Friday, June 6, 2008

Big Fat Pain in the...Shoulder??

Thanks so much for your well-wishes and for thinking of me. I'm happy to say I have a lovely uterus, clear Fallopian tubes, and two lovely ovaries. I'm also happy to say I made it through the procedure just fine, and honestly, the worst part was the speculum. Minor cramping upon insertion of the saline solution, a little bit of spotting till now. Uncomfortable, but really not painful. Thanks for everyone's great suggestions; I did take pain-reliever beforehand, and the pad was definitely a must - I felt like I was "bleeding" saline solution the whole way home.

I'm pleasantly surprised by a lack of cramps or pain "down there," but I'm thankful I'm not having any...because I don't know if I could tolerate it on top of the massive, paralyzing pain I'm having all through my right shoulder and side.

I've googled all sorts of search queries, asked my doctor parents, called the clinic...but I have no idea what to do for the pain. Immediately after I got into the change room, I felt a sharp pain in my shoulder, which I thought was odd. Out in the waiting room, where I was told to rest for 15 minutes just to make sure everything was okay, the pain spread to both shoulders. DH suggested that I was probably just tensed up during the procedure, since I was so nervous about it. He rubbed my shoulders and back, and I felt better, and we got in the car and drove home. As soon as I stepped out of the car, I realized something was wrong. I had sharp pain all the way down starting at my neck and down through my shoulder which was intensifying as I was walking. Came home, called my mom, lay down, called the clinic. The doctor's office said sometimes the gas/air bubbles used in the procedure to see the tubes escapes into the body and moves upward. Hence the massive pain whenever I am upright, and the even more massive pain when I try to move around. They said it could last from one to three days. Prescription: lie down flat on your back.

Now, I know I said I was looking forward to relaxing and being pampered by DH. But I most definitely was not looking forward to three days on my back. The pain is excruciating; I've never felt anything more painful in my life.

Nothing I read online, no one's blogs, no one's comments, no literature from the clinic mentioned this at all. Have any of you ever heard of a reaction like this? Has this happened to anyone else? Any suggestions on relieving the pain?

16 comments:

Steph said...

I am so sorry you are hurting so bad. I didn't experience this at all. I wish it would just go away for you!!

tragicoptimist said...

I didn't have the same procedure you did, but my mom did when she was trying to conceive me. She said she doesn't remember much about it except for the pain in her shoulder afterwards. I know that doesn't help too much, but at least you know someone else has run into that.

So happy to hear that your uterus and tubes are all clear!

Mrs. Spit said...

I haven't had pain after this procedure - but the gas theory is very very true. I had pain like that after a laproscopy. Also could be that you are constipated (I know, not something you wanted to discuss). Laying down will help. A bit of walking will help things disperse, as it were. Lots of fluids, drugs for the pain.

I'm sorry, it really is terrible pain. And truly, there is no magic pill for this. . .

Mya said...

I'm so sorry you're in so much pain, that sounds terrible. I have no advice for you, but I do hope that it clears up soon.

Glad you had clear tubes!

scarredbellybutton said...

I had the shoulder pain really badly after my 2nd laparoscopy. Walking around helps disperse the gas that causes the pain, though of course it hurts like hell. Heat packs are good too. Mostly though it's a matter of waiting for it to go away, which could be a few days I'm afraid.

shawna said...

I had it after my lap. I remember it being the most excruciating pain that I had ever felt. It was much worse than any incision. They said that it referred pain from the gas pressure on the diaphragm. You might try Gas-X and a heating pad. I'm glad that everything went well.

~Jess said...

I'm sorry you're hurting. Could it be that your neck/shoulder went into spasm from being tense. Sounds like (from the other commenters) that it could be an air bubble.

I hope you're feeling better fast!

alicia said...

Oh wow! I have never heard of this before! how scary. i sure hope it is not consistent for 3 days!! So brutal.

By the way, so cool that your mom saved her old clothes and shoes! I would LOVE some of my moms old stuff I see in photos!

Dreams Come True said...

Oh, I'm so sorry to read about the back pain! I hope that it goes away very soon! Hugs!

Yay on the great, beautiful uterus and tubes, and ovaries! That's fantastic news!!!


(To answer your question, I live in St. Augustine :D I'm glad that you like the photos :))

loribeth said...

I have heard of this happening, but not what to do about it, sorry! I hope you're feeling better soon!

Aunt Becky said...

You poor thing! It sounds terrible. I wish I had any advice to give you. Heating pad?

Here from NCLM, and I hope that you feel better soon.

Alyson & Ford said...

Glad all went well with the procedure. Hope yo figure out the "other" pain.

Alyson LID 01/27/06 IA China
NCLM

Bugged said...

NCLM

Have heard of this reaction quite a lot, no advice to treat it though...

Hope u feel better soon!

Mommy Cracked said...

I'm glad to read you are doing better. I know you are relieved to have that behind you. I remember having my HSG done a few years ago and it was not a fun experience I want to repeat, but I made it through. Rest up and feel better soon!

JuliaS said...

I have had 2 laparoscopies and the gas pain afterward was pretty intense both times. I did a rocking chair when I could stand being upright - rocking seems to help and warm compresses to the area as well. I'm sorry you are hurting and hope it is feeling better now.

Thanks for stopping by my blog.

annacyclopedia said...

I've heard other people say they experienced this kind of pain, so you're definitely not alone. I hope it passes quickly, though, and I wish you didn't have to go through it.

Thanks for your supportive comment on my blog today, especially in light of your suffering! Take care!