"Painful hysteroscopy"

About: Llandrindod Wells Hospital

(as the patient),

I had my procedure in Hereford hospital last week as I had been experiencing post menopausal bleeding.. I am 54 and a totally no nonsense type of person who panics at nothing. I was expecting it to be only slightly more uncomfortable than a routine smear. I took ibuprofen 1 hour before as instructed but was offered no other pain relief. I wasn't gowned up I just had to remove my lower clothing and no ob's were taken beforehand. I was ok until they put in the water to open up the womb when I immediately felt agonising pains in the region of my fallopian tubes/ ovaries.. I was crying in pain and the nurses were saying it would all be over in a couple of minutes....They released the water pressure for a minute and then started again, the consultant said he could see polyps and asked me if he should remove them there and then, he put on a local anesthetic which I didn't feel any benefit from. I looked at the nurse and she said it would be very quick... I have never experienced pain like it in my life, it was going right through from my abdomen to my back. When the procedure was over I expected to feel instant relief but if anything I was in more pain and felt as if I was going to pass out and be sick! I was offered paracetamol and an anti sickness drug. I just didn't know what to do with myself .. I was just rocking, crying and gasping with the pain.

They wheeled me into the recovery area and kept saying the pain would pass quickly but the painkillers were just having no effect. I was then given a dose if oral morphine, 15 minutes later another dose if morphine. . When they called my partner in he nearly passed out at the sign if me in so much pain. My blood pressure was sky high ( I naturally have low blood pressure) Finally after 2 hours the pain subsided and I left feeling totally shell shocked. What should have taken 5 to 15 minutes rook over 2 hours. I slept all afternoon.

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