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Unread 12-17-2007, 08:31 AM
Hysterectomy dates Nov 12-Nov 19,2007

Hello to all Hyster Sisters,

It's been a couple of days since I last posted on the website. I'm four and a half weeks post-op now, and since the surgery I've noticed my skin and scalp have become very oily. I used to be on Diane 35, for contraception as well as controlling acne but I stopped taking that 2 weeks prior to having the hysterectomy. I never had my skin get this oily though, so I called the gynaecologist on Friday to ask him whether I can continue taking the Diane pill just for my skin. He advised me to see my family doctor about that seeing it's a dermatological problem, so I did today. The doctor had a look through a long list of medications that have the same active ingredient cyproterone but those medications only come in much higher dosages of that than the Diane 35. So, he decided it's still best to go back on the Diane 35 as that only has 2mg of cyproterone and it always kept my skin very clear of acne while I was on it. I'm taking it again from today, so fingers crossed this will help.

The other more worrying problem that has just developed, is that I've been a bit sore in my right arm pit (already since before my hysterectomy), but did not pay too much attention to it, as the hysterectomy was enough to deal with at the time. However, when I washed myself the other day, I noticed a blackish-brown discharge coming from my right nipple. I mentioned that to my doctor when I saw him today, and when he examined me he did feel a nodular area taking up a quarter of my breast so he ordered an ultrasound scan for me tomorrow afternoon. He said it is most likely to be a cystic change, so I pray that's all it is.

I hope that everyone else is making a good recovery and hugs to you all!
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Unread 12-17-2007, 09:56 AM
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Those are some very scary symptoms. Please be sure to get them checked out quickly and thoroughly! If your doctor is hesitant find another one who will be aggressive in finding out the cause.

Here's a website with some information on symptoms like yours.

Unread 12-17-2007, 04:30 PM
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I am 4 weeks post-op and am wondering if anyone else has experienced any numbness or pain in the ovary area at this point after their surgery. The numbness came and went very quickly. I am wondering if I will have any feeling when I would normally have had a period. Does anyone else know the answer.


Hope everyone is recovering well.
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Unread 12-17-2007, 05:27 PM
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Hi Lotte M. I hope you get these symptoms thoroughly checked out and that all is fine. Best wishes to you.

I am four and half weeks post op now, and doing well, almost back to normal activity after a slight glitch with the wound breaking down a little. latest problem was picked up by my GP yesterday who insisted on taking a urine sample after I mentioned I was unable to empty my bladder fully in one go. Test showed cloudy urine with lots of leucocytes, some protein and blood. Teamed with the occasional mild right sided loin pain, it's a slight worry, but I am feeling too good to have anything much wrong I reckon. Am waiting on formal lab results. I figured it was just the bladder recovering from the trauma of surgery, but GP thinks it's an infection of bladder/kidney? from the catheter which was in for two and half days.

Hope everyone else is doing OK.
Unread 12-17-2007, 06:07 PM
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Hi! I'm just over 4 weeks post op from a LAVH and so far I'm doing good. I've been attempting to get up a little earlier in the morning and it's been going okay. Had a post-op appointment last week and the doctor said that I can vacuum, mop, walk and lift no more than 10 pounds. I'm not allowed to use a treadmill/run/jog (didn't do that pre-op so that's not a problem). I have another appointment scheduled for the end of this week; doctor is going to be gone from Dec. 24 until January 7th. I'm hoping I get the green light to go back to work. I would only have a 2-day week next week and the following week a 3-day week but I'll have to wait and see.

I still get uncomfortable when I sit for a long period of time and feel "tight" when I get up at first but other than that I'm feeling pretty good. I've pretty much stopped spotting, although the doctor said I could get a little when the other stitches dissolve. I'm hoping not. It seems as if the past 4 weeks have flown by. One thing I've noticed is that I'm not having any cravings and that's a good thing!
Unread 12-18-2007, 12:20 PM
5 Weeks Post-op

Well, I'm about 5 weeks post-op (TAH/BSO November 12th). As far as the TAH goes, I think I am doing quite well. I had a few days of hot flashes, but after a small adjustment of hormone patch, all is well. It is hard to tell if all the problems I am having now are due to the TAH/BSO or the emergency Bowel resection after a post-surgical illius in the small intestine.

The surgical site after the TAH/BSO healed beautifully in the two weeks before the Bowel Resection. The surgeon felt that it was best to use the same surgical site as the TAH/BSO (from bellybutton down). After 15 days in the hospital I go home to realize that the surgical site is infected. My husband has been having to to Wet Packs in the 4 holes alone the incision site. One of the holes is 5" deep. But it does appear to be healing. My temperature is still around 99.9 to 101, but my doc doesn't seem to be too concerned about it.

I am up and walking today without a lot of pain. I hope that this is the turning point toward full recovery.

I value all the support and encouragement I have been receiving from this site.

Thank You!!
Kelly (TAH/BSO 11/12 - Small Bowel Resection 11/25)
Forever Rely On God (F.R.O.G.)
Unread 12-18-2007, 12:34 PM
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Kelly, I read about your problems in another forum! So sorry to hear you have been going through this! The hole is 5 inches deep? OWWWW! I can't even imagine. We had surgery on the same day. I am doing good. Last night was the first night that I didn't take any pain med of any sort. I feel like someone is pinching me on the inside. Weird. I am wondering if anyone else still takes meds this far postop. Of course, you do! Take care and I hope all heals up soon.

Jenny TAH Nov.12
Unread 12-18-2007, 01:37 PM
Feeling better

Yea, tomorrow will be 5 weeks post-op for me. I took the kids to practice on Saturday for 3 hours at the church. Sunday was an endless day for me also. Went to church from 9:00 am until 12:00 pm, then went back to church at 3:00 pm for the Christmas program. Came home at 5:00 pm, only to go back out within 15 minutes to a Christmas tree decorating and gingerbread house building party. Came home at approximately 8:45 pm. Wow, that is tiring when I think about everything that I did in two days. But, the kids had a smile on their face. I must admit that on Sunday, I felt a little twinge near the incision, but nothing that a little naproxen didn't help. I do feel better. I praise God for the wonderful people he placed in my life to help me during this period of my life. I have lost about 15 pounds since the surgery. I don't eat as much as I used to, but I am guessing that with time the appetite will come back in full force. Oh well, there will always be exercise.
Unread 12-19-2007, 07:00 AM
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Pen2Paper2 - I'm so sorry you're having such difficuties. I pray you heal well and heal soon. I feel very thankful after reading your post.
Unread 12-19-2007, 08:55 AM
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Kelly, I pray that you will make a speedy recovery! I am so sorry to read what you're going through.

I had my results today from my breast ultrasound scan, and it is rather inconclusive. The report states that there is a more prominent area suggestive of fibroglandular tissue but that no specific abnormality can be seen. It still doesn't explain why I had this brownish-black discharge from my nipple. The doctor (GP) said he was quite happy with what the report said and doesn't think I need further tests unless I get more spontaneous discharge. I asked him whether a mammogram might be useful but he said that at my age (38) the breast tissue is still very dense and therefore it would be hard to see any lesions. I am seeing my gynaecologist for my post-op check on Jan.7 so I will take the pictures & report to him as well to get another opinion on this as I still don't feel reassured about it.

Other than that, my recovery from the hysterectomy has its ups & downs. I still get twinges and stiffness in my lower abdomen and my lower back gets very sore at times. The worst is still this overwhelming tiredness. Most afternoons I need to have a rest or I can't get through the day.
I lost a lot of blood though, because of haemorrhaging before the surgery and during the surgery as well, so it's probably because I'm still anaemic.
I shouldn't complain though, after I read what poor Kelly is going through!

Best wishes & hugs to all!

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