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Unread 12-28-2004, 12:16 AM
TAH-BSO 12/13/04 lots of questions

Hello group,

I'd like to jump in and introduce myself. My name is Andi. I am 32 years old. I have been married for 10 years this coming Feb and have two children. I work part time in the local middle school in the nurses office as a health room assistant. I am starting college in January. I am going into nursing and I am thrilled at the thought of going back to school finally.

I had a TAH/BSO (I think that is right... I have NOTHING left after the surgery....) on 12/13/04. I so wish I had found this group before surgery.

I am doing ok, but have many many many questions. I had increased pain during periods, before periods, and all that. I went to the GYN and he wanted an ultra sound. Found polyps in my uterus. Did a D&C in late October. It did nothing for my pain and bleeding and clotting. I consulted another GYN and he agreed with me. Hysterectomy was about the only option left. As I am starting school, we wanted to move fast. Went to see the doctor on Wednesday the 8th, and had surgery the 13th.

After surgery, he told my family I had at least stage 4 endo as well as adeno. My one ovary was attached to my intestine, and the other had attached itself to my pelvic bone. They could not be saved. I also had lots of internal bleeding and he asked if I had been taking high doses of ibuprofen. No, I was not.

So, I am anemic, and am on iron suppliment. I currently take Paxil CR for panic attacks that have gone on for years. I am not on HRT yet, as I wanted to do more research before I started. I started with the night sweats and hot flashes right after I got home. They have been easy to deal with so far. I am not sure... will they get worse? I want to wait also with HRT with the endo. I would like that to clear up first, although the MD says he thinks he got it all.

I guess I am just checking in, and wanting to know that I am in the right place to ask questions. I have lots of gas for some reason, and my DH thinks he may move out if this is not something that will go away soon (JK). I just finished an antibiotic for a bladder infection, and I am not sure that it is even gone. I still get pain when I void. I am more tired and sore now that I was when I first got home. Is all this normal? I understand we are all different.... I am just wanting to know what others are going through at about two weeks out.

Thanks so much for reading. I look forward to much more reading and learning from you all!

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Unread 12-28-2004, 02:29 AM
TAH-BSO 12/13/04 lots of questions

Hello Beutsbelle!
I am so glad you are here, it's great to have all the support of these wonderful people, plus, you get to find out about others with somewhat similar situations. ~WELCOME!~ I am also about 2 wks out ~ my surgery was on the 11th of December. I am sorry to hear you are still having problems voiding~ from what I have read ( and this is not doc's advice, just what I have read) Sometimes the pain of voiding comes from the bladder cramping due to any bruising or pushing around it may have recieved during the surgery. The pamphlet said that what will feel like a bladder infection is often this cramping~ it's sort of like the bladder is trying to ~get back to normal~ and it got moved and may be in a slightly different position than what it's used to, so it will take some time to get back to a "comfort zone" . Of course, any pain should be tested with a urine test to check for an infection, but if there is no infection, thats most likely what it is.
I still have problems with constipation, ( I have been taking a very mild herbal ~cleanse~ and it has done wonders, as has fresh apple juice, that stuff will get yah rolling faster than you may want, hehe) and of course, tiredness and that good stuff, but it's the gas that hurst the worst! I swear between the ~swelly belly~ and the intestinal pain of gas, it's almost scary to head to the rest room, on the other hand, not going is worse!
But everytime you are sweating it out in there, just think, ~ I am one toilet session closer to normal, this too shall pass~ ( Take a good book in, and try HARD to not dwell on it, it may make it easier if you aren't all tensed up and focusing on the ~event~.)
As to the whole pain thing, I think I just notice it more now, because I am not taking the pain meds as often, and they aren't the doozers that I was on when I first got home.
I don't know about you, but my whole abdomin is so ITCHY, I have to do something just to keep my mind off of it~ do oyu know, I got out ( actually, had my sweet DH get out, hehe) my kid's paper dolls and sat down and cut them all out! And I learned origami, ( those little ningyo dolls are so FUN to make!) and I even ( oh sin of sins! ) got online on eBay and bought a gorgeous custom made salwar kameez ( they are a loose tunic and loose pants suit, very stylin' and MAJORLY comfy!) for about $40! It was the biggest thrill, and I figured, I'm a princess now, I DESERVE it!
Anyway, I am glad you have written in, and I hope you have fun reading all these great ladies posts, most of them are just so positive and upbeat, and really NICE!
Loads of luck, love and laughter!!
Cara (redhead)
Unread 12-28-2004, 04:13 AM
TAH-BSO 12/13/04 lots of questions

Hi Andi and welcome!

This is the perfect forum to post and read about various post-op issues. A hysterectomy is major surgery and the initial recovery period is generally accepted to be around 6 weeks. This is the time when lots of is needed to allow your body time to heal. Following all post-op instructions and restrictions is very important, especially when it comes to not lifting or straining the abdominal area.

There are a number of other areas on this site that are specific to various issues. One area in particular that may be helpful to you is the
Hormone Jungle . You will find lots of information regarding HRT and non-HRT supplements to help with surgical menopause, along with message boards for posting questions and comments.

Best wishes and s
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Unread 12-28-2004, 06:40 AM
TAH-BSO 12/13/04 lots of questions

Thanks gals!

It is SO nice to be in company of others who "know" what I am going through.

My tummy really hurts more now than it did post op... but then again...no morphine and I am trying not to take the vicodine (sp?).... so that may have something to do with it.

I really did a few bad things. I think shopping for 3 hours the day after I came home was not a good idea. That and I really just go and go and go..... and I am sure this is not helping either. '

YES.... my belly itches. It is more around the incision, but yes... I am an itchy one to say the least. But... on the other hand... I have such dry skin this time of year. I am sure that has something to do with it as well. I turn into an alligator usually around October and don't seem to shed my skin till at least May or June. ACK.

I will check out the Jungle next. I did great last night. Not one sweat outburst, and that is a wonderful thing.

Take Care,

Unread 12-28-2004, 08:03 AM
TAH-BSO 12/13/04 lots of questions

Originally posted by beautsbelle

I really did a few bad things. I think shopping for 3 hours the day after I came home was not a good idea. That and I really just go and go and go..... and I am sure this is not helping either. '

A bad thing? No----a VERY bad thing you did shopping the day after you came home!
The only thing you should be doing is resting, napping, taking short walks, drinking plenty of water and resting some more. No laundry, lifting, dishes, housework, vaccuuming, etc. you have been through major surgery and your body needs to take it easy. I would hate for you to hurt yourself after all you have been through. No wonder your bladder hurts!
Now your bladder will cramp at times due to the fact it is retracted back during surgery and takes time to get back to normal position, etc.
You seem to have a good head on your shoulders, don't ruin this operation by doing shopping and all that. That is big no no! Last year after my second surgery which was during Thanksgiving, I bought all my presents online or through QVC..I never went out shopping.
So now that I have given you the business, let me say that I am glad you found us here, there are some wonderful people here and I have made some great friends here and I am sur you will too. Don't be afraid to jump in and get those feet wet!
Unread 12-28-2004, 10:45 AM
TAH-BSO 12/13/04 lots of questions


My surgery was the 10th/TAH BSO/. I didn't want to be on the vicodin very long either, as I had heard it contributes to the constipation and I didn't like the way I felt on it. I have been taking 4 ibuprofen 200 (equal to 1 800) and that has really helped keep the pain under control. (My DR. suggested the 200 saying I didn't have to get the prescription for 800 if I had the other at home).

I do notice when I have been out and about, I feel very sore. Listen to all the sisters here, I have and it has helped prevent alot of overdoing it and pain.

About the bladder thing, I had pain and pressure from the time I got home, but it isn't as bad as it was. I still feel it alittle bit, but after reading some of the info on this site, heard it can be normal. Check out some of the messages on bladder issues.

Hang in there and take care!

Unread 12-29-2004, 08:31 PM
TAH-BSO 12/13/04 lots of questions

Thanks ladies,

Yes, I needed the "business" as I know I should not have gone shopping, and it was dumb... but it really wasn't all that bad..... I just hope I did not set myself back because of it.

I was in the Jungle with some HRT questions, as I have many. I just really thought I was going into this surgery with my eyes open, and it turns out, I was clueless.

With the Endo, I have yet to start HRT, and the night sweats are killing me! LOL. I am having flashes, and so is my poor Mother.... so my Dad is just laughing about us flashing together. Never thought that would happen he says.

I am trying to curb my activities, and I have been on the net reading and absorbing as much as I can. I am so glad to have found others who know what I am going through.

Thanks for the advice on the bladder. I have increased my juice, and I have been noticing the feelings down there changing, and I guess I have to realize things got moved around in there and that it will take awhile to get back to a good place.

Thanks again ladies!!


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