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Unread 11-28-2007, 05:49 AM
Abdominal Hysterectomy: TAH, Age 43, April 10, 2007 ~ need help

I would like to hear from others who are arround my age and have had a TAH about the same time I did or before I did. How are you feeling now? Do you still have times when you feel like you've digressed 2-3 months on your recovery? I have tried to get back to my flute playing and chior practice. I find myself wishing I had waited another 6 months or more. We are in the throws of the Christmas program and feel I can't back out now. Those of you who have had a TAH even 2 years ago I would like to hear from you. How long was it really before you were really fully recovered to the point where you are able to fully use your abdonimal mustles without pain?
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Unread 11-28-2007, 08:24 AM
Abdominal Hysterectomy: TAH, Age 43, April 10, 2007 ~ need help

Good morning
Well it hasn't been that long for me, almost 3 mos but I wanted to reply because I'm starting to feel like I wish I didn't get this surgery. I feel like crap still, its off and on but my stomach is bigger than ever, if I overdo it, I swell, I have bad back pain, always had a bad back but its worse now, I feel like I am aging overnight! I need to hear some positive replies too!
Thanks!
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Unread 11-28-2007, 01:17 PM
Abdominal Hysterectomy: TAH, Age 43, April 10, 2007 ~ need help

Hi Ladies,

I am 44 yo going on 45 yo. I had a TAH/BSO and Vaginal Cuff due to cervical cancer. Let me answer some of your questions as best I can for the time I have had recovering. I would love to compare it to those who are long term recoverers.

Would I do it again? Yes, in a heartbeat. I was suffering wayyy too long. I should have had the TAH/BSO when I was in my early 30's. I had 3 ovarian cysts on my right ovary that ulcerated, cervical cancer, endomitriosis, and fibroids the size of mini basketballs coming out of me. I just struggled in finding the right dr to help me. My previous 2 gyn's (who I saw since I was a teenager) just wanted to play the "wait and see" game. It didn't work. My pain was way overwhelming. I had to change travel and vacation times around my monthly. My entire quality of life was at zero.

Do I feel like I have digressed since my surgery? I am still in the beginning of the recovery stages. My incision is half healed and the other half is open. Where my drain was inside my body is still open. I am feeling that I made the right decision in having the surgery. I just feel blah now because my activity level is down. It feels strange not to be so active. Everything seems to be so tiring. I do well for several hours, then I crash.

I had to use my abdom. muscles the day of my surgery and following surgery. I am overweight. Unfortunately I had an allergic reaction to Oxycotton that one of the dr's gave me for pain relief. It triggered a rapid heart rate. So, I was moved from the general operation recovery floor to the cardiac care unit (ccu). In doing so, I had to be the one to move myself from my bed to another bed. Then once I was in the ccu I was scheduled for MRI's and Cat Scans. So, I had to move myself from my bed to another bed or wheelchair. I was doing everything by myself. I think if I had the time to heal following surgery, I wouldn't have the open wounds in my incision right now. I also think the swelling would be down. So, I have to deal with what I had to endure.

I was told by one dr to take Vitamin C and Aloe Vera pills. Then I had my gyn tell me not too. I have no idea of what to do with this. Has anyone else heard of this? I take multi-vitamins & minerals every day.

Blessings all around.
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Unread 11-28-2007, 01:36 PM
Abdominal Hysterectomy: TAH, Age 43, April 10, 2007 ~ need help

Hello sweetbunches. I had TAH in February and I am completely healed both emotionally and physically. I sing with three different choirs two of which meet weekly the other one when we have a concert or service to do. I also work in a specialist music shop. Stamina wise I have no real problems now. If I need a nap before a concert then I'll take one. If we are standing too much during a rehearsal then I'll sit down. My abdominals do take a bashing but it definitely does not hurt when I sing and I do alot of it! If you are still hurting then perhaps a word with your doctor might be possible? I was very nervous newly post op and I had an important engagement last May a wedding solo. It went well but I was completely exhausted and I was still wearing my 'magic knickers' because I had swelly belly. As far as playing your flute goes I'll ask my colleague whom I work with who has had years of teaching flute and clarinet whether at the moment you could sit down to play? I hope that you are able to continue with your music. It is such a release for me. I suggest listening to what your body tells you that you are able to do. I hope it goes well. Maybe you could build up your commitments slowly again?
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Unread 11-28-2007, 01:40 PM
Abdominal Hysterectomy: TAH, Age 43, April 10, 2007 ~ need help

I too would like to hear from more people about how they really feel. I don't regret the surgery because I was in terrible pain from adenomyosis and fibroids, but after 41/2 months my abdomen is still sore, and it can swell and be very uncomfortable if i use my muscles too much. I also find a long car ride can cause discomfort. The belly pain and pain in the vaginal cuff area are my main complaints. I still find intimacy with my DH can cause 24 hours of pain if we're not careful. I think it's the surrounding tissues that are still tender. I recall reading that it takes the average woman 6 months before a day can go by without some discomfort, and that it can take up to a year. I don't know why it is such a tough recovery for some of us. Have you done any exercises to strenghten the abdominals? I printed out exercises that were suggested on this site. I just see that you can't push it, no matter how frustrated you feel. We have to let our bodies heal at its own pace. Will I ever feel right? I hope so!
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Unread 11-28-2007, 02:12 PM
Abdominal Hysterectomy: TAH, Age 43, April 10, 2007 ~ need help

Hi Rosepti,
Thanks for your reply. I'm sorry you had such a time at the beginning of your recovery. I think you're right about the slow healing relating to having to move so close after surgery.

You will start feeling better soon. It takes time. Don't do too much too soon, you will pay for it later if you do.

I take a multi vitamine faithfully, along with celebrex. My Surgen gave me a perscription following surgery and said it would help with the swelling. He was right but it makes the constipation worse. I also take MSM faithfully every day. It helps the healing process. I feel pretty good all in all, I just have a tendency to overdo and push myself to do more. I am a perfectionest and I love what I do. I just need to know If i'm expecting too mush too soon. It's been nearly 8 months now and I still have pain in the abdomine if I use my stomach mustles a lot.

For me, my surgery was unplanned, it just happened. I was having serious pain on both sides of my abdomine with bloating, swelling, and a fever. I couldn't get relief for 4 days. When I finally got a hold of my Dr. , he did an exam but couldn't find anything. I insisted there was something wrong so he ordered a cat scan. He sent me home saying, "If you don't hear from us it's good news". Five days later I still had pain and a feaver so I call my Dr and told them I was coming in. He hadn't evern seen the cat scan results. He read them in my presence and told me I had a tumber on each ovary. He said they are most likely not cancer (he was correct) and that I needed to have them removed. He ordered a MRI and set up an appointment with a surgon. 8 days later I was on the operating table. I opted to have everything removed to cut down on the chance of getting cancer in the remaining organs. At my age I did not want to undergo this kind of surgery twice.

Right after surgery they gave me a shot to bring me out of the anistetic. My body didn't respond to the shot but they didn't realize this untill they started to remove the oxcigyn tube. I wasn't breathing on my own. They jammed the tube back down my throat and I ended up in ccu for the next 3 days. I spent the next 32 hours on a ventilator unable to move my hands or legs. I guess it's normal - they want to make sure the patient doesn't yank out the tube. Essentially my diaphram was parrilized and my liver had to matabilize the anistetic- a very slow process.

I was so unprepared for all the emotional trama associated with a hysterectomy. I have found great comfort in reading about the normal emotional battles that one faces with this surgery. This site has been very encouraging.

Thanks for sharing your story with me. Hang in there you're doing great!

Joyce
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Unread 11-28-2007, 02:29 PM
Abdominal Hysterectomy: TAH, Age 43, April 10, 2007 ~ need help

To Sweetbunches: It sounds like you have had a very traumatic journey and you should not feel guilty if your recovery is taking longer than some other people. I wish you well. Jane.
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Unread 11-28-2007, 06:29 PM
Abdominal Hysterectomy: TAH, Age 43, April 10, 2007 ~ need help

sweetbunches what is MSM? hang in ther. You have been through alot and it sounds like you are coming along. Hang in there and all the best to you for a full recovery.
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Unread 11-29-2007, 12:04 AM
Abdominal Hysterectomy: TAH, Age 43, April 10, 2007 ~ need help

barrelrcr,

I think others would agree that by the 3rd month we all feel about the way you do. I think it's because we've been waiting to feel go for soooo long that if you have even one good day you want to just get up and do something- anything. The problem is your body is not as ready as your spirit is. You over do and then you pay for it. I always felt that one bad day set me back about 2 weeks. It's quite discouraging. As difficult as it sounds you really do need take it easier. I found that ice packs helped with the swelling a lot. I used them 24/7 for the first 4 months.

As for the aging thing. Are you on hormones? I found that once I started taking pegestrone cream the aging slowed down and my mood evened out a lot. I think I finally have the right balance between the Estrigen and Pegestrone. It has taken a few months to get there but I now feel much younger and the rapid aging has slowed waaaaaay down. I also have a lot more energy because I'm sleeping better at night.

Be encouraged, It will get better! You'll see over time.

Blessings to you!
Joyce
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Unread 11-29-2007, 12:16 AM
Abdominal Hysterectomy: TAH, Age 43, April 10, 2007 ~ need help

mrswillie,

Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) is an organic source of sulfer. It is sulfer that your body can matabilize to rebuild its self. I use this to help with any type of healing. From sore mustle to torn tissue. Dental work included. It is essentially giving my body what it needs to heal itself.

Thanks for your encouragement.

Joyce
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