I suffered with heavy periods, horrible cramps, and never-ending periods since I was a teenager. My doctor suspected Endometriosis and Adenomyosis as possible causes. My uterus was also in a very retroverted position, resting on top of my rectum. This caused a feeling of pressure and discomfort. The last few months, I had been bleeding more often than not. I finally decided that something had to be done. I have two sons, and because of my diabetes and two very complicated pregnancies, I would not plan another pregnancy. The only thing that would fix all of my problems, was a hysterectomy.
I had a Laparoscopic/Robotic Supracervical Hysterectomy on January 9th, 2007. I went in at about 7:30a.m. My doctor found that I had no Endometriosis, but I did have Adenomyosis and Fibroids. My uterus was three times larger than normal. Surgery went well, all done in about 3 hours. I wound up having four incisions in my abdomen. They were only about 3/4 to an inch long. I stayed overnight in the hospital because I was very sick to my stomach from the anesthesia. My blood sugar was also a little off. At about 10:00a.m. on the 10th, the nurse removed my catheter. I went potty about an hour later. I took a shower and went home.
I took vicodin 5/500 and motrin for pain and inflamation. I was sore when I would try to reposition myself, but I wouldn't say that I was in pain. I was pretty uncomfortable for about the first three days. On the fourth day, I stopped the vicodin, and just took the motrin as needed. After that, I began to start feeling better. I finally had a b.m. on the fourth day after surgery.
I felt pretty good, still a little sore, about 1 week after surgery. I was back to taking care of my kids(6 and 9) and doing laundry. My family was great about helping with dinner, so I didn't have to worry about that for the first week and a half. I went back to running my day care at 13 days after surgery.
I was able to keep both of my ovaries, so I was surprised
at how weepy I felt at times during my recovery. One day I went to put on my jeans and I had a strange realization. The last time I wore those jeans, I had a uterus. I just cried and cried. I knew that I was not going to plan another pregnancy, but I would have been happy if it ever happened unexpectedly. The finality of the surgery was hard to deal with. There would never be that "surprise" baby. Believe it or not, it was even hard to accept that the part of my body that carried my children was gone. I have been pretty emotional about it. I didn't expect to feel this way.
I try very hard to focus on the positive things in my life, and the reality is that my hysterectomy brought a lot of positive things. I do not have pressure down below, horrible cramps, and bleeding all month long anymore. Since I kept my ovaries and cervix, I did experience one five day long mini period at 6 weeks. I have not yet had another one.
Although my mini period was a bit unexpected, it was also reassuring. It was the first time in my life that I had bleeding with no miserable cramps!
It also warned me to adjust my insulin for my low blood sugar levels that occur during my period.
I was very fearful of surgery and complications. My experience was smoother than I expected. I can honestly say that I had many periods that were more painful than my hysterectomy.
If you are suffering with Adenomyosis, I hope hearing my story will be encouraging to you. There is an end to the suffering!