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Abdominal Hysterectomy: TAH, Age 43, April 10, 2007 ~ need help Abdominal Hysterectomy: TAH, Age 43, April 10, 2007 ~ need help

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Unread 11-29-2007, 01:09 AM
Abdominal Hysterectomy: TAH, Age 43, April 10, 2007 ~ need help


Thanks for your reply. I'm glad to hear from another musiction.

I do all flute preformances sitting. Durring practices I have been sitting since surgery but I feel so restricted. The problem lies in using the diaphram so much. It doesn't hurt durring the performance or practice, (unless it's more than one and a half hours) its after the practice and into the next day or two.

Sundays are the exception. We are into the busiest time with extended rehersals on top of an already busy Sunday morning schedual. We have two Sunday morning services and a 2 hour Chior practice in the afternoon. Currenly I am singing alto and am one of the only altos that can actually read music. All the other altos are in the orchestra. (I am not playing in the orchestra for this years christmas musical, i'm staying in the chior)

Our little orchestra will be accompanying our church chior for the next two weeks (I'll be playing first flute) using last years contata selections. We have only 2 flutes and I am the only one that knows the music (the other flute joined while I was having surgery). Unfortuantly the composer thought it best to put the flute parts in the second octive above the staff which requires more diaphram support. That's where the soreness is coming from. On top of all that, we've been rehersing those two pieces at the end of our chior rehersal.

It's all great fun. I love playing and singing but it's killing me. I don't see where I can back off or change anything this late in the season. I keep telling myself, "In four weeks it will all be over, then you can back away and heal"

Thanks for your advice and help. If you have any other suggestions please throw them at me. I welcome any advice.

Blessing to you!
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Unread 11-29-2007, 10:37 AM
Abdominal Hysterectomy: TAH, Age 43, April 10, 2007 ~ need help

It was helpful for me to read your post and all the reply's. I had a TAH just over 3 months ago, and I can't seem to get back to my old self. I'm back to work, but today I called in sick. I'm very tired on some days, my incision is so tender and almost sore at times. I was wondering if it was all in my head, but as I said all the reply's have helped. I'm not alone I can see. I'm not sorry I had this done, I was miserable before. But this tiredness is getting me down. The weight gain hasn't helped much either. Thanks for writing in and thank you all for the reply's.
Unread 11-29-2007, 10:43 AM
Abdominal Hysterectomy: TAH, Age 43, April 10, 2007 ~ need help


I feel like you, just over 3 months since my TAH. I am tired, feel old, can't get my game back. I'm back to work, but draggin each day. My incision is sore and tender, I've gained weight, and I cry. I called in sick today for the first time. All the replys have helped, I know I'm not alone. Hey, does anyone have an idea for something comforting for the tenderness in the incision?
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Unread 11-29-2007, 02:10 PM
Abdominal Hysterectomy: TAH, Age 43, April 10, 2007 ~ need help


I had my surgury in July. I am also healing very slowly, there are times when i say to myself that I wish I had waited a while before I got my surgery, but when I think back to the pain from the fribroids when I was barely able to get out of bed and the heavy periods, I'm glad that I did. I to thought that I would be fully funtional by now but I'm not. I get tired quickly and I don't seem to have as much energy as before. I am still having some discharge as well. We have to look on the bright side of things which is: over all I'm sure we feel a lot better than before. I do feel you though it can be frustating
Unread 11-30-2007, 07:21 AM
Abdominal Hysterectomy: TAH, Age 43, April 10, 2007 ~ need help

hi barbell - my surgery was about the same time as yours, and I'm also having a slow recovery. Do you think age (i'm 55) or the amount of pain and length of time we suffered affects our healing time? I had awful pain for at leasr half the month for years, and the six month prior to surgery the pain was escalating, and I was barely functioning. I can't figure out why some people are fine after two months and others aren't. I had tah - did you?
Unread 11-30-2007, 07:43 AM
Abdominal Hysterectomy: TAH, Age 43, April 10, 2007 ~ need help

Yes I had a TAH, I still have both ovaries. I am 40, I was 39 when i had the surgery. Maybe it is due to the amount of fibroids that I had because I had tons of them, one was as big as a tangerine and was growing like it was on steroids. I have a doctors appt. in a week, about this discharge that I am still having. I have to wear liners everyday. I wonder how long it will take to fully recover? Good luck with your recovery.
Unread 11-30-2007, 08:25 AM
Abdominal Hysterectomy: TAH, Age 43, April 10, 2007 ~ need help

Like you Sheba I suffered for years and at least half of every month was controlled by heavy, hurtful periods. I would be sick, miss work and the list goes on. Also like you each month approaching surgery got worse and worse. It was for sure time to have the surgery done. I also had a TAH, where I live I had no choice. To have any other type of hyster done I would have had to fly to another place and I didn't want to be away from my home or hubby, he was great support.

So like you I wonder if the advancement of our Andenomyosis and our age, I'm 51 are having anything to do with our recovery. I ache in my back terribly, I'm tired, and mentally I seem a bit foggy.
Unread 12-01-2007, 05:49 PM
Abdominal Hysterectomy: TAH, Age 43, April 10, 2007 ~ need help

Hi Dalona!
I went to a surgeon who is an expert in minimally invasive surgery but he just confirmed what another doctor had told me - that my uterus was so enlarged from adenomyosis that only a TAH was possible - sometimes it really is the only choice. I think the backaches are because our stomach muscles are still weak and this puts strain on the back. I almost always wear either a girdle or an abdominal binder for support and it really helps. When you are fighting pain, youreally can't think straight. Did you try the exercises suggested on this site? I think it's in the 5-6-week checkpoint area. They really help, but don't continue if you have pain. Good luck to you!
Unread 12-02-2007, 09:01 AM
Hi Sheba

In the end I'm glad I had the surgery. It is so nice having no more periods. I'm sorry I waited so long to have it done.

The aches and pains will eventually go away, I'm sure. I work at a hardware store, I'm on my feet 8 hours a day on a concrete floor. So that doesn't help.

I try to walk or hike everyday a minimum of a mile with my dog. It depends on our weather at this point, and my time only allows for about a mile or we would go futher.

With all our darkness, and winter setting in here in Alaska our time outside is cut short.

Thank you for all your feed back, also, can I ask you, are you married?

Unread 12-02-2007, 09:20 AM
Abdominal Hysterectomy: TAH, Age 43, April 10, 2007 ~ need help

Hi dalona -
You actually sound very active- much more than I am. I'm also happy to have had the surgery - it's great not to have the bleeding and agonizing cramps. Yes, i am married, and my husband has been a great support to me -helping out at home when necessary, and not letting me get down when I feel frustrated.

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