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Facing a Health Issue...Could Use Some Advice:-)

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

I joined SP in Dec. of 2011. I lost 65 lbs in 2012 emoticon In 2013, I hit a plateau and gained back 30 lbs. emoticon ... but, on the plus side, I met a man and fell in love emoticon emoticon

So, I was determined to make 2014 my year to get back on track and consistently do the things I know how to do to get healthy!! However, I started the year off with a lot of tests...an ultrasound, an MRI, and then a biopsy. The good news is the biopsy was benign, so no cancer!! emoticon Bad news is, I have some really large cysts that need to be removed, so I'm having a hysterectomy in a couple of weeks emoticon

So, I'm looking for advice from the my fellow Sparkers who've had this surgery. What's recovery like? How painful? How soon can I get to exercising? Good news or bad, I just want to know what I'll be dealing with. Any "words of wisdom" you have to offer would be greatly appreciated!!

I'm still determined to get back on track and don't want this development to throw me off course for any longer than necessary. Thanks emoticon
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    Looks like you already have a lot of responses on this! I'm a hyster sister, too. I had a full hysterectomy due to fibroids in 2009. I recovered really well...and I think the key was taking it easy after the surgery. Get up and walk around like you are supposed to...but also take it easy like you are supposed to. Let your body heal from the surgery. Let those steri strips fall off...do not pull them off. I pulled one off and that is where I ended up with the worse scarring which is just now starting to look better. Let people do things for you...NO HEAVY LIFTING. This is a major surgery but one that I believe most people recover well from...and I am confident you will too. I LOVE not having a cycle any more. My emotions are on an even keel...where they were always up and down and all around before. Keep up the good work! Thanks for the encouragement! Spark on! emoticon emoticon
    2721 days ago
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    Good luck with your surgery! Be kind to yourself. This surgery is part of the journey! You are working toward getting healthy and taking a giant step in the right direction. Take this time to heal. Continue to eat healthy, drink your water and follow your doctors orders about exercise. emoticon And I am so proud of you for taking such good care of yourself! emoticon
    2721 days ago
    Good luck! I've not been through it, but a friend just went through the surgery (December) and has commented many times on these things - which also echoes my sister's experience: Don't overdo it. Don't lift things. Listen to your body. If you have to use steps (she lives on the 2nd floor, no elevator), take your time. Ask for help. Constipation hit when she thought she was over it. Don't even look at the vacuum. Listen to your doctor.

    Hope this helps.

    2726 days ago
    Good luck with your surgery! Talk to your doc and take the time to heal. Do not try to overdo or you will have a possibility of trouble.(pulled stitches etc.) Rest and healing is important to overall health. You'll be in my prayers.

    2726 days ago
    Talk to your dr about the pain/constipation issue, and also whether he plans on doing the vaginal/abdominal surgery, because it does make a difference. When I had my hysterectomy, it was a full incision below the "bikini line", and I was in the hospital for 7 days. Have the nurses teach you how to get out of bed by yourself! Slow walks until you regain your strength, and follow drs orders about movement and lifting heavy things. Also talk to him about the onset of menopause. For some women it happens almost immediately after surgery, and there's things you can do to alleviate the symptoms. Good luck to you!!
    2726 days ago
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    Hi honey,

    Well I can only speak for myself. I had this operation at 29 and the recovery process was painless. I had to take it easy and not lift any heavy objects, or strain to do things like cleaning, or lift my arms to hang out washing as I recall for 6 weeks

    The only discomfort I felt was for the first couple of days in hospital.
    I had the vaginal removal.
    The operation was over forty years ago, so I was not into exercising. I was married and able to take care of my two boys aged 6 and 4.

    So all my recollections are very positive and pain free. I am sure the docs will guide you on how long before you can resume your exercise routine.

    Congrats on the love in your life. This is wonderful news.

    Hugs Wispy
    2726 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/5/2014 4:46:13 PM
    This is a bit of TMI advice, but it was the most important thing for me when I had my hysterectomy and other abdominal surgeries: be careful not to get constipated! The very last thing you need when you've had an abdominal surgery is to be feeling blocked and bloated, and straining on the toilet can cause issues with the incisions.

    Most folks find that the heavy duty painkillers (morphine, vicoden, percocets, etc.) all cause constipation. My surgeon for the hysterectomy advised not using them, but to alternate ibuprofen (Advil) and acetaminophen (Tylenol), starting with double-doses of the ibuprofen to build up the anti-inflammatory in the body (he also advised a glass or two of red wine every day --- there's a reason I adore him!). This worked great for me - I ended up with much less pain and discomfort than I'd had with a previous abdominal surgery where I'd been on morphine and percocets.

    You might want to talk to your surgeon prior to the surgery to find out what he / she recommends, and also see if using Colace (a stool softener) or something like Senekot-S (a mild laxative and stool softener) as a preventative might be a good idea.

    As for working out - all of my surgeons have wanted me up and walking (gently) as soon as possible, and as often as possible every day. They preferred shorter walks, without raising the heart-rate, to start with, but by two weeks in walking fast enough to be exercise was encouraged. As others have said, the lifting restrictions are there for a reason, so follow your doctor's orders on those.

    That's awesome news on no cancer - hope the surgery is easy for you and that you are feeling much better very soon!
    2726 days ago
    You have a great attitude! Regain happens, even when you're on Spark People. I was 202 in 2007, 168 in 2008, 209 in 2010, and now I'm at 176. I was embarrassed by my gain. But I never gave up.

    I haven't had the surgery. Believe in yourself, that weight loss is possible, that it's possible for you to lose the weight permanently.

    Ask your dr for expert advice for your personal recommendations. WebMd is a good source for more general online info. But they can be on the shocking side.

    2726 days ago
    I haven't had this kind of surgery, so can't speak to that. I will urge you very strongly to see your most important challenge is to HEAL. Surround yourself with love and support--before, during and after the surgery.

    Gentleness in all things, including exercise may be recommended. Yoga and stretching might be recommended. I will be sending lots of healing energy your way. When is the surgery planned?

    Wishing you all the best, dear friend! emoticon
    Blessed Be, Amanda emoticon
    2727 days ago
    The advice from Alihikes and Blujeans is absolutely correct. Everything will depend on whether they remove the uterus vaginally or through an abdominal incision. Don't lift anything more than 5 pounds will be the order, no vacuuming, etc. You must be very strict with that - a good excuse to make hubby clean (lol). You should be able to start back to light exercise in about 6 weeks - about the same amount of wait time for after giving birth.
    2727 days ago
    You've already gotten good advice about what to expect, so I'm just going to send hugs your way and

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    2727 days ago
    I had a hysterectomy when I was 40, the surgery was more extensive than originally planned. Recovery time depends on whether you have a vaginal hysterectomy (around 3-4 weeks) or abdominal incisions (5-6 weeks). I had both; they started with the vaginal hysterectomy but mid-surgery they realized the benign tumors were too large so they did abdominal incision also. You will have some physical limitations on how much you can lift, don't ignore those restrictions! (my friend was feeling perky so she lifted groceries and some stiches ripped open); can't vacuum for a bit (it was a good excuse to hire a cleaning person for a few weeks). On the other hand I don't recall any eating restrictions other than you start with a soup/light diet after abdominal surgery.

    I'm SO glad I had the surgery, I felt 100% better afterward. I did not suffer hot flashes despite losing both ovaries and I didn't have to take hormones.
    2727 days ago
    I had a hysterectomy in 2007 with the full incision and I recall it being at least 3 weeks before I started to feel relatively normal. I think about 6-8 weeks before feeling completely 100%. I wasn't exercising at the time, so can't advise you on that.

    I used a web site called "hyster sisters" to connect with other women who had had hysterectomies and found it very useful.

    And I can tell you I am SO much happier and more comfortable since the surgery!! Best thing I ever did.

    Hope this helps!
    2727 days ago
    I'm sorry I don't have any advice, but I wanted to know that I read this and I'm thinking about you. *HUGS*
    2727 days ago
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