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#31 of 37 Old 11-25-2013, 05:12 PM
 
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Oh my stars--this was so painful for me. It hurt as soon as they put in the catheter. The pain went all the way up to my collarbones. They made me rub the dye around and tilt on my side. I knew it wouldn't take long, so that was the only thing that got me through it. I was shocked. I normally have a high pain tolerance, so I wasn't expecting to be in pain at all. 

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I had mine done fall of 2013. I was alone with the tech and doc in the room, but I wish I would have brought my hubby. I did take a few Ibuprofen beforehand, and boy am I glad I did. From reading the previous posts, my experience wasn't as traumatizing as some have expressed. I did cry though, and I'm really not a big cryer and I try to be tough to pain. The balloon being expanded was by far the most painful part. It felt like my insides were tearing. The dye being released was more like a sharp pain at first, and then dullness afterwards. It was over within 15 minutes, and I was able to go to my college classes afterwards totally fine. I experienced some discomfort for the next day or so.

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Holy hell that was the most painful thing that I have experienced in my life. I was screaming in pain. The dye went through ok on my left tube which has some sort of damage from a previous ectopic pregnancy. My right side however was blocked which was a surprise and it took quite a while to break through whatever caused the blockage. It was like out of body pain where it seems like a dream when I look back on it, and it only just happened this morning. I almost threw up and passed out. My poor husband got woozy from seeing me in so much pain and almost passed out too. Once it cleared the tube the pain subsided almost immediately. I have a decent pain threshold so I was surprised at how badly it hurt. I took ibuprofen before the procedure but that's a joke with this type of pain. It felt nothing like period cramps when it kicked in. I was screaming out loud at the Dr. to stop....seriously crazy and I'm sure I will have nightmares about it tonight. Glad it's un-blocked but geesh...didn't expect that at all. 

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I had a HSG today and my doctor was very honest and said "it's not painful but it is very uncomfortable...if you feel any pain at all, tell me and I'll stop".  She and the nurse were fantastic.

 

Most of the procedure felt the same as having a pap smear.  When the dye was injected, I felt an overwhelming pressure that literally took my breathe away - but it only lasted 15 seconds or so, then it was over.  I didn't feel any cramping during the procedure nor afterwards.  I didn't have any blockages.  

 

The nurse believed that if you have menstrual cramping you're more likely to experience cramping after this procedure.

 

So for me - it was mildly uncomfortable but over and done with very quickly.  I did take some ibuprofen before and after.  

 

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Don't worry - Different people experience different things

It is never about "wimp" or pain tolerance. Different women just experience different physiological sensations, even when having the "same" procedure.

I just want to be one more person to say the procedure was no big deal for me. I did take 600mg of ibuprofen before, but it wasn't needed for me. The speculum was more uncomfortable than usual (usually not an issue for me at all) given the way the doctor was moving it around to get the positioning right. I didn't feel the catheter go in. I did feel the inflation of the balloon at the end of the catheter in the cervix, and it felt like my strong menstrual cramps feel. Nothing else other than that.

For those women reading this before having the HSG procedure, please remember that it is more often those who had a difficult experience who are likely to come back and post comments. Those who have a no-big-deal experience tend to just carry on with their lives and not come back to post on these forums, so you can get a wrong impression of the frequency of the very painful experience.

I am very, very sorry for those who experienced so much more pain, cramping, fainting, etc. Like many things, different people just have different experiences. I have attended many, many labors/births and can promise that is true. When it comes to labor/birth, being educated, prepared, and well supported makes a huge difference, and you can truly build better coping skills through classes and practice before-hand... AND, different women experience different sensations in labor, so it isn't all about mindset, it is a combination of factors. Even the same woman can sometimes have a very different experience from one labor to the next.

Don't worry, just do the best you can with each procedure and experience and don't judge yourself!
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For those women reading this before having the HSG procedure, please remember that it is more often those who had a difficult experience who are likely to come back and post comments. Those who have a no-big-deal experience tend to just carry on with their lives and not come back to post on these forums, so you can get a wrong impression of the frequency of the very painful experience.

I am very, very sorry for those who experienced so much more pain, cramping, fainting, etc. Like many things, different people just have different experiences.
I completely agree and think this was very kind of you to include on this thread. Women look things up BEFORE procedures now and I'd hate to have them read only the worst experiences. It seems there is a whole spectrum of HSG stories.

Mine is like this: Took 800 mg of ibuprofen. Don't know if that's what did it or not, but had no pain, no cramping, really didn't have anything that stuck out as more unpleasant than any other medical test. Except for that part about yet another person having to get up close with my private parts. I don't ever get used to that part of women's health care.


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Another no big deal here. My understate is that if there's a blockage, it could cause more pain.


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