I've never had surgery in my life so I was pretty scared. I am just shy of 39 years old, no children. I have PCOS, came to find out a little endo, and adeno. My periods started getting worse and worse. For a couple of years or more I have soaked through 2 pads and a tampon in an hour. Clots like there's no tomorrow. My period was always 7-14 days. Only 2x in 10 years did I have a period on my own because of the PCOS. My doc made me take Provera once every three months if I didn't have one as the uterine lining still builds and could turn hard and cancerous. I HATED having a period so I did it the minimum. Wasn't fond of the side effects of Provera, the mood swings, thinning hair, etc. A new symptom started a year ago. I had cramps from maybe a week before my period and all during my period. I was okay with that. But then a weird symptom occurred. About 3 days after my period ended, I got cramps again. But these were far far worse than regular period cramps. Excruciating pain that I had a very hard time getting rid of. It would last for at least another 3 weeks. The first time it happened I thought I might have a cyst or something. I went straight to my OBGYN. I have to be in major pain to actually go to the doc. He found white spots on my uterus. I flipped out thinking it was cancer. He had me schedule another ultrasound at the hospital. They diagnosed adenomyosis. I thought long and hard about whether I was okay to not have children (another nine months and two more periods). Once my husband and I were both sure, I scheduled the appointment. My doc wanted me to try Mirena first but I was scared of going through all that and it not working. I wanted to nip this in the bud.
Fast forward to my surgery. I was to be there at 840am and the surgery would be around 1040 as he had someone before me. I was much calmer then I thought I would be because I had been a wreck all the way up to it. I had a lot of people praying for me so that must be why I was calm. They couldn't find my veins so I had fun being poked like a pin cushion. It hurt but it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. Then they gave me a shot in my leg to prevent blood clots. OWIE! I just tried to concentrate on what was on TV. Mind over matter. Unfortunately the first surgery went REALLY long so I didn't see my doc till like 130. Waiting is not fun. They gave me happy juice & wheeled me in. The only thing I remember is being put on the OR table. Nothing else. The doc said the amnesia meds they give not only work forward but backward. Apparently more happened between getting on the table and being put out but I have no memory of it which is really weird. I try really hard to remember but nada. I'm not sure when I woke up because I was really out of it but it was around 5pm or 6pm. I had major pains where the cath was. They gave me pain meds and it was better however I kept stopping breathing because I have sleep apnea. So the nurse kept yelling at me to breathe. I remember every time I heard a beep she'd yell at me. Anyhoo it felt like days but every time I woke up only 5 minutes had passed. I just wanted to go to my room to see my hubs. They keep us apnea folks longer in recovery. Finally I got to my room. They gave me another shot in the belly to prevent blood clots. It wasn't nearly as bad as the leg one. I was very sore and very tired. They had these little leg massage things that keep you from getting clots. Those were nice. And the nurses were awesome. My lungs were full of congestion and it hurt to cough. Often I couldn't blow to the point I was supposed to. Or rather inhale. And it hurt. I wasn't expecting my lungs to hurt. My throat did hurt from the tube. But that soreness only lasted a day. I tried to get up and walk but never made it very far. My belly felt like a million pounds. Granted I am fluffy so that may not have helped. My back hurt badly too. They didn't take out the cath to the next morning. I kept begging for that. The IV wasn't bad like I expected. I hated the cath much more. And I peed right after so that was good. It was a little bloody but since I've been home I've had no blood. And I passed gas too. I was so proud. I just wanted to go home. They finally let me out the next day a little after 3. I felt every bump in the wheelchair when they wheeled me out.
Since then I've felt a little blue. I think my ovaries are sleeping. It's difficult for me to sit up for a long period. Sometimes my incisions hurt. My back and my belly always is sore no matter what pain meds I take. I tried to help my hubs clean. I overdid it. Whoopsies. I don't know how I will go back to work in a week even though it's a desk job. Just get tired easily and am sore. Hurts to sit. But I had a BM the evening I got home. I had zero nausea the entire time. I think it went very smooth. The doc said it was text book but he found some unexpected endo. I think I'm pretty fortunate that it went so smoothly. If I ever have to have surgery again, I won't be so afraid. Now I know what to expect and it really isn't that bad. I'm sorry if my story is a little run on but I'm still a little out of it but I wanted to share.
First time I can sit up for a little bit and type it out.
I like this website because I found out a ton of info that I would have never known had I not been here. And while I'd rather no one else go through this, it was nice to know I wasn't alone.