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Can Hysterectomy potentially trigger fibromyalgia? Can Hysterectomy potentially trigger fibromyalgia?

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Unread 04-06-2008, 02:46 PM
Can Hysterectomy potentially trigger fibromyalgia?

Hi Ladies,
I am curious about something two of my female co-workers told me last week. After they had their hysterectomies, they were diagnosed with fibromyalgia. I am at the 3 month mark of post-op, so I am not worried of that happening. However, they got me thinking about it, largely because I have a niece (my sister's daughter) who developed fibromyalgia at a young age and I know how dibilitating it can be. How would I know to even think/realize that is a health issue for me? I know I'm always tired (especially now). I attribute that to waking a few times every nite to go potty and due to sweats. I have the creaky, achy joints, that I attribute to my adolescent and early adult sports activities. Perhaps this is not the site to ask? I don't know but thought I'd start here.
Thanks for any insights you may have.
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Unread 04-06-2008, 03:05 PM
Can Hysterectomy potentially trigger fibromyalgia?

Hmmm...This is a tough question, because so little is known about the *actual* cause of fibro.

I have fibromyalgia, and did before my LAVH. DX'ed at 16y.o. Over the years I've had at least four different rheumatologists, each of whom has a different opinion about what causes fibro. There seems to be a latent predisposition to it in various people, but not all will get it; there has to be a trigger. For some it is physical trauma, emotional trauma, food allergies, sleep disorders, etc... So if we ascribe to this theory, yes, a hysterectomy could trigger fibro as it falls under the category of physical trauma.

However, it is just a theory. I'd be hesitant to say that in all post-hyst cases the surgery caused fibromyalgia. The diagnosis is still not widely recognized, but it is getting more exposure. In many cases a diagnosis post-hysterectomy might just mean that the person is only now getting a correct diagnosis for something that's been happening all along.

For me, my fibro has gotten better after my hysterectomy. But my body's weird that way ;-)
Unread 04-06-2008, 03:07 PM

I have been diagnosed with Fibro for over 12 yrs now, and while i can't say for sure that a historectomy will cause it. i can tell ya it will probably make your symptoms worse afterward. at least thats what Im expierencing.i had been feeling pretty good as far as the fibro went for the last couple years. Now, a month post op, i feel all the same symptoms of the disease multiplied!!!
i had the surgery to feel better, im hoping i didnt make a huge mistake and the fibro will never calm down again. it took me Years, a lot of money, and a lot of doctors, before i felt even close to normal and was able to work again.Hopefully i can get back where i was. im sure therer will be many Dr visits in the near future If you think thats whats going on,don't hesitate to find you a good gp and get it taken care of, i pray thats not whats happening to you.Hang in there
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Unread 04-06-2008, 06:36 PM
Thanks for the replies!

Thank you so much for the replies on fibromyalgia. Both of you have confirmed for me what I suspected...that it is a tricky diagnosis. At this point in time, I am not really concerned, but as I said, it is in the back of my mind because I am aware of it through my niece.
Again, I thank you for taking the time to share your experiences.

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