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Old 03-24-2012, 10:20 AM
 
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I hope this is the right place to post this thread. (I did a search, and I *think* it is..)

I'm inquiring about what to expect after a hysterectomy? I had a complete one about two weeks ago, along with removal of a 37 cm in diameter tumor. I will know next week if it had cancer cells in it, but my inquiry is not about that.

I'm 61 and passed menopause 10 years ago. What should I expect, if anything, now that my ovaries, etc., are gone?

Thanks!!!
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Old 03-24-2012, 10:43 AM
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Well first, hope for a good recovery and that you heal well.

Second, i never felt so well in my life as I did after I healed from the hysterectomy and i wish i had done it sooner. it's a good thing to have done and over and you will feel better down the road.

Lastly, expect healing to take awhile. Make sure you eat nutritious food, take your supplements, and move/stay as active as you can while you heal.

Good luck
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Old 03-24-2012, 10:47 AM
 
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Well first, hope for a good recovery and that you heal well.

Second, i never felt so well in my life as I did after I healed from the hysterectomy and i wish i had done it sooner. it's a good thing to have done and over and you will feel better down the road.

Lastly, expect healing to take awhile. Make sure you eat nutritious food, take your supplements, and move/stay as active as you can while you heal.

Good luck
Thanks! I do feel so much better, already. Oddly, I feel more feminine. (Odd because I no longer have ovaries, etc.) Everything is smaller; my feet, my hands. My abdomen is flat again. But do I have fewer, I don't know, chemicals? than I did??

Even my face is pretty again...
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Old 03-24-2012, 10:48 AM
 
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Mine was about 25 yrs earlier than yours so my experiences would not match yours. I would not expect much in the way of hormonal fluctuations, only the pain from the surgery which will lessen over time. At 2 weeks, you should be past most of it if not all of it.
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Old 03-24-2012, 10:50 AM
 
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Mine was about 25 yrs earlier than yours so my experiences would not match yours. I would not expect much in the way of hormonal fluctuations, only the pain from the surgery which will lessen over time. At 2 weeks, you should be past most of it if not all of it.
Hi SBIU! Hormones, that's the word I couldn't think of. I feel like there are pulls and tugs on the inside, but the incision is pretty much healed.
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Old 03-24-2012, 02:11 PM
 
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That sounds like scar tissue/adhesions adjusting. If you were past menopause, you have no hormonal fluctuations to worry about (I think but I am not a physician).
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Old 03-24-2012, 02:18 PM
 
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I hope this is the right place to post this thread. (I did a search, and I *think* it is..)

I'm inquiring about what to expect after a hysterectomy? I had a complete one about two weeks ago, along with removal of a 37 cm in diameter tumor. I will know next week if it had cancer cells in it, but my inquiry is not about that.

I'm 61 and passed menopause 10 years ago. What should I expect, if anything, now that my ovaries, etc., are gone?

Thanks!!!
Your ovaries were not making enough hormones for you to be able to tell a difference.

I would expect you to feel a big relief from the effects of that large a tumor: pressure on the stomach, bladder, intestines. It could have even caused enough pressure to cause your feet to swell.

Keeping my fingers crossed for you on the lab report!
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Old 03-24-2012, 05:51 PM
 
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Your ovaries were not making enough hormones for you to be able to tell a difference.

I would expect you to feel a big relief from the effects of that large a tumor: pressure on the stomach, bladder, intestines. It could have even caused enough pressure to cause your feet to swell.

Keeping my fingers crossed for you on the lab report!

Thank you! Yes, my ankles & feet were swollen all the time and now they're slender again. One or the other of my arms still fall asleep when I sleep; I wake up with pins in the one I'm sleeping on, despite trying to prop up with a pillow.

I'm running out of meds and I really don't feel well. My lungs feel like they're burning; they never did tell me the results from my lung x-rays. I'm scared to death. I'm so worried; I don't feel like I can make any plans or even think about the future. I miss my mom and dad so much. Everyone I love has died in the last 10 years.

I guess that's why they call it the "vale of tears." Sorry; I don't mean to be such a big baby.
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Old 03-24-2012, 06:00 PM
 
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Thank you! Yes, my ankles & feet were swollen all the time and now they're slender again. One or the other of my arms still fall asleep when I sleep; I wake up with pins in the one I'm sleeping on, despite trying to prop up with a pillow.

I'm running out of meds and I really don't feel well. My lungs feel like they're burning; they never did tell me the results from my lung x-rays. I'm scared to death. I'm so worried; I don't feel like I can make any plans or even think about the future. I miss my mom and dad so much. Everyone I love has died in the last 10 years.

I guess that's why they call it the "vale of tears." Sorry; I don't mean to be such a big baby.
You're not a big baby at all. Sending hugs to you from across the Internet. Your emotions are to be expected.

Do you know when to expect the results from your lung x-rays? I'm hoping you don't have to fret over this matter too much longer.

Here's to your continued recovery.
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Old 03-24-2012, 06:07 PM
 
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>> Do you know when to expect the results from your lung x-rays?

I have an appointment with the surgeon on Wednesday - where we're supposed to "discuss cancer treatments." I'll ask him then. [I had a 37 cm in diameter tumor removed from my ovary 2 weeks ago, along with a complete hysterectomy.]

It's so weird; I get in these forums and dump all my problems on the people here, and cry a bit, and then I feel better. The problem is, these strangers are serving as the family I no longer have. It's probably not entirely fair to the people here, though my guess, I'm not the only lonely person on the planet...

It helps to "talk," if only in cyberspace. You get perspective somehow.
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