Hysterectomy

Marie - posted on 08/31/2009 ( 19 moms have responded )

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Well no more babies for me.... Have just had a hysterctomy and am on the slow process of recovery. My kids are 18yrs, 14yrs, and a 3.5yr old. I am told that I will never look back...any one else been there and know what I am talking about....

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Maribel - posted on 09/08/2009

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i had mine too...total hysterectomy 13 years ago...i have two kids a girl 27 years old and a boy 24 years old...but am coping up coz' they're both singles as of now...they are the apple of my eyes...

Wanda - posted on 09/07/2009

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Three years ago, I had to have a hysterectomy because I had a fibroid the size of a grapefruit. When they're that big, your options are very limited. After my surgery, I had horrible problems with constipation and/or diarrhea. Turns out, I had an infection from the surgery, and 11 days after, had to have a 2nd surgery, where they had to remove my appendix because it was totally infected, one of my ovaries (which was supposed to stay in), and of course, the whole infected area. Very serious ... and the Dr.'s fault. Thanks for the Dr., I was almost immediately post-menopausal (with very few menopause symptoms before the surgery). I started having 50+ hot flashes a day, started gaining weight - and I've never had a problem with it, and my sex drive went into hybernation. So ... hate to be a wet rag (no pun intended), but if you can avoid having one, do so! I recently read that the medical field considers hysterectomy the male equivalent of being castrated. Nice.

Donna - posted on 09/07/2009

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Hello, I had a hysterectomy a year ago. The first time I went in the dr. was only taking one ovary. they also scraped the endometriosis offf. Six months later I was back having a hysterectomy. It was the best thing for me. I now live pain free.

Laurie - posted on 09/06/2009

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Hi, I am 44 yrs. old and am dealing with the options of having a hysterectomy due to Fibroids or taking shots to shrink the Fibroids but will push me into menopause early which I'm not to thrilled with. I am loosing alot of of Iron in my body and I am very tired also, my concern is my Mom had a hysterectomy when she was 48 and it was the worse thing that every happened to her. That really scares me, I'm still on the fence about this.. It's nice to read some of these post so I can get an Idea of what I should do.. Has Anyone had this Shot that they talk about to shrink the Fibroids??? My Concern also is I've already had 4 Heart -Attacks or Spasms We still don't know which one, about 31/2 yrs ago. I am not your typical canidate for a Heart- Attack. I had no signs for an attack , my arteries were clear no high cholestrol, and I'm not over weight so they have no definate answers and I'm worried that this will cause me to have another attack by having a Hysterectomy or taking the Shot that will push me into early Menopause... I would appreciate any advice..

Peggy - posted on 09/05/2009

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I had a hysterectomy when I was 35. My kids were 14, 12 and 10. My experience was not what I expected. I had a lot of issues with excessive bleeding, irregular and long periods, miscarriages and adhesions from prior surgeries. So I had a lot of pain prior to surgery. I am normally a pretty upbeat person. I had my kids and I was happy with that; what I couldn't understand, was the depression that came over me. I talked with my doctor--a wonderful man--very thoughtful and understanding. He explained it this way. "Sure you are done havinge babies, but you did not make the decision; it was made for you. I enjoy playing tennis, but I will never be a professional tennis player. But when I tore the ligaments in my arm and knew I would never play again, I was depressed. It is the whole control thing." You know he was right. I was depressed for a short time. But overall, I was free of the pain, the cramping and monthly bleeding and all the problems I had been having for more than 15 years. In the end I was very pleased with the outcome. You just need to hang in there don't overdue and you will make a full recovery--if you are like me and had a lot of problems--you will look back with relief from all the chronic pain and discomfort and move forward with a new outlook on life. I have never regretted the surgery. That was 19 years ago!

Shirley Garrick - posted on 09/05/2009

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I had a complete hysterectomy (ovaries, uterus and tubes) removed when I was 37. I am now 71, and I have never regretted it for a second! That was the happiest day of my life. From the time I started having my menstrual periods until the surgery, I had very painful periods that were just horrible! The purpose for my hysterectomy was because I was losing blood each month. The gynecologist checked my blood work before my period and again when the period was over. The results were that I was losing blood and was anemic. He told me that I didn't have much choice because I would continue to lose blood each month.



We had two girls, one born a year after marriage and the other two years later. We wanted a boy real bad. One day, we were told by a Doctor that he had a baby due the next week and the mother wanted to give it up. He did not know whether it was a girl or a boy. It was a miracle for we did not know the doctor, who lived and had his office about 20 miles from us. It also turned out to be a boy!! Two years later I gave birth to another girl, accidentally and against Doctor's orders. Six years later, I had the Hysterectomy. Beginning ten years later, we adopted five more as they became available. We were doing foster care at the time. Our children range in age from 48 yrs to twins- 18. We still have the last 5 of them living with us. They range between 24 and 18 yrs of age. Three have Cerebral Palsy, with the twins in wheelchairs. One twin cannot do anything for himself. All five of them have handicaps, but if I ever mention that word around the girl, she says "We are not handicapped, we are unique." The last five turned out to be one girl and four boys. Yes, we have raised and are still raising 9 children. Every day has been a pleasure for us. We love the adopted ones as much as the biological. When these five arrived at our house, two were 11 mo. of age, two were 4 mo.of age and one was two days old. No, I do not feel 71, I feel more like 41, even after a heart attack and six months later.....cancer. Keep looking ahead and have no regrets. Shirley Jean Garrick Myers

Becki - posted on 09/05/2009

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Yes, I had a hysterectomy 6mos after I gave birth to my 3rd child. But for me it was hard. I did look back. I was told you will feel better, that is the best thing that happened for me I didn't have any more paid at all. The emotions is what is hard the most, and having your mind set and supporting family, and doctors. Good Luck to you.

Marie - posted on 09/04/2009

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Quoting Kristen:

I may have one. Going to the doctor next week. My OB said either ablasion or hysterectomy. I'm nervous about the recovery time.



I am about 9 days along from surgery. Still sore but it is minor discomfort and keeping up with pain killers helps.  I am surprised how good I feel considering. The hardest thing is for me to remember to not lift or reach for things and just take things slowly. Had very little bleeding after and in some ways I am feeling better than when I have my periods. I am beginning to see light at the end of the tunnel.  My surgery was abdominal rather than key hole so it will be a longer recovery period. We looked at other alternatives and for me this was the best way to go. I will keep you all posted on how I am doing. Thanks so much to those that have shared their comments as they are very encouraging and helps me to focus ahead rather than on the slow process of now. :)

Kristen - posted on 09/04/2009

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I may have one. Going to the doctor next week. My OB said either ablasion or hysterectomy. I'm nervous about the recovery time.

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I had a hysterectomy about 6 years ago and I was 35. I have 1 ovary and it was the best thing I ever did. I have experienced hot flashes mostly at night and it was easily fixed with some hormone supplements.

Donna - posted on 09/04/2009

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Interesting - this is what my doc has rec. for me as well - I'm 48 and beyond tired of monthly misery. She says it's a good solution for me since I'm close to menopause anyway - no need for complete unless this doesn't work. Thanks for the encouragement! I think I'm going to go for it.

Julie - posted on 09/04/2009

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Marie, I've been there too. I had my uterus taken out @ the age of 34 & then my ovaries @ 35 because of endometriosis. I have 2 children, ages 13 & 9 now. It was the hardest decision to make but definitely the right one. To date I've had 9 abdominal surgeries....those 2 weren't the last because of adhesions. I had horrible periods....cramps & back pain. Once you recovery from the surgery you'll see the difference. I did need HRT right after the surgery because of severe hot flashes but I'm on a very low dose. I know there's a lot of controversary over HRT but I'm a nurse also & I trust my dr. completely, so I know she wouldn't steer me wrong! Only you know your body & how you are feeling. If you start having menapausal symptoms, talk to your dr. I can tell you that after your recovery time has passed, you'll feel like a brand new woman!! Hope this helps.

Wishing you a speedy recovery & best wishes for a brand new future!! :) :) :)

Michelle - posted on 09/03/2009

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Yes I know exactly what you are talking about. I had a hysterectomy 6 months ago at the age of 31. I had terrible periods which lasted 3 weeks out of 4. They were heavy and painful. I have 3 boys aged 7, 5 and 1/2 and 4 and 1/2 and my husband had a vasectomy after our last boy was born. It was a big decision to have a hysterectomy as hubby could always have had his reversed if we felt like we wanted more. It's true that you will never look back as the hysterectomy has completely changed my life. I just had to come to the realisation that I could never have any more children even though we didn't want any more we could always have tried if we changed our minds. You will feel much better once your recovery is complete.

Michelle - posted on 09/02/2009

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Yes, Marie I was there 7 years ago. I was scared s...less of the horror stories I was told. I have 3 children also but once I recoverd ooooohhhhhhhhh boy it was on with the hubby if u get my drift with no worries. I have no regrets and not once have I looked back. Funny story, my doc said that one of the downsides would b that my drive would decrease.NOT, totally the opposite. My husband says that I'am like a rabbitt and he told the doc that he did something wrong, lol and he should fix me back 'cause I was gonna kill him if we kept going like that. LMAO.........Wishing u a super speedy recovery with no regrets. A CIRCLE OF MOMS FRIEND CHELE

Dominique - posted on 09/02/2009

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I used to suffer with "periods from hell" caused from fibroids. There is another method which helped me tremendously... I had an Endometrial Ablation done back in November, and all I can say is "WOW". My uterous is still there, and because it wasn't a major surgery, recovery time was a few days. I have no more periods and because I'm no longer dreading the pain month-to-month, I feel like I've got my life back again.



I know for every woman it's a very personal choice, but I just thought I'd pass along the information. I truly didn't know this option was available until a new GYN replaced the one I used to go to...

Stephany - posted on 09/02/2009

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I had a partial hysterectomy in 2006 when I had issues with fibroids.. it took me a while to reach the place where I accepted the fact that I needed one. We are adoptive parents, so I never gave birth to my own children; to let go of that was also difficult. On the other hand, to not have the heavy cycles, the iron loss and fatigue was a compelling reason to have it. I have a freedom now that I truly enjoy... I wish you all of the best on your own journey...

Sharon - posted on 08/31/2009

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Quoting Marie:



Quoting Sharon:

No - not there yet. Just getting over one of my periods from hell and I kind of envy you. How are you holding up?






  Felt that it was period week 3 weeks out of 4 so I am certainly looking forward to none of that from now on.....






Well thats a plus!  LOL if we win the lottery we're having one more child so I'm putting it off until it  becomes medically necessary!  but other wise my periods are so painful and horrid I'm looking forward to hysterectomy.  Just how many pounds can I lose when they take the sucker out anyway?  ; )

Marie - posted on 08/31/2009

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Quoting Sharon:

No - not there yet. Just getting over one of my periods from hell and I kind of envy you. How are you holding up?



Hi, Am finding it a bit more uncomfortable than I thought, but its not the pain, its the stuff they pump yr body with, so am full of trapped wind....not nice.  If you have had a c section its not to dissimilar to that but without the hormones raging and all the baby stuff going on with the body and adjusting to a new little one.  I must admit...i have little to no bleeding after surgery and apparently I may get a bit of spotting but then there will be nothing....  was having heavy periods with a lot of pain and also lasting 10days or more.  Felt that it was period week 3 weeks out of 4 so I am certainly looking forward to none of that from now on.....

Sharon - posted on 08/31/2009

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No - not there yet. Just getting over one of my periods from hell and I kind of envy you. How are you holding up?

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