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truthsetmefree
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Default  Posted: 12:55 PM, August 13th (Tuesday)

I'm scheduled for Thursday and a little nervous.

For those of you that have had it done, any advice....pre-op? post-op?

I would also love to hear any "best thing I've ever done" testimonies.


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zebra25
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Default  Posted: 1:02 PM, August 13th (Tuesday)

Best thing I've ever done.

Seriously, I had endometriosis and very large fibroids. I had everything out. I felt so much better after years of pain.

I had abdominal surgery and it was not bad at all. I didn't need any pain meds and recovered quickly.

Good luck!!


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Lalagirl
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Default  Posted: 1:07 PM, August 13th (Tuesday)

Best thing I've ever done.

Period. (oh, that's right, no period...and no painful ones at that! )

Mine was many years ago - 1988 - I was only 23 years old (luckily I had my kiddos young - 18 and 22) - had severe endo that was debilitating.

I think the procedure is much easier on the body than it was back in the day - I had a full hip-to-hip incision - they took my uterus, tubes & cervix...kept the ovaries and there was no endometrial involvement and being so young, they wanted me to have hormonal function. I was in the hospital for 5 days - 3 of them were painful, but I kept on top of it with morphine. Was scheduled to be out of work for 6-8 weeks, but begged to go back after 4 - I felt great!

You will be fine...and if you're suffering from painful periods, it will be the "best thing you've ever done."

Best of luck and give us a post-op update.

Hugs,

Lala


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EvenKeel
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Default  Posted: 1:29 PM, August 13th (Tuesday)

I had mine 3 months ago. Hospital must-haves for me was lip balm and Wuerters (sp) candy. My throat was so dry for the surgery and they were wonderful.

Did you check out the hystersister site? If not, google it and browse around it....it was TONS of help for me.

Feel free to PM me if you have any specific questions.

Testimonials - they ran into an issue during the surgery and were unable to do laproscopic so I was cut. However, recovery went good. My belly did not like the painkillers so I did not take anything stronger than Motrin (and it was not an issue). Sure I was sore but it was not unbearable.


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woundedwidow
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Default  Posted: 1:55 PM, August 13th (Tuesday)

Best thing I did was take a small pillow to the hospital to hold under my belly for walks, sneezes, or throwing up (I couldn't take the post-op pain meds either). Otherwise, it was really pretty easy. I had everything removed (1993), including the ovaries, so I didn't drive for the recommended 6 weeks, but I did the "forbidden" chores like vacuuming and laundry.


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TrustNoOne
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Default  Posted: 2:08 PM, August 13th (Tuesday)

Best thing I.HAVE.EVER.DONE!

It changed my life. I rejoined people in this world who enjoy life a full 30 days a month....not 20.

I no longer try to plan vacations around a period.

I don't have to cancel at the last minute with friends/family because I'm uncomfortable.

I tried an ablation first. Mistake.

I tried hormones. Mistake.

I then had the hysto. WIN~!

I can't believe I suffered for 5+ years longer than necessary as we tried other options. Pffft....

All best wishes for a smooth surgery and quick recovery.


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Lucky
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Default  Posted: 2:09 PM, August 13th (Tuesday)

Best thing I have ever done.

Mine was 22 years ago and I've lived a wonderful cyst and endo free life.


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HFSSC
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Default  Posted: 2:11 PM, August 13th (Tuesday)

Add me to the BEST THING I EVER DID list.

I had determined a LONG time ago that 35 was my cutoff for any further pregnancies. I had my hysterectomy 2 weeks after my 35th birthday. When I went in for the consult, my ob/gyn asked "Are you sure you're done having babies?" I told him even if I wasn't, I had to be able to have sex to get pg and that wasn't happening because it was too painful.

No periods!!! Boo yah!

Pain-free, enjoyable sex again!!!! Bonus!!!!!!!!!!

I hope your recovery is as uneventful as mine was and that your quality of life improves even half as much as mine did.


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painpaingoaway
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Default  Posted: 2:31 PM, August 13th (Tuesday)

I can't believe I suffered for 5+ years longer than necessary as we tried other options.
Ditto, except I suffered for about 15 yrs before finally having the hyster. For some dumb reason, I thought that if I no longer had my uterus, that I would lose sexual desire, so I decided I didn't want a hysterectomy. So stupid. So so stupid.

Well, post hysterectomy, my sex life and sexual desire is much MUCH better than it was all those years I suffered. (I did not have my ovaries removed).

My overall quality of life has improved dramatically, and without a doubt, it was the BEST gift I ever gave myself. My periods we so bad that I could not even leave my house during the first few days.

The surgery was pretty rough, I could not walk fully upright for several weeks, but that was nothing compared to the years and years of hellish periods.

Practically all pain meds make me throw up, so the doc gave me Dilaudid with Phenergan, and I was good to go, no vomiting whatsoever.


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Pentup
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Default  Posted: 2:41 PM, August 13th (Tuesday)

Cue weird vibe music, I just looked for you on here today!
Btdt.
Pm or email me with the type of procedure, etc. I went to my Dr with a list of MANY questions. Also, my background, will give you some things to be aware of while you are there.
Prayers for you friend


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tushnurse
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Default  Posted: 3:20 PM, August 13th (Tuesday)

Best birthday present ever!!!!
I fought With the unexpected bleeding constantly. I was done using the parts, and was tired of being anemic.
Surgery was a cinch for me. Recovery even easier. The hardest part for me was taking it easy for 6 weeks.
Must have is a small firm pillow for bracing your belly when you cough/sneeze/ walk.


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scarredforever
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Default  Posted: 3:44 PM, August 13th (Tuesday)

Had mine done just about 2 years ago, and yes, it was the best thing I have ever done. Kind of an emergency situation, bleeding heavy, ended up in ER, operated on about two days later.

My doctor is a saint, and I truly feel he changed my life and saved my life. No more heavy periods, fibroids and general yuck of dealing with it.

The sense of freedom is overwhelming, I got my life back.

My doc took out the uterus, a couple huge fibroids contained therein, and left my cervix and ovaries, which I requested, I had a bikini incision, slightly larger than my c-section scar, and it has healed up nicely. Hardly noticeable. My recovery took a full 6 weeks, painful to walk around, but with some Motrin it was bearable.

It will change your life if you are suffering now. Good luck with everything, you won't regret it for a minute.


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movingforward777
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Default  Posted: 7:40 PM, August 13th (Tuesday)

Best thing I've ever done! (add me to the list...lol)

I had a lap assisted vaginal hysterectomy when I was in my early 30's due to heavy bleeding. The surgery was easy to go through, but you need to remember that you have the healing inside to do still and take it easy for the 6 weeks like they tell you (no vaccuming, heavy lifting unless you want your bladder hanging to your knees )
Once you heal up you will wonder why you waited so long to get it done...honest...
Good luck on Thursday...take care, get your rest and let others help you out....HUGS


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truthsetmefree
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Evil  Posted: 8:39 PM, August 13th (Tuesday)

Thanks girls! Your replies have been very encouraging and helpful. I went today and purchased a pillow and candy.
Based on the fibroids my dr feels that she can do the surgery via laparoscope. But if endo is present- which all signs suggest that it is - then she prepared me for it being done abdominably...which is the part that kinda scares me. But it helps to know that so many of you think it was unquestionably worth it. I feel like I can certainly endure even a 6 week recovery if it will truly resolve these problems.

And the idea of a dragging bladder has really made an impression. I probably needed that image more than I can even know.


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Default  Posted: 8:49 PM, August 13th (Tuesday)

I was told many times before surgery, "this was the best gift I gave myself". I thought they were nuts. However, afterwards, I have to agree. I feel much better having it done.

The best thing I did was find a web site called hysterSisters. There was a lot of support in all phases of recovery. It was to my hysterectomy as SI is to recovering from my A. I am a nurse, but it was nice to interact with others going through it. This was not about medical knowledge, but about dealing with the surgery.

I was ready to return to work 2 weeks post op (lap hyst).

Good luck. HysterSisters also has preoperative information.


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trying_2_recover
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Default  Posted: 12:26 AM, August 14th (Wednesday)

Another totally worth it. I was in less pain 3 or 4 days post op than I had been in for years.

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truthsetmefree
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Default  Posted: 6:50 AM, August 14th (Wednesday)

Ok. So I spent several hours last night on the hystersisters site - I dont know if that was a good thing or not.

I cant drive for 2 weeks - and possibly 6?

A gallon of milk is considered heavy lifting??

And I have done virtually nothing to prepare for this type of incapacitation because I just found at yesterday. It was all I could do to get my cleanse stuff picked up. I felt I was ahead of the game with my pillow.

And is it normal to start to freak out the day before? Like I immediately felt I was making the right decision - and I've known this was likely for some time - but now I'm feeling like I need more time to prepare...where yesterday I couldnt have been more thrilled with the idea that I didn't have to wait any longer than a couple more days.


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movingforward777
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Default  Posted: 9:20 AM, August 14th (Wednesday)

Be glad you only have to wait a few days....clean your house, stock your fridge, buy up some good magazines/books and pack your suitcase!
Good luck....HUGS


You can't reach for anything new if your hands are still full of yesterday's junk.......Louise Smith

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EvenKeel
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Default  Posted: 12:29 PM, August 14th (Wednesday)

I did find the info on that website overwhelming 'at first' but I found it to be a WONDERFUL resource since I could communicate with ppl having the exact same thing at the same time!

I think you are just double-freaking because you are being hit will all that info sooo close to surgery.

Driving - varies by drs. As I said, my LAVD was a no-go so they did the full cut. I was cleared to drive at my 2 week appointment. They said it had more to do with if you were taking painkillers too (obviously if you are taking them longer - then driving is not a good idea).

Yes - it is normal to freak-out. Part of my brain was thinking "maybe I should wait more....". Other part of the brain was like "Chicken".

I found peace in pre-planning. I made some frozen stuff shells to heat up, I had friends that dropped off dinners, made sure all my kid's events were covered, etc.

We will be thinking of you tomorrow!!!!

DO NOT try to be superwoman. If you need painkillers for discomfort - TAKE them!

If you think you are feeling better and can do more - DON'T! You still have tons of internal stitches to heal! You only get ONE chance to heal correctly - so do not push it.

My friends mom did 'too much too soon' and she was never able to rectify the damage she caused. Not worth it - relax and let your body recup!

PS - walk-walk-walk. I remember those first couple steps always hurt but once I got motoring, I would do rounds around the hospital floor. DEFINITELY helped with recovery.

PSS - I used the sturdy step ladder from my kitchen and put it by my bed for support. It was great to have the handle to hold onto those first few days getting in and out of bed. Because it is made to be a step ladder - it was more balanced then using a hard-back kitchen chair.

PSSS - ok....I am done


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truthsetmefree
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Default  Posted: 12:47 PM, August 14th (Wednesday)

Thanks you two for the "extra" encouragement.

Part of my brain was thinking "maybe I should wait more....". Other part of the brain was like "Chicken".


This really resonated with me. Exactly.

It's been kinda interesting that the biggest push for me has been that close family has changed from saying, "you really need to get this done" to "WE really need you to this done."

I think you are just double-freaking because you are being hit will all that info sooo close to surgery.

This is probably true. Considering pre-op "prep" (dread this almost as much as anything else), I've had less than 24 hours. Which is ultimately good because I've managed to talk myself out of this for the last 5 years.

Thanks again for all the "best thing ever" confirmations. I'm really holding tight to those - figuring that no matter how bad it may get, it's still ultimately a HUGE step forward.


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Default  Posted: 12:55 PM, August 14th (Wednesday)

Lots of advice on that website is obsolete. I had the abdominal incision. Hurts the first 2-3 days. I bought a car and drove over 500 miles within a week. Drove myself to the dr appts for fu.

Pillow, candy, something to read or watch, take your pain meds the first couple of days. You will do great!!


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openedupmyeyes
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Cool  Posted: 1:02 PM, August 14th (Wednesday)

Ringing the hysterectomy bell.Freedom sister! Freedom! I had mine in my early 30's. They took it all vaginally. No outer scars. My prayers and thoughts will be with you. Its all been said so no use repeating it. Get plenty of rest. You'll do fine.

My grand mother,mom,me,oldest daughter all have survived and thrived :you will too.:

[This message edited by openedupmyeyes at 1:07 PM, August 14th (Wednesday)]


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Default  Posted: 1:13 PM, August 14th (Wednesday)

I used the sturdy step ladder from my kitchen and put it by my bed for support. It was great to have the handle to hold onto those first few days getting in and out of bed. Because it is made to be a step ladder - it was more balanced then using a hard-back kitchen chair.
that's a great idea. Make you get the kind that has the rubber grips on the feet, so it doesn't slide.

Yeah, I had forgotten about the raising yourself up to get out of bed. that will be hell the first few days of you have the full abdominal cut.

Also, make sure the doc tells you what to use for constipation. If you are taking painkillers, you WILL get constipated, and believe me, that is NOT something you want to deal with while recovering.


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Default  Posted: 1:18 PM, August 14th (Wednesday)

Yah don't worry about the driving thing, usually they will let you drive when you are off pain meds totally, or 2 weeks.

I had a OB/GYN that took care of A LOT of nurses, and he was very hard core about the not working until 6 weeks, because he had 2 girls blow out their pelvic floor by going back to work too early. As a Nurse in a hospital setting you can say no heavy lifting but if it's emergent, you do what you have always done. Take care of the patient.

Enjoy the down time, rest relax, read, let friends feed you, and enjoy it. I had my time off in Sept, early Oct, what a beautiful time of year to be off work. I spent many a day sitting on my porch reading. That sounds so nice.... Hmmmm, wonder what else I can have removed....


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Default  Posted: 2:48 PM, August 14th (Wednesday)

Hands down the best thing I ever did.

Mine (about 7 yrs ago) was done vaginally, so no noticeable incision and was home the next day. Recuperation was fast. I would have preferred to have gone back to work the next week, I felt so good. Wasn't supposed to lift anything for a while so that was annoying because I had to take my H grocery shopping with me.

One of my ovaries was already done and shriveled up, and the doc left the other. I think the other has only recently gone, so menopause has been almost unnoticeable.

While in the hospital I preferred the light cramping to the meds, which made me nauseous, so I quit them right away. Really, it was no big deal at all.


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Default  Posted: 4:01 PM, August 16th (Friday)

Wondering how you are doing and sending hugs.


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Default  Posted: 12:15 AM, August 17th (Saturday)

Another best thing I ever done and it would have been done earlier if I had had the right doctor...I had a 4lb fibroid...They couldn't even find my right ovary for the cyst on it..Had to have the shot to put me in early menopause because of the bleeding..My hemoglobin was down to 8.8...When it got back up to 10 they decided to schedule my surgery...

It took me a little longer to heal..I was cut through my old C-section scar...Up and down...Make sure you get some Colace for constipation and you will do fine and keep up with the pain..Enjoy your down time, you won't get it again...

Take care and know you are among friends during this time....


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Default  Posted: 5:57 AM, August 17th (Saturday)

Just an update...

Came out of surgery Thursday @ 4pm. She was able to do it all laparoscopic and I have three incisions. She didnt say she founf endo (which was really surprising to me) but she did say both ovaries were "really sickly" so those came out along with my uterus. Cervix was in good shape/position so it was left.

Fairly intense pain once in recovery but the morpheine pump calmed most of it down. However I did have pretty rough nausea - which in turn caused me not to be able to eat - which then meant I couldn't transition to my "take home" painkillers. All this o say - they kept me a second night.

I did get a shot of phenegin (sp) which supposedly is the "big stuff" and the nausea has mostly been gone. Percocet is hat they are prescribing me and it is controlling the pain so long as I keep in front of it. I'm anticipating being released this morning.

Thanks again for the info and encouragement. Overall thus hasn't been bad and base on these reports I am looking forward to the rest of this being oh so worth it.


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Default  Posted: 7:00 AM, August 17th (Saturday)

I had everything removed, uterus, ovaries, cervix along with a complex endometrial cyst. I was also 5 months post giving birth to my son, a troubled and complicated pregnancy. It was a hell of a recovery for me, I was 36 at the time.

So, I'm not sure how old you are, but if you have lost your ovaries, are you going to take estrogen replacement? That has been the last battle ground for me since I was young when I had the surgery. The hot flashes have plagued me since, and some problems with "low estrogen". I've tried pills, patches, rings and have none have worked perfectly. I'm terrified of no estrogen and losing my want/need/ability to have great sex (due to dryness)

But, overall, the best damn thing I could have done for myself!


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Default  Posted: 7:53 AM, August 17th (Saturday)

I'm 45 and planning on taking hormone replacements. The dr put me on an estradiol patch yesterday and I'm guessing will likely give me a prescription to fill when discharged. However, I've done little research to know what is the best/safest method to replace hormones after a hysterectomy. I do know based on my blood work earlier this year that I showed no signs of being close to entering menopause.

I do have great oncerns about replacement therapy and had hoped to leave one ovary (pretty much knew one was shot) but also seeing how neither one was healthy I'm now hoping that I can stabalize my moods with a replacement.

I would love to hear further about hormone replacement and what has/hasn't worked.


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Default  Posted: 8:03 AM, August 17th (Saturday)

T/J
I'm terrified of no estrogen and losing my want/need/ability to have great sex (due to dryness)

cmego, my ovaries died sometime in the past 2 years. My blood work shows "Postmenopausal" (not even a borderline or "perimenopausal" for me ) and there has been no decrease in drive or desire. Maybe an increase, if I'm honest.

As for the dryness, we've become pretty regular customers at the adult store and there are some great lube products out there.


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Default  Posted: 8:48 AM, August 17th (Saturday)

I had my hyster years ago, best thing I ever did.

I have been on HRT ever since. I tried a couple different ones but I had some dryness and my sex drive seemed diminished. Dr. put me on estratest, which has a very slight amount of testosterone in it. He explained the reason why it would work, none of which I can remember or really care. It did the trick, and I have been on it ever since.

Just talk to your doc and you will come up with something that is perfect for you.


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Default  Posted: 9:19 AM, August 17th (Saturday)

Truth, I'm glad to "hear" your surgery went so well. As far as the hormone replacement therapy (HRT), I knew that I would be having it going into my surgery. I had had a previous illness that usually leads to osteoporosis, so my GYN was worried about bone loss. I actually woke up from the hysterectomy with an HRT patch on my hip! I think I wore a patch for about three years and never had any adverse side effects, and my bone density has stayed good. However, having the HRT patch did NOT prevent all the symptoms of "surgically-induced menopause", even though I was only 43. Once the overies are gone and the natural supply of estrogen dries up, you will probably begin to experience at least some of the normal symptoms of menopause - all at once. I had hot flashes and night sweats. You might want to talk with your DR about dealing with those.


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Default  Posted: 9:41 AM, August 17th (Saturday)

Glad to hear it went fairly well for you...laproscopic is the way to go...much "easier" recovery when you don't have the abdominal incision...
Take it easy, rest and relax, let others do for you and heal well....HUGS


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Default  Posted: 9:48 PM, August 17th (Saturday)

So am glad that you came through like a champ. We knew you would. Get plenty of rest. When you and your dr.
decide on hrt , take the least amount to handle your symptoms. Stay diligent with mammograms!! You'll find what works for you. anything I can do to help..... just pm me. Good luck!


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Default  Posted: 12:59 AM, August 18th (Sunday)

Glad you came through your surgery so well..Keep ahead of the pain is the best thing...

I had my hysterectomy at the age of 49..That has been 8 yrs ago...I don't take any hormone replacement due to me having a blood clot in my foot that ended up in my left lung..I have had very few hot flashes and once in a while night sweats, not to the point of having to change my clothes or anything...

I was told we, women had estrogen in the fat in our bodies...That is one reason my fibroids kept growing even though I was close to menopause...I won't take estrogen either because of breast cancer running in my mother's family..That is what killed my mother...

Hope you continue to improve and enjoy your down time...


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Default  Posted: 8:47 AM, August 18th (Sunday)

I was young when I had a total hysterectomy, 36. I am about to turn 43. The hot flashes have been bad for years now, even on high doses of estrogen. The best type of replacement (for me) was the estrogen ring you change every 3 months. But, of course, I ended up with an allergy to the ring. So, back to oral medications. I can't do patches because of adhesive allergy. Oral is all that is left for me at this point and I still have at least 3 hot flashes during the day and night sweats.

My Mom had estrogen positive breast cancer. I am fastidious with my mammograms and discuss with my doc at every visit. She points out that at my age, I SHOULD have estrogen in my body, therefore no reason to not take hormone replacement. Plus, with trying to cope with everything on my plate, I need the hormones to help. The LAST think I want to be dealing with is full blown menopause right now.

It took a few years for the estrogen stores to deplete out of my body and the other problems to hit (namely the vaginal dryness). Yes, I have lube...for whenever I meet someone new worth having sex with. No decrease in desire, just the side effect of needing lube. I also tear easily (I have dated one man seriously since my S/D). I remember thinking...WTH? Why am I bleeding? I can't have a period! Then I realized I had torn "down there" after some...errr....lengthy sessions. Lots of lube. Need lots of lube! Thinning tissue is also a side effect. But again, took years for this to happen.

It is kinda cool to "be a perfect woman!", I can have sex any time, anywhere without worrying about a period or getting pregnant! Now, if I could just find a good man!


me...BS, 43 years old, 2 small kids
WS, 41, multiple gay affairs
M 15 years, together 17
Divorced

"For whatever we lose, like a you or a me, it's always ourselves we find in the sea" ee cummings


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tushnurse
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Default  Posted: 8:41 AM, August 19th (Monday)

Truth - Glad to hear all went smoothly, and the nausea after is pretty common, esp with the pain pumps. Phenergen is what they gave you and that shit is the BOMB!!
Since your ovaries came out you will go into menopause now. The concerns with that are what others have mentioned, including bone density, and desire/dryness. For some women this is an issue not so much for others. If you have a family history of breast cancer please consider trying to do it without hormones. I have a dear friend whose mother died from breast cancer, and she ended up having a totaly hysterectomy at 44, and she didn't take any hormones, and the only real side effect she has had is it's even harder to loose weight than prior to. No hot flashes, no bone loss, no issues with sex.
If you do use hormones the patch works quite well for most women.

Hope you continue to have a smooth recovery.


Me: FBS
Him: FWS
Kids: 15 & 17
Married for 22 years now, was 16 at the time. .
D-Day Sept 26 2008
Fully R'd, and Happy Happy Happy

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truthsetmefree
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Default  Posted: 11:55 AM, August 19th (Monday)

Thank you all for holding my hand through this. You have been such a comfort.

Yesterday was the day from hell. Pain, nausea, swelling, and a fever that kept spiking over 101.5. Just when I had reached the point of calling the doctor I could feel it break. Still running low grade fever but I feel so much better. Not having trouble with constipation so I've decided I'm going to just stay on the meds - at least through tomorrow. I think it was the trying to only take them "as necessary" that caused all the problems yesterday.

The patch is Climara which is bio-identical. That much makes me feel somewhat more comfortable. There is no history of breast cancer on either side of my family. What is confusing to me is that my testosterone always reports high. Since the only replacement I'm having is basically estrogen what should I expect from having all my testosterone gone now? (I'm assuming my ovaries produced it too, yes?)


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millienotboo
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Default  Posted: 9:46 PM, August 27th (Tuesday)

Get thee back to doctor with ANY grade fever! At least call. Infection can make a moderately simple recovery a LOT harder.
I also wanted to chime in that I had some very unpleasant dreams while they were regulating my hormones. I was assured that it was normal but it might help to be mentally prepared.
Also, in the event of bad hot flashes, I kept two VERY large cups of ice next to the bed. One cup had ice water and the other just ice. Post surgical hot flashes can be rather hateful. A huge gulp of ice water when it would wake me up seemed to help cool me back off.
(And yes, it was the best thing I ever did. (hot flashes and nightmares be damned)


M-8 yrs together 11
Me-45 BW
Him-49-WH
D-Day 10-10-2008
In R

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click4it
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Default  Posted: 10:02 PM, August 27th (Tuesday)

Just wanted to send you some good vibes for this Thursday. :)

I have a friend who had it done and she also said, best thing ever for her.


Me: 42
Two boys: 17 and 14
Divorced 12-13-05
d-day 10-02-01

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