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Bladder Mesh Surgery Gone Wrong

Part 2…So, you’ve decided to go with the Mesh…now what…

on May 9, 2012

You’ve had your bladder sling Mesh surgery and something isn’t quite right but you can’t put your finger on it. You don’t feel right, your having some odd symptoms but you ignore the signs and try get on with life, after all, you’ve solved your bladder problem, you should be thrilled! NOT!!!

So, what things are going on that is making you think your problem is not solved and is actually a lot worse than prior to surgery, here are a list of symptoms women are coming forward with and you can find more by doing a “Google” search and simply typing in, “Transvaginal Mesh”… that will open doors that you never even knew existed! 

    Gynecology Symptoms:

Recurrent Bladder and/or kidney Infections

Recurrent pelvic organ prolapse and incontinence

Vaginal or Uterine hemorrhages’

Feeling a very obvious “lump” in and protruding from the Vagina

Always feeling like you have to urinate but you actually have to push in on your bladder to urinate

Feeling of very severe menstrual cramps all the time

Sharp stabbing pains in lower abdomen, back, down legs, ovaries, pelvic area, hips and back

Painful intercourse for you and your partner

Loss of intimacy

Vaginal odour and discharge      

   Other Symptoms:

Lots of headaches

Sore Muscles accompanied by spasms and/or twitching

Numbness or tingling in hands and toes

Swollen joints in fingers and toes

Restless legs

Dizzy Spells

Ringing in the ears

Extreme Fatigue

Poor Concentration

more colds or flue than usual accompanied by a general sense of not being well

osteo-arthritis

 

If you are experiencing symptoms of this nature, you might want to go back to your Gynecologist to discuss what is happening. The symptoms listed above are generalized and you may not have many of them or you may have A LOT of them. At this point you need to start doing your research and looking into the possibility that something is wrong.

If I can stress one thing to you it would be: KEEP A DAILY JOURNAL of your symptoms!!!! Even if it’s just a sentence or two at the end of the night to say you had a good day or you felt crappy! LOG IT!!!!

Carry a little notebook in your purse with the following information:

A list of  all of your Doctors and Specialists with phone numbers

A list of ALL medications including any vitamins, herbs or over the counter meds

A list of all illness’ previous and current

A list of any food or drug ALLERGIES

An emergency contact person(s)

If you have a Medic Alert Bracelet make sure ALL of your information is current

If you have a cell phone, make sure you program ICE (in case of emergency) into it!

Some parting last words on Part 2:

So, I have provided you with some basic information…you must be proactive in your health care, educate yourself and be prepared for the “Medical Profession” to dispute your concerns. I believe in Women’s Intuition and if your gut says something is wrong, SOMETHING is wrong! Stay true to yourself,  your beliefs and your convictions. You are the one that is going to have to do the hard work to get your voice heard!

The next chapter of my BLOG will be on the many resources available to you through the internet. I will post important FDA and Health Canada warnings regarding Mesh complications and I will also provide you with many Websites to peruse at your leisure…websites where you will meet kind, caring and compassionate people who will help you on your journey and be there for you in the still of the night when you don’t know what to do or who to turn to next. The nights are the hardest because it’s in the quiet of the night those little voices in you head start to roar loud and let fear creep into your world…STOP the voices by allowing fellow “meshies” into your life and your world and you will never look back…even when you have resolved your health issues, these people will be there for you…I love all my MESH friends, they have held my hand through many dark days and nights of self-pity and tears but have always managed to make me laugh when all I really wanted to do was cry…So through such adversity has come much strength because I finally let down my wall…


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