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Unread 08-12-2004, 10:31 PM
Extreme Fatique

I had a TAH on May 25, 2004 and took it real easy for six weeks and then gradually eased into regular hectic life. After I had been back working etc. for only two weeks I started feeling extremely tired and worn out. At first I thought it was my body adjusting to so much time off, but now about four weeks later I am feeling absolutely exhausted.

It doesn't make sense, I was not anameic after the surgery. I saw my dr. last week and she said that they will do a blood test to make sure my thyroid is working, although she did not think it likely to be not. Why am I feeling like this? has anyone experienced similiar tiredness and how long did it go on?
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Unread 08-13-2004, 12:24 AM
Extreme Fatique

I had a tah on May 21st and I still feel very fatiqued when I go places and do a lot. I was anemic (sp?) about 6 months before surgery but the doctor took a look the other day at my pre-opt blood tests and said I was not anemic then. From April of last year until November I was bleeding heavily and stopped heavey bleeding in middle of November so that whould explain why I was anemic before and not when surgery was done.
Unread 08-13-2004, 12:25 AM
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I think it is good that you are checking into this with your dr.
Everyone has their own rate of recovery, and I know that for myself, once I started back to work - which was actually about 10 weeks post op, I was really wiped out at the end of each working day and that lasted for quite a while - I was lucky in that I was only working part time, and got to rest on alternate days, but I was at about 3.5 months before I really started to feel energetic again.

I do have a thyroid problem, but it was diagnosed well before my surgery. I think that some of us just have to take a bit more time to get our energy back after the shock of surgery, and getting back into a full time routine DOES take a lot of energy!
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Unread 08-13-2004, 05:17 AM
Extreme Fatique

I agree with the princesses comments so far.

I'm 13 weeks post op and work (office job) 1/2 the day, I couldn't manage a whole day! I rest the other 1/2 when I get home. There's no way I've resumed my regular hectic life - my body would be in pain - it wants to reeessssttt still.

I'm still healing (granulation) so I've been resting heaps since this op. (no sex yet)

I think u're dear body is talking to u don't u? It's saying..... I need to rest more + have your tyhroid checked just in case.

Unread 08-13-2004, 10:58 AM
Extreme Fatique

Thanks for the input. Does taking drinks like Ensure with protein help? Other than rest are there any other things that have helped?
Unread 08-13-2004, 11:16 AM
Extreme Fatique

I don't know about drinks that might help...... what does help I find is not eating carbohydrates at night time,
also, if you are up to doing "some" exercise, I always felt rather "high" and good after I managed to do a little work out. Obviously at first they were really "little", but gradually you can build up. the kicker is that you have to have energy to get started...---- mayber you can try something small, and see if it helps.
Unread 08-13-2004, 12:56 PM
Extreme Fatique


This may not apply as I don't know if you are on HRT but I know that a side effect of estrogen can be fatigue, too. That is something I am dealing with in addition to the exhaustion from surgery.

Glad you are checking with your doctor!

Best wishes,
Unread 08-13-2004, 01:33 PM
Extreme Fatique

LISTEN TO YOUR BODY, check with your DR. regularly, touch base with Hster Sisters, talk to "those who have gone before" (at work? in your family? friends?) look at info. online. I am only 2 wks. into this. MANY people have told me the fatigue thing can be off and on for quite awhile. Some say if you take care of yourself the first few weeks it won't happen. Although this information can be helpful it can back fire too" oh, no I FAILED to take care of myself, I am exhausted. What did I do wrong?" Everyone is different. You are doing all the RIGHT things...Keeping in touch with your Doc. ,talking about what is going on, asking questions and RESTING.
Unread 08-13-2004, 01:51 PM
Extreme Fatique

check out" 6wks to 1 year post op" on message boards for more info. on this topic. VERY GOOD INFO.
Unread 08-13-2004, 03:20 PM
Extreme Fatique


Fatigue is a very common side effect of this surgery. With me, it lasted for almost a full year. I would be fine, then just suddenly, out of the blue, be overwhelmed with a wave of complete exhaustion.

Here's an article which talks about post-hysterectomy fatigue: Fatigue Worst Hysterectomy Side Effect – Click Here



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