I, too, had a hysto for mucho pain issues, but I was already past child bearing age. I now wished I'd had a complete one (about 7 years later, I was diagnosed with breast cancer, which eats Estrogen for breakfast, at least my variety does. As a result, I went into menopause early - first via chemo, then radiation, and finally, had my ovaries out - not due to the cancer, but due to HUGE cyst on the right. Since I was already in 'menopause' they took out both ovaries (and my appendix too for good measure! <G> Seriously, there were some pathology that showed it was going to have problems very soon down the line).
I had a rather stormy post-op course - vomiting frequently - we're not sure if it was due to the 'manipulation' of my abdominal conents; the Epidural I was given for anesthetic and subsequent PCA pain control post-op or what it was...luckily, I could keep down Ginger Ale, so got something! Even with that and pain post-op, controlled by Toradol, the ceasing of the pain that first drove me to having it was so much better that it overrode any and all post-op problems! I'd had painful periods for years, and as I got older, it got worse, until I was begging and borrowing narcotic meds from friends (I know, this is a no no. Don't do this at home!). I wasn't living in Michigan at the time, so didn't know about the 'canadian aspirin' (222's with codeine). The pain was excruciating - on several occasions, it was mistaken for (or almost) appendicitis and/or other abdominal area problems. For six years, lack of insurance prevented me from having the procedure done (however extreme the pain is, pain is NOT a rationale to do the surgery uninsured). Finally, I landed a job with insurance and got it done. (we'd lost medicaid when hubby got a job driving a truck - and even if he couldn't send me his huge paycheck - all of $200 take home/week - we were taken off ADC (at that time) and between eviction from the place we lived in when he got the job (we shared rent with gas money - we won and lost). A move up to a city up north only netted me temporary work...then he was killed falling asleep behind the wheel. After perusing the benefits, rent prices and so on, we moved back to our original area, and I got a job - with benefits - and immediately scheduled the surgery! What relief! I'll never, never regret having the surgery - the pain each month was indescribable. The first month after surgery - no period - no pain was 'heaven!'