Do you have painful bladder and endometriosis? Interstitial Cystitis?

painful bladder and endometriosis

Interstitial Cystitis (IC), also known as Painful Bladder Syndrome (PBS), is a condition with unknown origins. It can cause multiple symptoms including painful urination, frequent urination, discomfort or pain to the bladder and surrounding organs, tenderness, and pressure. There is some belief it could occur following a trauma (such as a gynecological surgery), infection, or damage to the bladder. Other theories consider hereditary connections, autoimmune disease, inflammation concerns, or epithelial links. Because so many women with endometriosis are being diagnosed with IC, it is sometimes referred to as the “Evil Twin of Endometriosis.”

Regardless of its cause, those suffering with IC/PBS know that it can be very painful and disruptive. Frequent trips to the bathroom along with chronic lower pelvic pain and discomfort can leave one feeling frustrated, tired, and overwhelmed. Having these symptoms on top of endometriosis can be especially difficult.

Read more about IC – Painful bladder and Endometriosis.

Mood Swings? Menopause? How did you manage your change in moods?

mood swings in menopause

If you find yourself alternating between laughter, tears, screaming, and basically feeling completely out of control emotionally, you may start wondering about your sanity. Instead of being crazy, however, you may be dealing with perimenopause.

During the initial phase of menopause, your hormone levels can become very erradic. Your estrogen levels may increase, you may skip cycles or have extra ones, and the length of your cycle can change. All those changes can increase PMS or cause hormonal imbalance, leaving you with a number of symptoms, including mood swings.

Read more about Mood Swings in Menopause.

Did you have a loss of appetite after your hysterectomy? What did you eat?

loss of appetite after hysterectomy

Many woman find they have no appetite in the first days and weeks following their hysterectomy. The stress surrounding surgery, new medications, blood sugar issues, and anesthesia can all contribute to the loss of appetite. Because calories and good nutrition are important for recovery, it is critical that you take steps to address this problem.

Not eating can actually increase symptoms of nausea as well as cause dizziness, weakness, and fatigue. Rather than trying to eat a full meal, start with snacks and frequent, smaller meals. Try to eat something with protein first since it is essential for healing. Easy choices can include crackers with cheese or peanut butter, an egg with toast, cereal with fruit and milk, or small portions of meat with rice.

Read more about Loss of Appetite after Hysterectomy.

What did you eat before your hysterectomy? Did you eat light or liquid foods?

liquid diet before hysterectomy

While a liquid diet before surgery can be very limited, there are some different choices to help keep things from getting too boring, though hungry is not likely to be far off!

The rule of thumb is no dairy products, no solids, no pulp, and you should be able to see through your food and drink choices. The items should be easily digestible as well.

Jello, especially made into Jigglers, can be flavorful. As Jigglers, you can at least pretend you are eating since you will have to chew!

Broths can offer a non-sweet option. Choices can include chicken, beef, and vegetable as long as you consume only the broth.

For a treat, a popsicle with no fruit or pulp can be yummy. Choices can include Italian ice, Popsicles, your favorite ice pops, or even homemade pops using your favorite Kool Aid or pulp free juice.

Read more about Liquid Diet before Hysterectomy.

Did you have breast pain after hysterectomy?

breast pain after hysterectomy

Breast pain, otherwise known as mastalgia, mastodynia, or mammalgia, can occur for a number of reasons and typically indicates a benign condition. It can be sharper and more intense than the breast tenderness that may occur with PMS and perimenopause, but hormonal issues can worsen breast pain. Stress, medications, benign conditions, other medical conditions, and cancer can also cause breast pain.

Whether or not you kept your ovaries, your hormone levels can fluctuate immediately after your hysterectomy and cause breast tenderness, which can be painful in some cases. If this is the cause of your breast pain, it should resolve within a few months or once you find the right hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for you.

Read about Breast pain after Hysterectomy.

Did you have fibroids? What were your symptoms? Did you need surgery?

fibroids, symptoms

The good news is many women with fibroids have no symptoms. Those women are diagnosed with fibroids during a routine exam without knowing they have anything wrong with them.
Other women know something is wrong and schedule a doctor’s appointment to discuss their concerns. But, even within the realm of symptoms, they range from mild to serious. Some women report mild symptoms during a routine well woman checkup, while other women make a specific appointment to discuss serious symptoms they are experiencing.

The most common symptoms of fibroids include:

  • Heavy menstrual bleeding
  • Prolonged menstrual periods — seven days or more of menstrual bleeding
  • Pelvic pressure or pain
  • Frequent urination
  • Difficulty emptying your bladder
  • Constipation
  • Backache or leg pains

Read more about Fibroids Symptoms.

When did you resume taking care of your child after your hysterectomy?

childcare after hysterectomy

Tt could be weeks after your hysterectomy before you feel well enough to take care of a busy toddler by yourself. And it may be a full two days before you’re able to take care of him/her at all. That is a long time to be away from your little one, but it is best for both of you: you need rest, and your child needs appropriate care.

Talk to your family, friends, and/or childcare provider to arrange as much help as possible during the first two weeks after surgery. The more quality healing time you get, the better. Remember: you only have one chance to heal correctly!

Read more about resuming Child Care after Hysterectomy.

Was your husband scared before your surgery? Was your family concerned?

scared husband before my hysterectomy

It is very normal for those we love to worry about us, especially when it relates to our health. Plus, it’s scary being in a situation where we have very little actual control. It is hard to watch someone you know be sick and then have the additional pain of a surgery and a possibly lengthy healing and recovery process.

In fact, how often have you watched someone you love struggle and wish you could take their place for them? It’s all about love, and, in this case, your husband’s devotion to you.

Read more about Calming a Scared Husband before Your Hysterectomy?

Anxiety? Depression? In Menopause? How did you cope? Did you find some solutions?

depression in menopause

If you find yourself dealing with anxiety or depression during menopause, you’ll want to find a treatment plan that will ease your symptoms.  Keeping a symptom diary can help you and your doctor determine the intensity of your symptoms and if there are outside factors causing them. From there, you can work to find a treatment that addresses your needs and circumstances.

Living with anxiety and depression can range from using hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to modifying your lifestyle to seeking professional counseling. You may find that a combination of treatments is what is best to relieve your symptoms. What might be best for you will depend on the severity of your symptoms and if you have a history of anxiety and depression.

Read more about Living with Anxiety and Depression in Menopause.

Did you keep a diary with your symptoms? Here’s some reasons to do it

diary of symptoms

There are actually two main reasons for keeping a symptom diary: specifics and consistency. Because our memories are faulty, we don’t always remember what our exact pain level was from week to week, or how our symptoms today actual differ from those last week. Was my headache today worse or better than the one last week?

Did I have as many hot flashes today as yesterday? Was it tomatoes or coffee that caused my bladder spasms? Being specific and consistent makes it easier to determine triggers and patterns for your symptoms, leading to better diagnoses and treatment plans.

Read more about keeping a symptoms diary.