recover at this pace. What did your doctor say about the pain the last time you saw her? Is it bad enough where you have to take pain medicine?
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I really want to know!  I am sick of how I feel right now - is there hope for feeling better if I have the surgery?
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I held off answering your question, because I was hoping someone with more symptoms who went through the surgery would answer. The only symptom I had was a dull pressure which did get annoying at times. No pain, really. I am glad I had the surgery because my cyst was growing and getting larger by the day. I could have lived with my symptoms, but eventually, I know I would have had problems with either the cyst bursting, causing problems with the ovary, or getting so large that I would have had more troublesome symptoms. My pain after surgery is now an occasional dull ache and I am sure that will go away as I am only a week and a half past surgery. After reading many posts on  this site, it sounds to me like many women do indeed find the surgery helpful in resolving their symptoms.
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I definitely know my surgery was "worth it"... what was the alternative?  A life with never knowing when the pain would pop up?  Even more serious, the tumor grow and cause further damage?  What if it burst?  

I am 1 1/2 years post complete hyst/ooph.  And being obese, it was very difficult for the surgery and recovery.  But I know it was the right thing to do, and I'm glad I had everything removed.

The medical menopause hasn't been as bad as I imagined it might be (I have a vivid imagination).  I am currently taking a small dose of prempro for my mood (politely put).

If anyone would like to further discuss, let me know, I'll try to visit more often.

God Bless,
Donna
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I guess I just get frustrated with the pain that i still endure. Yes I am glad I had the surgery.  It was growing at a really fast rate and there could have been many risk factors so I really didn't have a choice.  Anyone who has had surgery...do you experience  A LOT  of pain during your menstrual cycle??????? I am on it now.. and the pain is bad. I've always had cramps but this pain is worse than just cramps, It's like I feel it in my ovaries. I have constant discomfort and pain even when not on my period though. Could I have hurt myself? Should I go to the Dr.? Or is this "normal" and will it fade away on its own. I am 3 months post op.  I have a friend who is 6 months post and she said she didn't really experience that much pain just the first month to two months. I so tired of going to the Dr. but if I have to I have to.

Thanks ,

Jessica
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Hi Jessica,
I can't speak from experience, but if it were me, and I were 3 months post op, and I were in that much pain, I'd want some relief. I'd go to the doctor. I went for my first post op appt this week and one of the first things my doctor asked about was pain. How much pain did I have? So had I been in pain, I imagine he would have done something about it.
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