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I was looking forward to my hysterectomy as I like most of you would have no more periods, pain, bloating, etc. But I never expected to have such horrible headaches.
Now back to the beginning: Since Jan. of this year I had extra bleeding and more cloting as usual so I went to my Gyn. She did a ultrasound and a uterine biopsy. The biopsy was normal but the ultrasound showed lots of fibroids, thick lining, etc. and I had ben animic for over 2 years. So I went for the hysterectomy. My Gyn gave me the option of having my overies removed. I wasn't near menopause even though I just turned 51. I decided to have them removed too as I felt it would be a good choice for me.
Everything went well with the surgery. I knew I would be given a general and a spinal block. When I was taken to the OR they put me on the table, gave me the injection in my spine then I was out until I was in my room a few hours later. I don't remember recovery or even being put in my bed.
The morphine made me itch terribly. I felt no abdominal pain. Even when I was released the next day. In fact I had no abnominal pain at all during my recovery. Not even hot flashes. They did come a few weeks later though. So I thought I had it made. Things went so well. Then it happened, I got worse.
2 days after surgery I got a headache. It wouldn't go away no matter what I did.
5 days after surgery I had a spinal blood patch for the headache. It only helped for a few hours. Then a week and a half later I had another one. It lasted for a couple of days.
In the mean time I had been drinking lots of caffeine too. I hadn't had any caffeine since Jan. I have to admit I was enjoying it again.
At 5 weeks after surgery I got an infection in one of my insions. Got that cleared up OK but still had the headaches. My Gyn was at a lost of what to do so she recommended an MRI. A few days before the MRI my DH took me to the ER. The headaches were more than I could stand. This was just after 6 weeks. The ER doc wanted me on hormones ASAP. I had resisted them up until now. They have helped with hot flashes which I didn't start getting unit just after 6 weeks post op. They have gotten rid of the hot flashes but didn't touch the headaches. So 5 days after my visit to the ER I went to my primary care doc who put me in the hospital to get treatments for the headaches. I was given an IV bag of caffeine along with pain meds and stayed 2 days.
The MRI was fine, with just a small spot that could explain the headaches.
The next step was the nueroligist who diagonied me with rebound headaches and took me off of all pain killers I was on. 5 different ones to be exact. Not all at once but at different times during the now 8 weeks of headaches. She put me on a steriod and muscle relaxers. That was last Fri. and I still have the headaches. Not as bad but still there and still painful and constant.
So here I am 8 1/2 weeks after surgery feeling miserable with the headaches. All but forgotten to why I got them in the first place. None of my docs knew what to do with me. The rebound headaches make since but I want to see releif now.
I feel like I am at my wits end here. I get so frustrated with these headaches. My doc wants me to keep working and keep up with my regular activites and it does help to get my mind off of it some but it never goes away not even when I sleep.
This site has been amaizing for me. Just the name of it makes me laugh and I have found great info here. Infact I have not even checked out any other sites.
It is good for me to vent here and there has to be someone else who has experienced this. Although I wouldn't wish this on anyone.
Thanks to all of you for reading this and letting me vent.
God Bless

06-14-2010 - 10:58 PM


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