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Unread 06-30-2005, 07:20 PM
Oh My Gosh!

Ok I have been dealing with "female" problems since I was 10 (when I started). Now I am 36 and just got the paperwork in the mail for my upcoming surgery. I guess it is what is being referred to as TAH with the exception of my right ovary and cervix. I am scared it's that simple. All kinds of thoughts are going through my head.... Do I really need to do this...? Will they find something we don't know about when they go in....? Will my husband be able to deal with it....What if they go in and wonder why they are there....Maybe all this pain is in my head...?
Well I know it's not in my head it's in my left ovary and uterus. I had a uterine ablation in the fall which has stopped the heavy bleeding and painful menstrual cycles now it's a recurring cyst the size of an orange and growing fibroids.

Has anyone had similar circumstances for going ahead with this dreaded surgery?


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Unread 06-30-2005, 07:37 PM
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The reason for my surgery was adeno. and they also found fibroids, but I know how you feel. After reading some of the stories from other women I felt like I wasn't in enough pain to have this surgery. Other stories seemed so much worse than mine I should stop being such a baby. After beating myself up for a while I decided that only I know how much pain I am in and how much my life was impacted by apin and bleeding. Why should I let it get as bad as some of the other stories I read. I deserve a better quality of life than what I had and so do you. I had a TVH 12 weeks ago and I have no regrets other than the fact that I waited a year after my diagnosis before having the surgery. I feel great and should have done this sooner. It is normal to be scared but if you trust your doctor (get a second opinion of you don't) and trust yourself. Only you know haw bad you feel. My husband says he can't tell anything is different and I can't either. The first few times were a little uncomfortable but each time it gets better, I don't miss my uterus or cervix one bit. Good luck.
Unread 06-30-2005, 08:12 PM
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I had my surgery 2 days before Imp66 and am glad I did. I had heavy, never ending bleeding along with ever growing fibroids. I waited 3 years and had other procedures until finally I felt my life wasn't my own. You know how you feel and how much your life is affected by your periods. Cysts and fibroids hurt! Don't think you are being a baby - the thought of major surgery is scary. Take time to be good to yourself. If you are not commited to the surgery you should get a second opinion. Ask more questions!
Good luck!
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Unread 06-30-2005, 08:59 PM
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I'm having the same thoughts as you. I have had horrid periods since I was 15 (I'm now 36). I discovered two years ago that I have stage IV endo and adhesions on everything. I was supposed to have a hyst. then but I put it off. Now I am scheduled for July 18th for a TAH/BSO.

I've been on Lupron since January and it has "masked" my symptoms so well that I'm finding myself questioning if I even need this. My DH reminds me that this same thing happened last time I was on Lupron and with in two months of discontinuing treatment the pain was back.

I know we are making the right decision. I think it is just the fear of the unknown that is so hard to take. I just hope that all the princess who say the waiting is the worst part are right!

Best wishes to you!
Unread 06-30-2005, 09:53 PM
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Hi Ladies,
I am 2 weeks post-op today. (TAH/BSO) I also had feelings of not wanting to go through with this. I only had pain 2-3 days a month and my periods only lasted about 2 days.
But I had endo everywhere and also adeno. I decided to have the surgery to stop the endo from getting worse and causing more complications.

I am still early in the recovery stage, but it has not been nearly as bad as I thought. The waiting really was the hardest part for me. I feel very good at 2 weeks.

It is a major surgery and you will be very sore, but it wasn't terrible for me. I was very, very scared like you and that's normal. But I think we tend to make it much worse in our heads because of the fear of the unknown.

Good luck to all of you. See you on the other side.
Take care,
Unread 07-01-2005, 05:29 AM
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I also had my first period at age 10 and had surgery at 36. I had problems for years before I finally found a doctor who was willing to do more than treat the symptoms.

Now that I'm 11.5 weeks past surgery I had a moment (a very tiny, tiny moment) where I wondered that maybe it was all in my head and the pain that I "thought" I had wasn't that bad....then I remember the pain, the bleeding, the emergency room visits because I wouldn't stop bleeding, the nausea from being on the pill, the clots, the cramps, the periods that lasted from 7-22 days, etc. and I KNOW I did the right thing! I'm feeling so much better now that it's amazing to me to realize just how much my life had been affected by my female problems.
Unread 07-02-2005, 08:49 AM
Thank you all for replying!

Hi again, I just want to take a moment and say thank you!

Everyone made me feel so much better about making the decision to go ahead with a TAH. In additional to everyone and their thoughts. Last night I forgot to take my meds and woke up this morning with an ovary in overtime, ooch! It made me remember why I am doing this in the first place. My DH and I are supposed to go riding today with a group of friends, DH even went to get the oil changed in the bike - now when he comes home I will have to tell him to go ahead without me since it takes all I have right now to sit at my desk I doubt very much I will be ok on the back of a motorcycle all day.

I can't wait until this is all over and does not effect my life anymore!!

Unread 07-02-2005, 02:42 PM
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Hello JJ.. First of all let me say that your feelings of being scared to death is very normal.. I remember feeling so scared and let me tell you this... This waiting is way worse than the actual surgery. I even wanted to get up and leave the hospital while I was waiting for my surgery. I promise you that you won't regret this and it is not at all that bad. You will fall asleep and wake up a new woman. I had mine just due to heavy periods and an enlarged uterus. I had a few fibroids but nothing even close to what some of these ladies have had. My doctor and I just thought that this would be the solution to some of my emotional feelings and the fact that I have given birth 6 times, I was wetting on myself all the time. I am so glad that I had this done and would do it all over again. God Bless and try not to worry.

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