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Dizzy and Light-headed after Hysterectomy

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Woman dizzy and light-headed after hysterectomyWhy do I feel light-headed and/or dizzy since my hysterectomy?

There are a number of things that can cause you to feel light-headed or dizzy after a hysterectomy, but you should never take these symptoms lightly. Light-headedness and dizziness can also be signs of a some serious health concerns, so you should consult with your doctor. Below are some of the most commons reasons HysterSisters have reported feeling dizzy or light-headed after surgery.

Anemia. Extra blood loss during surgery could have left your hemoglobin a bit low. If you are experiencing extensive vaginal bleeding, it might be causing a bit of anemia, too, and you should talk to your doctor. Additionally, internal bleeding as the result of a complication could be the culprit. If you suspect internal bleeding, seek medical attention immediately. Besides feeling dizzy or light-headed, symptoms could include shortness of breath, a decrease in blood pressure, abdominal swelling that is firm, tachycardia (rapid pulse), severe pain, confusion, and/or weakness not related to surgery.

Dehydration. Monitor your liquid intake and be sure you are drinking enough water. According to the Mayo Clinic, the rule of thumb is usually at least eight 8-ounce glasses of fluid per day.

Blood sugar issues. A lack of appetite and a lack of energy are just two factors that can often times lead to diet changes after surgery. Be sure you are eating enough to sustain yourself as your body needs nutrition to heal. Some women find it helpful to eat smaller, more frequent meals throughout the day. If you need help preparing food, don't be afraid to ask your family and/or friends.

Medications. Depending on what medications you are taking, they could be contributing to the dizziness and causing you to feel light-headed. These can include your pain meds, nausea medicines, and even the anesthesia. Check the labels of your pills to see if any of them list dizziness symptoms as a side effect.

Hormones. There are number of hormone-related factors that may need to be considered: imbalance, whether or not you kept your ovaries, side effects of hormone replacement therapy (HRT). You may talk to your doctor about adjusting dosage.

Sinus or ear infection. If you have pain or tenderness in your face or ears, you might want to consult with your general practitioner.

To protect yourself, be sure to use caution whenever you feel dizzy or light-headed. Grab on to something stable and/or sit down immediately when the symptoms hit. When changing from a sitting to standing position, do so slowly because jumping up could cause you to pass out. Avoid long, hot showers as those could also increase your symptoms and cause you to pass out. Do not drive with these symptoms. Talk to your doctor before exercising with these symptoms.

It is always best to consult with your doctor to determine exactly what is causing your symptoms and how you should treat them. While many of the HysterSisters experience feelings of dizziness and being light-headed following surgery, you need be sure the symptoms are normal for your recovery. Both dizziness and being light-headed can be symptoms of some serious health issues or hysterectomy complications.

This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

10-24-2013 - 02:39 PM


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