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Almost 4 mos post-op - SO glad I did it Almost 4 mos post-op - SO glad I did it

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Unread 03-19-2011, 12:28 AM
Almost 4 mos post-op - SO glad I did it

I was just thinking today about how far I have come since my 11/29/2010 LSH hysterectomy and the 12/20/2010 complication surgery.

Before these, I had the following history:
  • Somewhere around 1995 a surgeon recommended I have a hysterectomy due to fibroids. I was a coward and didn't do it.
  • In 2001 I had my tubes tied. There was HEAVY bleeding/periods after. The OB/GYN said it was normal and it would go down after a few months. Six months later it wasn't going down. Not a year later either.
  • For years, I wore only black denim to work due to heavy periods. During my periods, I would literally sleep on a dark towel laid over a baby's rubber crib sheet (to protect the sheets and mattress). I would keep extra jeans in my car (and often changed during work hours). I had leaking even when doubling tampons and using pads. I remember one day running home and squatting in a tub and watching the break through bleeding and clots just keep coming...and coming...until after a while, I got dressed and went back to work. My doctor said some women have heavy periods. I reminded him I never had THAT much before the tubal ligation. Oh well. I learned to live with it.
  • When I moved to another state in 2007 I got a new doctor. She said I was VERY anemic and sent me to an OB/GYN. She suggested an ablation. WHAT A RELIEF!!!!!!!!!!!!! It worked like a charm. I never again used tampons. I no longer needed that rubber sheet or to sleep on dark towels. It was heaven. All I got once a month was one or two days with spotting SO light, a panti-liner sufficed for an entire day.
  • In January 2010 I started having SEVERE pain in my lower right groin. I was sent to ER for suspected Appendix issues. I told the ER it "feels like an ovary is exploding". Weird, since I never had one explode to equate that too. For the next ten months, I told two specialists (who were chasing invisible hernias) and my OB and my family doctor about this intermittent HORRIBLE mindblowing pain that came randomly throughout the year. Worse than labor pains (and I had my children at home). I was told it was too low for ovaries.
  • The first week of November I went to my OB/GYN but a very young fresh out of her residency was there as my doctor was out. She LISTENED to me explain (again) that it felt like an ovary bursting.
  • She ordered an ultra-sound. She found the many cysts. She found the 4 month pregnant uterus. And she found evidence of a bursting ovarian cyst with fluids beneath it. She said the fluids from a burst cyst is PAINFUL and its duration when it occurred matched my descriptions. What an angel for listening to me and looking! The newest doctor in the hospital got what the pro's and Specialists missed.
My surgery was just 4 weeks later. The post-surgery biopsy found a hemorrhagic cyst on that ovary, a burst cyst and fibroids larger than thought inside, and endometriosis.

Recovery was long and confusing for just an LSH (I had complications/a cervical artery rupture) and I had tons of paranoia's and twinges and spasms and stitches that weren't dissolving and hot flashes and insomnia and weight gain and confusion.

But you know what? Looking back it seems like it raced by and even with all I went through, and even though I have a gazillion more hot flashes than I did before they took the one ovary... I am SO VERY HAPPY I DID IT!!!

So - HANG IN THERE SISTERS!!!!!!

And thank you to Hystersisters for being there when I needed to vent, laugh and ask questions. It made the hard road so much more bearable traveling it with others.

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Unread 03-19-2011, 12:55 AM
Re: Almost 4 mos post-op - SO glad I did it

Oh, you beautiful, beautiful woman. Thanks for this wonderful, encouraging message. I'm 3 weeks from surgery. No big complications and I am glad, glad I did it. Like you, before 2007, I was bleeding out . . . huge clots and blood just spewing out. It was just gross and never ending. I was severely anemic.

Now, I just feel grateful to be on this side. I wish I had done this sooner. I would have suffered less, but I guess I wasn't ready. After the severe anemia, throwing up (one of the fibroids kept twisting around my stomach or something), and bleeding, I decided I deserved more. My uterus was huge and the doctor seemed to have performed a miracle. I'm grateful.

Thank you!
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Unread 03-19-2011, 06:01 AM
Re: Almost 4 mos post-op - SO glad I did it

Wow thank you so much for your positive message, you have been thru alot and it's so good to hear you are doing so well! I was so scared when my doc discussed the TAH, it all came so fast for me as my tests were showing pre cancer cells, I really didn't have much time to think...but not much of a choice there, I am actually surprised it all seemed to go so smooth, and no cancer! I am a week and a day since my surgery and starting to feel much better. Thank you again for your encouraging words.
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Unread 03-19-2011, 06:12 AM
Re: Almost 4 mos post-op - SO glad I did it

You're post put a smile on my face! I'm so glad to hear that you are doing so well. It is very encouraging. I am 4 1/2 weeks post op. The first two weeks were difficult, but I'm feeling so much better. I can't wait until I'm 4 months!

Have a great day and God bless!
Suzy
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Unread 03-19-2011, 06:15 AM
Re: Almost 4 mos post-op - SO glad I did it

So glad to hear that in the end you are happy with your decision to have the surgery. I know so many people doubt their decision, especially during the long difficult recovery. Glad to hear a positive outcome.
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Unread 03-19-2011, 12:55 PM
Re: Almost 4 mos post-op - SO glad I did it

You are all most welcome, ladies.

I remember going through my first few weeks before surgery and then after seeing all the things people were going through (including my own mishaps), and it was easy to get lost in all the horror stories or things gone wrong threads.

It seemed to me then that sometimes the stories of things going wrong were more common than the happy ending ones.

Just wanted to spread the word. There really ARE very happy endings where it WAS all worth it.

My best wishes to each and every one of you.

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Unread 03-20-2011, 07:48 AM
Re: Almost 4 mos post-op - SO glad I did it

Hi
I read a lot of posts about people gaining a lot of weight after hysterectomy..I had it done about 3.5 weeks ago..I am doing ok except for some pain but I am very scared of the weight gain..any experience?
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Unread 03-20-2011, 08:17 AM
Re: Almost 4 mos post-op - SO glad I did it

I was scared to about weight gain too as I already need to lose some weight. I went on the scale today and I lost 11 lbs! Yippee! So, everyone is different. I'm assuming since you haven't seen any weight gain by now, it shouldn't be an issue for you.

Good luck!
Suzy
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Unread 03-20-2011, 10:22 AM
Re: Almost 4 mos post-op - SO glad I did it

Jeekaybee, I lost weight the first four weeks.

Then I gained that back overnight (it seemed) around week five.

I added a few more to it but my issue (I believe) is my struggling with hormones. I have one ovary and was told it should kick back into gear within 2-3 months. I don't think it did. I have all the symptoms now of full blown peri-menopause. have hot flashes every night and during the day. I get racing heart sensations now and then and feel PMS-y every other day.

I have had a membership at Fitday.com and it has a great calorie counter function where you store all your foods/portions throughout the day. I compared my average daily intake the last month with two years ago and it verified what I felt. My metabolism slammed on the brakes.

I will be 49 years old next month. At my age, peri-menopause was bound to start soon any ways. For now I am trying natural means of controlling it but might need to consider HRT if this doesn't stop.
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