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When will this fatigue go away??? When will this fatigue go away???

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Unread 02-07-2005, 08:16 AM
When will this fatigue go away???

I went back to work after 6 weeks. The doctor released me for part-time for an additional 4 weeks, but of course I never really worked part-time. Even though I would take a day off during the week, I would work 10-12 hour days when I went in. The third week back at work (9 weeks out from surgery) I started to be light headed and dizzy. I fell several times. It seemed like I just didn't have the energy to keep my balance.

At the same time I got the flu. What for everyone else in my family had been a two day affair was 5 days of a high fever and 7 days of feeling rotten for me.

Very long story made short, I went to the Dr. they put me through every test they could think of to explain my dizziness. The final diagnosis was that I was over doing it. I was simply overly exhausted. Because of pushing myself, I've set my recovery back. The Dr. says that it will probably take me even longer to regain my strength and if I don't start taking it easy I could do serious dammage to my over all health.

Lesson learned!
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Unread 02-07-2005, 10:28 AM
When will this fatigue go away???

The best way I was able to be patient with the fatigue, was to focus on the difference between temporary and permanent problems. If I'd not had my TAH, my problems would have been permanent, definitely worsening and multiplying with time. And, even though almost a year of fatigue sounds longterm, it really is not.........in the big scheme of things.

Major changes in your bod take time. I pray your time flies a little faster and all this shall be just a memory for you, too!.... Deb
Unread 02-07-2005, 12:19 PM
Long Term Perspective

Thanks for your perspective Deb - I know in my heart that I did the right thing, I guess I was just in the dark about how difficult & long this recovery is.... Here's to 2006 Maybe I'll have some energy by then!

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Unread 02-07-2005, 07:41 PM
When will this fatigue go away???

I thought I was feeling great until I read this thread. I was thinking that once I go back to work (soon, I hope), my energy would come back. Sigh. I went out for breakfast yesterday and was wiped out. I slept until noon this morning. I can't believe that total recovery is so far away.
Unread 02-07-2005, 08:02 PM
6 weeks today

I am 6 weeks out today & must admit I feel better each day. I do furniture upholstering & worked an entire day today & made dinner & 10 pm & still up. First week after surgery i did not do much of anything, then I started cooking a little & some light laundry, had staples out at 10 days & dr said I could do anything but lift, & listen to my body, if it hurt don't do it.Each week I tried to do a little more. Had my 6 week ck last Thurs & dr said I could return to normal & that I would not undo anything, if something hurt then I may not want to do it. I am 60 & I had a younger dr & think he did not pamper me, he had a very positive attitude & I think that was good for me. I think only you can increase your stamina by trying to do a little more each day.
Unread 02-07-2005, 08:43 PM
When will this fatigue go away???

I just want to say thank you all for your posts. Makes me feel like I am "normal". I can say that since my hysterectomy Dec 15 - and since going back full-time (lie I said earlier, going back too soon, then half time, which turned into 3/4 time) and now into my 3rd week full-time. . . I have had two super energy days! Some days I am awake only when working, plus one hour after, but others are getting better.
Unread 02-07-2005, 09:45 PM
When will this fatigue go away???

I have 8 1/2 weeks and feel wiped out at times but energized other times. I have the flu also this week so it is a temporary set back but my swelly belly is going away and I actually lost 4 pounds to put me at my pre-surgery weight. the better i take care of me the better i feel. Debbie
Unread 02-11-2005, 06:31 AM
When will this fatigue go away???

Second week back at work and feeling much better! I am still pooped when I get home but not as much.
I told my boss that I need alittle flexibility with hours and hopefully he will be understanding.
I still have NO REGRETS. None. My swelly belly is still there and quite numb. That's a weird feeling.
No pain, however. You must learn to listen to your body, and put yourself first. As stated here many times, you only have one chance to heal, do it right.
I am happy to be on the road to recovery!
Unread 02-11-2005, 07:14 AM
hopeful, but scared

I am both consoled and frightened by this read. I am bearly 3 weeks post op TAH (nothing left ) and am already frustrated with the fatique. I am planning to go out to dinner tonight right in town to celebrate . I know i may not be able to do a long stay out but i need an hour or 2 of something other than this house. Iknow i will probably land up on the couch all day tommorrow but it will be worth it (i hope) I'm planning to attend a work meet on Monday (being picked up and brought back) but kinda concerned that i may fall asleep in front of the VP. LOL As supportive as everyone has been - i think they think i should be all better one day. Or maybe that's my own projection. I am so thankful for this site it is helping me make sense of so much and helping me not feel alone with these confusing feelings thanks for listening, [color=purple]Pierrette
Unread 02-11-2005, 09:34 AM
going out at 3 wks

Hi Pierette

My sister took me to a movie on a very down day & it was heaven getting out, but I did pay after with a very sore tummy & tired. Personally, IMHO I don't think I would do anything work related because once they see your face they think you're recovered... that's my experience anyway.


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