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
Jan. 2009, complete hysterectomy, diagnosed stage 4 endometriosis & adenomyosis (age 36)
2003, dx moderate UC
2000, dx selective IGA deficiency w/ anti IGA antibodies
2000, dx Antipholipid Antibody Syndrome
1999-2009, chronic hemmoragic ovarian cysts, w/ partial ovary removal
1977, complete reconstruction of foot after lawnmower accident (chronic pain)
6mp 75mg, prednisone 40mg (just starting meds again)
percocet 5mg 3x day
potassium 3x day