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Unread 07-27-2007, 12:12 AM
Surgery surprise

After a diagnosis of adenomyosis and 2 years of a hemoglobin below 9, I went to the hospital for a lap assisted hyserectomy on July 19, planning on keeping my ovaries. When I woke up in recovery, I learned I had severe endometreosis as well and what my doctor called a frozen pelvis. She had to turn my lap assisted hyst into a total abdominal hyst and BSO because all my organs were adhered to each other. After 3 hours of surgery, initally had trouble getting pain under control, but improvd rapidly. My biggest problem was that they couldn't get me off of oxygen, turns out I had too much IV fluid on board and a little diuretic cured that. My quick one night stay in the hospital turned into a 3 night stay, boy did I want to get home.

I was not prepared for the loss of my ovaries and don't know yet what I am going to do in regards to hormone replacement. So far no real symptoms of sudden menopause. What recommendations do others have. If I stay symptom free, should I avoid hormones? I am 48 years old.

Other than having some trouble sleeping at night, I feel great and one week after my surgery and only 3 days at home, am only taking motrin for discomfort and took a walk around the block yesterday.

My surgeon said that because I have lived so long with so much pain that recovery will be a snap for me. So far, I think she's right.

7/19/17 TAH/BSO adenomyosis and endo
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Unread 07-27-2007, 07:00 AM
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I'm a week on the other side of it. I did my 'usual' pre-op walk 2 days ago that ended up with me wishing for a ride and had in bed especially early. The hills did not help. Coming down the hills is worse then going up them. I figured as long as I have to lay around I may as well do it from a raft in our little 3 ft pool. The last 2 days I've been serious lady of leisure. Kids and dh are keeping up with the house stuff (though the long grass is making me crazy!) My boss procured enough meals for us not to have to cook ourselves until Sunday
Last night felt really achy and feverish. So much so I went into my room, closed the door and opened the windows to let the warm air in! I wonder if it's a uti as I'm notice some pink staining when I wipe. Still cramping horribly prior to a bowel movement but they are moving daily. Still taking stool softners and ibuprofin as needed. No pain meds since last Saturday since they felt like they were making me motion sick.
Drove myself to WW Wed night to find that I have lost 4.4 lbs! Only 2.4 from my first 10% goal. If people would stop bringing us dessert as well as meals I just might make it. Nothing sounds good to eat but popsicles and blt's. Eating lots of salads and other high fiber foods to help with stooling and pounding water. Today I'll begin adding unsweetened cranberry to it incase I've got something brewing in my bladder.
I didn't expect to still feel sore a week out of lap assisted hyster.....oh well we muddle on don't we?
Unread 07-27-2007, 08:15 AM
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I was told to do nothing at all for the first 2 weeks. It has been 10 days and I am just now getting my own glass of tea. I feel really good no pain at all just really tired all of the time and temperature changes at night when sleeping. I agree you should give up the house work if possible
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Unread 07-27-2007, 09:00 AM
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Originally Posted by barnabusa
yikes. I pulled out a vacuum Tuesday, 8 days post up. Just to pick up some unhealthy crumbs that could hurt my 7 month old puppy who was trying to get to them. I hurt for a day afterward. Give up that vacuum, girl. That's what a "hooverectomy" is all about.
I haven't pulled it out but once.... on day 3.... hummmm that may be why days 5 and 6 were sooooo bad.... I will take your advice and leave it alone for awhile! Thanks for your speedy reply and encoragement!
Unread 07-27-2007, 10:24 AM
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Ginger, I hear you!! I knew I was getting everything pulled (this was last Friday), but some part inside really resisted having my left ovary (the clean one) removed. On the one hand, you know the dr. is doing what she knows is absolutely best, on the other hand, I really wanted to stay off of hormones because i can produce my own for another few years (I'm 50), this is my body taking care of itself thank you!!!

I was also completely free of menopause symptoms. I was convinced to try the patch, which I have no idea is there, and give it several months, and if I'm completely symptom free, move down in dosage. But you have to take care of your bones is the main thing -- they need that estrogen even if you don't have hot flashes or other symptoms. My practitioner said if I get hot flashes and sleeplessness and moodiness the dosage on the patch isn't enough and if I get breast tenderness it's too high. But do take care of your bones.

I can relate about a quick recovery due to having lived with so much pain. I wonder is there really a correlation? They shook their heads at me for taking so little of the drip narcotics in the hospital, but I wasn't being heroic, I was just trying to sleep!! In any event, take it easy, or anyway, begin to take it less easy in small stages (I am going to take my first walk today by myself).

Unread 07-27-2007, 11:52 AM
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Finally 7 days post op and the bowels are REALLY moving!!!! That was 1/2 the pain. Keep taking the stool softeners, sisters. They will eventually work...

Unread 07-27-2007, 11:57 AM
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This site is great. It has been 10 days since surgery. I check this site daily. Your comments and stories really encourage me. : I may not be the first one to do this but at my post op Dr. visit, I'm going to brag this site up to him. It has been good to share my failures and successes with you all and read of yours. It kept me going, let me know I am not alone and kept me from stressing over every little set back. You are all a bunch of lovely,loving and fun ladies. Thanks
Unread 07-27-2007, 01:02 PM
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I want to say thanks to all for your stories too. Its nice to know that we are all in the same boat together. Some of us have had better healing times and some of us have had set back too. I can say I feel so much better with each passing day. I had my set back at day 6 with the really bad UTI. Since then I have felt better. The bowels have let me know they are back to normal. The only difference now is I have had so much gas and sometimes it just hits and you are like "thats not the gas gotta get" Yesterday only took the ibruprofen for mild pain. So I am hoping that the pain meds are going! I want to be back in control of me! Hubby is being very supportive and loving. He's ready to dress me up and take me out for a real meal. Lookinf forward to post op dr visit to see how long I have to sit at home. I am so bored. I manage a salon so I am not use to all this down time.

Hugs to all of you and wishing you the best......Kym
Unread 07-27-2007, 04:17 PM
bad day

I can't believe it, after having the best recovery I could imagine, now 7 days post-op and I'm having agonizing pain on and off all day. I suspect a UTI. What causes so many of us to get a UTI? Is it coincidence or a physiologic issue? I see the doc tomorrow (yes, Saturday) morning and will post afterwards. In the meantime, taking the big dose of Ibuprophen and Darvocet twice today already.
Unread 07-27-2007, 04:28 PM
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GOOD LUCK and let us all know!!


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