"This procedure was the worst pain imaginable"
About: Frimley Park Hospital / Gynaecology Frimley Park Hospital Gynaecology GU16 7UJ
Posted by Squirrell (as ),
I was sent to Frimley Park hospital to have some polyps removed. It was, for some unknown reason, the first time I had gone to hospital without being overly worried about the procedure (which is very unusual for me! ).
I sauntered in, with no real clue as to what was about to happen. The first worrying sign was the presence of 3 people in the room, and no explanation as to who they were. The second was the metal bucket-contraption at the side of the bed! I remember thinking, 'what on earth had I agreed to? ' It looked like something from a backstreet abortion clinic.
I was told that I would be 'a little uncomfortable' afterwards.
That was the understatement of the year. The pain was unbearable.
I could hardly keep myself from screaming, and I felt very close to passing out. Reluctantly, and with a 'tut', the doctor ceased the procedure, and told me that I would 'have to have it under anaesthetic'. They seemed most put out. I was given no aftercare whatsoever. In my opinion, possibly because I was just a nuisance!
I was bundled unceremoniously out of the room, crying uncontrollably. I drove home on my own, hardly able to see where I was going, through the tears of agony. How I got home in one piece I'll never know.
I lay on the sofa for hours, sobbing, until the pain eventually disappeared.
It was far, far worse that the 2 childbirth experiences I'd had.
My daughter-in-law was, at the time, a student midwife, and was insistent that it should not have been done without anaesthetic.
Like many others on here, I assumed that it was my fault at being unable to bear the pain! (I have been told my various medical people that people with ginger hair have a proven lower pain threshold - I don't know if this is true, but it's what I used to explain the distress I felt. If this is true, then this too should be taken into account. )
I had the procedure under anaesthetic a while later- a far better experience!
A few weeks later I bumped into a friend I’d not seen for years. She told me that she was going into Frimley Park the next week for a’minor op’, and that she felt a ‘wimp’ for having elected to go under anaesthetic. (at least she was given the choice! ) When I asked if it was the removal of a polyp, startled, she replied yes! I had no hesitation in assuring her that, without doubt, she had done the right thing.
This procedure was the worst pain imaginable, and should not be done without an anaesthetic....ever, in my view! !
1. This should not be done without anaesthetic,
2. The aftercare is important; driving home in that much pain could have been disastrous.
3. I felt that I was treated as a 'number' not a person.