I have mixed feeling about this. I'm an old broad...LOL...and had a complete hysterectomy when I was 23 years old. Prior to this, I was going into the hospital about twice a year and having HUGE, bleeding ovarian cysts removed that wouldn't break open on their own. I also had something terribly wrong with my uterus...can't remember the name but varicose veins had formed on it and were breaking and bleeding due a very heavy set of twins I carried around for 9 months. Furthermore, due to constant bleeding I became anemic and could never tell when I was having my period and got pregnant again before the twins were a year old.
They took everything except one ovarian stem which they hoped would release estrogen...NOT. I went directly into menapause. Back then they gave huge does of estrogen and the pills gave me horrible vascular headaches. I had to go off. As a result...wrinkles, dry skin, etc at a very early age.
I know things have changes since the 70's. I would get a second opinion if you are at all uncomfortable with having this drastic surgery. I don't believe I had any choice at that time, but now I might have had an alternative...don't know.
I have to agree with PALady, please get a second opinion and third if necessary. I worked in Ob/gyn for 5 yrs. try the alternative methods 1st. Sounds easier to just take out the organs, but they are an important part of hormone function! Other methods do work!
Good luck in whatever you choose and of course we are here for you no matter what!!
I was 32 yrs old when I had my total done and that the was the beginning of the best days of my life lol. I had horrible fibroids and massive bleeding. I had incredible pressure and pain in an extremely delicate spot 24/7. It was a constant period for me. I was anemic and sick all the time. After the surgery I went on HRT and did just fine. Now, I take an all natural product and I am off th rx one.
My poor sister-in-law had severe endo and she has endured more pain and problems than probably anyone I know with endo. I saw her be perfectly fine one minute and be doubled over in agony the next. This was her life for a long time. Then finally they recommended she under a complete hyst. Before her ins would pay for the darn thing they require her to go thru a series of shots that brought on the "change" during this series of shots. Gawd she got to suffer some more thanks to her ins company. Well, obviously that was not the fix like they had hoped and she had her surgery. Her dr came out of the operating room and spoke with my brother and I and he was in shock. He had absolutely no idea how bad it was until he got in there. That mess had grown and wrapped around her intestines and other organs. He said it was much worse than he ever thought it would be. He had to do alot of cutting and scraping to clean her up. When she came to, he was there and the first thing he did was apologize to her because she had been complaining of the severe pain and he took little note of it. If my sister-in-law was writing this post she would tell you that was the best thing she could have possibly ever done for herself. Some of her friends have gone thru it and they always came to her and asked her questions and so far none of them have regretted it. In fact, they all wished they could have done it alot sooner. Its been many years since her surgery and nothing has came back either.
One thing I have always noticed and said. If you line up 10 people whether its to have surgery, a tooth pulled or whatever, the stories always seem to get a little bit worse when you go down the line.
Only you know how bad you feel and how much you are willing to put up with. But, its sort of scarey knowing it can continue to spead by doing nothing. Creepy feeling.
I had a Hysterectomy when I was 29....also had a bladder tack so they cut me wide open....It wasn't the most pleasant thing, but I'm sure it could have been worse. I had my son at 27, started the Depo shots for Birth control the next day...then I had my period for 2 straight years....never stopped. They tied my tubes first, gave me BC pills to try and stop the cycle, then did the Hysto.... The recovery was awful...I had a Super Cathater and a Pee bag for a week....that was fun in the summer... But, I tell you what....it was the best thing ever.... I did go through a phase of mourning for a few months... Not wanting to have more kids I thought I would be okay, but I wasn't... When it's final it seems to hit you real hard...But with you being older it won't be an issue...
I am so glad I did it...they took everything but one ovary... they didn't want me to go through surgical menapause... But not having to get Pap smears is great...no more cycles.....and not worrying about getting preggers.... Plus it fixed the problem...
So, good luck and don't worry... We, as CPer's, have enough to worry about... You will do fine.
I have been a spectator for so long..Now it's time to participate.......
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Hi, i will give u my story.
I am so happy to see so many that have done well w/ their hyster. I however have not. i had my hyster Jan 21, 2009. I am 36 yrs old. I have had two children.
Past history, severe bleeding 10-14 days at a time, could skip one wk then start again, heavy clots, sever pain. Chronic hemmorigiac cysts that would burst inside and spill all the junk inside me. Issues w/ endo that was removed a few times that always grew back. Few surgerys to remove ovarian cysts, endo, adheasions.
We made the decision to have a hyster. I had a TAH (total abdominal hysterectomy) and was opened in a large bikini cut. Everything was removed (ovaries, tubes, uterus, cervix). As it turned out pathology did show that my uterus was destroyed, diagnosis, adenomyosis. There were 5, yes 5 hemmoriagiac cysts on my right ovary at time of removal and uterus weighed twice it's normal size.
So, while i KNOW it was the right thing to do, i am now left feeling very alone and don't know what else i can do to fix how i am feeling. I feel like all i did was trade one set of problems for another.....
after hyster, recovery was hard, but i did it. however, i lost my appetite and had no will to eat. I ended up losing 14lbs, going down to 86lbs on a 5ft 7 frame. Had a horible time w surgical mediapause, and ended up on HRT. I started having pain about 2wks post op and it was determined that i had a trapped nerve in my inscision. Second surgery the got the trapped nerve, and found a hernia and repaired it. I currently have another hernia that i am waiting repair. My HRT started giving me bad migraines, so we have tried to switch and im now in hell w/ hot flashes/cold flashes, lack of appetite again.
I have sought the help of a shrink and a nutritionist and my GYN is working very closely w/ me to , but i just can't seem to get myself to the point of being able to say that my hyster was the best thing i ever did......
i wish u luck in your decisions, do not take it lightly. You could have a great recovery, or u could have compllications, u will not know till u do it, but i just wanted to share my story so you prepare well,a nd so u know it does not aloways go great. my thoughts are with you! hugs, shannon