2 1/2 years Post Op Total Abdominal Hysterectomy – Liz’s Story

Well ladies what can I say. I used this Forum a lot initially after my Op but was always optimistic I would be OK. How wrong I was. I’m not able to take HRT (history of breast cancer in family, and abnormal cells found earlier this year – so it`s definitely a no-no.

I am still experiencing these symptoms:

  • Sweats (regular) – GP giving Acupuncture which I do think has helped.
  • Sleep problems
  • Irritabililty/Low Mood (especially with partner)!
  • No Libido
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Pain in joints (ankles/elbows and fingers – especially in the morning)
  • Weight Gain (2 stones – or 28 lbs)

I have had several falls in the past 2 1/2 years so I have asked for a bone density scan to make sure I don`t need supplements for bones as well.

I am taking Linseed/Flaxseed Oil, and very recently started vitamin B6 (before succumbing to anti-depressants)!

In the past two and a half years I have experienced the following (all which I think have not helped my symptoms)

  • June 2010 – Total Abdominal Hysterectomy
  • July 2010 – Mother given terminal prognosis
  • Sept 2010 – Mother died
  • Sept 2010 -onwards – supporting Father.
  • Oct 2010 – nov 2010 – Counselling
  • December 2011 – Father had heart attack
  • March 2012 – Father seriously ill.
  • May 2012 – Father discharged from hospital
  • May 2012 – July 2012 – supporting Father to better health
  • July 2012 – Mammogram
  • Aug 2012 – Recalled for Mammogram and Biopsy
  • Sept 2012 – Operation to remove abnormal breast cells
  • Sept 2012 – Low Mood – Irritability – Depression??
  • Nov 2012 – new job (secondment until March 2013)
  • Dec 2012 – Daughter lost pregnancy

I am not wanting sympathy. I know we are all suffering in some way to be using this forum, but if anyone can give me some advice or inspiration to help me with a positive attitude for 2013 I would be extremely grateful.

For those ladies reading this before your operation – my advice – is get as much information as possible. Don’t be afraid to ask your Doctor or Consultant; I didn`t and wished I had so I had an informed choice. I will always regret my hysterectomy because I wasn`t convinced I needed it in the first place.


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