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Unread 02-08-2003, 07:46 PM
Surgery in June

Hello Everyone,
I am Paula, living in Kentucky. My doctor has mentioned a hysterectomy for years, but I was convinced it would never come to that. Was I ever wrong! My uterus is enlarged from fibroid tumors, and I am miserable.
I am a high school media specialist, and I don't want to miss a lot of school, so I'm opting for surgery as soon as I finish work for the summer.
My doctor plans to give me a shot in early March, which he says will be instant menopause. The idea is that this will shrink the uterus to some degree, possibly being able to make the abdominal incision horizontally instead of vertically.
Has anyone had this shot? I hope it doesn't make me crazy or mean.
I am happy to have found this site. I have a feeling I am going to need all the information and support I can get. I got woozy just reading the list of items to take to the hospital.
I think I can get ready for this mentally. I don't have children, but that's not an issue for me. I don't fear not feeling feminine; I never thought of my uterus as part of female allure! Like everyone, I do fear all the things that can go wrong during a major surgery. I do wish I could have the surgery tomorrow; I don't need a lot of time to think about it and get really scared.
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Unread 02-08-2003, 08:14 PM
You could surprise yourself

It's possible you won't get scared. Can you believe that? I didn't get scared for my hysterectomy and that surprised me a lot. It was a great feeling of empowerment, too. I did my homework, knew what I was doing and did it.

Now my upcoming surgery - well, I have to admit I'm a little off kilter about it. But I think I'll be OK.

About that shot - actually, I think I took pills. The main thing I noticed, except for a little hair growth, was an incredible urge to EAT. I did pack on a few pounds during that time. So that's what I'd advise you to watch for.

Good luck!

Unread 02-08-2003, 08:33 PM
Surgery in June

What part of KY are you from? I live in Florence KY up near Cincinnati, OH. I am like you in that the more time I have to think about an upcoming surgery the more scared I get but that isn't the case with this surgery. I think this website has something to do with it ! Now my LSO I had in December, I was a complete basket case. Afterwards I wasn't in as much pain as I thought I would be and my obgyn promised me that the TAH/RSO I am about to have would be the same thing so I hope he is right. I don't know anything about the shot but I will keep you in my prayers that you do well with it. Have a good day!

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Unread 02-09-2003, 07:43 AM
Me too

I'm getting ready for my first "Lupron" injection. I have 30-40 fibroid tumors in my uterus. It's the size of a 5 month pregnant womans. Their plan is to try to shrink it - to make it easier to remove (hopefully vaginally but they would like it smaller even if abdomially) ((sp?)) and also to stop/slow the constant bleeding. They plan to give me the injections - once per month. I'm too anemic to do surgery on right now. I've heard they can cause menopause syptoms, but after all I've gone through, I'm willing to put up with that for three months. After that, hopefully, no bleeding. Do a search on this site for "Lupron", you'll find different experiences for different ladies.

I refused to do a broad web search because I'm sure there are horror stories out there. I know what the downers are about "Lupron", but I have to move on and try. I'll take it one shot at a time. I have no choice but to have my uterus/cervic/possibly ovaries removed. I'm settled to that. If the size of my uterus will cause difficulty in surgery I'm settled to trying the "Lupron".

I'm concerned if I get all upset, I'll get sick. I figure my immunities are already compromised with being anemic and all.

I feel a little helpless right now. Being the control mom/wife that I am, being the weakling is more difficult than the bleeding. This site has helped me so much. I lurk in the pre-op and post-op. I love messages from princesses just home from the castle that say I'm okay, I lived through it, it wasn't as awful as I thought.

Thanks ladies. Mary in SE VA.
Unread 02-09-2003, 08:07 AM

I'm with you; I'm avoiding horror stories at all cost. I know the surgery is not going to be a day at the mall, but if everything goes well, and I know that I'll feel a little better/stroger each day, then I'll be a happy camper.
Everyone keeps telling me how much better I'll feel. I think we will have to feel better getting something so big out of us.
I've discovered already that will I have a long list of questions to ask my doctor. I'm glad for this site; at least I will be informed. I know some doctors feel threatened when they know their patients have been on the internet, but mine is very easygoing.
I wish you well in your surgery. I know what you mean about not being in control; that part is scary. I'm really afraid of not being in control of my emotions after the shot. I have to work with teenagers; they're hormonal enough!
Unread 02-11-2003, 04:54 AM
I got my first Lupron....

...injection yesterday. Unfortunately, I also receive a prescription for Pred Forte for the inflammation for my eyes. I got all the way to WalMart to have it filled when it dawned on me I should let the OB know what other NEW meds I was going on. The nurse said NO, don't take.

Well, I have "iritis" (an inflammation behind my eye) I have to get rid of it. Last time I had a bad bout with it, I couldn't see if there was the tiniest light in the room.

I'm trying to be responsible and take care of myself. Something I've never done before. This is NOT helping. I'm gonna call the Eye Dr today and ask him to get together with "Nurse Helpful" to see what/if anything can be given with the Lupron. I DO NOT want to go through another week of not being able to see.

Anybody else have drug interactions?

Take care, Mary (SE VA, 3 Lupron shots to shrink 5 mth uterus, then a hys)
Unread 02-11-2003, 10:43 AM

Hello Sisters ,
Hope i can shed a little light on the subject about the lupron shot. I took the shot 1-year ago, for a six-month regiman, The first month i didn't think it was working because i got 1 more period. But then it started working no more periods, no cramps or any other of the unpleasantries that may arive. I had few side afects, mainly hot flashes. The only problem i had with the shot was when i went to the dentist it seem like no matter what tooth he touched i would get an abscess 2-days later. That seem to be only anoying problem. Hope this helps a little. and take care of yourselves.

SAH on Dec.5,2002 for Endo and ando
Unread 02-11-2003, 01:38 PM

Hi Everyone,
I think it's true what they say about ignorance being bliss (a terrible thing for a librarian to say)! When I found out I would have to have a hysterectomy in a few months, I must admit my first instinct was to just trust my doctor, not ask too many questions, and most importantly, not to scare the living daylights out of myself.
Instead, I've done just the opposite. I've asked everyone I know if they've had a hysterectomy and what advice they would give. I've heard horror stories and encouraging words. I called my doctor today to find out the name of the drug I would receive as an injection, and guess's lupron.
Yes, the horror stories are out there. It's frightenening to do an internet search, and the first results that come up on the screen include words like "fraud" and "class action suit."
I'm thinking of refusing the shot. Is there anybody out there who had great success shrinking the uterus with this drug? I would only be taking it as a chance to have a vaginal hysterectomy.
Maybe an abdominal incision would be a small thing compared to life-long side effects from lupron?
Unread 02-11-2003, 03:39 PM
Surgery in June

I am teaching too and will be scheduling my surgery for the first of June. I am to begin the Lupron shots at the end of this month for a three month tour (LOL) so that by the time school is out, this fibroid will hopefully be small enough to remove with a vaginal hysterectomy. I probably don't have what is considered a really big fibroid, but, I have a lot of symptoms that women with one large or several small ones have (i.e. heavy bleeding for around 8 days, bloated belly, severe pains at a matter of fact, they only found my fibroid when an emergency appencectomy was performed uneccesarily...I was in so much pain that I could not stand up so they assumed it was appendicitis and went in to get them out and lo and behold, there was my fibroid, frequent urination) but I do not want to spend my life fighting these things. I know some choose too, but it is not for me. My family and my job keep my on my feet and I don't want this thing or any future ones bringing me down. No more days in bed with the pain for me! LOL And hello Kentuckians! N.E. TN here with a plethera of family from KY!
I feel welcome here already and this is only my second posting!
Unread 02-11-2003, 03:58 PM
Lupron not just for shrinkage

My GYN ordered the Lupron for me not only to shrink the uterus, but to stop/slow the bleeding. I'm not even healthy enough to operate on. He's hoping to build my iron level as a perk.

If the Lupron doesn't work. I immediately have a blood transfusion and then the hyst. I could care less which way he takes it, just as long as he does take it

I think bone loss was what bothered me the most. I'm gonna eat LOTS of calcuim rich foods and take care of myself.

The Lupron is already working, I can feel it. I went without a heavy jacket today. I'm Miss Freezing Anemia normally. Everyone else will be roasting and I'm shivering. Not today. I was really nice

The dr won't even see me again for 3 months, UNLESS I keep bleeding. The first sign that it's working is the slowing/absense of blood. I'm barely spotting today, is it possible to work so quickly? The nurse says YES for some women. If these shots can work along with the power of positive thinking, then I'll be the one they work on.

The GYN and the OPT (eye) dr have agreed to allow me to continue the eye steriods. YES!!

Take care, Mary (in SE VA)

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