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Unwell 12 Weeks- 3 Months After Hysterectomy

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Feeling unwell after hysterectomy
I'm 12 weeks post-op hysterectomy and although my incision seems to be healing well, I still don't feel well. Is this normal? What do you suggest I do?

Full recovery from a hysterectomy can take several weeks and even months. Regardless of how it is done, a hysterectomy is a major surgery that can cause some trauma and stress to the body. It takes time for your body to heal, so it can take some time before you feel completely well.

In addition, often times women go into a hysterectomy with a bit of compromised health as they have been dealing with an ongoing gynecologic issue. The more compromised your health prior to surgery, the longer it might take you to get back on your feet.

Depending on what is done with the ovaries, there can also be hormonal issues that affect how you after your hysterectomy. No or low hormones can cause you to feel unwell in a variety of ways.

In general, you should start to feel a bit better each day. Within a couple weeks, you shouldn’t feel miserable, though you may still be tender and tired. If you do too much too soon, you may feel sore, achy, and swollen, letting you know you need to cut back and rest a bit. Swelly belly and fatigue can still be an issue. Overall, you should be feeling well.

Although you may not be at 100%, by 12 weeks post hysterectomy you shouldn’t be feeling unwell. If you are overdoing it during the day and not pacing yourself, you may find evenings get you down. You may not feel up to running any races yet, but overall you should be feeling good during the day.

If you feel unwell at this point in your recovery, you need to keep a symptom diary and touch base with your doctor. You could be a slow healer who simply needs more time, or it might be that you have pushed yourself too much too soon. There could be an underlying health issue that needs addressed, such as dehydration, infection, or menopause issues. Are you eating well? Have you been drinking enough fluids? Are you using hormone replacement therapy (HRT)? Are you doing gentle exercising as you should be–or doing too much or too little? Are you dealing with insomnia since your hysterectomy? Could you be depressed?

It is always okay to check with your doctor when you are not feeling well, and especially okay following a surgery like a hysterectomy. Your doctor is your partner and can work with you to determine the cause for how you are feeling so you can get back to feeling like you again!

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.

06-21-2015 - 05:06 PM


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