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Unread 09-15-2004, 09:30 AM
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My hysterectomy was done several years ago...due to severe bleeding at least 3 weeks out of every month, unbelievable pain, name it, I had it.

Ever since the procedure, I have had increasing problems with what my doctor tells me is arthritis (which DOES gallop, not run, in my family). The worst pain is in the back, hip, and knees...although I'm now told that arthritis has settled in my neck and shoulders as well. Here's my question - could any of this NOT actually be arthritis but instead be lurking remnants of adhesions that were present when the hysterectomy was performed? I did have a total hysterectomy...but when that procedure is done, does the doctor look for/remove anything other than the uterus and ovaries?

I have had my hip(s) X-rayed, and arthritis was the official verdict afterwards, but that is the only way I have pursued this matter so far.

Your input/comments/suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

Thank you for listening.

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Unread 09-15-2004, 01:13 PM
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Well, I would guess (I'm not a physician) that your doctor would have looked around and removed any scar tissue that needed to be removed at the time of your surgery. However, scar tissue does often form after this surgery (did for me, had it removed in January) so that's a factor as well to consider.

If you are lacking confidence in your diagnosis, then you should seek a 2nd opinion. As you know, scar tissue does not show up on ultra sound or xrays.

So, what is being done for the arthritis and is it effective? How about hormone replacement, is that working out for you? I have the impression that hormonal imbalance can aggravate arthritic symptoms.

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