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Unread 05-27-2007, 08:33 PM
Hysterectomy dates May 21-May 28,2007

Hi there everyone who is also just home recovering! I had my TAH on the 24th - with a couple interesting complications. Had a 7 mos size uterus becaue of size of the fibroids, so I had a vertical abdominal incision that extended above my belly button(they hooked around it). They found my intestines had adhered to my uterus at the point of my myomectomy scar tissue. They called in a surgical team to address that, which they did with no complications. When they went to do the hysterectomy/ooferectomy, they couldn't find one of my tubes and ovaries...anywhere. I hadn't had them removed during the myomectomy so they just disappeared!? Anyone ever had this happen? Got a UTI from the catheter, which they treated in hospital and got home today. Sore, a bit swollen, but smaller than before having my "fibroid encrusted uterus" out. They told my husband it weighed over 20 lbs. Strangest thing happened - they took pictures and showed them to my family and me (It was gross). In spite of all the extra things that happened I feel pretty good and am glad to be home recovering. I'll bet you were all as excited as I was to get in my own shower and bed! Any advice on when we have to deal with the hormone/no hormone issue? My doc wants to do anything other than hormone therapy...he thinks its too risky.
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Unread 05-27-2007, 09:30 PM
Hysterectomy dates May 21-May 28,2007

Well I had a TVH on Monday the 21st. The first 48 hours were very hard for me. I had a couple of infections going on and the pain couldn't have been worse. But now 6 days later I'm finally starting to feel like a human again. Spent 3 days at the castle, coming home was so very nice. I'm still having some pain, taking motrin every 8 hrs and pain pill about every 6 hours. But I'm feeling a lot of pressure if I get up and do too much. I also haven't felt like I have to urinate since the suregery, instead I feel a build up of pressure that turns to pain. I'm assuming that is due to the fact that the dr did vaginal support along with bladder support while she was doing the surgery, hopefully that will go away after some recovery time. I'm also soooooo very tired. But my spirits are on the upswing and I just keep thinking no more 90 day periods...oh yeah, no more periods ever. YEA!!!!
Unread 05-28-2007, 12:37 AM
Finally back from the Castle

Got home just this afternoon. I had a LAVH on thursday. Surgery went well, but doc had to take uterus out in pieces because it was so big.

Had a very tough first 2 days with the pain (level 9 -10) that was not being controlled by pain meds, but by that evening, dr gave me IM pain shots with the oral pain meds and that did take it down finally. ( I think my fibromyalgia had something to do woth the intensity of the pain

Doing mych better now that I am home, still have pain, but mostly because of gas!!! Take stool softeners!!! , and my nurses would be happy to know I had my first BM. (That was an experiecne!!!!!)

My dogs were VERY happy to see me and they seem tp know that mom can't be stepped on right now.

My tummy is swollen, but it is actually smaller now than before the surgery!! Go Figure!!

All in all, I feel healthier than before the sugery, and am happy to have that part behind me.
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Unread 05-28-2007, 05:24 AM
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I had my tAH on the 23rd, doing well except for a "burning sensation" when my left ovary would have been? does anyone else feel a burning feeling when they get up and move around for awhile? Also, when i have to pee I get that burning feeling and it takes forever to slowly stream, and i think i am finished and then i start to slowly pee again. Anyone else or just me?
Unread 05-28-2007, 06:03 AM
Hysterectomy dates May 21-May 28,2007

I am loving hearing all the good reports. Wondering about the bladder sling Kerry had. I had the bladder sling procedure also, and my catheter was removed the next day. I had asked my doc at my pre op about keeping the cath in after I came home, and he said, "Oh no, you won't have to, unless of course something unforeseen happens, but I don't expect you to." Kerry, did they explain why you had to have the cath in for so long?

I didn't use any of my own granny panties until the second day. They gave me a pair of stretchy panties of their own, and they were snug but came up to my rib cage almost! LOL! They also provided HUGE sanitary napkins for the discharge. I loved them.

Me, personally now. Still no BM. I have gas like crazy, and it is so painful. And last night, DH showed me some funny email and I started laughing and couldn't stop. He got banished to the bed room. That hurt so bad. I miss being able to laugh with abandon. What is the longest anyone has gone without a BM?
Unread 05-28-2007, 06:11 AM
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I have had the same problem as Lisa, it has gotten better. At first I would be in the bathroom thinking "this is great, I'll be in here for 20 minutes just to go pee". (I was tired and just wanted to go back to sleep). Now 6 days after my LAVH I am feeling better. Still sore getting up and moving around in bed but it is better. I still feel pressure when I need to go to the bathroom but I am also feeling my bladder again when it is getting full. I took a stool softener yesterday and I also got dizzy and felt the need to vomit. I just kept thinking "don't puke, that is going to hurt!", I finally got to sleep and when I woke up I felt better. I just keep telling myself that everyday will get better. It will be nice to not have to worry about planning a vacation around Aunt Flo!! A lot of people have told me that having a hysterecomy was the best thing they did for themselves, so I just keep focusing on that. And even if it takes me 20 minutes to pee, at least I am peeing!!! Hope everyone has a nice holiday! Keep your chins up! Best wishes!
Unread 05-28-2007, 06:14 AM
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I have the burning sensation also. Though it has to do with when I get up, and turn, etc. Doesn't seem to be related to ovary location, as I still have mine. I also have a numb belly below my belly button. Is everyone else numb too?
Unread 05-28-2007, 06:49 AM
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yep, numb there too. what is this bladder sling procedure I keep hearing about? I dont know what they did to me while i was under, just that "I was a mess" and there were some complications. I am gonna take the milk of mag. today, still no bm and getting worried that it is gonna be too painful!!
Unread 05-28-2007, 07:18 AM
Hysterectomy dates May 21-May 28,2007

Lisa, I had leakage whenever I coughed, laughed, sneezed, lifted something heavy, and could not hold my pee. I was rushing to the bathroom at the slightest amount in my bladder. Turns out my urethra and bladder were 'sagging' and my doc made a sling out of my own facshia, and brought my urethra and bladder up. It has worked remarkably well! I don't have peeing urges throughout the night, I can cough (though with pain since I had the abdominal surgery) It has been a Godsend. I am so grateful I didn't have to have to have the catheter follow me home though! EEK!!

Info on bladder sling... http://depts.washington.edu/uroweb/p...ale_sling.html
Unread 05-28-2007, 07:48 AM
One week post-op today

Hi ladies. I had a LAVH/LSO on the 21st of May, home 8 hours later. Previously had right tube and ovary removed in 2004, so I'm on HRT. Started with Vivelle Dot 0.05mg, and I'm honestly not sure yet if that will be enough.
I had a rough day emotionally yesterday, as I suffered my first major night sweat experience the night before, had a couple of crying spells for no reason, started spotting, got itchy in the coochie, look nine months pregnant, and was simply tired overall.

That was yesterday.

I slept straight thru last night, no sweats, only got up to pee at 530 this morning, but went right back to sleep. The itch has been taken care of with otc vagisil...it's definately not a yeast infection, as I have no discharge or anything else to imply it would be. The spotting is only when I pee, and it doesn't hurt. I do feel the need to go more frequently then I did before, but I was famous for holding it too long anyway, so it's okay. I'm drinking lots of cranberry juice and water. (Had to stop all the pepsi because it's carbonated and I didn't know that will hurt my bones). I have been eating more fruit too, to aid in the bm department. I have been going regularly, but at times it's a bit painful. I took a stool softner and that helped. I'm not experiencing horrible gas pains, but I am indeed gassy. When I overexert myself, I get tired. I've been doing laundry, "spot" cleaning the kitchen and baths, doing the dishes, walking the dog, lots of stairs with no problem. Reaching up for things is a bit touchy, but bending isin't as bad. I want to DRIVE, but my family won't let me till I get the go ahead from the doc (hopefully on Weds). I went to the movies to see Pirates yesterday, and sitting for over three hours proved to be a bit of a challenge. I think all I've been doing has contributed to my being tired and a bit weepy. I'm a horrible patient and expect a bit too much from myself at times, so I need to slow down.
I needed to regroup, and I did. I was getting sad about the small stuff, forgetting the big picture momentarily. I will not be in pain when the healing is over, I will not bleed for 15 days straight, I will not be disabled by my endo and adenomyosis anymore. I have taken the steps I needed to in order to gain my life back, and I'm well on my way.
I can't thank you ladies enough for helping me keep it real. If it wasn't for this website, I'd feel very lost and alone.
Wishing you all a speedy recovery and keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.
Take care, be safe, stay sane.

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