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4 weeks post Total Abdominal Hysterectomy and still feel horrible - nausea and pain 4 weeks post Total Abdominal Hysterectomy and still feel horrible - nausea and pain

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Unread 11-25-2020, 11:56 PM
4 weeks post Total Abdominal Hysterectomy and still feel horrible - nausea and pain

Hi! I am at the 4 week point for a total abdominal hysterectomy. I kept one ovary. I also had an 8 pound ovarian tumor removed that had also caused a hernia which was repaired. My appendix was removed and a cancerous tumor was found on the appendix. Anyway, my recovery isn’t going well. I’m always nauseated and just feel terrible. Pains on my left side and by the incision. Anyone else?
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Unread 11-26-2020, 08:27 AM
Re: 4 weeks post Total Abdominal Hysterectomy and still feel horrible - nausea and pain

While not "fresh out of surgery" you're still very much in the initial recovery period. This is major surgery, and it helps to understand what went on inside: 4-5 sets of ligaments and many blood vessels cut as well as organs removed, and what was cut has been stitched or cauterized. All that internal trauma takes time to heal. Recovery really does have to be thought of in terms of weeks, even months. It's no wonder we're our doctors' patients for up to 8 weeks, and you're at 4 weeks - right in the middle.

The left side is the the home stretch of the colon, and even if a pain feels like post-surgery pain, it could be digestive. Our digestive systems can be off for a number of weeks after surgery. Slow motility, lack of appetite or the right nutrition, and even a hormone imbalance can cause lingering nausea after surgery. You kept one ovary, but there is a tendency for retained ovaries to be offline for a few weeks after surgery. To help settle your stomach, ginger is a natural remedy - ginger chews, ginger tea or some other ginger drink. Peppermint tea is another option. Also, make sure your blood sugar levels stay relatively stable. Spikes and drops can add to nausea - and it's a challenge when you can't eat because of nausea. Avoid highly processed foods, and try to get protein with each meal and snack which can help. If eating doesn't work well right now, drink your meals via a protein shake.

On the pain by your incision, do you have any areas of redness, warmth, localized swelling or oozing from the incision itself? If not, it could be where you are in healing. I had some nerve damage between two of my laparoscopic incisions - it was uber-sensitive to the touch, and felt like a deep bruise. It took 4 months before I could lean up against a counter, another 2 months beyond that before I could carry anything against it. It took 10-1/2 months for it to disappear completely.

You were given some good links in the New Member Center, and there are two I'd like to highlight. Our Hysterectomy Recovery Videos on the Recovery Splash page include one for Weeks 3 & 4. The other link is to your Recovery Thread, a dedicated group chat for women who had surgery the same week as you. You can find it at Recovery Progress Reports for Oct 26-Nov 01. Recovery Threads are wonderful for getting support, comparing notes, encouraging others, and keeping one another company. In a quick glance at recent messages, Sisters are finding their limits and realizing they're not healed yet. You're definitely not alone.

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Unread 11-27-2020, 05:40 AM
4 weeks post Total Abdominal Hysterectomy and still feel horrible - nausea and pain


The main function of the appendix is to serve as a storehouse for intestinal bacteria, so it can repopulate the colon after a bout of diarrhea or a course of antibiotics, and as I've heard from other sisters, it's not uncommon to have issues after having that removed. A probiotic supplement specially formulated for digestive health, or regular servings of probiotics from yogurt, kefir, or unpasteurized sauerkraut, can help to make up for this. For the nausea, another classic remedy is a glass of warm water with the juice of half a lemon. Foods with a demulcent effect can help by coating your stomach lining; that includes oatmeal, marshmallow - the herb, not the candy - and its cousin okra, slippery elm tea, and psyllium, flax, or chia seeds. Eating small, frequent meals can also help by giving your digestive juices something to work against. My list of poorly digested foods and stomach irritants to avoid for now includes red meat, legumes, onions and garlic, cruciferous vegetables, pears, prunes, apricots, cherries, artificial sweeteners, tomatoes, spicy food, citrus fruits except as mentioned above, carbonated or alcoholic drinks, chocolate, coffee, and fried or fatty food. Best wishes for getting over this soon, and for continued health and healing!
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