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In pain from cerclage

May 09, 2013 - 7 comments

So after my cervical stitch was placed at the hospital and once the epidural wore off I started to experience cramping which got worse and worse.  They didn't place a catheter they just did an in and out with a catheter to empty my bladder until the epidural wore off.  Anyway the epidural took hours to wear off and of course I couldn't feel if I needed to pee or not.  Once I got the main feelings back in my legs and could walk to the toilet I tried to pee but nothing came out.  My butt and vaginal area were still numb.  So I got back into bed and my cramping got worse and worse and they had already given two doses of a morphine based pill because paracetamol wasn't working.  I got to the point were the morphine wasn't working and I was writhing in pain.  I called the nurse and she ran off to get a doctor and some IV morphine.  I was quite worried that I had gone into labour or something but was a bit comforted that the pains were constant and not coming and going.  Whilst the nurse was off finding the doctor I hobbled to the loo to try and pee again, this time my was vag wasn't all numb and I could go. It trickled out for what seemed ages - was probably about 2 or 3 minutes but there was heaps of pee.  After I finished I got up and realised that my pains were fading away, by the time I got back to my bed they were almost gone.  The doctor and nurse came rushing in with the IV and I'm sitting in bed looking all happy.  They were very confused LOL.  Anyway I explained that I had managed to pee and it had fixed my pains.  The doc explained that my bladder was just over full because I couldn't pee and it was probably the cause.  So that was a relief.  Anyway they decided to keep me in for a few more hours to watch me.  As time went by I needed to pee again to I went to the loo, this time the pains started back up after I had a pee - not to the same degree but still painful.  I took some more paracetamol and it eased it.  So I finally got discharged after reassuring them that pains weren't too bad and went home.  They gave me a script for some of the morphine based pills just in case.  So I have been home for a few days now and I am still in quite a bit of pain and it's mainly straight after I pee.  It very bad menstrual type cramping but it settles down about 15 mins after I pee.  I also get it randomly in between pees as well.  I am managing to keep it under control with paracetamol.  So I did some googling and because I have a stitch quite high up it could be irritating my bladder.  So I guess when it's full or empty is what's causing it.  When it's sort of middle full it's ok.  Ugh I wonder how long this is going to go on for - I hope it's not for the rest of my pregnancy!  I have a follow up appointment and scan on Tuesday with the specialist who put the stitch in so I'm hoping she might have some answers.

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by retta483, May 09, 2013
praying that you get comfort the rest of your pregnancy !  stay put little one :)

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by butterflybabies, May 09, 2013
Sorry your having pain and I hope you don't have it the rest of your pregnancy to but I know if you had to you would put up with it just to be able to carry to term. Oh the sacrifices we make lol.

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by melimeli, May 09, 2013
oh no... I will say prayers for you to ease the pain...  are you on bed rest now?

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by bfromthed, May 09, 2013
I had my cerclage placed 2/12 and the exact same thing happened to me.  Lots of pain until i went pee and I went over 800 cc's at 1 time. I refused all meds...that night and the next day I had on and off pain but withing 3 days I was fine with just plain Tylenol. Drink lots of fluids (sounds crazy cause that makes you pee) but really it helps to soften the muscle regions. Hope you feel better soon.

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by dscoqn, May 09, 2013
Thanks guys.  Yep you are right Lily I would put up with this pain if I had to,  just to get this baby here.  bromthed - I have to say I'm relieved you experienced the same thing so now I know it's not out of the ordinary. Was your stitch placed quite high up? melimeli - I am kind of on bed rest, just getting up to go to the loo and have a shower etc.  They haven't actually put me on bed rest, they just told me to take it easy over the next week.  I have done lots of googling and it seems in America the docs always put ladies on permanent bed rest after an emergency cerclarge.  It seems to help too because a lot of the ladies get some of the length back in their cervix.  I will probably just take it very easy for the rest of this pregnancy and try and stay off my feet as much as I can.

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by butterflybabies, May 09, 2013
I didn't have a stitch but I will tell you that for the last 3 months of my pregnancy since I had to take it easy anywhere we went if they had one of those electric scooters I drove it lol. Towards the end it didn't seem strange since I was so huge that when I did walk people would ask me how I could walk lol

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by JennaRie, May 09, 2013
I hope the pain eases up over time for you! Definitely take it easy and lay down as much as possible. When my cervix shortened too much from preterm contractions despite bed rest at home, they admitted me and put me on strict hospital bed rest, and my cervix got longer again so I really do think it makes a big difference :)

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