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Old 07-14-2008, 04:19 PM   #1
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Had Abdominal Hysterectomy 4 wks ago, how long til I feel better?

I had a TAH/BSO a little over 4 weeks ago.My surgery was on June 11, and it was done abdominally. The DR said that my insides were sticking together, my uterus was stuck to my colon from endo., I am taking HRT because they took both ovaries.
I still feel so bad! I have pressure and some pain in my rectum and pelvic area. It still hurts to get up from a sitting position. I went to the store and it totally exhausted me. I thought that by now, I would begin to feel better? I am pretty much a single parent, my husband works out of town, with no help other than a friend coming by a couple times a week. I know, boohoo! Just wondering if anyone else feels this way after 4 weeks and how long it really takes to feel "good" again? Thanks in advance for any advice or just sharing your story.

 
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Oh my, I'm sorry you don't feel well yet. I went through my hyst 20 years ago, only to repeat the process this year for my ovaries to be removed. I hear of people jumping right back, but I found the surgery's to take everything out of me. By week #5 my patience went out the window. I was all I could do to take care of myself. Forget about doing anything else.

4 weeks is still early on. Hang tight. Pamper yourself and then pamper yourself some more. Do your nails,and get some good reading material. There really isn't any rushing it. Sorry to say, but you have to take this time to rest and let your body heal. You will feel better eventually, but right now you have is to take good care of yourself.

What did your doc say about recovery time?

 
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Oh my, I'm sorry you don't feel well yet. I went through my hyst 20 years ago, only to repeat the process this year for my ovaries to be removed. I hear of people jumping right back, but I found the surgery's to take everything out of me. By week #5 my patience went out the window. I was all I could do to take care of myself. Forget about doing anything else.

4 weeks is still early on. Hang tight. Pamper yourself and then pamper yourself some more. Do your nails,and get some good reading material. There really isn't any rushing it. Sorry to say, but you have to take this time to rest and let your body heal. You will feel better eventually, but right now you have is to take good care of yourself.

What did your doc say about recovery time?
Thank you for your reply My Dr told me it would take at least 6 weeks. I'm like you my patience is wearing thin, I want to be enjoying the summer with my kids. Right now I would just settle for being able to take a walk without having pain! This has been a very long recovery, silly me, I thought I would have bounced back to normal by now!
My sister tells me the same things that you do. She said to enjoy it because once I'm feeling better and back into full wife/mom mode, I will wish that I could just lie around and do nothing! Thanks again for you response and kind words!!

 
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Re: Had Abdominal Hysterectomy 4 wks ago, how long til I feel better?

Denise, I didn't reply earlier because I didn't have an abdominal hyst, I had an LAVH so our healing processes are verey different. Also, I was in a really down place. I've been so sad and so depressed the past week or so. <sigh> Anyway . . .

I had my hyst June 18th and I'm 44. I assume your recovery would be slower than mine, maybe by 2 weeks (if we just go by averages, not allowing for differences in individuals and situations). That being said, I started driving 2 weeks ago. I was VERY careful and quite sore driving for the next week. Well, last week, I was about to go out and run errands but was exhausted after an hour or so. I've been out and about yesterday and today and I think I'll take tomorrow to just be a vegetable here at home. I'm worn out. I think I did too much today.

So since I'm *just* starting to feel somewhat normal, I'd think with an abdominal cut you would be feeling more tired and more exhaustion.

One thing that has been really difficult for me is that mentally I feel like I should get up and help around the house and run errands. Physically I'm sore. Emotionally, well, I'm a wreck.

Be easy on yourself. You only have one chance to heal. You deserve to take care of yourself right now!

 
Old 07-24-2008, 10:49 AM   #5
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Hi Denise7172, I also had a hysterectomy - it will be four weeks tomorrow. I am 45. I had an abdominal cut and they took out everything. I was telling my GP and the hospital for 2 years that I was in pain and that something was wrong but it took them 2 years to listen. When they finally did the operation I was told that "no wonder you were in so much pain, you had a lot of adhesions, and everything was stuck together". I think they really didn't believe me until then. I was in a lot of pain at the beginning and am now still in constant pain but considering what I have been through and the fact I have had pain for 2 years now I guess I am getting used to being in pain. I went out for the first time on Monday, only to see my mum, in a taxi there and back. This was the longest period of time that I was sat down since my operation and boy did I feel it the day after! I was so sore from all the sitting down that I did, and the journey in the taxi was scary, every time the driver went over cobbles or a speed bump my stomach jumped! I find that I can do most things now - except the vacumming, and I need help getting in and out of the bath, but I can at least now wash myself. I think the worst part is when I go to bed and trying to turn over in bed, that is when the pain is at its most and I sometimes just lie in one position because I know it will be painful to turn over. I am not getting enough sleep and by late tea time I am ready to nod off, and often do, on the sofa for half an hour or so. My husband works the evening shift so is gone from 1.30 pm till midnight but at the moment he is on holiday so its better having someone at home because other than him I have nobody. He seems to think the scar isn't healing properly but I can't see it - (I am a large lady and the scar isn't easy to see). I had disolvable stitches and there was just one sticking out at the left hand side. That is still there but is definitely smaller than it was. I was told by my doctor that somebody would be ringing me after 6 weeks to ask me some questions and depending on my answers to those questions I may not have to go back to see her. My husband keeps telling me to go to the hospital to let them look at the stitches but I don't want to go back in there. I am waiting until the 6 weeks is up and then I will see what the doctor says when they ring, if they remember to ring that is! I keep getting hot and then cold and keep asking if it is me or the weather. Mostly it seems to be the weather as it is changing here a lot at the moment. I have been told if I was experiencing hot flushes I would know about it so I am hopefully, so far, not having any of those. I am not on HRT and was told that the doctor would not put me on this unless I asked as the side affects are bad and they don't want you going back to them and blaming them for putting you straight on to it. I am hoping I manage without it. Does anybody know how long the menopause lasts? I have tried to search on the net for answers and all I can come up with is 5 years, that can't be right, surely? Anyway, I think the best thing you, and I, can do is to take everybody's advice and just be patient. We have been patient this long and we are now over the half way mark so another couple of weeks shouldn't hurt. For me, the 4 weeks have gone pretty quickly anyway so I am hoping the next 2 go as fast. The first 3 weeks I had massive problems with being able to have a bowel movement. I couldn't take my painkillers because they would make me constipated and if I didn't take the painkillers and took the liquid to make me have a bowel movement I had to put up with the pain. So it was either, go to the toilet and have the pain from the operation or don't go to the toilet and have the pain from needing to go but being unable to. Things seem to have settled down a bit now and I am going about once every 2 to 3 days. If after 3 days nothing has happened I take the lactulose or movocil and wait for them to work. It also hurts when I sneeze and cough so when I feel a sneeze coming on I try and cut it off short else that hurts my tummy. Let's just hope that when we come out of this that it is true what people say and that we do "feel like a new woman". I hope this helps you, even if its just that somebody else is going through the same thing as you. I have nobody to ask so don't know what to expect and just take each day as it comes. Take it easy.

 
Old 07-25-2008, 06:45 AM   #6
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Oh Carina1106, what joy to read your posting – if you know what I mean?!!
1. You are in the UK
2. I am a week behind you.
I feel very similar to you pain and bowel movement wise it was wonderful to realise that it’s not just me.

Denise7172, I’m 45 and they did not take my ovaries, the operation was done abdominally and quite complicated – I had several huge fibroids sticking to my bowels, adhesions from previous ops and a ‘ridged’ womb??
I was fortunate in that my husband has private health insurance so I was in control of what happened when. From going to my GP to diagnosis took 4 weeks including being examined with a camera under a general. The only delay for surgery was that I wanted to wait until after my husband 50th birthday party!!
My consultant then delayed it another week because he felt that he needed another more experienced consultant to be present.
I had my top stitches out after 5 days, I heal quite quickly, my wound is a neat thin dark line which I was advised to massage with Bio Oil daily.
I have an appointment to see that physiotherapist again and Consultant in another 4 weeks.
Although on the larger side 16/18 I’m a gym junkie and the consultant said that I could go back after 5 week (but not lift weights) but he would prefer to see me before I go back. At the moment I feel it will take me longer than 6 weeks!!
I am a doer and finding ‘resting’ so difficult. I went shopping with hubby last week to a retail park and out for lunch a couple of times and got well and truly told off by the hospital when they rang. I was told that I should only be ‘pottering’ having lots of rest and having a nap in the afternoon. They seemed to feel that this was why I had a discharge and that my temperature was fluctuating so much. I now move about the house with a mini fan!!
My mind is racing with the things that I could be doing. Emotionally I feel a little unhinged mainly due to what I thought was my slow process in getting better (I do feel a lot better after reading how other people are coping). Physically I feel flattened and still in pain particularly at night. I have found lying in between two pillows more comfortable - one behind my back and one so I can rest my still bloated tummy on.
I wish everyone a speedy recovery x

 
Old 07-26-2008, 06:17 AM   #7
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Judyth, I know what you mean - its reassuring to know you are not the only one going through these symptoms. I think you are really lucky in having private medical. I was going to my doctors and begging them to do something and even attended the A&E of my local hospital on 3 different occasions when the pain started - this was two years ago last month! I was told all sorts of different things from kidney stones - even shown an x-ray of them (which was later denied by the hospital who said I never had kidney stones!), to constipation, and then, when I finally got my gp to send me for a scan, they told me it was a cyst and thinning or thickening of the lining of the womb - its so long ago now I can't remember which. Anyway, I asked my doctor what happens now and she said nothing unless you have a lot of pain. I had been going to see her from June 2006 with pain and from September 2006 with constant blood loss. I eventually got her to send me to see a specialist who sent me for a scan which showed I had a cyst, endometriosis, fibroids and polyps. I finally thought that they would do something with all this going on and with the pain I was in and the blood loss. I had to beg again for something to be done and was told I would be put on a waiting list for an exploratory examination - that was on 11 june 2007. November 2007 I still hadn't heard anything. I rang the hospital and they had forgotten to put me on the waiting list. They rushed me in at the beginning of December for the exploratory. Again my specialist seemed happy to do nothing. She, after me begging again, put me on a course of injections that bring on a fake menoapuse, saying that if this stopped the pain and bleeding then a hysterectomy would have the same affect. After 6 months on these injections and after being treated really badly by this specialist I requested a change of doctor. I got to see a different specialist and she was lovely. Put me in for the operation and did it at the end of June - it was 4 weeks yesterday. She said I had a lot of adhesions and everything was stuck together. I have had pain for over 2 years now so I am just hoping that this is the final hurdle now and once I have recovered from this that will be the end to it. There is just one thing worrying me. They have said they don't need to see me again at the hospital and I am a little concerned about my scar. I had dissolvable stitches and most have gone but I have about 3 tiny strands left and my scar is sore at the end where the stitches are. My husband said there is a hole there and I keep cleaning it as it has wept a couple of times. I don't want to go back to the hospital. Is this normal for the wound to weep, just a little? Thanks for sharing your experiences it helps to know others are going through, or have been through the same and at what stage they are at and then you have some idea of what to expect. You are very lucky to have gone private the NHS treated me really badly and messed me about. I complained but it did no good. They said it was my word against the hospital's word that I was ever shown an x-ray with kidney stones pointed out to me. I wish us all well and better soon.

 
Old 07-27-2008, 09:13 AM   #8
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Gosh Carina, you have been treated badly. Some health professionals are so heartless. Hopefully the worst is over now and you will just continue to feel better and more pain free each day.
My initial exploratory tests were done at the local NHS hospital and they were fab. When I attended the scan the nurse even told me that I had two fibroid masses. I had further investigations done privately because the Consultant wanted to see what he was really dealing with.
I was offered other options such as trying to shrink them or having the injections but the final choice was up to me. At 45 with an 18 years old daughter and horrendous blood loss each month – I almost threw myself on the table!!
My GP (a female) referred me on straight away because the blood loss was debilitating – I was changing (sometimes flooding) every ¾ hour so couldn’t go far from the loo. It did take me 6 months to decide to go to the doctors in the first place.
I mainly choose to go private because of MRSA, the hospital I went to has never had it.
My wound is dry my dressing was removed after 2 days whilst I was still in hospital – which meant being able to have a bath and everything. I have dissolvable stitches inside but had like a over locking type stitch on the outside. I went back as an out patient on the day after discharge when the nurse just sniped one end and pulled the whole thread through. The area is tender but clean and neat. It might be at least worth arranging to see your practise nurse and ask them to look at it as it maybe slightly infected or need to be dry dressed for a while.
A friend’s scar was in a crease and she was advised to try and leave it exposed when lying down by pulling her briefs down when she had her nap.
I’m now weaning myself off the pain killers during the day and taking daily walks.
I have found that wear support briefs has made walking easier as everything seems to stay put and not jiggle about – Lol!!
Just had an hour reading on the hammock in the garden……..bliss……….needed help to get off mind for a few minutes I thought I was going to have to stay there all night!!
Take care x

 
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Carina and everyone forgot to ask if anyone has been given any exercises to do by the physiotherapist.

Carina, I find it strange that you may not have to go back to see the Consultant for a check up.
I’ve been given a list of daily exercises and have to go back in a few weeks to start my pelvic floor exercises.
Both appointments were part of my discharge and after care plan.
I am able to go back to the hospital at any time or ring if I need to. I did go back to collect some suppositories last week – which I jokily tried to convince my husband he had to administer!!!

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Judyth

I was expecting an appointment to go back to see my consultant just to see how things were going and if the scar was healing okay, but I was told that all I would get is a phone call after 6 weeks and then probably not need to go back at all, as long as everything was going okay. Having gone through what I have in the past 2 years to get this far I am not even confident that they will remember to call me after 6 weeks. I am, therefore, going to give them time and if they do not ring I intend on ringing them. Nobody said anything about exercise - which I am desperate to do as I have put on weight with not being able to do much of anything for the last 2 years due to the blood loss and pain. Nobody really told me anything. Just took my "bandage" off after two days and then said I could go home after I had eaten something and kept it down. I guess different hospitals deal with things differently.

 
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Judyth,

Forgot to mention about the stitches. I had dissolvable stitches but there were some sticking out at the left side. When I asked about these I was told they would dissolve and disappear on their own. They certainly have got less thick and don't stick out as much but they are still there and I am a little concerned now when you say you had dissolvable ones with a stitch to seal it off at one end, which the nurse removed. Oh well, its 5 weeks this Friday so just over a week to go and hopefully somebody will ring me and I am going to ask for an appointment so that my consultant can reassure me that my scar is healing as it should. I, too, am trying to keep off the pain killers due to the side affects, its one or the other unfortunately! The pain isn't as bad now, its still there, but nowhere near what it was. So I am hoping that I am nearing the end of the pain now. Thanks for your comments Judyth, they really help knowing someone else has the same problems.

 
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Carina, the thought of not having any more periods, the pain that went with it or any of the inconvenience so makes my heart sing!!
I can now wear what I want when I want and not have to carry my body weight of lady hygiene stuff, a change of clothes and packets of wet wipes ever where I go.
My first thought when ever I went anywhere was where the toilets are, then what colour are the chairs? I remember many times feeling that gush and then thinking oh my god I hope it hasn’t leaked onto the chair. I once had a terrible experience at work when I had leaked onto the chair which I managed to cover with my cardigan. I then had to go back into the office that evening to clean the chair when everyone had gone home!!

You are one strong lady going through it for 2 years.

I don’t know about you but I think that I am mighty lucky to have it all done and dusted now or has my friend comically whispers “we’ve had it all taken away!!” Plus we have this fabulous forum where we can swop experiences and ask questions without feeling like a complete ninny.

Big thanks and hugs to Carina and everyone for their support so far.

Jude x

 
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Judyth,

Poor you, you have been through it as well. Let's hope that its all better from here on in and I am so glad about not having any more periods! Can start worrying about the other things in my life now that need sorting out that I couldn't give time to before. Take care. Carina

 
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Hi Carina (and Judyth)
I just wanted to say to Carina, the small weeping hole sounds like what I had after my c-section. It did heal eventually, but caused me some pain (not debilitating, more annoying). I hope everything works out well for you.
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Okay my turn....
I am 54 and last year had the radical hysterectomy (abdominal vertical incision) to remove lymp nodes, both ovaries, both fallopian tubes and the uterus due to Endometrian cancer.
I'm obese, so two weeks after surgery when they took the last of the staples out, my incision ripped apart and I ended up twice in the ER. They could not stitch or staple it. So I had to dress the wound twice a day, actually for the first 2.5 weeks a friend did it. From Aug 2nd through the end of November I went through 600 gauze pads.
Fortunately it did heal and without infection.
I wore the ab binder from Aug 2-Dec 28. But whenever I was bathing I noticed something wasn't right. I looked pregnant, I was growing outward.
So I knew and went back to the doctor in April and he was horrified. It was two hernias and one was pretty big. So in early July I had the laproscopic hernia surgery. I'm wearing the binder and can't lift. But next week will be one month since surgery and I can start the treadmill again.
This surgery was by far a breeze compared to the radical hysterectomy.

Take care, wear your binder and don't lift.

 
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