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Unread 10-02-2001, 05:16 PM
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I'am new and not sure if I am doing this right, I guess I'll find out. I have gotten more info from this site and am very glad I found it. I am scheduled for a TAH-BSO the end of the month and have cold feet and don't know if I should go through with it. I have had dysplasa (excuse the spelling) three times in the last 11 years it appears to be gone for now, but have started pre-meno with hot flashes, blouting, and alot of pain at time of my period ( to the point of missing work, and in bed for two days a month) does any one know if this is normal menopause? Dr, thinks I have endo also. My Insurance at first denied the surgery saying it was cosmetic, but I found out yesterday that my Dr. talked to them and it is now approved for Oct. 29th. What else can I do to get over the cold feet and nervous stuff.
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Unread 10-02-2001, 06:14 PM
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Hi there and welcome to the board. I am new here also. I have found the women here to be extremely helpful and informative. Keep reading the posts that are here and you will see that we all have cold feet and concerns. Hopefully we/they can help you get over yours. I have Endo. What are your other symptoms? Why does the doctor think you have endo? What kind of surgery is he/she going to perform?
Unread 10-02-2001, 06:49 PM
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Hello and welcome Boopsie. We're glad you found us. Can't help much with the nervous part...that's just part of pre-op. I was scared big time prior to my tah/bso March 2000. However, my surgery and recovery went smoothly and I feel great now.

"Initial" recovery will take 6 - 8 weeks...seems like a long time..but in the scheme of things it's not that long.

I had estrogen patch put on the day after surgery but opted to take daily pill once I got home and haven't had any problems. Matter of fact my moods are more stable now than they've been in years.

Pre-op is very emotional...and nerve doubt about that. I busied myself with getting my home organized, purchasing items I would need before and after surgery and doing some relaxing things to help keep my mind occupied.

At the top of the board is a pull down that says "More Hyster Sisters"...go to helpful hints section...then to Ladies in Waiting. There's lots of good information there for pre-op women.

Again, welcome aboard. We'll be with you every step of the way.
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Unread 10-02-2001, 07:05 PM
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Hello, and welcome!!! My surgery date is also set for the 29th.It seems like the more time you have to think about it the more reluctant you become.I have severe pain when i ovulate and all through my menses.I have an enlarged uterus and pain during and after intercourse.The doctor suspects adenomyosis which is endo, only it has gone into the muscle.So we agreed to do SAH.I suggest you do as much research as possible if a hyst is not what you want.I wish you all the luck in finding your answers.Stick around and i am very sure someone here can help you.
Unread 10-02-2001, 07:42 PM
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hi Boopsie
I am new here also and have found everyone to be so helpful and kind, i am post op, and have read many posts over the last couple of days, which has help me so much.
Just wish i had found the site before my surgery, as i was very anxious about the surgery but felt better after i had been for my pre-op, they went through everything about my surgery also questions i asked them, that i had written down so i didnt forget anything....
Keep reading and posting
Take care
Lou x

Would just like to take this opportunity to say thankyou to everyone, this is a great site.
Unread 10-02-2001, 07:56 PM
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Hi and welcome!

This is the best place around for information, support, and hugs! I would have gone batty without all the help I got here before my TAH/BSO. The fear is a normal part of the experience, but I think that the more you know, the better you can handle your fears.

The Pull Down Menus on our home page are loaded with helpful lists and suggestions to help you prepare, and the stories from other sisters also helped me a lot. Hearing about others' experiences can help give shape to what we imagine...and knowing that so many have come through with good outcomes and vastly improved lives is comforting, too!

Keep reading and posting, and we will be with you every step of the way!

Unread 10-03-2001, 01:56 PM
sounds like you've made the right decision:)

Re: your question @ is the severe cramping/pain you've started having prior to and at the start of your period- that is NOT a normal part of menopause, as far as I know. I have the same thing- and am now at the point where, even taking Vicodin round the clock I can't sleep the first day or two of my period, the cramps and leg pain are so bad. My hyst. is set for 10-16-01, and I cannot wait- I figure, no matter how lousy I may feel for a few weeks- that's nothing compared to feeling the way I do now every month for the next 10-15 yrs., possibly. This web site will give you all kinds of good info @ questions to ask dr., what to plan to have on hand, surgery options, etc. Good luck
Unread 10-04-2001, 04:02 PM

Thank you ladies, just getting so many comments from all of you helps alot. I am having a tah/bso ( hope this is the right intials). The Dr. thinks endo, due to the severe pain. I think some of my cold feet and nerves comes from the pre-meno mood swings, for me anyway. I know this is what I need done, since I do not want to go thur dysplasa anymore, three times is enough and with my history it would be back in a couple of years anyway and I am missing on average 1 day a month from work due to the pain at menses time, I am swelled, feels like all over, seems like all the time and except for a week and a 1/2 each month miserable. I want to thank all of you again, and sorry it took me so long to reply, but most days I am too tired after work to even check my email, let alone go on the web. THANK YOU ALL AGAIN....
Unread 10-04-2001, 05:00 PM
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Unread 10-04-2001, 05:01 PM

Just want to say I am new also and still learning how to post messages and replies! I had endometreosis for years ( one doctor said I probably had it begin not too long after beginning periods when I was thirteen) and suffered with it till I was 24 and went in for emergency surgery. I am not a big doctor fan ! They removed the large endo cysts I had that destroyed one ovary and was entwined in bowels and etc. If I had known then before surgery that it would all come back again some day, I would have told them to take everything then. But didn't know and no one asked. So twelve years later, after more pain and it becoming worse in the past two months to the point of daily taking codiene medication, I finally went to the doctor and they found another large mass over the other ovary. A little over a week ago, I had it all removed and hopefully that will be the end of the pain.
One thing I wanted to say was, I always wondered if I was going thru some kind of pre-menopause in the past year because of the damage the mass was causing with the remaining ovary and I didn't know it. I had what I thought might be hot flashes, but it is difficult to tell when you live in AZ.! I had bloating, excruciatingly painful periods and for the pst six months DID miss work at least one day out of every month because of it. I don't know if when you have endo and it is causing problems with ovaries, if that can bring on menopausal symptoms. But I think you are doing the right thing in getting this fixed. You will feel so muchbetter for it afterward. Take care.


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