Tomorrow marks 3 months since my most recent laparatomy for endometriosis and if you’ve been a reader over the past couple months, you would know that this recovery has not been easy for me. I had figured this recovery would be similar to that of my hysterectomy considering the incision was the same but I never thought it would be worse considering they actually removed organs before but that has not been the case.
At 3 months out, I am still dealing with intense pelvic pain but we may be seeing some light at the end of that tunnel. Last week, I went to see Dr. H for a visit due to my pain levels and she decided to do some cultures to send off for testing. Thankfully she did. Results came back yesterday and I’ve got a minimal staph infection (probably caused by the incision where they had to remove endo that had grown where my cervix was removed). So as a result, I’m on a week’s worth of antibiotics but that would ease quite a bit of the pain I was experiencing.
We are also taking the time to work on treating my IC and I was able to get my El.mi.ron prescription changed back to the dosage that it was before the national shortage. Hopefully this will add to the relief once my system gets adjusted to the new level.
I have also previously mentioned the nerve issue I’ve been having with my left leg. This was the issue that scared me enough to head back to the doctor. I was concerned that somehow things were getting stuck where they weren’t supposed to be and pressing on that nerve but she doesn’t feel like that is the case. Its possible that nerve got strained or injured somehow so I’ve started a new medication to help with nerve pain. It hasn’t really helped the nerve pain yet but boy does it help me sleep better at night which is awesome!
Probably one of the most exciting things to come out of this appointment was a new diagnosis of sorts. Endometriosis can come with some quite unpleasant and often unspoken side effects so I always chalked all my pain up to endo. After some rather personal discussion between my husband, my doctor, and myself, she felt as a result of my years of chronic pain that I have developed vulvodynia which has made certain activities extremely painful so she was able to prescribe me a lidocaine gel to help make those activities more enjoyable and it worked! Woo-hoo! Sorry if that is TMI for some but if you’ve lived with certain chronic illnesses, you know that its a big deal!
So I feel like things have the possibility of looking up in the near future. Not holding out hope to be a 100% pain-free (which would be nice if Santa wants to drop that off in my stocking) but I am hoping that I’ll be able to adjust my normal to a more active normal!
P.S. In family news – we are finally rid of the stomach bug! **Fingers crossed**