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ERPC last week, bad pain, is this normal?

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musicposy · 31/03/2010 09:59

Hi there, I had an ERPC on Thursday after finding out I'd had a MMC.
Since Sunday I've had gradually worsening stomach pains. I went to see doc yesterday and he seemed at a complete loss and said it could be contractions - which it does kind of feel like.

But last night I've been awake almost all night with the pain and keep feeling faint etc, so I insisted on going back today - they're seeing me later. Everything hurts, bowel, bladder, just generally. But as I've more or less stopped bleeding he didn't think it was infection.

I think I need a gynae person really but hosp just discharge you to the GP.

Anyone else had similar or is it unusual to have pain at this point?

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mumatron · 31/03/2010 11:28

hi music sorry you are having a crap time.

2 erpc here and never had bad pains after. just usual period type pains.

if it feels like contractions could it be retained products?

hope you feel better soon.

winnybella · 31/03/2010 11:31

Sounds like retained products/ infection.Insist on the ultrasound.

tartyhighheels · 31/03/2010 11:39

Please go back and demand an ultrasound - this shouldn't be happening. Go into A&E if necessary, a GP will not do - he should have sent you back straight away.

I am dreadfully sorry about the loss of your baby and hope you are feeling better soon.

musicposy · 31/03/2010 12:31

Thanks for that. Have been back to GP who has put me on antibiotics - I think he was a bit clueless really, but I will see if it helps. If no improvement or it gets worse I will go to A&E. It annoys me a bit that the hospital don't give you someone to contact because the GPs are just not specialist enough.

Is it possible to have retained products after an ERPC? Doesn't the op mean that everything is taken out?

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winnybella · 31/03/2010 13:10

I still think you should have an ultrasound. ABs won't help much if you have retained products in your uterus. That's actually a quite common complication and usually people after ERPC or termination are scheduled for a scan 2 weeks after procedure to make sure there's nothing left. Well, it's like that in France, maybe different in the UK, but I would still push for an ultrasound.

LIBBY70 · 31/03/2010 13:12

Hi Music, So sorry you are going through this. Unfortunatley i agree with the other guys it does sound like retained products. You def need to go for a scan to check. It can happen after an ERPC, i had to have a repeat ERPC a week after the first-not what you need but best to get it sorted ASAP.

Really sorry.

musicposy · 31/03/2010 18:24

Thank you, you will help me to be forceful. I will see how tonight goes and then phone again tomorrow if things are not improved. Trouble is, the hospital give you a leaflet saying contact your GP if x y or z happens, and then when it does, the GP is at a complete loss and doesn't take it seriously. I don't think the idea of anything being left behind even occured to him.

If there are any retained products, does anyone know if it will make its way out naturally? Or will I definitely be in for another ERPC? Not finding that a great thought.....why can't these things be simple? I've been through enough already!

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loueytbg · 02/04/2010 22:17

MP I'm really sorry you've had to go through this. Have you got a temperature?? I developed an infection after my ERPC last week. The bleeding had stopped but I had a really high temp and stomach pains. Hospital put me on 2 different types of strong antibiotics. I asked about retained products and they said they prefer to try and get rid of the infection and let tissue pass by itself if at all possible. I think it would be sensible to go straight to A&E if you are at all worried.

sh77 · 05/04/2010 01:26


Sorry for your loss. I had an ERPC - for about 3 days, I was experiencing very sharp pains and passed out. I called my consultant who said the fainting was from the anaesthetic and that I should expect some pain, which should subside. It did. However, he was great and told me to call at any time I was feeling worried about the pain. I took ibuprofen and paracetamol and it cleared up. However, your case sounds like it needs attention pretty quickly. I read an interesting description of ERPC - it leaves your uterus raw as the lining has been largely removed.

Do monitor your temps and any unusual discharge.

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