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10-27-2007, 05:45 PM
I had a Mirena (sp?) IUD inserted on Thursday. Once I woke up from the knock out drugs, I had a headache that has not gone away. I am also very tired. Do these feelings go away? I was hoping that the headache and tiredness were from the drugs, but the drugs should be out of my system by now.

Any advice? Any one have one of these things? Please help. I am tired of being tired and if the headache does not go away soon, I will not be able to knit.

10-27-2007, 05:57 PM
Joanne, I don't think the headache is from the mirena. You said you woke up with it just after the procedure, and although there are reports that women get headaches from the progesterone, it couldn't possibly been absorbed that quickly. The progesterone is not absorped throughout your body; it is meant to stay local in the uterus. My feeling is that it was from the sedating drugs you took; BUT if it hasn't gone away by Monday morning, or it worsens call your doctor.

The other reason I think it was the sedating drugs is because you still feel tired. Perhaps you are one of those people that are highly sensitive to such medications, and it takes your body some time to metabolize and excrete it.

10-27-2007, 06:07 PM
Thanks for the info. Any idea of what is a normal time frame for the drugs to get out? I feel worse now then I did before I had it done, and I have been bleeding for over a year now. And yes, I am still bleeding. I want an ablation done, but doctor wanted to try this first.

10-27-2007, 07:34 PM

I have the Mirena IUD. This is my second time getting it. I had it for a little over 3 years and took it out to have my third daughter last October. She was born in June 07 and I had it reinserted in August. I have never heard of being "knocked out" for it. That just seems so extreme. It really isn't anymore painful then a pap. There is cramping afterwards but to be sedated seems odd to me. Either way it sounds like the drugs that put you under would be the cause of your pain. The hormones in the BC take days to take full effect. I hope you feel better soon.

10-27-2007, 07:42 PM
Thanks for the info. Any idea of what is a normal time frame for the drugs to get out? I feel worse now then I did before I had it done, and I have been bleeding for over a year now. And yes, I am still bleeding. I want an ablation done, but doctor wanted to try this first.

You will still have bleeding for a while on the MIrena. Give your body some time with it. Some women take 6-12 months to see a significant difference in bleeding. By looking at your avatar, you look young, which is probably why your doc didn't want to do an ablation. Uterine ablation renders you incapable of carrying a pregnancy. I don't know where you are at in life in regards to children, but this is likely why the Mirena was what your doc wanted.

What specifically were you given for drugs? Every drug is different, but my feeling is that it should be out of your system by now.

10-27-2007, 10:16 PM
I got a Mirena about 9 months ago after the birth of my 3rd son. I also haven't heard about being knocked out to get it inserted. I certainly wasn't. It didn't really hurt that much. But I did bleed for a bit of time afterwards and then had heavier cycles for the first 4 months. After that the bleeding really tapered off and now my period is almost a spotting that lasts for 4 days. I bet that your headache is from the sedation but it wouldn't hurt to talk to your Dr. about that being a possible side effect.

10-27-2007, 11:39 PM
I don't have one, but I was sedated (an emergency) a while back and I had a headache for 3 days. I thought it was a migraine, but the doc said it was the drug.

10-28-2007, 02:28 AM
I have been bleeding since September 1, 2006 when I had a cooper IUD inserted. Well, I finally got tired of bleeding in August 2007. Went to the doc and he said he had no clue about women's issues. Gave me a shot of depo since I cramped out the IUD and DH and I do not want any more children. Doc referred me to a gyn. She wanted to do a exploration of the womb to try to find out why I have not stopped bleeding. She and the other doc decided to do the Mirena instead of the ablation that my DH and I seriously want. We have two children, and if we were to have more it would have to be in the next year. I refuse to have children more than 4 years apart, and my oldest turns 3 in Feb.

Thank you for saying I look young, I am in my thirties, and right now look like I am in my fifties. Is there anything I can do to get the drugs out of my system faster? I am now on day four, and I am still tired and the headache has not gone away.

10-28-2007, 10:34 AM
Well, the copper IUD explains the bleeding. I hate those for that very reason! Many women end up with heavier and longer periods because of it. But... the depo shot is going to continue your bleeding! Not sure what your doc's rationale was on that one. I think you will find the Mirena will slow down your bleeding, but give it some time. And don't get another depo shot.

As far as the tiredness and headache, I say rest and tons of water. But if its not gone by Monday I would call the doctor who gave you those meds.

10-28-2007, 11:10 AM
I have the Merina IUD as well. I wasnt knocked out, but it did hurt like hell to put it in. (The nurse wouldnt move my appointment, so it was inserted at the end of my cycle when my cervix had started to close.) OUCH! Because of that, I had pretty bad cramping for a few days after, but no fatigue or headaches. I hope you feel better soon!

10-28-2007, 11:19 AM
Hi Joanne,

about your headaches... do try lavender tea.. buy the lavender buds and steep one teaspoon in hot water for 2-3 minute...inhale it and drank them... it take away my migraine most of the times...next if it still bothers you ...try ice cubes wrapped in a towel and pat it on your forehead for about 10-20 mins and at your back of your head too for 10-20 minss... it helped me all the times i got migraine ...i hope you feel better soon :hug:.. i get migraines quite often and painkillers never seem to work anymore... the more painkiller you took ...the worst seems to get..eventually stop working.. i take strolls often in the evening and aromatheraphy oil seem to help alot too...

10-28-2007, 01:13 PM
If they put you under an IV sedation to do it, it is possible that you are still feeling the effects of the sedation medication. It takes some people longer to metabolize and rid their body of it than others. I know I usually sober up easily in just a short time but the last time I was put under it took me a good two days to get over the dizziness and another couple of days to fully feel better. Hope you feel better soon. :hug:

10-28-2007, 02:43 PM
I'm into my second year with my Mirena. (sp?)

Anyhow... I did have a lot of headaches in the beginning, I'd say first 6 months. But I am naturally prone to migraines. And these were migraines.

But I haven't had them noticeably since that point. If I get a headache its a lack of sleep headache due to... well kids!


I had mine put in for dysmenhorrhea. It hasn't really helped much but it has helped a bit. Which is better than not.

And because I refuse to have the hysterectomy the doctor's keep pressing on me.

Seeing a Naturopath gave me incredible relief, but my husband switched jobs and we don't have coverage for this any more and I can't afford to keep the visits up. But the results stayed for almost 3 years afterwards.

All of this resulted from a very, very dramatic event during my daughter's birth. The told DH I was seconds from death.

Sorry if this is too much information!

10-28-2007, 04:20 PM
Songbirdy, I am sorry about the migraines. I am also prone to them, and although I have not had one since Thursday, the headache I now have is almost as bad. With a migraine, I can take medicine and it goes away, but this headache just does not seem to want to go away. On top of that, it now feels like my body is trying to push the Mirena out. I will try to drink more water, and hopefully get more sleep. Not easy to do with 2 small children in the house.

10-28-2007, 10:48 PM
What you are experiencing sounds a lot like what I went through.

I'm still not sure I want to keep it in.

Also, 4 times in the past year I've had a single massive cramp that lasted for about 30 minutes. Painful enough to leave me on the floor not moving. It would onset very, very quickly and was definitely not stomach gas.

My lovely ex-GP would insist it was nothing and in Ontario and the area in which we used to live, I was unable to get someone else to write me a 'scrip so that I could get back into the Specialist.

Now I am waiting until I can find a new doctor. That's not going that well any either. And I've made up my mind that if I get another cramp like that I'm getting rid of it.

But I distinctly remember the feeling that my body was trying to push it out...

I'd say from here on in, I'm going to go with Personal Messages. I've responded to this point because I felt very alone when dealing with this the first time because I couldn't find anything anywhere, on-line or off supporting what I was going through. I don't want you to feel that way either, and figure there might just be someone else.

But... its getting kind of too personal for public viewing in my opinion! I'd be happy to talk with you more... :hug: :hug: :hug:

10-29-2007, 04:09 PM
You got knock out drugs for your insertion??? Wow - my doc told me to take a few Advil beforehand. I had sharp cramps and had to piggyback Tylenol that night. I used a heating pad and more light pain meds the next day. I had a minor freak-out over a foreign object in my body but quickly forgot about that.
I am tired a lot, and I get headaches a lot, and even migraines a couple of times a month. I've been prone to all of those since before the insertion though, and I still have small kids, so I wouldn't blame the Mirena.
I can't do systemic hormonal BC - they don't exactly tell you that the pill will screw you up bad if you've got depression. I love the fact that my bleeding is down to about nil. I get sharp cramps every now and then but they go away within minutes.
Songbirdy, I'm sorry to hear about your dramatic birth and all your current complications. :hug: I had a wild arrival with my second daughter - it's kind of scary to think of what we so barely escaped.

10-29-2007, 06:35 PM
I had the Mirena for a year and hated it! I was always cramping and spotting.

10-30-2007, 03:38 AM
Well, I am going in the day 6 and the headache and tireness have not gone away yet, and I am still bleeding like a sieve. I sleep 8 hours a night, and pain medicines are not doing anything to relieve the pain. What am I suppose to do now? The doctor does not want to hear from me until at least 2 weeks have gone by.

10-30-2007, 07:46 AM
Call anyway! If they won't do anything for you call someone else. I know that is easier said than done. How about calling you original doc who didn't deal with women issues for a referral to someone else? Two weeks seems like an awful long time to be miserable.

10-30-2007, 11:46 AM
Call Call Call -- That's what you pay for!!

I got a Mirena about 2 years ago -- also didn't get knocked out for it which seems extreme as it didn't hurt that much -- was told to take some Advil as well to take the edge off.

I had cramping and some bleeding at first too -- and couldn't find my strings. Looking back I think I was little more freaked out than I thought I would be about having something inside me. Anyways, I think I called and talked to the nurse 2-3 times in the first month. Anyways, the nurses were very nice and gave me some tips and such on finding the strings, how much blood would be of concern, etc. In the end it all worked out fine and I like it. So just call call call -- and if it makes you feel better, insist and go in to have it checked out!

10-30-2007, 02:12 PM
Call the doctor - this isn't just a little bit of cramping or what I've heard of as "normal" side effects. If you can't get in to see someone, try an Urgent Care center.

10-30-2007, 08:24 PM
call the doctor, please. :hug: and take care of yourself. I hope you feel better soon. :heart:

11-01-2007, 10:37 AM
Any updates or relief? I hope your feeling better.

11-01-2007, 11:05 AM
Late yesterday, my body decided it did not want the IUD anymore. Very painfully came out, called the doctor, and she will see me in a month. Must admit I am feeling more energy (sort of), headache is now down to a dull throb that I can not only deal with, but can still take care of my children and knit with. And the best part is about 2 hours after it came out, the bleeding went down to a trickle. God is good.

Let me know how everybody else is doing. I hope everyone feels as good as I do.

11-01-2007, 11:52 AM
Oh, I'm so glad you are feeling better!


11-01-2007, 11:58 AM
Uhff, glad you're feeling better but really sorry you had to go through that, that's horrible. Here's to hoping you feel back to normal soon and that you can find some sort of solution. :hug:

11-01-2007, 07:02 PM
:hug: :hug: :hug:

11-02-2007, 02:55 AM
I'm sorry to hear about the problems you had with this device... I honestly am considering getting one at the first of the year and am now a little more leery.

11-02-2007, 05:10 AM
Flea, find out what your reactions are to progesterone. I am very sensitive to it, and my reactions might not be what your reactions are. DH and I have decided no more children, so we will be doing permanent solution.

11-02-2007, 10:51 AM
:hug: msmelody, I'm so sorry you went through that. pls keep in touch with your doctors regarding contraceptive options. :hug:

11-03-2007, 08:08 AM
How awful, I bet you had an allergic reaction to it. I'm sorry you had to go through that.

I have had the Mirena for two years, it was inserted within a minute or two, and I wasn't knocked out. It was no more painful than getting a pap. I have suffered from heavy bleeding due to endometriosis for many years, and while I do have less bleeding during my periods now, they are still heavy and last for days. And I spot all month long now, most every day, as well. Still, some relief is better than none, before I was literally housebound for a few days each month.

11-03-2007, 10:30 AM
I have had Mirena for almost 4 years, and I have to say I am jealous that they knocked you out! I was awake, and since I had never had a natural delivery, it hurt like CRAZY!! And it hurt for about a week. But now I forget I have it, and I hardly ever even have any spotting. Its great. And I plan to get it again and again and again :)

11-03-2007, 11:05 AM
I too have the Mirena and its brilliant. I didn't get knocked out when it was inserted but I did have to get my cervix frozen as I've never had children. I was offered the Mirena as I kept forgetting to take my pill at the same time every day. The type I was on I had a small window of time to take it.

I did have the 6 months bleeding but as I was usually very heavy it didn't bother me.It tapered to spotting for a week at a time. I've had it almost a year now and I've not had a bleed since june/july time.

My fiance and I have no intention of having children. He'd even go for the snip but he'd have to go private as the NHS won't do it because he has no children.

When the time comes to have it replaced I will be doing so.