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Unread 04-14-2002, 04:30 PM
Old Sister

Think this is a fabulous site, but is there anyone out there in my age group (56)? Thought I was through menopause, on HRT and a happy little camper until the doc found a fibroid. I was going to keep it and stop taking the HRT in order to shrink the fibroid. I couldn't stand myself and got terrible leg cramps. I started reading lots of stuff and decided this was the route to go. Had no symptoms until was diagnosed but now know what so many of you are going through. Anyway, not much point in my message, but I was wondering if there are any other 50's out there going through this.
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Unread 04-14-2002, 04:54 PM
Old Sister

Hi There!

Welcome To Hystersisters! We're so glad you're here!

Of course there is a very broad range of ages here! I'm sure there are some princesses who have gone through hysterectomy when already approaching menopause or already past it, and certainly in their 50's.

We're here for support 24/7; we even have a great chat room filled with wonderful gals who give out the best and warmest HUGS ever.

Welcome, hon', please stick around and read, and post any hyst concerns.... and browse other parts of the site that focus on many other life issues.

Welcoming s,
Unread 04-14-2002, 05:08 PM
well I am not in the 50s age group

but wanted to welcome you anyway. I think are bodies and our problems make us all the same age. Once an adult there is not a big difference to me. Glad to have you aboard. Sorry to hear of your problems esp...the ralphing..ewwww.

Stay in touch the princesses here are wonderful

TAH possible BSO on 4.23
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Unread 04-14-2002, 06:04 PM
Old Sister

Yes, I'm 53 plus! Welcome to this wonderful site. Bottom line is, we are all women born with a uterus! Young or Younger we suffer alot. Sounds like you have been great up to this point.
So sorry it is happening now. Stay with us and read some options to surgery. Sounds like you have some time on your side to do some research.
So glad you wrote...keep posting.

PS I'd say more but it is 6 PM in CA and hubby is opening all the pots and pans in the kitchen!
Unread 04-14-2002, 06:16 PM

I will be 51 next month. I have been on the HS site for about 3 months so I can tell you there are alot of us in our 50's. I had always thought it was older women who had hysterectomies.
Shows you what I know.
I think it may be a little easier for us atleast emotionally when faced with this life experience.
My surgery and recovery have gone well. I am 7 weeks post op. Just spent the afternoon in the pool with my grandson.
Let us know if there is anything else we can answer for you.
Good luck to you.
Unread 04-14-2002, 07:06 PM
Old Sister


And welcome. I'm 53+ and am 12 days post-op now. I thought I was going to fly through menopause without a stitch too....Not to be. I had painful intercourse and vaginal atrophy. Was put on HRT(premarin cream) and started bleeding. Tried other HRT and bleed all the more.

Turns out that on top of the double uterus and cervix that I've known about for nearly 40 years, that I also had adenomyosis, numerous fibroids and massive scar tissue on one ovary.

I'm glad the surgery is over with. I'm doing well and have had a fairly easy recovery so far. Seems like many of us in our 50's do very well and recover very well...even to the surprise of our doctors. You fit right in with us
Unread 04-14-2002, 10:11 PM
I'm 52 and going in tomorrow.

Hi, I am 52 and going through a laproscopic supracervical hyst tomorrow in the AM. I am keeping my cervix only in hopes of better pelvic support. I went two years without a period and thought I was home free, and then all hell broke loose! I had a second uterine ablation to control bleeding, but it was unsuccessful. I now control bleeding with BC pills, but I'm always just a pill away from problems and I don't like to live like this. I've fought having this surgery for about 8 years, and I guess I just don't want to be like my mother and dad's friend who at age 72 had a D&C and was begging Medicare to pay for a hyst. Needless to say, Medicare was not very willing. I guess by the time you are her age this is all supposed to be behind you!
Anyway....glad to meet you, and I'll be posting after my surgery, but I'm not sure how long after.
Unread 04-15-2002, 12:44 AM
Old Sister

Hi and welcome--

I'm 49 and scheduled to have TAH/BSO 4/29. I really believe I've known for some time I'd eventually end up having a hysterectomy, but I'd always hoped things would work the other way. Bottom line is, the Dr. said there was nothing else to do for my heavy, prolonged bleeding (and this anemia stuff is NO picnic), so his recommendation in March was let's get it out. Plus my Mom had breast and uterine cancer so the longer the bad periods went on, really the more concerned I'd become about the possibility of cancer for me, too.

BTW, 50's aren't really "old", are they??!! I sure hope not 'cause I'm not planning on being "old" for a looooong time!

Wishing you the best with your surgery and recovery. Age really doesn't seem to matter here--this really is a very warm, caring group of ladies!!

Take Care!
Unread 04-15-2002, 06:24 AM
older sisters

Thanks I also thought I was at the older end of the age group here. I am 50, and have been advised to have a TAH/BSO. I'm going for a second opinion this Friday. I'm post menopausel and also thought that would be the end of all my cramps & trouble. But for some reason, probably my HRT, my fibroids have doubled in the last year. Now my uterus is the size of a 20 week pregnancy. When my daughter went for her ultra sound at 20 weeks I joked about my tummy being at least as big as hers. Come to find out about a month later I was right. I also have multiple fibroids inside and outside my uterus. One even I can easily feel on the right side. Thanks for this Wonderful site!!!!
Unread 04-15-2002, 06:47 AM
another older sister

Hi and welcome,

I knew that I wasn't cruising through menapause. My period never stopped. I am 52 (actually closer to 53). I am 7 days post op and actually I am doing really great all things considered. I had a SAH/BSO and bowel re-section. Feeling achey and tired but I felt that way with my parts in. lol

I think you'll know what the right choice is for you. I'm glad I did this and hopefully will never need to have another surgery again. Talk to you soon in chat. Paula

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