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Unread 04-27-2008, 10:49 PM
Post Op Laparoscopy Hysterectomy

OK so I am 29 years old been married for 8 years and found out that i had endometrial cancer which led me to my total Laparoscopy Hysterectomy 2 1/2 weeks ago. About day 5 my Uvula swelled and i called 911 cuz i thought i was choking. Scary but thats all better now. Well I slept on my back and found myself waking in the middle of the night gasping for air. So after about 10 days i decided to sleep in bed. The last 3 days have been the worst. I feel like I have a weight on my chest. I called my dr. and they said its not related... hmmm.. so i went to my regular physician who gave me an EKG and my heart is fine. Well that night I had some sort of panic attack or anxiety and tomorrow i am supposed to go in for blood work. Today my back hurts. I have cried a few times. My chest burns, my skin is sensitive and I am just ready to be done (although it appears it will be a while longer) I just want the uncompfortablness to end. Is this all normal? Any ideas? I just want to be me again.
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Unread 04-28-2008, 01:32 AM
Post Op Laparoscopy Hysterectomy

I am so sorry this has been your experience. You poor thing. The surgery and diagnosis must have been enough without all this.

On the physical side I am wondering if you have had a chest x-ray and whether Dr has listened to your lungs? If I was in your position I would want to be sure I wasn't developing pneumonia which can be a post op complication with any type of surgery because of all the lying around. If you don't think your normal dr will take you seriously, get a second opinion and don't think just because you may not have a cough that it can't be that (with pneumonia that's the problem, it consolidates and feels like a brick on your chest but you don't always have a cough). Check this out first.

You have been through so much though, its no surprise if you are also having anxiety or panic attacks. The surgery, no matter what form it takes is a big big deal and you are still in very early days of your recovery. I think sometimes we women are so busy and on the go in our normal lives, the thought of taking a few weeks out to recover from something is a very scary thought. When our body has been through so much too, we can start to think we will never be well again. But you will get better. Each of us recovers at a different pace but if you look at a lot of the posts you will see that the average recovery is 6-8 weeks.

Can I encourage you to get regularly posting how you are feeling on the forums. I have found the support of other sisters on the site very helpful in keeping me calm and helping me to understand in a really solid way that it is normal to still feel very unwell as we recover and that it does take a long time compared to what we would want. In addition, can I suggest you get with the whole "princess" program. LOL! The metaphor of princess really is helpful if you let it be you for a while (even if it is not normally how you see yourself.) Like royalty, you need to allow yourself the luxury of time to get well and have others serve you. So you may as well make the very most of it as it is so rare to have the need or reason to take it so easy and have so much time to smell the . Please be kind to yourself, take it easy and be sure to that you are.

I truly hope your recovery gets better.



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