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Lap today - pains... help

Hi ladies I had my diagnostic lap today, I am in so much pain I just don’t know what to do with myself! Shoulder gas pains are horrific as is my stomach. They found endo and removed some that’s all I know! How do I get comfy and help the pain? X

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Drink some peppermint tea and prop yourself up on some pillows, hate to say it but you’re also going to have to keep moving to get that gas gone, you’ll feel so much better in 2-5 days, sorry but there’s no quick fix! Glad they found some endo and removed it x

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Move your arms gently like you’re doing breast stroke swimming, that should help get the gas moving.

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Hi all I am new here but in desperate need of some advice. I am 37 but had a ovarian sparing abdominal hysterectomy aged 35. Previously had laps, ablation, Mirana coils, zoladex injections and patches are the latest trial to spare me the bowel and pelvic adhesion pain. Basically my pelvis is like a spider's web, I am in constant pain, tramadol three times a day. Naproxen and paracetamol. I have two wonderful children and a loving husband and work full time. But I feel like I am breaking apart the pain is not getting any better. I am on my second month of zoladex with ad back with oestrogen patches. Has anyone else had all of this and do they have some ray of light to help me through this pain?

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How did it go with a cold? Mines still going! Wishing you a speedy recovery x

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I said I had a bit of a sniffle - they just checked my temperature and said it was fine! Xx

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I know it sounds like the last thing you want to do but move as much as you can!

I was also told gas-x wouldn’t do anything but I think that helped me the most. Also keep yourself propped up as laying all the way down can increase the pain.

When I had my last surgery I moved my legs in the butterfly position one at a time and moved my knees up and down (if that makes sense.) that seems to help.

The pain will die down soon I promise! It is only temporary.

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Try and keep your shoulders moving as that helps with gas pains. If you have really strong pain killers that will help with your stomach. When your laying in bed have a pillow to the side of you I found that really helped. Glad you had a good result today x

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I had mine today too and had endo removed. The gas pains the worst part for me (along with the throat). As people have said peppermint tea!! I took a few bags in with me which helped in hospital. And I've had no choice but to move around due to needing a wee so often that I am working out the gas that way too. I just took some tramadol as the pain got pretty bad but everyone is asleep so can't ask for a cuppa haha.

Good luck with recovery!! :)

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I managed to fall asleep for a few hours by propping myself up on pillows and put a hot water bottle on my shoulder, seems to just make my stomach worse even away from the cuts. I’m glad the weeing isn’t just me! That’s what just woke me up along with a big tummy gurgle and a big chunk of wind moving about. Some peppermint tea last night will have some more in the morning it’s too cold to get up now! Hope you’ve managed some sleep!

Good luck to you too xxx

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I used peppermint tea, I even took some Rene that seemed to help a lot.

I also had a gently warmed wheat bag and it helped massively, I tested it right just at the top of my stomach/at the bottom of my ribs on my right side, as the shoulder pain was right sided.

When ever the bag went cold the pain cane back so luckily my house abandoned was very tentative and kept it warmed for me.

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Hope you start to feel some relief soon. X

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I sat in hosp bed for full day crying in agony and the nurse suggested I walk up and down the corridor. I couldn’t even prop myself up in bed so how on earth was I going to actually WALK I asked her??!! But the next day my mam came to visit & I was still so upset with the pain. She suggested she walk up and down with me, I linked her arm and it took forever to get up but I swear within 5 minutes of walking the relief was unreal. The pain I thought was from the op, must have been gas in my stomach. Get up and walk gently, honestly it does wonders! A little peppermint tea will help & the arm moving definitely! But get up hun and have a little stroll, holding on to a nurse or relative of course. But your lap is done! Yey! X

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I had one in September and I can remember the gas pains oh to well! The biggest thing that helped me was keeping a hot wheat pack on my shoulders. It didn't help so much in the front area but helped the shoulders so much. I felt a lot better after a week but still got a bit of pain in my abdomen which would come and go a week after that. It's the hardest thing to walk around but even just one lap around the house (inside) every 2 hours should help

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I’ve managed to ‘release’ (sorry) some of the gas by walking around a bit, I seem to be able to stand a little straighter now! Kids are at school and grandmas today so my best friends will be my hot water bottle, peppermint tea and painkillers! I’ve also managed to lie on my side this morning which the hospital said would help! Thank you for your advice lovely ladies! Xxxx

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With every operation I have had peppermint tea has helped me Xx

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I was the same 4 weeks ago. I took dyhydracodeine and paracetamol. Drink plenty peppermint tea and get a bottle of milk of magnesia, it really really helps!!! I was so constipated and gas pains right up to right shoulder and under rib cage for a good week plus. The milk of magnesia got things moving. Plus fresh orange juice! It's a nightmare but I promise it will ease soon mrs xx

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