(kind of TMI)
My period started right on schedule Friday afternoon. I was very nervous about this because I didn’t know how it would be to have a period so soon after the surgery, not that there was really anything I could do about it. When I asked him about it before the surgery, my doctor assured me that physically there was no risk (i.e. it wouldn’t slow down my healing), but what I was worried about was pain.
Friday afternoon/evening and yesterday were god-awful.
I am eternally grateful for narcotics because I don’t know what I would have done without the miracle of oxycodone.
My swelling had started to go down earlier in the week, but I bloated right back up. I felt grinding, searing cramps that radiated through my lower back and down my legs. I couldn’t stop sweating. Walking hurt. Sitting hurt. Lying down hurt. I was nauseated. It was, in other words, exactly like every other month, except with the post-surgical pain on top of it. Not an experience I care ever to repeat if I can help it.
The good news is that today I feel much, much better. I am not even really bleeding anymore, which is astonishing, and the cramps seem to be finished. That’s a day and a half of cramps instead of the usual 4-5 days. Hallelujah! This I can handle, and hopefully next month when I am more healed it will be even easier. (I am figuring that this cycle was already hormonally underway when I had the surgery, so next month will be my first real fibroid-free period.)