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Unread 11-21-2005, 04:00 PM
Too Young!

I am new to this site and it looks like I might be around for a while. I met with a specialist today and after having previous surgeries for fibrois and hemoragic cysts, it looks like my only option now is a hysterectomy. I am only 32 but I have been haviong problems since I was 24. Now I have extremely large cysts and I am scheduled for blood tests to check my CA125 and then I will have to make a decision.

I feel like I have been battling with my body for years and yet I don't know anyone else who has had to have a hysterectomy at my age other than elderly aunts. I am feeling like I must have done something wrong to have finally arrived at this place and I am terrified of heading into menopause so young. I don't know what to expect. I am going to read up on any other options I can find, but I would really like to talk to someone who is in their early thirties and has gone through this. It just doesn't feel normal to me at this point.

Thanks to anyone who has any advice.

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Unread 11-21-2005, 04:38 PM
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Do you have to give up your ovaries as well?? If not you will not go into menopause any earlier than you would if you had your uterus. I am sorry for all your problems. I am 39 and had bleeding issues for years. I am glad its all over for me Good luck to you whatever you and your doctor decide.
Unread 11-21-2005, 04:48 PM
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Yes, I would have to give up my ovaries as well/. I have a history of persistant large cysts and fibroid tumors so there is no point in keeping anything. The surgeons don't want to have to keep operating for these things as it gets tougher each time and causes me further problems.

I hope I will come to the point where I am happy about it. I just feel too young for this but at the same time, to not have to deal with the pain, weight gain and surgeries anymore will be nice.
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Unread 11-21-2005, 05:00 PM
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Hey Sunshein,
I am also 32 and scheduled for Dec 14th for a TAH/BSO. I am scared and excited rolled into on. Ready for the pain and problems to stop and worried about hormones and being so young. I myself just found this website recently and use it daily. Hopefully you can find the answers you are looking for. Although I haven't gone through it yet, maybe we can help each other through this, since we are the same age. Good luck.
Unread 11-21-2005, 05:14 PM
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I am 32 also and am having a Hyster. on the 29th. I CAN'T WAIT!!
I also had cancer cells on my cervix and they already took just about my whole cervix about 5 weeks ago....
Hang in there!! If you feel this is best for you....then don't hold back.
*I don't know if I will loose my ovaries or not...
We will be here for eachother!!
Unread 11-21-2005, 05:24 PM
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I am 30 and 1 1/2 weeks post op. Know it was one of the best decisions I ever made in my life. Still dealing with all the "things" that come with a hyst. but happy to get my female problems out the door. Sorry to hear about everything your going through but want you to know that your not the only young sister out there! Good luck with whatever decision you make and know your sisters are here for you!
Unread 11-21-2005, 06:25 PM
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I'm only 25 years old. I'm scheduled for a TVH on Dec 8th. I am like Spunkie that also posted. I'm nervous and happy all rolled into one. I'm happy to be getting all my problems over with (been happening since I was 17) but nervous about the whole "surgery" thing. I'm very happy with my decision and am looking forward to putting this all behind me.

I wish you all the best in whatever decision you make. Only you know what's best for you.

Unread 11-22-2005, 06:15 AM
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I am 33, and had a hyst about 9 months ago. In hindsight, I realize that I haven't felt "normal" since I hit puberty. Now, I feel so much better and I feel like I am engaged with the world and happy in my own skin. After battling my body - love that phrase you used -and battering it with so many hormonal treatments, a hyst has given me more freedom than I every imagined. Don't worry about it not being "natural" - only you know what it right for you.
Unread 11-22-2005, 10:53 AM
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Wow! Thanks for the great responses. I feel less alone already! What types of things do you experience afterwards? I have just started looking into this now. I am afraid that other people will judge my decisions. I have an aunt who will probably harp at me about how I should find some other way around it and that I need to be seeing alternative medecine specialists and eating flax seed a bulgar every couple of hours. All she does is add to this feeling of guilt like what did I do wrong. I haven't told her about this latest developement but I have already had 3 gyneacological surgeries and so I have seen her in action. I am dreading telling a big part of my family. My DH is fantastic and I am very lucky to have that support.

So once I have the hyst, I will immediately stop dealing with hormonal issues? Do all of those things go away? I am not expecting medical advice, just experience.
Unread 11-22-2005, 11:02 AM
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I'm 23 and just celebrating my one year hyster-versary. I was scared having my hyst at age 22, but like you I had dealt with my problems for years and when they found evidence of cancer--I just couldn't do it anymore. It's definately an experience, but I think I'm handling it well. Surgical menopause is quite a shock to your system, but I'm managing it with low-dose estrogen. The hot flashes and insomnia and stuff, well not everyone experiences all or any of the symptoms. It all depends on the person. For me personally, I've now lost a total of about 65 pounds since my surgery, I have a great sex life, and just in general, a much better quality of life than I had before. Nothing that I have experienced since my surgery is as bad as how I was feeling before it.
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