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Six months after my hysterectomy

My operation six months ago has given me a new lease of life. The doctor even said I have recovered well from the surgery. However, I’m starting to develop several signs and symptoms of menopause which I consider more debilitating than endometriosis and adenomysis because bone pain limit my body movement. I couldn’t walk far and couldn’t perform heavy household chores. Even a simple washing of dishes renders me too tired to do other tasks at home. I could sit in front of the computer to write about ez drummer but only for a short period of time otherwise I would have lower back pain and finger and knuckles joint pain. I have yet to see a doctor to address my health problem. I hope it’s nothing serious.

My TAHBSO Story

A month ago today, I was operated on to remove my uterus, ovaries, fallopian tubes, and cervix. The procedure is called total abdominal hysterectomy bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy or TAHBSO. TAHBSO was needed because I had a bad case of endometriosis, adenomyosis, and adenomyoma.

My OB-GYNE said hysterectomy is the best option that I could have to spare me the agony of prolonged and heavy menstruation, which has affected my way of life for a long time. I also had hormonal therapy for six months, but even the expensive pill didn’t cure the endometriosis.

Preparation

Before the operation, I did some research about hysterectomy, its advantages, and its disadvantages. I’ve got helpful tips from a website that caters to hysterectomy patients. It took me several weeks before I decided that it’s about time to go under the knife and change my life for the better.

I’m thankful I have a supportive husband for making me feel at ease before the important day unfolds.

Operation day

Date of operation: December 13, 2016 mumwrites.com

The operation went well. It lasted for about two hours. Thankfully, it didn’t require a blood transfusion. I think I was already awake towards the end of the procedure since I was aware of what is happening around me. I even requested one of the nurses to allow me to see what doctors removed from the operation.

I was up and about a day after the surgery. The doctors said I should get up and walk inside my room to hasten recovery. I only stayed at the hospital for five days.

Healing well

Date taken January 12, 2017 mumwrites.com

Four weeks after the surgery, I think I’m on my way to full recovery. I don’t have a hard time recovering because I followed the doctor’s advice. I’ve got plenty of rest. But I make sure to move around the house. I started doing light chores in my second week.  There may be occasional irritation and pain, but all of it is bearable and subsidies in a few minutes.

Best decision

The best decision I have made so far is the decision to have this operation. I will never worry about bleeding again or fear that I may develop an ailment in the future. My only concern, at the moment, is the recurring joint pain. I’m (surgical) menopause now, so joint pains and other health issues will certainly happen.

Piece of advice

Young women and women nearing menopausal age are prone to have endometriosis and adenomyosis. If you are suffering from the same condition, consult a doctor. Reading about the disease can help you better understand it. However, a visit to a medical professional is always the right thing to do.

Preparing for the Operation

After years of suffering from prolonged and heavy menstruation and failed hormonal therapy to manage my endometriosis and adenomyosis (and recently adenomyoma), I have decided to undergo the knife soon. The doctor said a hysterectomy is the only viable solution to address bleeding. Surgeons will also remove a growing mass in the uterus.

Image courtesy of David Castillo Dominici at FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Image courtesy of David Castillo Dominici at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

I will be bringing all my medical documents and meet with the OB this week to discuss everything about surgery -what to expect, the operation and hospitalization expenses, and the operation schedule.

Pending the surgery, I will have to stock up on the doctor-prescribed medicines that I am taking to ease the pain and control bleeding for the next menstrual cycle.

Endometriosis and adenomyosis have affected young women and women nearing menopausal age. I’m in my 40s, and I have suffered from this medical condition for several years now. I can’t do anything or function well when I’m bleeding and in constant pain.

If you are suffering from the same condition, please visit a doctor. Reading medical journals and references on the net can help you better understand it. However, a visit to a medical professional is always the right thing to do.

I’ll update this post once I have secured a date for the surgery.