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Feeling Tired Months After Your Hysterectomy? Here Are 10 Reasons Why
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My hysterectomy was several months ago. Why do I still feel so exhausted?
A hysterectomy is a major surgery, so it’s understandable that it can leave you tired during recovery. But if you're still fighting fatigue months after your hysterectomy
, it can be discouraging and frustrating.
Although many women feel almost normal around the 3 months post-op mark, it’s not necessarily abnormal to not to be at 100% for up to a year. But why is that and when should you worry? Here are some possibilities.
There’s blood loss after surgery, so it’s possible you’re anemic. For some, it can take a bit of time for levels to return to normal, leaving you with some extra tiredness. If you were anemic before surgery, there’s an even greater risk you'll be anemic after surgery.
Any opening in the skin can put you at risk for infection. In addition, having a catheter puts you at risk for a urinary tract infection (UTI)
. If you develop any type of infection, it can delay recovery a bit and leave you tired as your body fights to heal. A fever can be a sign of infection, so notify your surgeon if you develop one anytime during recovery.
3. Poor nutrition
Following a surgery, it’s easy to eat differently. You might not feel well, food might not taste as good, or food may not settle. Whatever the reason, you may not be eating your usual diet and may not be getting the nutrition you need to heal properly. Poor nutrition can leave you extra tired and delay healing.
Along with not eating well, you may not be drinking enough or drinking the right things, causing some dehydration
. Now more than ever, your body needs plenty of water
. It’s necessary for so many bodily functions, including healing, transporting nutrition to your cells, being a key component for blood, and more.
While you’re recovering, you’ll initially be less active due to restrictions and to ensure you heal properly. Depending on your diagnosis, you may have even been less active prior to surgery. As odd as it sounds, the less active you are, the more tired you can be.
6. Fatigue before surgery
It's par the course that tiredness can occur following surgery. If you were tired before surgery for whatever reason, there’s a greater chance that you’ll be tired longer after your hysterectomy.
It’s possible there’s been a change in your medications since your hysterectomy. You may be taking more or less. You may have been on hormones to treat the issue causing your hysterectomy or you may need hormones now due to surgical menopause
. A side effect of some medications is a lack of energy. Not taking the right dose of hormone replacement therapy (HRT)
that could have a negative impact on your energy levels.
8. Change in sleep
The trauma of surgery can disrupt your sleep patterns. Changes in hormones and medications can as affect sleep
. If you aren’t getting enough sleep at night, you’re going to feel more tired during the day.
Surgery of any kind is physically stressful for your body. A hysterectomy may cause some additional emotional stress because of the hormonal and fertility issues involved. Whenever you’re stressed
, you can be left feeling more tired.
10. Overdoing it
Doing too much too soon
can leave you tired during recovery. You may also create some extra tiredness if you do too much as you start feeling better. As your energy levels return, you may inadvertently overdo it because you feel better than you have. That can end up leaving your more tired the next day. It’s important to pace yourself and not push until you are too tired, even weeks after surgery,
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.
11-19-2017 - 03:04 PM
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