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Unread 01-06-2008, 06:34 PM
Hysterectomy dates Dec 10-Dec 17,2007

Don't sweat the hot flashes. We have Rn's in the ER that will have them during there shift. Fanning, cold packs, and drinking lots of ice water seems to get them through. I won't be back for 3 more weeks minimum, so I'll wait and see. Mine aren't to bad. I only notice it when I'm resting. When I'm up and moving it don't notice so much.
Some of your back pains MAY be from all the resting. I am only speaking from experience, as this happened to me. That's why DR has me walking as much as tolerated. My back has stiffened, and spasmed after to much bedrest. I've even had the chiro manipulate it out. It feels so much better. Chiro has me ice for swelling reduction, and heat for muscle relaxation. The ice always works better for me. Check with your Dr, as I am only speakng from my personal experiences. I am still resting so I can heal, but I'm walking too, to heal.
I've had a TAH/BSO with no HRT, and NO headaches, once the narcotics worked their way out of my system. I don't know what to suggest for you guys.
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Unread 01-06-2008, 07:24 PM

Hi Ladies!

I will have to agree with Sportstskato, the more you rest in bed or couch , or chair, the more you stiffen and get "sore" and therefore weaken all of your muscles, which is causing your bodies to feel so tired all the time! The best remedy I can advise after week one of coarse, is to be up, moving, doing light things around the house, and get out and walk and move your bodies, get out of the house, do things to take your mind off of the surgery. Meet with friends, go out with your husbands/partners, children, do something each day, even if it is a project at home.

I feel really good now, and tomorrow is 4 weeks exactly from Surgery. I rarely even "think" about it now, it feels like so long ago already. Someone asked me today at Church "how I was feeling from the hysterectomy?", and I had to stop a moment, because I feel fine, and don' t think much about it any longer! Of coarse my 2 small children keep me very busy, and I've never had the luxury of a nap, ever, throughout this recovery, so I have been up-and-moving since week one---as my husband was back to work after week one! Lifting my small children into the car, and the stroller in and out of car, or lifting groceries at the store, yes and gallons of milk always, are all musts for me, daily! Daily routine of my life, and the kids keep me so busy, I haven't had much time after week number 2, to even "think" about myself any longer!......and this has been good for me! I've gotten a "clean" Pathology Report this week, finally, and I am SO GRATEFUL, that I truly feel that I can "move-on" from this! I've got my health now, and the HRT which I am on since the surgery, Estradiol 2mg daily, is working really well! I tried to do a "half-dose" but I had the nightsweats and irritability, insomnia, etc, so I went back to the full dose of 2 mg per day, and I feel great! I have nothing to complain about! Life is good again! YEAH! Only to get better in 2008!

Happy 2008 to all of us!
Unread 01-06-2008, 07:35 PM
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I kept my ovaries, and I had some night sweats and hot flashes for a couple of weeks after my surgery, but they seem to be subsiding.

I have noticed more some depressive/anger episodes.

I spoke to my doc about this, and he said that, even if you keep your ovaries, you will still have an adjustment period where your brain has to get used to the lack of a uterus. He said that the body will usually self-correct and get back to normal in time, but that these things are to be expected.

Of course, looking at all my doctor bills tonight hasn't helped my depression any. I have good insurance, but even still, I am broker than broke right now. Really getting to me.
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Unread 01-06-2008, 08:08 PM
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Regarding stitches--I have some still in centre of my belly button "hole" and they are annoying as hell...my surgeon isn't back for a few weeks so I have to wait to have them out but they bother me a lot!!!
Unread 01-06-2008, 08:12 PM
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Thanks so much..good to know I am not a nutcase lol (at least not in this case lol. I just want one good night's sleep...just one.
Unread 01-06-2008, 08:49 PM
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Hi ladies,
The funny thing is I was having hot flashes and night sweats before my surgery. I had surgery, removed everything including ovaries. DR put a Estradiol 0.1MG patch on me in recovery. And prescribed them for me at my 1wk checkup. I have not had a hot flash or night sweat since I had surgery.So I would say my ovaries we not working up to par.
Now my only problem is the headaches. I was getting them when I changed my patch for the first two days. I put it on my hip this week and so far no headache. I hope that took care of it, Will talk to my DR about this when I go for my 4wk checkup.
Went back to work last week for 3 days was tired but all in all I think it helped me just to get out of the house.
This week will be for 5 days don't know how that will go.
Unread 01-06-2008, 09:42 PM
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sportsterskato- I am so jealous, my doc said that I could not get adjusted below mid back until 6 week check up. My DH is a chiro and he thinks the knot on my bum is a trigger point. I am famous for those. I have been walking on treadmill and up doing quite a bit around house. Yesterday we went to a bday party 1 1/2 hours away and I think that is why it is so bad today. We went to chuck e cheese and I was nervous the entire time that a child would bump my stomach. It was fun though and good to get out of the house with family for something other than church.

Happyhippie- I would check on some natural estrogen enhancing supplements and there are foods like soy that have estrogen in them that might help alittle with the headaches. I feel so bad for you because they are awful.
I was convinced that I was going to be able to go with out HRT until I could not bare the headaches. I definitely understand the choice to not take it. My husband is not exactly thrilled that I am. I am going to try to go off of it after a few months and see how I do.

My best to all...
Unread 01-06-2008, 09:58 PM
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This site has been so helpful - keeping my sanity and knowing that my progress has been in line with everyone elses. My LAVH was 12/13/07. I saw my wonderful doc on 1/4 who did a pelvic exam and was going to say "farewell" if all looked good and release me at the six week mark for "all activities", but all didn't look good. The exam wasn't painful at all. I had experienced a bladder infection and internal postop infection during Christmas, and apparently the internal postop infection hadn't cleared. I had an enormous amout of sutures internally, and he said none of them had started to dissolve yet. I was still having a foul smelling discharge. He gave me Clindamycin to insert vaginally and another cream to use twice a week to help with the discharge and odor. So, he wants to see me back at eight weeks post op and no sex, lifting above 5 pounds, bending or housework until he sees me back. He reluctantly said I could return to work 1/7/08 since I sit at a desk and work on the computer all day. I do no lifting at all. I don't even file or obtain items from the supply room. He just warned me to listen to my body - like all of you say to each other. I still have "soreness" internally if I am up too much and a little pressure when I stand up for very long. I think I hear that from all of you, too. The gas pains are only occasionally now (depending on what I eat pretty much). I am wearing my size 4 jeans again and in the beginning I thought I would be in my jogging pants forever! Am I glad I did this? You bet!!!!

I pray tomorrow goes well at work. I am looking forward to seeing only some of the people, but I am a little hurt - I got a bouquet of flowers from my boss who came to the hospital twice and dropped by my house once (He's terrific!). But I didn't get so much as a get well card from the rest of them. So, I am not sure how to feel about returning to the staff of 28 (6 women 22 men) people where I have worked for 15 years. I guess it's because I was always that secretary who bought the cards and did that before, huh?

Good luck to all of you hystersisters. Thanks again to all of you.
12/13/07 LAVH for fibroid and adenomyosis. Massive intraoperative hemorrhaging requiring transfusion. Still have left ovary.
Unread 01-06-2008, 10:12 PM
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kinda-I don't get my full adjustment, but I told chiro about the surgery and he works around it. Instead of lying down for ice, I sit up. and no stretching exercises. The adjusrments are seated, so there isn't problems you'd get from being prone. It's like a super-sonic back rub. If the trigger points are reachable while sitting, I wonder where the issue is. I can see if your lying prone. HUH? Maybe your DH can answer that.
JP1957-Neither of my jobs sent cards, flowers or visited. Both have employee commitees for such occasions. Don't figure.
Good luck tomorrow, and everyone take it easy. One day at a time.
Unread 01-06-2008, 10:12 PM
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jp1957--I think I know how you feel. Where I work, I am the "boss" and before I left I told my assistant to make sure she told people not to go out of their way to send me things etc..in other words, I didn't want people to make a fuss. Well.........she really took that to heart and told everyone I didn't want any cards, flowers, candy, etc..........which was not what I really wanted to have happen. I didn't realise this until I rang her post op to see how all was going and she said "so and so wanted to send you flowers but I told them you didn't want any...and other people rang and wanted to send a card but I wouldn't give out your details because you'd just get a lot of mail.......Needless to say, I learned my lesson. Perhaps those in your office may have felt you didn't want any extra cheering? Maybe?? Or, they could just be thoughtless... If you have a lot of men, which you do, they may think these ops are just standard routine ops and no big issue. But, "we" all know this isn't true is it???????? I hope you have a good week back to work though. I opted to stay out the six weeks as I still have spotting and felt that until I had the surgeon say all was ok, I wasn't going back! Take care!

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