Hysterectomy advice for a worried brummy – Donna’s story

I’ve always been fit and healthy and always thought I would be. However in November 2014 I became ill with severe abdominal pain 2 the point I couldn’t work or do anything.

I had an ultrasound revealing a dermoid cyst. Surgery was arranged but the night before I was due to go into hospital I was in so much pain they took me by ambulance as they assumed it was rupturing.

I went ahead with the surgery only to find it wasn’t a cyst but a abscess in my uterus caused by my coil perforating my womb. Well at least I thought that was the end of it but no….the drain I had in got stuck and on day 2 when trying to pull it out I passed out with the pain.

Day 3 of my stay I went down hill and ended up with septicaemia. I spent the next 7 days in hospital. Thankfully I was so well looked after by all the amazing nurses and doctors and went home on day 10.

My only problem is the damage to my ovaries and uterus is so scarred the pain is still unbearable and I don’t want to be on pain relief for the rest of my life. I am now having a full hysterectomy on the 7th of August and I don’t mind telling you I’m a little scared, worried, happy it’s being done, sad I’m losing a huge part of me that gave me 2 wonderful children. My emotions are all over the place.

I will be going on HRT which I’m ok with, but I don’t wanna get fat, go wrinkly or grow a beard as I’ve been told by many people this could happen.

Just need some reassurance that I will be fine after and advice from anybody going through the same. I love reading all your stories and have to say us women are fabulous….x


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