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Unread 03-10-2008, 10:52 PM
Kept my ovaries and things are being really wierd

Hi there I have a few issues that perhaps some of you could comment on for me. I had my TAH on 03-04, so I am 6 days post-op. I was able to keep my ovaries. So my recovery is going quite well, however, I am having alot of hot flashes all through the day, my mood is going from absolute sweet like sugar to a raging monster in a matter of seconds, and most of the time I am being just super sweet about everything. (not like me lol) I am having nightmares almost every time I go to sleep, and wake up crying, about all kinds of different things. My doctor told me that I wouldn't be having menopause since I kept my ovaries....and it only happens in very rare cases that they just don't wake up... I'm 26 years old and I really was hoping to not have to deal with menopause yet. Do these symptoms sound like menopause? Also, how long does it take for the ovaries to usually start working again? Anyone suggest a generic time frame that I should use before I talk to my doctor about it? Any suggestions are greatly appreciated! Thanks!
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Unread 03-10-2008, 10:56 PM
Kept my ovaries and things are being really wierd


I was able to keep one of my ovaries. I had night sweats a about for about 2 weeks after surgery. This did go away. I spoke with my Dr. about this and he said it was normal and caused by the shock of the surgery. He told this and other symptoms should go away as time goes on.
Unread 03-10-2008, 11:13 PM
Kept my ovaries and things are being really wierd

I read that bad dreams can be caused by the anesthesia or pain medication. I had some really vivid bad dreams too! It was hard getting back to sleep.
I've heard that Surgery can also send your body into shock so your ovaries may have to wake up. Hope it helps when in doubt ask your DR. Take care sweetie!
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Unread 03-10-2008, 11:55 PM
Kept my ovaries and things are being really wierd

The pain meds made me have hot flashes too. The anesthesia made me crazy!! I wouldn't have to go to sleep all I had to do was close my eyes and I would see things. My husband helped me into bed and then I closed my eyes I saw him over me holding a box and he threw it on my tummy! I yelled and when I opened my eyes he wasn't there. My Dr. said that sort of things could happen for weeks
Unread 03-11-2008, 02:04 AM
Kept my ovaries and things are being really wierd

Hi lolee8,

I had my TAH and was able to keep one Ovary, this thursday will be 5 weeks for me. Within hours of waking up from recovery I had my first hot flash and it hit me like a truck! It actually felt like my hair was blowing back from the hot breeze, I think that had something to do with the pain pump I had though. But there after for the next three weeks I had hot flashes all day and night sweats everynight, to the point where it was exhausting. Then during the 3rd week I had three days of relief, did not experience anything and I mentioned it and BAM they came back. Now for the past four days at the risk of jinxing myself again I can honestly say they are gone again. My doctor also told me the surgery can shock your ovaries into this happening and if you only have one it may take even longer for the symptoms to go away because the one left has to take time to pick up the slack for the one that is gone. So I think what you are experiencing is completely normal but do tell you doctor about it when you she her/him next time.

Happy healing,


TAH, Oophectomy left Ovary
Unread 03-11-2008, 05:47 AM
Kept my ovaries and things are being really wierd

I have both ovaries and started to experience menopausal symptoms. After about 2 months my doctor put me on estogen and I am evening out a lot. I don't know how long I will have to be on but I will stay on until my ovaries quit rebelling. I think they are angry.....Hang in there and if your symptoms don't subside make sure you see your doctor.
Unread 03-11-2008, 07:54 AM
Kept my ovaries and things are being really wierd

Hi lolee8!
I had the same thing the first 5 weeks after surgery. If I wasn't crying, I was so angry for no apparent reason. At my 6 week appointment, everything was healing as it should, no problems,etc. SO, I chalk my moodiness to being so idle. I am usually VERY active. I honestly think, in my case, it was a combination of being physically inactive, the stress of not being able to do things, as well as the stress of the overall surgery and its recovery. I went into this surgery with no pain what-so-ever. I had uterine and cervical cancer, which also stressed me out. I am used to alot of stress, but like most women, I pay more attention taking care of everything and everyone else around me, and don't take time for myself. So, I believe that was my emotional experience! I am fine now, haven't had any "emotional outbursts" for about 2 weeks.
By the way, the pathology report came back great! It didn't spread.
I wish you all the best, and I hope you feel great soon!
Unread 03-11-2008, 08:26 AM
Kept my ovaries and things are being really wierd

I had a SAH on 2/21 and kept my ovaries. I too have been having crazy hot flashes. But because I am 51 and was going into menopause already I was having them before my procedure but nothing like these so I called my dr. on Friday who prescribed me a low dose estrogen to take until my ovaries became "unshocked". I saw her yesterday for my 2 week post-op and she said that its common for the ovaries to be settling in like everything else after the surgery. So far the estrogen is helping a little but the dr. says it takes about a week to see a noticable change.

Talk to your dr. about your concerns and hopefully things will settle down soon. Take care!
Unread 03-11-2008, 10:16 AM
Kept my ovaries and things are being really wierd

Lolee8- I am 28 and can kind of understand your situation. I had a LAVH on 2/20 and kept my ovaries. I have been extra sensitive since then and also get VERY hot at night. Like others have said, your ovaries can go into shock and shut down for awhile. One thing you may want to try is drinking soy milk. My dr. said that 40% of women's bodies convert soy into estrogen. (Me being one of those women- hurray for when menopause really does come!)

Also, I had nightmares and would fall asleep and keep waking up jumping the first few days after surgery. I think that was either the anesthesia or the presc. pain pills. Hopefully you will soon stop having the nightmares and feel better.

Unread 03-11-2008, 08:02 PM
Kept my ovaries and things are being really wierd

Wow thanks for all the responses! I feel much better knowing that I'm not an emotional mess for no reason lol. Sometimes you just need that reassurance you know? My poor dh is having to put up with me being a horrid woman, and turning around 30 seconds later being adorably sweet lol. The soy milk idea is great. I am definitely going to try that. That could be an easy fix til the buggers start working again! Thank all of you for your kind words, it's so nice to have such a great group of princesses to talk to whenever I need it

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