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  #21  
Unread 08-08-2004, 08:28 PM
Ovary removal 2 yrs post-hyst

cyaple & Diane44,

I don't know a lot about endometriosis except from a few friends that say it's a constant struggle. I didn't realize that hormone therapy could make it grow.

I've decided to prepare for the "worst" (vertical incision) and maybe I'll wake up surprised with only a few holes in my belly. In a few hours I won't be able to eat anything, so I'm thinking about pigging out on oatmeal or something filling. I ran around the house today trying to get things done before I go to the castle, but I made more of a mess, I think!

Guess I'll pack my bag tomorrow after work & before the enema! So much to look forward to!!!

Diane44, I wish you luck with your co-workers. I'm lucky enough to be able to work from home after the initial healing. Stress from your work situation could be making you tearful, too. Not to mention that you're so close to surgery. Hang in there, ok?

cyaple, can you get a second opinion about the Estrace? Just a thought. You hang in there, too.

Hugz to you both! Renee1969
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  #22  
Unread 08-09-2004, 07:07 AM
Ovary removal 2 yrs post-hyst

Good luck to you! It's been a little over 2 weeks since I had my surgery (with the vertical incision). I am feeling much better now. Still having night sweats a little though. I did go out with my husband yesterday for some shopping and went out to dinner as well. I have a friend who is a gynocologist and I am going to e-mail her about the estrace. Let us know how it goes.

Good luck,

Cindy
  #23  
Unread 08-09-2004, 12:05 PM
Ovary removal 2 yrs post-hyst

Hello Ladies, I to am contimplating removal of my one and only ovary left. I have a 5.0 cm cyst on my ovary and it is causing alot of pain. I go this friday for another ultra sound to see if it has grown or what and then on the 19th is decision day at the doctors. I think that I am going to have it removed. I just can not go through anymore surgury. I thought when I had my hyst. a year ago it would be over but no....

They left the one ovary in due to it was healthy and because of my age and trying not to throw me into meno. early.

Well good luck to everyone.

Brenda
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  #24  
Unread 08-10-2004, 10:08 AM
Ovary removal 2 yrs post-hyst

This is a very informative book...

"Your Guide to Hysterectomy, Ovary Removal, & Hormone Replacement" by Elizabeth Plourde.

If you want to understand how your ovaries work and the hormone
issues involved, this is a very good place to start. I found mine at Border's Books but there was an ad for it right here on HysterSisters so it must be in the bookstore.
  #25  
Unread 08-15-2004, 02:53 PM
Ovary removal 2 yrs post-hyst

Renee 1969 (and others who wrote in) - thanks for support on getting last ovary/cyst out!! I'm now at home, actually doing really well with pain meds. I had a vertical incision this time, from belly button down. The worst really was the wait, wondering about cancer and complications. The preop "go lightly" and swallowing antibiotics was tough. I had surgery at 7:30 Wednesday and went home Friday before lunch. Haven't had the problems I had before with gas hurting - these pain pills seem to be better - looks like a generic Vicodin? Go back to doc on Monday or Tuesday to get staples out. So far I'm using Climara patch I put on day of surgery. It is great to be on "other side" of this. For me, anticipation and planning was definitely a hurdle! Diane44
  #26  
Unread 08-15-2004, 05:33 PM
Ovary removal 2 yrs post-hyst

Hi Diane,

I'm glad to hear you are doing ok. I also had a vertical incision as well. Now I look like I have an anchor on my stomach from all of my surgeries. I'm still out of work, this is the third week. I'm hoping to go back next week, but still having some problems. I have to go for a catscan on Wed. I know what you mean about the go lightly, I had to do that in the hospital while hooked up to an IV, that was no fun. Bet you are glad it's over, take some time to rest and feel better!

Cindy
  #27  
Unread 08-16-2004, 08:59 AM
Ovary removal 2 yrs post-hyst

Well, I got lucky and didn't have to have the incision...just three holes and a 3 inch incision above my bikini line. Lots of bruising this time. He found more adhesions and, to my surprise, quite a bit of endometriosis. I didn't have any 2 years ago. He also said that my right ovary was practically adhered to my ureter (tube leading from the kidney to the bladder). I'm on Estratest HS and Vivelle dot .0375.

I feel like such a baby compared to you sisters that got the incision! I've been weepy and moping around for a week! I did better when I had my hyster. Probably sounds dumb, but I feel less feminine all the sudden. I feel fat, ugly and just disgusting. Am I losing it, feeling sorry for myself, or what? Do I need more estrogen?

I hope you ladies are feeling better. Sorry that I'm whining to you. My poor hubby tries, but he's at a loss with trying to understand this.

Renee
  #28  
Unread 08-16-2004, 01:41 PM
Ovary removal 2 yrs post-hyst

Renee,

I can relate to everything you are saying. I think I did better with my hysterectomy as well. It also didn't help today when my doctor did not even examine me and just told me I needed to go see a GI guy because I did not have any female parts left that could be causing a problem, it's like gee thanks for reminding me! He did say they could've caused a problem pulling my ovary off of my intestine and bladder, so he is sending me for a catscan this week. Everytime I tell him of a hotflash or anything he just wants to keep increasing my estrogen, which I'm not sure is a good thing either. I am only in my 30's and am worried about taking a high dose for 20 years or more...

Hope you are feeling better!

Cindy
  #29  
Unread 08-16-2004, 04:34 PM
Ovary removal 2 yrs post-hyst

Hello everyone! I completely understand about being weepy and starting to wonder about estrogen levels. I went through preop and postop hyst without getting very emotional. I was more teary eyed before surgery with this one. Surgery went well and pathology report came back negative. Had staples out today. I'm doing Climara patch and need to research to know if it is working. Have felt a little shakey and slightly nauseous last couple of days. --Diane44
  #30  
Unread 08-17-2004, 01:20 PM
Ovary removal 2 yrs post-hyst

Female parts...makes it sound like he's talking about a car! ;c) I'm glad he's having a catscan done, though. I know I had trouble after my hyst because they had to detach my uterus from my bladder, too. Major adhesions!

Diane44, is Climara an estrogen only patch? I've read about a lot of gals using it, but don't know much about it. I'm on the vivelle dot myself.

Like you, cyaple, I'm in my 30's and I have the same concerns about 20 years on HRT. I really don't think I could go without it at this point and I'm not sure I would want to. It's a catch-22 either way, I guess.

Hope you're all feeling better with each day. I'm going to begin working from home tomorrow. Crossing my fingers that I can make it all day! (without crying or going insane!)

Thanks for all your support, ladies! BTW, are you having skin problems --- acne, dryness, etc.? What are you using? Any skin care regimen or makeup suggestions?

Renee
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