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Is it typical or normal to have brain fog at 3 weeks post hysterectomy? Is it typical or normal to have brain fog at 3 weeks post hysterectomy?

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Unread 08-06-2020, 12:27 PM
Is it typical or normal to have brain fog at 3 weeks post hysterectomy?

I just had a phone conversation that required some brain power and it left me feeling fatigued and, frankly, I just felt foggy the whole time. I feel like I can think more clearly when typing or texting, but talking takes it out of me.

Is this from general anesthesia or just from being in recovery mode?
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Unread 08-06-2020, 03:25 PM
Re: Is it typical or normal to have brain fog at 3 week mark?

Yep, it's typical, and likely due to post-op fatigue and even the hormone imbalance most of us tend to experience. There are estrogen receptors in many regions of the brain which are involved in cognition, learning, and memory. So if your body is short on estrogen, that could interfere with our mental acuity.

There's some validity to why post-menopausal women joke about brain fog!
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Unread 08-06-2020, 03:30 PM
Re: Is it typical or normal to have brain fog at 3 week mark?

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Originally Posted by Cussette View Post
Yep, it's typical, and likely due to post-op fatigue and even the hormone imbalance most of us tend to experience. There are estrogen receptors in many regions of the brain which are involved in cognition, learning, and memory. So if your body is short on estrogen, that could interfere with our mental acuity.

There's some validity to why post-menopausal women joke about brain fog!
Yikes, even if you keep your ovaries? I did read about possible ovarian failure/diminished function when you keep them. Thanks for your reply!
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Unread 08-07-2020, 07:06 AM
Re: Is it typical or normal to have brain fog at 3 week mark?

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Yikes, even if you keep your ovaries? I did read about possible ovarian failure/diminished function when you keep them. Thanks for your reply!
Yes, but not due to ovarian failure. The uterine arteries were cut, and if our ovaries received some of their blood supply from them (around half of us do), that's been compromised. Along with the trauma of surgery, it's quite common for the ovaries to be "off line" for several weeks, leaving us with a hormone imbalance. For most women, ovarian function returns. For me, they were back to full throttle somewhere between 12-16 weeks.

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Unread 08-07-2020, 07:09 AM
Re: Is it typical or normal to have brain fog at 3 week mark?

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Originally Posted by Cussette View Post
Yes, but not due to ovarian failure. The uterine arteries were cut, and if our ovaries received some of their blood supply from them (around half of us do), that's been compromised. Along with the trauma of surgery, it's quite common for the ovaries to be "off line" for several weeks, leaving us with a hormone imbalance. For most women, ovarian function returns. For me, they were back to full throttle somewhere between 12-16 weeks.
Thanks for sharing - that makes a lot of sense. My hormones seemed kind of out of whack before all of this - up and down like a teenager, so who knows!
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