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Not sure about going threw with a TAH Not sure about going threw with a TAH

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Unread 02-07-2012, 03:01 PM
Not sure about going threw with a TAH

Wow, I'm having some serious thought about surgery. I have been pretty healthy, had four normal childbirths. Always on the go with Family. This last year came the change. I'm 38, my periods have been heavy with clots, lasting about 12 days. Just these last 3 months very painful almost like labor pains it last about 2 days. Found out I'm anemic had a blood transfusion a month ago. So I have a Fibroid 5cm in my uterus its also swollen. My tubes are tied. After reading all these stories about, the life changes the body gets pushed into, and the different new constant pains that everyone talks about having years after the surgery. I'm not so sure. I just want these heavy long lasting painful periods to stop. I don't want to do the surgery and live with all this new pain or body change ups. I do have about 10-15 days out of the month that are good, where I get to enjoy a great sex life. I wouldn't want that to be affected after surgery. Oh what to do still thinking things out.
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Unread 02-07-2012, 03:03 PM
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ask tons of questions and make sure that you are 100%. get second or third opinions and voice your concerns in here. these ladies are a bundle of info!
Unread 02-07-2012, 03:29 PM
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As tealady said ask alot of questions. Write them down so you dont forget them.
This is a wonderful place to come for support and have your questions. With that being said alot of what you read here are from ladies who had complication or some sort of problems before or after surgery who are in need of support from those that have been there. We see some positive.stories here but the negative far outweight them. There are many that have had surgery and life improved for them. We dont see alot of them because they arent in need of support. So dont let all the nagative be a reason to cancel surgery. Knowledge is power so ask ask ask and ask some more. The more you know the better you will be to make your decision.

Good luck
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Unread 02-08-2012, 03:57 PM
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Remember, too, that many sisters have a really good experience. I had several friends tell me before the surgery (I didn't find this site until after) that it was the best decision they'd ever made. Their quality of life had improved so much.

I'm only 2 and half months out, and I can say the same thing already. I didn't even experience a lot of pain in the past couple of years, but I had a large fibroid and endometrioma, so the whole works had to go. He also excised the endometriosis that was there. I was tired and sore for the first few weeks, of course, but was so surprised at how well I felt from the beginning. I thought it would be much worse!

I am back doing everything I did before the surgery - work (I am on my feel all day), gym 5 days a week, spending time with friends and family (I've hosted dinner parties for 15!). Sex is SO much better, too. Life is very good, and I don't regret my decision.

You have to make your own decision, of course. Ask lots of questions to make sure that you are fully informed. I just wanted you to know that there are good stories, too.
Unread 02-08-2012, 04:34 PM
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There are other options to consider - myomectomy, uterine artery embolization, and maybe some alternative therapies. I had very good luck controlling my pain and anemia just by seeing a good acupuncturist. Sadly for me, all other options turned out to be temporary. BUT I avoided having major surgery for over ten years, and by the time I had to have it, I knew I'd tried my best and was more at peace with the decision.
Get a third and fourth opinion before deciding anything! And good luck. I think people can't imagine how much a fibroid can hurt unless they've had them. Hang in there!
Unread 02-08-2012, 05:30 PM
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Have you asked about an IUD? It MAY shrink the tumor and stop your periods. However, you may have 6 months of hell before that works.

I went in to ask about alternatives to the IUD when they discovered my uterus was growing too rapidly to make it work. And because the tumors were in the muscle wall, they couldn't do ebaltion (sp?) therapy either.

You might feel better if you got a second opinion from another doctor as well.
Unread 02-08-2012, 06:31 PM
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i would definitely get 2nd opinion before surgery.dummy me just wanted 8-9 day extremely bad periods to cease.i didnt get 2nd dr. didnt do regular ultrasound or xray.he only did vaginal ultrasound.i was completely ate up with endo(which wasnt found until actual operation) NOW i am experiencing same pain but no period pain.i think even w/ 2nd opinion i would've had to have omendum was also very very attached to many of my organs and then was balled up in between rectum and cervix.
but i hope endo hasnt further spread.i feel like it some pain is gone but not what if i had went to another dr. and found out i didnt have to have TAH but an easier recovery kind?so dont be like me and wonder what if?TAH ,I think, recovery goes thru stages.
you're gonna have to help for a little while just make sure you have to have this type.hugs to u
Unread 02-08-2012, 07:15 PM
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Only you can decide what is best for you. I have friends with all kinds of experiences. One said every woman should have one. Another had lap to clean out endo and then on lupron; no hyster. Can they remove fibroid without a hyster? For me, ultrasounds kept coming back negative despite pain so severe it would radiate down my legs. Saw specialist who said endo can only be diagnosed via surgery. Suggested hyster to me because I was so "suspicious" for endo and that pathology is only way to diagnose endo in uterine wall. Had endo but not in wall (adenomyosis). I just couldn't deal with the pain anymore. It affected my ability to work. I was given option for hormones but knew that wasn't a good choice for me and was also just temporary. As soon as I would have gone off them the endo would have grown back. I'm 23 days post op. It's been harder than I expected but I'm still glad I did it. I wish you peace with whatever your decision is.

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