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6 weeks post lap and cyst removal, help?

I had an emergency laparoscopy and ruptured cyst removal exactly 6 weeks ago, I had been very ill for a while before the op, being sick and fainting frequently, even crashed my car into my fence :( not smart I know!!

I was in hospital for 3 days in total as I was in a lot of pain and had a nasty reaction to the anaesthetic.

I work as a nursery nurse so quite a full on job and I went back to work this Monday on reduced hours even though my doctor wasn't 100% on me going back yet but I'm bored at home, I'm waiting on a ultrasound scan to check everything is okay inside.

However since going back to work on Monday I have had bad pains in my ovaries and through my scar where they removed the cyst, I'm also having bad back ache and I'm exhausted and emotional all the time! I'm thinking maybe my doctor was right and I'm not 100% ready to go back yet, do you think it would be best for me to stay off until after my ultrasound? How long did it take you to recover after a similar op? I feel like it's taking me ages... I do have chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia so that's not helping.

I hate being off sick and feel like I'm letting everyone down :(

Thank you :)

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Hi darling u poor thing xxxx.

I wouldn't be worrying about anything or anybody else right now. U just look after urself and that body of urs. Dnt feel bad if ur not well ur not well xxx.

I completely understand how you feel as i can sometimes feel like im letting ppl dwn. But theres just not much we can do. My last lap took me over 6 weeks to recover. And was told it would take only 2weeks. Yeah right!!! Im now booked for my next lap 2nd feb and hav taken 4weeks. However i hav come to terms and accepted this illness that i will look after myself to what ever it may take.

Hope u feel better soon darling 😙


Thank you for your reply :) I thought it wouldn't take me long to recover but I was wrong! Maybe I will go and see my doctor tomorrow and see what she says! Probably "I told you not to go back yet" lol.

Good luck with your op in Feb! Take as long as you need this time :)

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I knw its very fusterating. Thank u my darling. Keep us posted on ur recovery xxxxx big kisses.❤


Hi - endo is an immune and endocrine system disease and many people will suffer from chronic fatigue and with any number of allergies and intolerances that you may not even know you have as they will usually just make you feel ill with headaches dizziness, nausea, blurred vision, memory loss, lack of concentration etc. Yet others seem to be spared this side of endo. I was so bad I could barely function and was totally unsafe to drive a car but had to as those were the days when endo was rarely diagnosed. Endo has also been proven to have autoimmune characteristics and CFS and fibromyalgia are now formally classified as associated with autoimmunity. So it is all connected for those who suffer from all of the immune effects of the disease.

With regard to how long it takes to be able to go back to work there is no answer as every person and every lap is different. It sounds as though your lap itself was fairly minor if it was just to remove what I assume was a ruptured endometrioma (an endometriotic cyst) but I'm guessing that this was done in general gynaecology and the ultrasound is to check all is well with this cyst as was. BUT be aware that endometriomas are usually associated with endo elsewhere which could be causing your back pain and continuing general malaise. This lap will not have addressed any other endo you may well have.

I strongly suspect that you will have endo elsewhere that needs addressing and recommend that you get a referral to a specialist endo centre as it is so often inadequately treated in general gynaecology. Click on my name and have a look at my post on how to find a specialist.

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Hi sorry to hijack this post but you seem really clued up i was only diagnosed 4 weeks ago and haven't had my post op yet, my discharge notes say on diagnoses endometriosis & endometrioma i thought it was same thing, but you mention it above and i get the impression it's different, what's the difference. Thanks and sorry for hijacking again x


Hi endometriomas are cysts caused by endometriosis.


Thanks nothing was explained after op just got told yes you have endo here's your zoladex now off you go x


Three distinct forms of endo have currently been identified - peritoneal, ovarian and nodular. Peritoneal is the usual form that is seen anywhere throughout the pelvis that attaches to the peritoneum (the membrane that lines the abdominal cavity) and wraps round most of the organs. This sort can penetrate beneath the peritoneum and infiltrate underlying organs. Nodular is formed of endo within hard fibromuscular tissue and is mostly in the rectouterine pouch (rectovaginal endo) and in the uterovesical pouch (between the bladder and uterus). Ovarian endo refers to endometriomas which is where endo if found within the ovaries and as blood is trapped chocolate cysts form and sometimes rupture. Ovarian endo could also refer to peritoneal endo on the outside of the ovaries but this is quite uncommon. x


Thankyou i have so much to learn with all this x


Sorry my post below was for you i put it in wrong bit x


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