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Unread 12-21-2005, 03:08 PM
not sick enough for surgery?

I was not "sick" for too long before things really became an issue. I had always had heavy, painful periods all my life, however, in December of 2003 my period started and didn't stop until April 2004 when I had my hysterectomy.

I was fortunate enough to have been steered to a great ob/gyn who explained all my options and basically let me choose what I wanted to do. We went through all the "what if this is removed how will it affect me?" scenarios. We went through all the "is hrt good or bad". I left his office knowing most of the pros and cons.

There are many options available these days so I would suggest you take control of your body and your health and do what the others have urged -- get 2nd and even 3rd opinions.

At 51 I decided to have my ovaries removed, but it was more on my own personal fears. Female cancers do run in my family. And when they did the ultrasound my fibroids were so large you couldn't even see the ovaries. I didn't make that final ovary decision until the morning of surgery, but ultimately said to remove them. In my case it just felt like it was the right thing to do. However, since my cervix was healthy my doctor felt it was important to leave that intact.

I have absolutely no regrets in my surgical options and doing great on my hrt.

It sounds like you have time on your side to be able to decide what is best for you.
Good luck.
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Unread 12-22-2005, 02:55 PM
not sick enough for surgery?

If you have any doubts, you can always get a second opinion like some of the other women have said here. I too have never heard of a Dr. recomending a hyst for an ovarian cyst. Is there any other procedure that could be done to remove the cyst?
I had extensive endometriosis and kept my ovaries when I had my hyst.
My Dr. did some "clean up" on the left ovary. I decided to keep them because of my age (30).
Wishing you all the Best,
Unread 12-22-2005, 04:17 PM
not sick enough for surgery?

I felt awful and still didn't think that I was "sick enough" for a hysterectomy.
I had done a lot of research on the subject in the years since I first found out I had fibroids - I mean a LOT of research - and had my questions ready when the subject came up. I knew who I would ask for a second opinion and I knew what things would make me say "no" to one. Once I understood exactly what was suspected to be going on in my body and why, I decided to say "take it out" and am satisfied with that decision. When you have ENOUGH INFORMATION from your doctor and any other sources (perhaps second and third opinions) you feel more relaxed and confident than when you still have questions!

Our Doctors are well-paid to know their stuff and to know about our bodies and to give good advice. Having said that, it is still my opinion that we can't just say that we are "wrong" about our health unless we know why we are saying it.

Long story short - discuss your concerns with the doc and seriously consider getting a second opinion. Like they said - can't put that stuff back in!

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