How soon after lap did you feel improvements?

Hi all. I had my lap 5 weeks ago now, and even though they treated endo I'm still in almost as much pain as I was before. I never really knew how soon I should expect to feel the benefits, and I never expected my pain to disappear completely but I really don't feel much better than how I did before. Is this it for me, or should I expect some more improvements over the next few weeks/months? Those who found the lap effective in reducing your pain, how long was it before you really felt the benefits?

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I also had a lap about 5 weeks ago where they excised my endo and I had a mirena inserted. I still have moments of intense pain however my specialist informed me due to the mirena I would experience cramps while I adjust to it. Did you have a mirena inserted?

My specialist also said as long as each day I feel better bit by bit then that means I'm on the mend. I would suggest if the pain is severe to return to your specialist. My pain flares up when I push myself too much too. I think recovery varies for everyone. I keep a diary of the pain and when it's worse to see if it's my doing etc. My friend who had a lap last year felt better within a week from surgery... Recovery is very variable.

All of the best!

Andrea x

Recovery differs from person to person, I was told at my post-op appointment (last August-a year ago) I would require a lot more surgery and in May I was put on a waiting list for more. I didn't feel any benefits from my surgery but perhaps that is because mine was more advanced (I don't know as I don't know your case obviously) but I would suggest you go back to your specialist to see what they recommend, there is plenty of treatment available! Perhaps ask to be referred to a pain clinic who will help you deal with the symptoms.

Best wishes x

Hi there it does depend on the person of course but after my big op didn't feel benefit until at least 3 months but I was back to work after a month .Give it time ,if the pain is really intense it may be worth getting checked out by Gp

I also didn't feel any benefit following a laparoscopy with helica treatment. Since the operation (in May) my symptoms seemed to get worse until the specialist suggested I go on Zoladex to give myself a break for a few months. I've never felt better but I know that it's not going to last forever! I hope your symptoms continue to get better.Xx

Thank you for your replies everyone, I appreciate it. I think it hasn't helped that I had to go back to work after 3 1/2 weeks and I could have done with more time, as I always seem to be in more pain by the end

Oh no my phone keeps sending my messages too early! I have quit my job though because they treated me so badly for being ill so next week is my last week. It wasn't a really big operation as my endo wasn't very advanced luckily, although still very painful. They also diagnosed me with adenomyosis, which could be contributing quite a bit to my pain. Fingers crossed that things will continue to improve and hope you are all doing well x

Hey Tasmin! I had a mirena coil fitted to help control symptoms of endo and it gave me no end of pain. In fact, it made things worse. I had one in for 3 and half weeks before I made them take it out, it just wasn't settling down. My endo adhesions tend to form on my uterine ligaments, and I think the uterus cramping because of the mirena really made everything worse. I'm sure this isn't what you want to hear, but worth bearing in mind if things don't improve!


Sorry that you had such a bad experience with the mirena! I actually had mine removed about a month before my lap so I know the pain can't be anything to do with that x

Interestingly I saw my surgeon today and he's going to fit another merina coil at my next laparoscopy. He says better for controlling endo symptoms and as muscles are relaxed during a GA then my uterus shouldn't reject it this time. I am totally petrified of having another one, but he know ms what he's talking about and I made him promise that he'd take it straight out again whenever I want if it's painful!

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