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Unread 03-02-2011, 10:30 PM
Jan 21, 2011

Hi I'm 6 weeks post op today. I'm 47 and Had a SAH on Jan 21st (only uterus removed) and my 6 week follow up exam today. So far the recovery has been great no major set backs compared to where I was pre surgery (chronic low back, hip, left leg and foot pain, insomnia, 10 days prior to menstrual cycle sudden anxiety, weepy, sad, heavy bleeding, cycle every 18 days, two bulging disks in lower back as a result of uterus being enlarged and fibroid growing outside of uterus and attached to ligaments and muscles in left hip and pressing on sciatic nerve) what I've written cannot describe the horror of the pain associated with all of this, the last 18 months were just awful. I finally could not take it any more and proceeded to surgery. I woke up from surgery completely free of all the above mentioned pain and discomfort. The only pain I experienced was along the incision and that felt relatively minor compared to everything else I went through. I've basically sailed through the recovery and the only discomfort I am experiencing is itching along the incision and some swelling and tenderness in my abdomen. I stopped taking the percocet by the end of the second week post op and for a time all of the weepy, sad feelings went away also. Three days ago the insomnia started and the anxiety and weepy sad feelings have come back suddenly in the last two days and is a bit overwhelming. Hot flashes were never a big problem and they are very minor now. Any suggestions on what I can do about the emotional roller coaster? I know that I'm not depressed I'm so relieved to finally be pain free and have some quality of life again that my outlook is better than its ever been and it was pretty good even in the midst of all the pain and discomfort. Any and all responses would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
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Unread 03-02-2011, 11:10 PM
Re: Recovery Progress Reports for Hysterectomy date Jan 21, 2011

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Originally Posted by msd767 View Post
Hi I'm 6 weeks post op today. I'm 47 and Had a SAH on Jan 21st (only uterus removed) and my 6 week follow up exam today. So far the recovery has been great no major set backs compared to where I was pre surgery (chronic low back, hip, left leg and foot pain, insomnia, 10 days prior to menstrual cycle sudden anxiety, weepy, sad, heavy bleeding, cycle every 18 days, two bulging disks in lower back as a result of uterus being enlarged and fibroid growing outside of uterus and attached to ligaments and muscles in left hip and pressing on sciatic nerve) what I've written cannot describe the horror of the pain associated with all of this, the last 18 months were just awful. I finally could not take it any more and proceeded to surgery. I woke up from surgery completely free of all the above mentioned pain and discomfort. The only pain I experienced was along the incision and that felt relatively minor compared to everything else I went through. I've basically sailed through the recovery and the only discomfort I am experiencing is itching along the incision and some swelling and tenderness in my abdomen. I stopped taking the percocet by the end of the second week post op and for a time all of the weepy, sad feelings went away also. Three days ago the insomnia started and the anxiety and weepy sad feelings have come back suddenly in the last two days and is a bit overwhelming. Hot flashes were never a big problem and they are very minor now. Any suggestions on what I can do about the emotional roller coaster? I know that I'm not depressed I'm so relieved to finally be pain free and have some quality of life again that my outlook is better than its ever been and it was pretty good even in the midst of all the pain and discomfort. Any and all responses would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
You are not alone. I have not been weepy, but this past week I have had a couple of sudden bouts of anxiety. I started menopause supplements yesterday, and I am hoping these will help. Insomnia makes the mood swings worse. I am going to ask the doctor for something to help me sleep.

I give myself a bit of a talking to when I get anxious. I tell myself that it is just the hormones, that it will pass, and then I say a few self affirmations.
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Unread 03-03-2011, 06:12 AM
Re: Jan 21, 2011

q8qt,

Thanks for your reply. I try to reach out to a friend as soon as I feel the sad, weepy feelings starting and just try to talk my way through it. I will look into the herbal supplements for menopause, please let me know if they help you in any way. The anxiety is not as bad for me as the emotional up and down so like you I also try to self affirm that its just the hormones and remind myself that I'm still recovering and that things will level off eventually.
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Unread 03-04-2011, 12:29 PM
Re: Jan 21, 2011

Msd - I had a SAH on Jan. 12. My recovery was awesome - no problems at all. I was back at work and the gym ( just treadmill and bike) by week 3 . It's hard to believe I had this surgery as my recovery was fast and smooth.

I was just wondering though what you meant by the hot flashes?? I haven't had any but why would you if you just had your uterus removed and kept everything else??
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Unread 03-04-2011, 09:20 PM
Re: Jan 21, 2011

sml - wow, back to work and exercising after three weeks - that is awesome. I am glad your recovery is going so well. Only now at week 6 do I feel ready to start introducing exercise other than walking for longer periods each day. I am off work for another two weeks, and I definitely need the time to get my sleep pattern regulated again and to build up my energy. I was anemic before surgery and also post surgery so although the recovery has been great, I find that I am easily tired as I started to increase my activity and walking more this week.

In regards to the hot flashes - I was experiencing hot flashes on the day before and the first day of my cycle pre op and they were not really bothersome at all, just experienced some warmth at the back of my neck and sweating in the back of my head and my upper body would also get warm. This would all subside by the end of the first day of my cycle.

On the days that would have normally been the start of my cycle this week, I only experienced minor warmth at the back of my neck and it only lasted one day. If I only had the minimal discomfort from the hot flashes to worry about compared to the sad weepy emotional ups and downs then this would not be bad at all. Its good you are not having the hot flashes, I guess everyone experiences different things. Are you experiencing any of the emotional symptoms?
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Unread 03-05-2011, 07:50 AM
Re: Jan 21, 2011

I have had no hot flashes, emotional issues, etc. I feel absolutely fantastic. Actually, besides not having the huge fibroids and belly bulge anymore, I don't feel like I had any surgery. I'm back in all my clothes, back at the gym 5 days a week, back to running around like a loose cannon, etc. I wish everyones recovery was as smooth as mine. Good luck to everyone and their recovery.
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Unread 03-05-2011, 11:21 PM
Re: Jan 21, 2011

That is really awesome that you have had such a great recovery and have no discomfort post op. I wish you continued blessings.
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