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Tubal ligation... is this normal?


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#1 Missymuh

Posted 02 December 2018 - 10:17 PM

I had my tubes clipped (using the filshie clip method) back in October during a laparoscopic procedure to also remove adhesions and a polyp on my uterus. Since then I have had an odd sensation which I can only describe as a “pinching” or “subtle cramping” sensation in my lower abdomen. It honestly feels like I can feel the clips... which makes me sound like a crazy woman.

It was noticeable about a week after the operation, I put it down to my body getting use to having the clips. I saw my surgeon 5 weeks later and when I told him he brushed it off and said that it was part of the healing process and that I would feel tender for a while.

It’s been almost two months now and although some days (when I’m busy) I don’t notice it, the feeling is still there most of the time.

It’s hard to describe, it’s not painful as such, but it is uncomfortable. All I can say is that it feels like something in me.... which makes sense because there are clips on my tubes, but surely I shouldn’t be able to feel that? 🤔

My period returned for the first time about three weeks ago (almost 6 weeks after the surgery) and the first and second day was excruciating. I ended up having to take an oxicodine tablet (that I had left over from gall bladder surgery) to ease the pain. I haven’t had a period in over 6 years while I was on implanon, I remember them being painful but not THAT bad. 😐

Anyway, I know it’s long winded, but I’m just asking others if that feeling is there for them, does it eventually go away or should I make another appointment to see my GYN?

#2 Soontobegran

Posted 02 December 2018 - 10:27 PM

You should not be able to feel the clips on your tubes but there may be some inflammation around the nerves which is what you are feeling.
I have nothing positive to say nor anything to reassure you because my TL was a major regret of mine.

You might still find it will settle down, I hope so, it is not that long ago so there is still time.

If not then you may want to see your doctor again and talk about post tubal ligation syndrome.

Lots of luck, I hope you feel better soon.

#3 Paddlepop

Posted 02 December 2018 - 10:35 PM

View PostSoontobegran, on 02 December 2018 - 10:27 PM, said:

If not then you may want to see your doctor again and talk about post tubal ligation syndrome.

If/when you do this, expect to be given the brush off and told that you just can't remember what a normal period feels like because it's been so long since you had one, and your heavy painful period couldn't possibly be linked to your tubal ligation. Many doctors and gynaecologists don't "believe" that PTLS exists, and it's just women forgetting what a period feels like, and periods changing due to getting closer to menopause.

#4 Missymuh

Posted 03 December 2018 - 08:09 AM

To be honest, I had heard of PTLS before I had it done. I came across it when I was researching the procedure but I was a bit of a skeptic 😕
I read in several places that no link had ever been found between the symptoms and the procedure. Now I’m not so sure. Reading through the list of symptoms, I do have quite a few. I think I’ll wait and see how my next period treats me, if it’s just as painful then I might go back and talk to the surgeon again.

I do agree with you Soontobegran in regard to the discomfort just being nerve damage, that’s what my partner thinks it is as well. It will be interesting to see if it goes away completely or hangs around 🤔

#5 Soontobegran

Posted 03 December 2018 - 08:31 AM

View PostPaddlepop, on 02 December 2018 - 10:35 PM, said:

If/when you do this, expect to be given the brush off and told that you just can't remember what a normal period feels like because it's been so long since you had one, and your heavy painful period couldn't possibly be linked to your tubal ligation. Many doctors and gynaecologists don't "believe" that PTLS exists, and it's just women forgetting what a period feels like, and periods changing due to getting closer to menopause.

I had a female GP and male gynaecologist who both agreed what was going on so there are many now who do not brush it off but I would recommend those who do get brushed off to see someone else.

Most women don't have a TL when they are nearing menopause, they have it when they believe they have peak fertility. My symptoms started within months of my TL when I was still in my 30s. I would actively encourage people to seek help before the years pass so that the old menopause excuse can not be used.




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