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Just curious....How many members tried alternatives prior to the hyster? Just curious....How many members tried alternatives prior to the hyster?

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  #31  
Unread 12-09-2004, 08:48 PM
Just curious....How many members tried alternatives prior to the hyster?

It would be hard to find someone on this site that tried alternatives and was succesful.

I was never offeren any alternatives. I was told Small fibriod remove it all.
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  #32  
Unread 12-09-2004, 09:50 PM
Just curious....How many members tried alternatives prior to the hyster?

The few that utilize alternatives and completely prevent the need for hyster for the rest of their lives would, no doubt, not likely be spending time here. I would think that type of study would need to come straight from the offices of the gyns that treat them.

I am interested in all those that have tried alternatives, and how much time....or other benefits (like children).... were/were not achieved by doing so.

WEEZY......Wasn't the reason for your hyster due to a uterus the size of a second trimester pregnancy, with a bleeding fibroid....a fibroid that weighed more than 5 pounds? Most docs would not offer alternatives for something as fast-growing as that. I would hate to see you having regrets, believing that you missed something. Have you asked your doc to explain? Preop, you'd decided to look forward to your necessary, "extreme-hyster-makeover"..........to have more energy, because you would no longer have to continue scheduling your life around those draining periods. I hope you find some peace of mind there.
  #33  
Unread 12-09-2004, 10:43 PM
Just curious....How many members tried alternatives prior to the hyster?

A co-worker of mine tried alternatives with success - she wanted to have children after diagnosis of large, multiple fibroids, and was successful in having 2. You're right to say successful stories would probably not show here.

My primary doctor first suggested a hyst to me at my last annual exam, because my uterus was so large, and getting larger (I was having other symptoms too, anemic, etc.). I was shocked, thought it was a drastic suggestion. I thought she meant ovaries too, and she said no just "the passive sack that holds the fetus" (I will never forget this moment, because of this strange phrase she threw out.) Talked to a gyn, who laid out all the alternatives and gave me websites to look at. In the end, I did not want children, I wanted to feel better and avoid feeling worse. He, I think correctly, pointed out that the alternatives were somewhat debatable in their success, but worth trying if I really wanted to use my uterus.

Thanks for posting this question.
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  #34  
Unread 12-09-2004, 11:10 PM
Just curious....How many members tried alternatives prior to the hyster?

Hi
My last period lasted 356 days (ending after my uterus/cervix were removed). During that time I had 3 months of birth control pills (didn't even slow it down), progesterone pills (made it bleed worse) and a D&C and removal of 21 polyps/11 fibroids (bleeding stopped for about 36 hours. Hysterectomy finally stopped it!!

Just Susan



  #35  
Unread 12-09-2004, 11:16 PM
Just curious....How many members tried alternatives prior to the hyster?

chrispr:

when I saw your post, i thought of some of the friends I have who have tried alternatives also, and they worked for them too. They didn't need a hysterectomy. I sometimes wonder if I had tried some sooner they would have maybe helped too. I think in some cases, some of my friends who have had female problems some severe, they have tried holistic and different alternatives and actually shrunk large fibroids, etc. One of my friends doc told her about 6 years ago she needed a hysto because her fibroids were too large, she decided to look into alternatives and they shrunk considerably...To this day she didn't need a hysto. I know in some cases that doesn't help, some hysterectomies are necessary, but in some alternatives can help. It just goes to show sometimes it is good to look into alternatives first, alot of docs are peforming alot of unecessary hysterectomies so its good we try everything possible when we can. One of my gyn's (i have 2 because one was a specialist for my type of surgery) said he only does hysterectomies as a last resort, as a matter of fact he encourages his patients to seek alternatives first.
  #36  
Unread 12-10-2004, 09:16 AM
Just curious....How many members tried alternatives prior to the hyster?

Fibroid Woman,

I was told four years ago that I had a small fibroid 6cm and was told I would need a total hyster because I didn't need my reproductive organs any more. I was never told that it would grow! I was not in pain. Only had two days of heavy bleeding, regular cycles.

So this year I found out it had grown to 14 wks preg size by the GYN that did the surgery.

I have found others sites that have said that the size of my fibriod was not to big for them to remove without removing my uterus. I have read since surgery that most doc don't tell their patiants about alternatives because they are not learned or skilled in preforming them.

I saw one gyn that gave me hope on alternatives and she miss read my ulter sound, had me in for surgery the day before Ivan hit, and did a different surgery than we talked about.The following GYN that did the surgery used scar tactics to get me to have a hyster. I was in shock from the first surgery gone wrong and the events of Ivan that I gave in to her and went for the surgery. I was not told of how life altering this surgery is.

I saw my GYN Monday She told me all the changes I expressed was in my head. :cry:

"Preop, you'd decided to look forward to your necessary, "extreme-hyster-makeover"..........to have more energy, because you would no longer have to continue scheduling your life around those draining periods."

How else could I look at the surgery and get through it?

I feel like I betraied myself. I was in no state of mind to make the decision.

I sooo regret not having the option to try alternatives.
  #37  
Unread 12-10-2004, 09:35 AM
Just curious....How many members tried alternatives prior to the hyster?

I was diagnosed 4 yrs ago at 21 years old with endometriosis. I only saw my gyn. for this and at one point he told me he did not know what to do anymore.After having 3 laps, burning it out, and it coming back on the next cycle, He sent me to see another doctor that specialized in endo. I saw him in mid March and he ordered the hysterectomy for April 1, I was shocked that this Dr. had none of my previous medical records, He didnt even know if I had endo to tell you the truth, I could have said I had anything, he just took my word for it. He didnt try putting me on anything, Lupron, or even the pill. So to answer your question I had no other treatments for this. Not to mention after the hyst. I had life threating complications and 8 months after I am still in pain, pain that most doctors say I will have to live the rest of my life with.
  #38  
Unread 12-10-2004, 09:40 AM
Just curious....How many members tried alternatives prior to the hyster?

((((weezy)))

I'm sorry for your problems. I have had several friends who have had docs use scare tactics with them also. I think you are right alot of docs don't want their patients to try alternatives, some I think have their own agendas. My original gyn, the one who only does hysterectomies as a last resort and he has had success with alternative treatments for some severe cases, said he knows of some docs recommending hysterectomies because they don't know about alternatives or they are just quick to cut. He did say alot of docs are not skilled in performing alternatives. This is comming from a very well-known doc and very highly skilled in many aspect of ob/gyn in NY. My case was too difficult and I had to have the hysterectomy, maybe if I had tried alternatives from day one when I was diagnosed with my female problems it could have been a different story, but when I did try alternatives it was too late for that for me, so I had no choice but have the hysterectomy. So, I know how you feel, but it is done now. It does sound like your docs might have pressured you though, but don't beat yourself up over it. Sound like you are looking at the positives, and hopefully you won't have any more troubles.

But, there are cases where alternatives won't work for some, for different reasons or they need something more agressive, or it is life threatening. I know you feel bad about your decision, but it is done now, try not to beat yourself up. Sounds like you have a good attitude about it all, and it can help you in other experiences in life and the health choices you make in the future. Hope you are feeling better soon.
  #39  
Unread 12-10-2004, 10:07 AM
Just curious....How many members tried alternatives prior to the hyster?

My doctor, who only does hysterectomies and myeomectomies, spent an hour with my husband and me discussing all the alternatives and how he thought they would work for my particular case. I had already done A LOT of research before I talked to him and was pretty sure that a hysterectomy was my best option. He even stressed that if I wanted to put up with symptoms, that I had the alternative of doing nothing. Everything he told be backed up what I had researched and I was tired of feeling rotten, so we scheduled the hyster. Only thing he recommended that I didn't do, was remove the ovaries. He did say it was my choice and that I could change my mind until the point I went to sleep in the OR!

Guess what I'm trying to say, is make certain you know all the alternatives before you make the decision. Long story, but this whole hyster thing took me by surprise and I didn't know my problems were related to gyn stuff until 2 weeks before my surgery, so info gathering can be done quickly if necessary.

Sara
  #40  
Unread 12-10-2004, 11:45 AM
Just curious....How many members tried alternatives prior to the hyster?

[quote]Originally posted by SaraS
[b]My doctor, who only does hysterectomies and myeomectomies,

I didn't know there was doctors that only do Hysterectomies and myeomectomies.

Thanks for the information.

Thank you all for the support. I'm trying to take my regrets and put actions to them by starting a support group so others can at least, know of the different kinds of informtion and where to find it. As well, as share their experences.

Without this site I don't know how I would have made it through, I work from my home so I'm home by myself 90% of the time.
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