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Is PRE-OP excitement silly?? Is PRE-OP excitement silly??

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Unread 03-31-2002, 05:31 PM
Is PRE-OP excitement silly??

Dear All,

I have an appt. on the 4th of April to set up a date and time for my hyset. I don't know just yet exactly what "type" of one I am having but, is it unusual for me to be excited and looking forward to this operation???? I have put up with agonizing pain for about 7 years now and am THRILLED at the thought of being free from that pain. In Feb of 2001 I had my right ovary removed thinking that this would give me relief, but two months later I again started having severe abdominal pain. It starts in my lower right side of my stomach and runs around my back and down the top of my thigh. Has anyone else had this pain? I'm tired of having to take pain pills that make me throw up for hours on end and leave me in a daze as my friends and family carry on with their days and nights. I have such a wonderful understanding hubby who has been so helpful thank goodness. But as I find myself reading several of the POSTS here I can't help but notice and worry somewhat at the the very sad postings . Am I going to feel this way? I have 3 wonderful children and have had my tubes tied 8 years ago so me not being able to have anymore children isn't going to be a sad thing for me. Forgive me for my ramblings here but I am concerned, and a bit scared, and nervous, and excited all in one! Any feedback is extremely appreciated!
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Unread 03-31-2002, 06:03 PM
Is PRE-OP excitement silly??

I wonder why you had to be in pain so long if having children wasn't an issue. I am also ready to do this. No more back pain and sleepless nights. I can't wait. I feel a little upset about no longer being able to have children but they doubt if my uterus could even carry not to mention my barely functioning half of an ovary. The surgery is scary but no more periods sound great and the six weeks off work doesn't sound too bad either. Sound to me like you will be better than ever when it is done and over. Good luck!
Unread 03-31-2002, 06:04 PM
Is PRE-OP excitement silly??

Dear Sophie,

I think the excitment is normal, I am having mine done on 4/18. I all so am excited about having no more pain and I am all so afraid of the unknown. I understand what you are saying about not having anymore children, I have had my tubes tied for 10 years so I don't think that part will bother me.
Well I just wanted to let you know that you are not alone and my prayers will be with you.
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Unread 03-31-2002, 06:54 PM
Is PRE-OP excitement silly??

Thanks for your support! The reason I put up with such awful pain for several years? Well how do I make a long story short? I had an ablation relieving me of the severe bleeding that I also had. This op I had about 8 yrs ago. This op was performed about 6 months after my tubal I believe. The pain wasn't so severe during that year, if I recall! I think I put off the hysterectomy simply because I was afraid of how it would affect me emotionally and this sounds funny but also sexually. I didn't want to jeopardize that part of my life whatsoever!
I have had all 3 of my children by c-section also and I am a bit concerned about more scare tissue/adhesions bla bla bla and so on and so on.
I also in the past year have taken birth control pills to control this pain, again it was temporary relief, yet now things have kicked into high gear again. I feel as if I have tried everything I could try and my doctor seems to think along with myself this is my best choice. This site is absolutely heavenly, I finally feel that someone else besides my doctor is understanding exactly how I am feeling! Thanks so much again!
Unread 03-31-2002, 11:26 PM

Sophie, I bounced off the walls with giddy excitement for the first 3 days after I decided to have my hyst. I was thrilled! I think it's a totally normal reaction, especially when you've had a lot of pain.

I too tried everything else before committing to the surgery. I mean really, I've wanted a hyst ever since I started menstruating (owie!), but it just wasn't the right time before now. I figure when the time is right, the decision pops into your head. For me it was a really mysterious and prolonged process. I was just too scared and then, boom, I was ready.

Best of luck with your surgery!

Unread 04-01-2002, 02:29 AM

I also have my pre-op on the 4th but I already know when my surgery will be. Its on the 19th.
I am excited for the pre-op to mainly get questions anwered.
I also have the pain you are speaking of. I hope so much when all of this is over ALL the pain will be gone.

Take care and keep us informed on your surgery date.

Unread 04-01-2002, 03:49 AM
Is PRE-OP excitement silly??

Hi Sophie,

Welcome to Hystersisters!! I'm so glad that you found us, because all of us ladies here really do understand and support each other.

No, it's not silly to be excited about no longer being in pain. I didn't have the pain that you describe, but I was extremely uncomfortable (from prolapses) and I looked forward to being in better health after my surgery.

Please let us know what your doctor says after your next appointment.


Unread 04-01-2002, 08:37 AM
I thought I was the only one

I thought I was the only one to be "excited" about having a hysterectomy - although I can't tell is it's excitement or if it's "pre-op traumatic stress visualization" as one book refers to it....duh...must be written by a man. The phrase alone is enough to scare anyone. I'm having a vaginal hsyterectomy for a porlapsed uterus in Stage 4 on April 15th - the ovaries will remain intact. From reading the postings here, I think I am fortunate to be having vaginal rather than abdominal surgery. I am also lucky to be having the surgery down in my own hometown hospital with a specialist as surgeon and my family doctor as anesthetist. I am a little embarrassed to admit this, but I can't figure out all the abbreviations everyone uses on this website - such as TAH etc... is there a glossary somewhere with translations? Also, can someone give me a idea of recovery time in terms of my job? I am a virtual high school teacher and work with my students through email. Am I being too optimistic to think that two weeks recovery will allow me to go back on the computer part-time from home? Just for a laugh, I should tell you that I emailed all of my students a very discreet note asking that they email assignments to me before April 15th and allow me some time to get back on my feet after the surgery before expecting results from their work. One young man emailed me back, expresed his sympathy and asked how I got the knee injury!?! If they operate on my knee rather than my uterus........Thanks! cmc
Unread 04-01-2002, 04:08 PM
Is PRE-OP excitement silly??

Hi cmc,

Welcome to Hystersisters!!

Here's a link to the thread that contains the abbreviations that we use here. (It's the second post in that thread).

Your job sounds very challenging. I didn't realize that there are virtual high schools - it must be a very interesting way to teach.

How many students do you have and how many assignments would you have to grade? I don't think I would have been able to concentrate enough at two weeks to be able to grade assignments, but then, everyone is different. The effects of the anesthesia don't totally leave your body for several weeks, though, and so you might not be as sharp mentally for awhile. Even reading a book or magazine article and comprehending what I was reading was hard at two weeks.

Please continue to read and post questions here, and paint a great big "NO" on your knees, just in case


Unread 04-01-2002, 06:29 PM
Is PRE-OP excitement silly??

I feel like you are telling my story!! I have been battling endo for years. I have had a c-section and several lap. surgeries for endo. I've also had my tubes tied. I had a endometrial ablation in December for the heavy bleeding but the cramps are worse than ever and the pain between periods is almost unbearable at times. I go tomorrow to set a date for my hysterecomy and I too don't know what kind he will perform. I have many questions to ask him. I feel bad for my DH, I'm all excided and he's the worried one! I'm just ready to be pain free and I think he thinks I should be a basket case! I'm sure I will be when the time comes, but for now I'm just eager to feel good again!

I too think this is the best site for information!

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