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Two weeks post-op, kept ovaries, terrible insomnia and night sweats! Two weeks post-op, kept ovaries, terrible insomnia and night sweats!

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Unread 12-15-2011, 04:04 AM
Two weeks post-op, kept ovaries, terrible insomnia and night sweats!

Hi All,

I am almost two weeks post-op from my LSH. The surgery was done by an endometriosis specialist so they also excised my stage II endometriosis, removed a bunch of adhesions, removed my appendix, and removed a large cyst from my left fallopian tube. My endo was mostly on my abdominal wall and bladder and the adhesions were on my bladder and intestines. My uterus was removed due to adenomyosis and congestion. UGH!

Overall my recovery has been uneventful until the past few days...I've been absolutely miserable! I'm having really bad insomina and when I do sleep it's only for a few hours from which I wake up soaked in sweat and nauseous. I feel exhausted during the day but I've been staying awake and trying to get out and move around to stave off the insomnia but it's not working. Over the counter sleep aids are absolutely useless and I'm afraid to take ambien because it seems like nothing more than a bandaid...I sleep when I take it but as soon as I stop I have withdrawls and insomnia (even if I only take it for one or two nights!). Anyway, I still have both ovaries but, because of the sweats and nausea, I'm starting to think this problem is hormonal. Any thoughts?
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Unread 12-15-2011, 04:13 AM
Re: Two weeks post-op, kept ovaries, terrible insomnia and night sweats!

PS: I know my info says both my ovaries were removed but I actually KEPT both of them. Originally, the plan was to remove them both but I ended up going to see a specialist who was able to keep them. I can't figure out where to change that info in my control panel! I'm not usually technologically challenged but I looked everywhere!
Unread 12-15-2011, 06:12 AM
Re: Two weeks post-op, kept ovaries, terrible insomnia and night sweats!


I can relate. I think some of it is tied to hormones.

I am 11 weeks post-op.

I am still struggling with the insomnia issue. I really thought mine was tied to "cancer head" because I had endometrial cancer, but your post sounds like you were dealing with other issues and you are still having the problems with insomnia.

A week before my surgery I was given Ambien. It worked great.

After the surgery, the hot flashes were horrible and were basically waking me every hour during the night. The hot flashes have gotten better, but the insomnia hasn't.

I'm now working with the theory that the insomnia is about my mind and body being out of sync. I'm hoping as I get back into exercising and more actively engaging in life that they will reconnect and I will finally be able to sleep because my body will be tired and my mind will be at peace with where my life is at right now.

I was going 3-4 days without sleep, becoming so exhausted, finally taking an Ambien, being able to exercise 1 day out of every 4 and then starting the whole process all over.

Now, I am going to try a different plan. I am going to take the Ambien every other night so I am rested enough to exercise 3 days a week. The other 3 days I am doing yoga (the days I am not so rested) and the 7th day I will rest. I'm hoping to slowly let the Ambien go as exercise and supplements take its place. I also drink a relaxing sleep tea, take melatonin and L-tryptophan.

I am currently having to force myself to stick with this plan, but I am hoping it becomes a habit and the exercise will release endorphins, etc and work on my brain. My insomnia issues seem to be about my mind not being able to be quiet and rest.

I know we are all different and there will be different solutions for each of us. Good luck with your recovery journey.

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