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Unread 01-03-2008, 07:09 PM
Not sure what to expect

I had a TAH on Dec 31 and I am not sure what to expect. I started my period the night before my surgery and now my friend is telling me that I might go through surgical menopause. I have never heard of this before. I am not sure what to expect I didn't think my hormones would change since I kept my tubes and ovaries but now that I am home I am finding myself irritable and not feeling comfortable. I am also having headaches everyday and my eyesight isnt the greatest since my surgery. Can someone give me an idea of what to expect? Right now this is how I feel lol
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Unread 01-03-2008, 08:07 PM
Not sure what to expect

Hi!

Wow, you are only on day 3! I remember feeling really bad from the anesthesia and pain meds during that time. I also kept my ovaries and had a bit of a meltdown on day 3! I called the DR and they said that anesthesia could do that. Our bodies (and ovaries) are also adjusting to all this. It gets better, but don't hesitate to call your DR if you need to. I would probably do that considering your vision. Everyone is sooo different and everyone's DR give different instruction as well. Just rest, drink plenty of fluids and try to be comfortable. I remember going out to eat 7 days later (day 10 for me) and thinking that if someone had told me on day 3 I would be going out on day 10, I would have slapped them and then cried! LOL!!
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Unread 01-03-2008, 08:23 PM
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Thanks! Right now I just wish I could lay on my side and go to sleep. I am feeling really sick to my stomach. I vomited twice the day of my surgery and the only way to stop it was to keep me asleep by fetinol (sp) oh what I would give for some of that right now. lol Right now also my feet are frezzing but my torso is hot and my arms are cold. UGH post surgery sucks. Any sugesstions on how to sleep on my side? I am overweight so my tummy pulls on the incision when I lay on my side. Any suggestions will be tried since I get really sick if I don't get good sleep. Hince the nausea.
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Unread 01-03-2008, 08:39 PM
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Sometimes it take the ovaries a little bit of time to kick back in after the trauma of surgery. Every once in awhile someone's ovaries don't kick back in and they go into menopause. Give it a little time, but don't hesitate to call your Doc with questions if you have them. You're quite early in your recovery. The first week I felt like crap but then felt a little better everyday. I had a vaginal hyst, so I don't know how to tell you to lay to get comfortable. Try using a pillow maybe? Do you have a body pillow? That might help.
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Unread 01-03-2008, 09:38 PM
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I am sorry precious. I am pleasantly plump and also a side sleeper. For the first week I had to sleep propped up on my back. I put a pillow under my knees (after I read it on here on night 4) and that really seemed to help. I would definitely call my DR about my nausea, maybe they could call you in some phenergan or something, or it could be your pain meds. Hope you have a good night.

Hugs,

Diane

PS--my doctor stressed a very bland diet at first. I stuck to it and it seemed to help. I also drank gingerale and tea.
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Unread 01-03-2008, 09:54 PM
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I just read about my pain meds and it says some of the side affects can be nausea and changes in vision. I tried to get a small pillow and put it under my belly and put a pillow in between my legs and lay on my side and guess what.... I got stuck. My DH was just laughing and after I got up so was I. I guess I will have to learn that I need to put my super woman cape aside for a while and get comfy in the recliner that my dear friend is letting me borrow while in recovery. lol
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Unread 01-03-2008, 10:04 PM
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Hi Elephantbites

When you have an SAH (meaning you kept your ovaries), The prodding and poking the ovaries take can put them to sleep for a while. You would be experiencing a temporary surgical menopause. As someone mentioned, it usually does come back, but can take up to a number of months, and could possibly not come back in full strength. Try to be patient with it, but if the symptoms become terribly uncomfortable, don't hesitate to call your doctor to discuss your options. Sometimes they just need a jumpstart. You're very early out of surgery and your body still has pain narcotics as well as residual anesthesia running through your system. Do the best you can to drink lots of water and take short walks through the house or to the end of your driveway to help your body expel the drugs causing your nausea.

As for the side sleeping issue, I found that I couldn't really sleep on my side very well, but I did tip my body toward the side by putting a pillow behind my back, one between my knees, and one tucked under my tummy on the side I was laying to help support it. It's hard to get really comfortable in the beginning, but it does get better. Rest as much as you can, and don't overdo!

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Unread 01-03-2008, 10:13 PM
Not sure what to expect

Thanks!
I wish I had known about this site before my surgery. I was so worried and had a hard time finding anything about post-surgery things. I had no idea what to expect and now I cant stay off this site. I am going to tell everyone I know about it.
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Unread 01-03-2008, 10:17 PM
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Originally Posted by elephantbites
I just read about my pain meds and it says some of the side affects can be nausea and changes in vision. I tried to get a small pillow and put it under my belly and put a pillow in between my legs and lay on my side and guess what.... I got stuck. My DH was just laughing and after I got up so was I. I guess I will have to learn that I need to put my super woman cape aside for a while and get comfy in the recliner that my dear friend is letting me borrow while in recovery. lol
I was just going to suggest putting the pillow between your legs and another under your belly, LOL! Well, I can tell you that getting my pillows situated the first week or so was a challenge! It gets better, though. That's wonderful that you can borrow a recliner. If that become uncomfortable after a few days, then try the pillows again. You will get more agile as each day passes.

I'm sorry that you are having to deal with nausea. I did the first few days as well. I was given anti-nas meds in the hospital, but had at least one bout of it when I got home. That passed, though. I think I just needed to get all of the anesthesia out of my system.

It took about 2 weeks for my ovaries to start working again.

What you can expect from here on out is to feel a bit better each day. At the end of the week, look back to day one and see how far you've come!
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Unread 01-03-2008, 10:33 PM
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The pillows sure do help, I still need them between my legs when I am on my side. I did not even come home from the hospital until day 5! I am sure that your body is still processing all the anesthesia and who knows what else they give us.
Dont be afraid to call you DR and ask for something to help sleep as well, they know we are dealing with pain and hormones and are great about that.
I had alot of nausea as well, maybe try some gravol, it will help with the sleeping to.
Take Care
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