mixed_up_media (mixed_up_media) wrote in hysterectomies,

is it normal not to feel normal after 6 weeks?

I had a full abdominal hysterectomy with a vertical incision on 5/1 (the surgeon used a vertical incision because I'd already had one for a previous operation anyway).  My one remaining ovary was taken out, and I am currently on HRT.  The surgery was fairly complicated--there were bowel and bladder adhesions to deal with--but everything seemed to go smoothly.

I'd had previous abdominal surgeries (one to remove an ovary due to endometriosis, and another for a multiple myomectomy), so I thought I knew what to expect.  And for the most part, I did.  I was very good and waited the full 6 weeks to do anything relatively strenuous.  At 6 weeks, I went for a short bike ride, and all was well.

At about 6 1/2 weeks (this past Sunday), I went for a longer bike ride--about an hour long, but nothing horribly strenuous.  Again, everything seemed pretty much fine right after the ride.  But then about two days afterwards (which is when I'm usually the most sore), it hurt to urinate:  when I reached the point of full relaxation of the muscles, I'd feel a large twinge in my bladder and vagina and down my left thigh.  I'd experienced similar sensations earlier in the recovery, though not as bad as this.  Somewhat less alarmingly, my stomach muscles also seem sore.  Everything seems to be gradually getting better again now, but I am afraid to do anything more than a walk around the neighborhood. 

My doctor did warn me that my bladder would feel funny for quite a while.  However, I'm pretty sure I remember feeling thoroughly healed at 6 weeks after my previous surgeries (though obviously they were less extensive).

Is this normal for a full abdominal hysterectomy?  How concerned should I be?

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