Are you concerned about blood clots after your hysterectomy? Did you have blood clots after surgery?


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Some women are concerned about blood clots following surgery as Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) is a serious complication of abdominal surgery.

In addition to your doctor taking steps to prevent blood clots changing position in bed and walking are just a few things that help promote circulation.

Read more about Blood Clots after Hysterectomy including what some of the symptoms are.

Are you a migraine sufferer? Do you know when a migraine is on its way?


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Oh…migraines!!   Not only do those sometimes cause debilitating pain, they can also affect your sleep, work and life in general so it’s helpful to know when a migraine is on its way!

Keeping a symptom diary can assist with your migraine management as can becoming familiar with migraine symptoms. 

Here are 20 migraine symptoms you should know.  

Are you suffering with Endometriosis? Are you having a hard time explaining your Endometriosis condition to your friends and family?


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While Endometriosis affects as many as 1 in 10 women, many people don’t know much about it.  So between the not knowing or understanding the condition plus the fact that many endometriosis symptoms are not easily seen then it is often times hard for family and friends to be understanding or helpful.

Endometriosis can be a chronic, painful condition that affects women physically, mentally and emotionally which in turn affects all areas of their life from work and play to how they sleep and their relationships with others.

Here’s a handy resource women with endometriosis can share with their friends and family:  Here are 10 Things I Wish You Knew about Endometriosis.

Which is the best anesthesia for your surgery? How did you make your decision?


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You’ve made the decision to have surgery and now you have yet another decision of determining which anesthesia is right for you.

As with every other decision you’ve made recently, each anesthesia option has its pros and cons.  Fortunately, you don’t have to make those decisions alone as you will be able to talk to your anesthesiologist before your hysterectomy at which time h/she will go over your specific variables and conditions to determine the best plan for you.

Read more here about Which Anesthesia is Best for Hysterectomy.  

Are you doing too much too soon after your hysterectomy? Did you rush your recovery? Did it cause you problems?


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Today is National Dance Like a Chicken Day and while you may feel like doing just that, if you are still in your recovery stage then you may need to wait until the next Dance Like a Chicken Day comes around!

Doing too much too soon can cause you to possibly tear some of your stitches which would be catastrophic!  Torn stitches can result in bleeding and possibly even send you back to the hospital for emergency surgery or a blood transfusion.  If you don’t recover properly, there are also risk for adhesions which can lead to pain and possibly even additional surgery!

You only get one chance to heal properly so now that your surgeons and doctors have done their part, now it’s time for you to do your part!   So, yes…doing the chicken dance or any other non-approved activities by your doctor can fall into the category of Too Much Too Soon after Hysterectomy.

 

 

 

Are you in menopause? What did you find best helped you manage menopause?


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Whether you enter menopause naturally or surgically, it can cause a number of uncomfortable symptoms and health issues. In addition, even if you keep your ovaries they can go into shock for a time, causing you to experience temporary menopause symptoms.

Common menopause symptoms like hot flashes, insomnia, and brain fog can leave you feeling frustrated and exhausted. The decrease in estrogen can also have an effect on your bones, heart, skin, and more, creating some health risks to go along with the other annoying symptoms. Whether your symptoms are temporary or permanent, knowing how to manage them can help you feel better mentally, physically, and emotionally.

Read here for helpful tips about 5 Basics for Managing Menopause.

Did you know that May is Hysterectomy Awareness Month?!


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Did you know that this May is Hysterectomy Awareness Month?!  Well it is and we are just tickled to be part of it!!  Since 1998, HysterSisters has provided personalized support, dispersed educational materials, and conducted research–all at no cost to the women who visit our website.

Hysterectomy Awareness Month is a patient-education program hosted by Hysterectomy.org and co-presented with trusted women’s health organizations including HysterSisters, Pass the Pearls and Hysterectomy-Association UK. The Hysterectomy Awareness Month program will combine online and offline educational opportunities to increase women’s knowledge of this common procedure. Its goals are to increase the frequency of second opinions and increase women’s familiarity with alternative treatments and minimally invasive options for GYN diagnoses including fibroids, endometriosis, excessive bleeding and pelvic pain.

Read more about Hysterectomy Awareness Month!

 

Are you anxious as you wait for your hysterectomy? How did you ease your stress before surgery?


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You know what they say about waiting…waiting is the hardest part!  Many of your HysterSisters can relate with you on that and have joined you in the pre-surgery Stress-Out Club!

You are facing a big surgery so while there are countless things you may want to get checked off of a to-do list, be sure that included on that list is taking some time for yourself and taking care of yourself and it will be okay if you leave some things undone!

One stress-buster for you is just a few clicks away in the HysterSisters forum area!  You can talk to women that have been-there, done-that as well as interact with others that have surgery at the same time you do.  Also, be sure to check out the Hysterectomy Checkpoints for step-by-step recovery along your specific recovery timeline!

Read more about Waiting for Hysterectomy /Stress.

Do you know what the Pelvic Floor is? Have you had any problems with your Pelvic Floor?



Pelvic Floor…Think about yours much?!  Most women don’t know what it does or what it is much less think about it!  However, there are some things you should know so that you can have a healthy pelvic floor and minimize the risks of pelvic floor disorders.

Read here for 15 Surprising Facts about Your Pelvic Floor.  Take the advice of other HysterSisters – you’d rather prevent than have to treat pelvic floor conditions.

 

 

Happy Nurse’s Day! Did you have a special nurse that helped you through your hysterectomy? Wondering what to expect during your surgery?


Today is Nurse’s Day!  On behalf of the HysterSisters from all over the world that have had their hand held by a nurse, been gently talked to before, during and/or after a procedure by a nurse, been able to call the doctor’s office and be reassured and/or provided information by a nurse… thank you!!

For many women, having a hysterectomy is their first time to be in a hospital as a patient which leads them to wonder “What should I expect?”  We have put together some information about what to expect If a Hysterectomy is your First Surgery – part 1 and part 2. Isn’t it nice to know that a nurse and other medical professionals will be present for each step?

 

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