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TAH - The "U" Liberation

I just wanted to share my hyst-story with all of you who are either anxious about your upcoming surgery or are in recovery.

I am 42 and I had my TAH 6 weeks ago today. For the previous 3 years, I had experienced terrible bloating, cramping, depression and water retention. Finally, I started cramping and it never stopped. The culprit? A uterus filled with fibroids inside, outside and within the walls along with endo. Fortunately, the doctor didn't mess around, excised the endo and scheduled me for the hyst.

I was very anxious prior to surgery - worried about pain, exhaustion, etc. What I found when I woke up was within 24 hours of surgery I felt better than I had in years. I had surgery late Friday afternoon (3/31) and by 3:00 Saturday I was off morphine (no epidural), able to stand up straight for the first time in years and walking around. I walked much of the night Saturday, took a sponge bath Sunday AM and went home. I did rest quite a bit the first couple of weeks though I continued to work some on my horse farm and was also able to do some work from home on my corp job. I was off prescription pain meds by day 4 and driving after 5 days. After 3 weeks I was released to return to work and light exercise. I built back up to full time over the next 2 weeks.

Today (6 week point) I was released from all restrictions. Energy level is terrific and all my previous problems have vanished. I've dropped a tremendous amount of weight as I lose the fluid I had been retaining prior to surgery.

I realize I am very lucky in my recovery and not everyone is so fortunate. However, of the women I know who underwent TAH - they consistently tell me it wasn't bad at all and it was the best thing they ever did for themselves.

6 weeks after the fact - I agree. I'd do it again in a heartbeat.
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