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Unread 04-29-2004, 06:13 AM
also have rheaumatoid arthritis

Hi Ladies,
I go in for my TAH/BSO and lymph removal next week. I have a mass on an ovary with some others in other places. It is my choice to have the radical procedure in case they do find cancer. I am lucky to have a good gyno/onc. I am 54 and except for an occasional short hot flash am thru with menapause. But I do have a moderate case of rheaumatoid arthritis, diagnosed 3 years ago. All my doctors say it will have no effect and to just continue taking my meds. The thing is that I am always stiff and always have some pain in my joints. I need to take a really long, hot shower to get going in the morning. So I wonder if and how this might complicate my recovery. I would love to hear from anyone else that also has RA. Thanks!
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Unread 04-29-2004, 08:13 AM
also have rheaumatoid arthritis

Hi Painter.

I don't have RA (although those joints do get a little achy sometimes!) but I wish you the best and hope that everything comes back clear. If it's cancer, you're doing the best possible thing, but hopefully it won't be cancer. You'll be kept in thought & prayer.

Unread 04-29-2004, 03:15 PM
also have rheaumatoid arthritis

Hi Marlene,
Thank you so much for the good thoughts.
Stay well,
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Unread 04-29-2004, 05:28 PM
also have rheaumatoid arthritis

Hi Painter,
I also have arthritis, but the osteo kind. In my left collar bone area. It is hard to manage sometimes.

I have read the RA can be tough and very different from the OA kind. Talk with the doc and see when you can shower after the procedure. If a shower is what gets you going, then do that. But bring in a chair. I have heard others suggest that and thought that was smart.

Good luck to you,
Unread 04-29-2004, 06:01 PM
also have rheaumatoid arthritis

I also have RA. I am pretty advanced and it's been almost 20 years since I was diagnosed. I'm also a breast cancer "survivor". I did not have a radical procedure; I opted for a LAVH/BSO. For me, that was the right choice. There was atypia, which we knew from biopsy, but no cancer was found in the path report. I knew that if there was cancer, I'd have to have more surgery to stage it, but avoiding an abdominal hysterectomy was worth the "risk" to me. My recovery has been quick and uneventful.

I agree with what your doctor has said; none of this will have any impact on your RA. Just take your meds as usual. My RA flared badly during my breast cancer treatment. Of course, anything that attacks the immune system is going to impact RA, and in my case, I did have a bad time. But, with this round of surgery, my RA has not been impacted at all. I was up and around the night of my surgery and took that lovely hot shower the next morning. The hospital has shower seats, and I recommend you get one at home. Being able to sit in the shower is wonderful! If you do get one, carefully check the size; some bench-style shower seats don't fit well in narrower bath tubs. Measure and check carefully. I got a stool-type shower seat that fits in my tub perfectly. The bench-style would only fit sideways, and that's no good.

I wish you well...
Unread 04-29-2004, 09:41 PM
also have rheaumatoid arthritis

Dear Painter,
With the RA, you may be a little extra-achy with getting up on the table for treatments and lying still in one position for a few minutes each time. It would be great if they have a place for you to take a hot shower after, as Jmac suggests!

Very best wishes to you!
Unread 04-30-2004, 06:04 AM
also have rheaumatoid arthritis

Thanks for the advice! I'm off to the hospital for my pre-op blood work & x-ray.

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