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Unread 04-01-2008, 03:31 PM
Weight loss after TAH

My entire diet has changed since surgery.
First week was a liquid diet because of throat damage to to a badly placed trach tube.
Since then, I just do not have the appetite I used to... I only eat because I need food in my stomach to help absorb vitamins or keep me from nausea when taking pain pills at night.
I eat 1 good meal mid-day.. and pretty much graze on dry cereal or trail mix, sort eating like my 2 year old nephew!

I am completely OFF salads, they just have no appeal to me right now.

I think my body will tell me what it wants and needs, till then, I am not going to be concerned or impose any kind of diet on myself. But I did buy some Ensure which is sometimes what I have for dinner.

Good luck to those trying to lose, however : )
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Unread 04-01-2008, 08:19 PM
Weight loss after TAH

I had my hyst on March 17th as well. I have to admit, I've tried "getting back into my normal routine" more quickly than I should. It's hard having 3 children & a husband that depend on me to keep this ball rolling... and I've had a couple of days where I've felt better than others. Then there were days like yesterday & today where I've slept most of the time, haven't talked to anyone, cried incessantly behind my bedroom door... emotional rollercoaster is a great term! And then my dh just grumbles "are you ticked off at me?" which just makes me want to crawl in a pain killer induced sleep! AAARRRGH! When does life go back to normal?!?!?!?

Unread 04-02-2008, 04:58 AM
Weight loss after TAH

I had vaginal laprascopic total hyst including ovaries 3/24. I'm amazed at how well I can move around and am definitely worried I'm feeling too good too fast and may do damage if I'm not more careful. I've...so far..only had a couple "moments" of crying. I had to have the surgerty due to End Cancer stage 1 so I am just grateful it was caught early and that I'm not, YET, experiencing bad menopausal symptoms. I did break out yesterday in what I thought were hives (just a couple) but I wondered if anyone had this happen to them..maybe it's the meds, or maybe lack of estrogen suddenly????? Don't know..

LA from MA
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Unread 04-02-2008, 08:08 AM
Weight loss after TAH

Hi Tunacat, I'm so glad you're doing what works for you, that will definitely be one of the key factors in your recovery. I hope my original post didn't come across the wrong way as I'm certainly not trying to lose weight during my recovery (although I'm not complaining that it's happening)...but I was more concerned with NOT gaining weight (although I can see how the two things could be seen as the same) combined with making sure that my body has adequate nutrients to support my metabolic rate for recovery.

Isn't it amazing how all of our bodies differently during the healing process? I've read so many posts where people don't have much of an appetite after leaving the hospital, but I honestly wanted to knaw off my arm the day after surgery.

Angiebug, we're on the same timeline. I've had those crying days as well and I feel so sorry for DH because he gets the brunt of my 'tude. He has taken such good care of me since I've returned from the hospital, but sometimes I find myself critizing and finding fault with EVERYTHING he does. This fault finding mostly goes on in my head because I'm making a conscious effort to not verbally make him feel bad (sheesh, I wouldn't THINK of doing that to my other bff, so why do it to him?) but I sure will be glad when these hormones calm down. I know it must be even harder for you with three little ones AND a DH to take care of. Continue to find ways to take it easy.

Warriors, I haven't had that happen to me, but you might want to start a thread asking about it. I'd be willing to bed that there are other women on here who have experienced the same thing. I think you have a valid concern with wanting to be more careful, but finding it hard because you feel good. Have you spoken to your Dr. regarding the specifics of your post-surgery limitations? have you had a post-op visit yet? Perhaps after he checks you out, he'll lift some of your restrictions based on your speedy recovery.

I hope you all are having a great day.
Unread 04-04-2008, 08:07 AM
Weight loss after TAH

I've been dealing with the weight thing myself. I had lost a total of 60 pounds and have been maintaining. But now it seems that I'm gaining at first I could had lost after sur. I am so scared that I'm going to gain to much that feel like not eating (I know that may sound crazy but I really worked hard to get it off) so what do I do now. I'm scared to get on the scale I haven't been on it before my sur. Can someone please help!!!!!!!!
Unread 04-04-2008, 10:04 AM
Weight loss after TAH

I had no appetite after the surgery. All I really wanted was soup and water. Now I'm approaching my six week mark this coming Tuesday and I am down a total of 15 pounds since my surgery. This has not been on purpose and I'm guessing it's probably not the norm. I have a lot of stress in my life right now, so that doesn't help either. Things just don't taste right and I'm just not hungry, so why eat? I know I need proper nutrition to heal, but I'm actually doing okay physically. I had both ovaries removed and I had to start taking HRT one week post-op. I was concerned that this would cause weight gain, but so far this has obviously not been a problem.
Unread 04-04-2008, 05:57 PM
Weight loss after TAH

I had my TAH on 3/19 and I have lost a total of 18 lbs, my eating habits have changed completely since having surgery, smaller portions and alot more salads. And of course the water, I was a big soda drinker and have totally cut it out of my daily routine. The thing is though, even though I have lost 18 lbs I tried on my jeans the other day to go to the grocery store with family and I couldn't even button the darn things. I guess all the swelling kept them from fastening. Good Luck to all !
Unread 04-04-2008, 10:25 PM
Weight loss after TAH

Kodakgyrl, I'm not quite sure what you're asking for help with. Have you started gaining weight? or are you just saying you're scared to? Be careful with NOT eating because the body is an AMAZING machine what was designed to last through periods of famine, so if you don't eat enough, you will put your body into starvation mode. The key will be finding the right balance of calories and nutrients that will give your body the fuel it needs, yet provide enough of a deficiet to cause it to burn fat. I hope this helps.

oh, I can't fit my pre-surgery jeans either...even with the weight loss. UGH
Unread 04-09-2008, 08:02 AM
Weight loss after TAH


I, like Robyn, have continued to lose weight since my surgery on 2/26. I eat well - but small portions of protien, whole grains, veggies, and fruit. I have cut out all desserts and sweet drinks. Prior to surgery I drank sweet tea with at least 2 meals a day and always had a small dessert after dinner. The difference is amazing! It just takes determination and common sense - and eating what my Father always told me I should! More exercise helps a lot, too.

Good luck!
Unread 04-09-2008, 08:24 AM
Weight loss with fibroids?

I had total hyster 3/20/08 because of 3 very large fibroids and 1 week at my staple removal appointment I weighed in at 10 lbs less than I was post-op! I couldn't believe it. How much do fibroids weigh? My appetite is still not as it should be (constipation issues) and I am able to get out and walk some (I was an avid walker prior to surgery) so I am hopeful that I will continue to make great "strides" in overcoming the weight gain issue as a lot of women have after hysterectomies. Does anyone know if fibroids do weigh any substantiall amount? My uterus was at the 14 week size. Interesting.

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