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Unread 05-04-2008, 11:14 PM
Hysterectomy dates Jan 07-Jan 14,2008

Hi Sarah, I am having both of the same lingering symptoms.

Hard stools that bulk up and hard to pass. Tender tummy when I touch it mid way between my incision and belly button. I still have swelling but it is slowly getting better.

Anyone still have some discharge? I get a slight gush about once a day but perhaps this is normal as I assume we still will discharge even though we do not have a uterus????

Energy wise I do feel great; however, I have been slow to get back to the gym. I just started a new job working now entirely from my home office and I am excited about that.

I am sooo glad that this is behind me and I love not having a period....just booked a trip to Hawaii for our family and didn't have to pull out the calendar to try and time things around a period....now I just have to get the bathing suit body in shape
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Unread 05-05-2008, 12:10 PM
Hysterectomy dates Jan 07-Jan 14,2008

In addition to adding some better fiber choices to my diet (like rasins and baby carrots to snack on. And a glass of OJ each day) I got my bowels better by taking 2- 200mg (Bluebonnet) chelated Magnesium at bedtime. As advised, I started out taking one, then increased up to four till I got regular. But 4 gave me "the runs" and that's when I backed down to 2 a night. That works fantastic for me and no unwanted chemicals and no cramps.
Last week was the first week I was almost completely pain free. It has taken me this long. All I had done was a BSO but it took everything out of me. Once and awhile I get a jab on my right side. I slow down and go into princess mode. I really don't want to go back to "killing myself" mode. Think I'll enjoy life slower, with less stuff, and taking care of the most important things. I've learned some things don't even exsist on my prioriety list anymore. Some might think I sound depressed (compared to the old me), but I think I'm just smarter. Been through enough.
Bladder is fantastic. No more burnning from those inflamed ovaries.
Sgreenarch- Good luck at your doc apt. Let us know how you make out. Wish you all well : )
Unread 05-06-2008, 09:51 AM
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Thanks for asking.

It was a good idea to go see my old familiar sweet gynecologist. (He didn't do the surgery since he doesn't operate in the hospital where my husband works. )

Sweet old Dr. thought the hysterectomy site looked fine although there's still some granulation, which isn't a big deal. The rectocele repair site looks less good. There's still a hernia there, unfortunately. I knew that something didn't feel right. It either never took, or, more likely, failed soon after the surgery when I was constipated and straining. There was one occasion where I was in agony after a bowel movement and I think things could have come apart then. I've since read that many of these repairs fail. It's depresssing since I may have to deal with this again. I do have more pain and pressure in that area than I had before. For the moment I'll do nothing and stay on Miralax, the stool softener. However, chances are, from what I've read, on this site and others, that this problem may only get worse. My Dr. recommended going to see a gastroenterologist who specializes in testing the rectal muscles (didn't even know there was such a thing.)

I'm not letting this get me down since I do have great relief from the bladder problems, the reason I underwent the whole thing in the first place. Sex is better since this rectocele repair, too, as things got generally tighter. And I'm so happy to be alive and healthy overall. This episode scared me and taught me that good health is something to be treasured. I know that there are many others who are worse off and I pray for them and keep my situation in perspective.

So that's all folks. Thanks for being there still!

Sarah, TAH and rectocele repair Jan 13, 2008.
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Unread 05-07-2008, 10:07 AM
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Hi Sgreenarch
sorry to hear you are still having some lingering issues. You seem to have a healthy perspective about it though and that will get you through a lot.
I have been quite blessed, my recovery has been smooth, some menopausal symptoms are daunting, but my quality of life is significantly better. The gastroenterologist will do rectal manometry to measure pressures in that area. I hope you can have resolution of this without going through further surgeries. I will keep you in my prayers
God bless
Unread 05-12-2008, 04:27 PM
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Well, here we are at 4 1/2 months post-op. Most days I do not even remember I had a TLH/BSO, except for the two tiny incisions barely bigger than my finger nail where, I suppose, my ovaries used to be.

Yesterday, I was reminded of the surgery in the most painful way. An F2 tornado tore up a good section of south Macon, Georgia, just 12 miles from us. A straight line wind blew over a 70 year old elm tree that had been standing in our front yard for ages....blew it right over on top of the house! We were fortunate. It did not go through the roof. As far as we can tell, it damaged some shingles, but when the insurance adjuster arrives later this week,we'll know for sure.

I helped clean upsome of the derbis. I pulled LARGE limbs and lifted sections of the tree trunk. That's when I was reminded of the surgery. I hurt the rest of the day! I though I was totally healed, but....I will not do that again!

Hope everyone is recovering well.

Unread 05-12-2008, 05:20 PM
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Sarah - I have to say that you and I haven't seemed to have the best of luck since our hysters. I too am still on Miralax and probably will be forever. My rectocele repair seems to have taken although I am contuning to have granulation issues. More so is the new pain that started about 6 weeks ago that ended me in the ER. My doc left my left ovary in Jan because it was healthy with no cysts, but 6 weeks ago it decided it needed to take off were the other bad one left off. I had a CT scan which showed 4 cysts on my left ovary (which they could hardly see). The largest was the size of an apple and the other three ranged from golf ball to quarter size. My OB said I needed to come back in a month for a transvag ultra sound to see if they resolved. Well I didn't make it to the scheduled date and ended up having the ultrasound a week early. This time I had four cysts the larger one from last month had started to shrink but I had a new one which appeared to be solid tissue and was bleeding internally within the cyst. Needless to say I ended up in surgery this past Friday.

She removed the last ovary and found it had adhered to the pelvic wall. She also found a mass of scar tissue where the right ovary had been about the size of a plum. It too had adhered to the pelvic wall but at some point it got twisted and it's blood supply was cut off. She felt this was causing as much if not more pain than the cysts on the left ovary. I go next Tuesday for a check up and will get the path report to just make sure that none of it was cancerous.

I am really struggling to recover from this surgery though and am not looking forward to menopause. I can't start HRT for six months because of the endemetrial cysts so I will have to go natural.

I can't remember Sarah did you have both your ovaries removed too? Are you struggling with menopause?

I hope that you get some resolution to the hernia problem and don't have to go through another surgery like I did:-)

Unread 05-12-2008, 05:22 PM
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Hi Charlotte

I'm sorry that you experienced the tornado in the way that you did. BUT, I am thankful that you and your family are safe. I'll be praying that when the adjuster comes that all will be well.

Funny how we think that all is well and then we throw on our and find out that we still need to take it somewhat easy.

Continued blessings on you ....
Unread 05-12-2008, 05:26 PM
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I had both ovaries out, and am not able to take HRT because of the possibility of uterine cancer. I have found Estroven PM very helpful in reducing my hot flashes . I take one every night and I also use Progesterone cream.
Hope your recovery is uneventful. Let us know how you're doing.
Unread 05-13-2008, 08:33 PM
Update on My Kidney Issue

Hey there sisters

I think that I posted a couple of weeks ago that I thought I had another UTI - which as it turns out, I did not.

My (Urologist) also wanted me to have an ultrasound because he thought I might have kidney stones.

WELL .... it turns out that I do not have kidney stones. BUT the ultrasound reveals some scar tissue. So asks if I have had a kidney infection before. The answer is no. So, we don't know where the scarring came from. I do, however, have 2 cysts on my kidney. The plan is to monitor them for 90 days. Oh, and did I mention that they had trouble "finding" my right kidney during the ultrasound? It is "rotated" - whatever that means.

Apparently there is some "minor" surgery that I may have to have. That's the story of my kidney. The fun never stops. Has anyone else experienced this? I'm at a loss. I'm gonna do some research, but figured I'd start with my sisters first.

All-in-all, I really am doing well. I've kept the 40lbs off. I am getting my energy back (as long as I don't go completely back to my old life), and I have started to - my gym membership is finally getting some use.
Unread 05-16-2008, 07:09 AM
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Hi, all:

Nice to hear from everyone, even those of us who are still dragging a bit. Jenny B, sorry you had to have the extra surgery. I must admit that I am envious of those who have bounced back completely from this surgery. I still am having lingering issues, though nothing terribly serious. Since I'm 47, my Dr. recommended keeping my ovaries. I am having tenderness in two specific spots still, sometimes pretty severe, so I'm scheduled to have a sonogram in 2 weeks. The other issue is that the rectocele repair failed partly and I'm supposed to go see a gastroenterologist to have tests on the efficiency of the rectal muscles (has a fancy name that I forgot.) Don't want to think too much about how they do that test! The impact of this is that I can't exist without the Miralax and I do have considerable pressure in the vagina/rectum whenever I stand too long or lift heavy things or exert myself. So I am not totally my old self yet and that's a bit depressing. Overall though I'm OK, back to work, to life and that's good.

A funny thing though that I wonder if anyone else is experiencing...I've been having recurring nightmares, usually about death. I realize this must make me seem rather insane, and except for the normal working Mom insanity, I don't think I am (DH might disagree.) This is happening often enough to really bother me and I may seek some therapy for it. My best guess is that abruptly ceasing to menstruate, while much more convenient, has it's own baggage. I guess there's a reason why the normal course of life is to stop menstruating gradually. I do feel like I didn't have enough time to get used to the idea of the end of a phase of womanhood; I needed this surgery rather urgently. There was no time to think or feel. Just wonder if anyone else is feeling this about four months out. Apologies if I sound unhinged!

Regards to all, Sarah
TAH, rectocele repair, 1/13/08

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