As some of you will know, I had a fourth lap surgery about a month ago (03/03/2014 to be precise). I've had surgeries in the past to try to remove my Endometriosis. The previous one was an excision to remove Endo from deep in my Utero-Sacral Ligament(s).
I had some relief for a period following the excision, however, my most recent surgery was because of a recurrence of symptoms. I have never really had relief from painful and heavy/clotty periods. However, more recently (around the middle of last year) I started experiencing other symptoms that suggested to me my Endo could be back. I was getting very bloated around period-time, also quite "run down" and lethargic feeling. I was also constantly fatigued, and my diarrhoea had returned. I also had an irritating newer symptom of feeling like I needed to pee loads, and very frequently!
My Consultant (an Endo Specialist) agreed to the further lap, although he was reticent and made clear that further surgeries were becoming increasingly risky. Following the surgery, I had a very nasty reaction to the Anaesthetic (which is usual for me), and felt so ill when the Doctor came round to tell me what had gone on during surgery that I only took in the words "found Endometriosis" and "Peritoneal Biopsy".
I am still waiting for a follow-up (my 4th April appointment was cancelled due to what looks like a Secretarial error) and I have appointment on 22nd April instead. I was told whilst getting the rearranged appointment that superficial Endo was removed, as well as some adhesions - also that the biopsy taken was not Endo, but something else that contained fat cells and connective tissue. I am SO confused!
However, since the surgery, I've had a few weeks of feeling somewhat better. I went out this Saturday shopping, and have felt really bad since. I'm worried I may have "overdone" it (I did do a lot of walking about - a good hour's walking, with a handbag), or that I have pulled something. I have 3 lap scars, and the one just above my pubic area is very painful and red. The others are healing ok.
The front of my abdomen low down truly hurts - feels like pulling. I can feel pain constantly around the scar area. I also have very, very bad bloating (stomach looks pregnant), and I'm struggling with going to the loo. I feel a need to pee constantly, and also feel constipated. However, this morning had diarrhoea. I've also got water retention, and an outbreak of spots on my chin. I feel very much like I'm "on my period" - sort of "hormonal" - but I'm NOT!
Can having a Lap make you feel like this? Can it make your hormones "out of sync" or disrupt your digestion? Any advice would be REALLY helpful - especially as for the last couple of days I've been feeling increasingly nauseous. Don't want to make a fuss, and ring the Doc, in case it is something "normal" that will rectify itself in time.
Thanks in advance for any replies...