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What should I expect? What should I expect?

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Unread 09-22-2011, 01:43 PM
What should I expect?

Hi! I just joined Hyster Sisters! There's a lot of really good information here! I just turned 40 years old, no kids (but that's okay) and was just informed that the CT scan showed a fibroid about the size of a large orange! Well, I guess that explains the bladder leakage and constipation (at least I hope so!)! I see a few people mention fatigue, so does the fibroid cause that as well? I've had bad fatigue for a few years now but my PCP could never find a cause. My doctor is recommending a hyst, which, as compared to other procedures which, at my age, may only offer temporary fixes, I am actually pretty positive about. I like the doctor I have and he does the Da Vinci LSH, so I'm hoping for quick recovery time, since I'm self-employed and can't be away from work too long. He said that there was a 30% chance he would have to go in abdominally because of the size and location of the broid. But, we're going to try a shot of the Lupron next week to try to shrink it to reduce the chance of having to slice. He also wants to leave the ovaries, fallopian tubes and cervix for a quicker recovery. I've been menstruating heavily (even on the BCP)since I was 9 years old, so this all sounds pretty good, at least for the long term! Any advice or cautions?
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Unread 09-22-2011, 05:37 PM
Re: What should I expect?

I had a DaVinci about 5 1/2 weeks ago and am doing great. I highly recommend it. My fibroid (the big one, I had several) was the size of a grapefruit. I was also told that he may have to convert the surgery if he got in there and encountered something unexpected, but he didn't. I actually was able to go home from the hospital the same night instead of staying over. I never needed anything stronger than an Aleve for pain control. I only had the uterus removed and left the ovaries & cervix. I was driving about 4 days after surgery and really by 2 weeks was feeling darn good!!
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Unread 09-22-2011, 09:11 PM
Re: What should I expect?

I had a LSH and I kept my ovaries and cervix and I feel great!! So glad I had it done!! My uterus was 600 grams and Fibroid was taking up most of the uterus. I lost 5 pounds. You could never tell before the surgery that I had a 600 gram Uterus and Fibroid inside me. Just had some cramping after the surgery, no pain really. Was sick a little to my tummy after surgery but they gave me something for it. Other then that was good. Not to sound to personal, I had a little trouble peeing right after surgery but sat on the toilet for a while and end up going. I did not know they put a breathing tube while you in surgery but did not remember nothing about that. Had the peeing tube removed before I waked from surgery. The cuts he made are hardly noticeable. Everything went really well! Best wishes to you!
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Unread 09-22-2011, 09:33 PM
Re: What should I expect?

That's all really great to hear! At first, I had the automatic negative response to the word "hysterectomy", but then I started talking to my friends, many of whom said that their surgery date was the best day of their lives. So, I started really thinking logically about it and I could hardly come up with any downsides!
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Unread 09-22-2011, 11:29 PM
Re: What should I expect?

I understand wanting to shrink the fibroid before surgery, but I would recommend looking into the side effects of the Lupron. I was given the 3 month shot to shut down my ovaries, to try to relieve the pain I was experiencing. Unfortunately, I was not given the pamphlet for the Lupron until after the nurse gave me the shot. I had to sit for 15 minutes to make sure I did not have a bad reaction to it and during that time I read the pamphlet. I wish I had read it before because I would have chosen not to have it. It can cause an increase in depression, which I already deal with and joint pain, which has been a HUGE problem for me. I also have hot flashes because it pretty much throws you into menopause, so I have to take hormones because I can't stand them. I hope that it works for you and that you don't experience the side effects. Good Luck!
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Unread 09-23-2011, 10:27 AM
Re: What should I expect?

Yes, I've reviewed all the side effects. They don't sound great, but I figure I can endure practically anything for 3 months. Of course, if it doesn't shrink the fibroids, I may want to throttle someone, but everything in life is a risk!
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Unread 09-23-2011, 10:39 AM
Re: What should I expect?

Sounds like how I am feeling! I go next Friday to get my surgery date and first Lupron shot. My doc wants to shrink my fibroid and uterus, but at this point I am so tired of all the symptoms I am ready for the surgery!
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Unread 09-23-2011, 12:40 PM
Re: What should I expect?

I had a surgery date scheduled for the beginning of November, but decided that I didn't want the higher risk of abdominal surgery.
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