I had a hysterectomy three days ago. I’m still sitting in my hospital bed but the only real bother is discomfort from the port sites and a serious case of bloat. Movicol isn’t doing its job apparently. IBS – 1, Hospital – 0. Unfortunately that is the only thing keeping me in at present. It is preferred that you are able to pass movements after surgery before you are able to be released.
My gyno found substantial amounts of scar tissue while examining during the procedure. Some of this can be contributed to endometriosis. However, the majority of this scarring is due to the difficult pregnancy and births I had with my boys. I knew I was tearing internally while giving birth to them and the hospital refused to investigate as they did not believe me. I should never have been forced to give birth to my second child naturally. That is something which I now live with in the form of constant pain and discomfort. With the removal of my uterus and fallopian tubes, my gyno and I are hoping we can start decreasing the level of pain I’m in. It is the first step in a long road to recovery.
The decision to have a hysterectomy was not a light one. It has come after years of different hormonal treatments to try and get my symptoms under control. I have tried six different pills, the depo injection and the mirena. With each one I endure numerous side effects that range from break through bleeding, severe cramps, headaches, heart palpitations and mood flucuations. So as you can see from that list, hormonal treatments do not work. The final straw for me was when my previous gyno suggested getting the mirena in while on the pill to stop my cramping and bleeding issues. I had a cancer scare after my first experience with the mirena so I have always said I would never get it again. I then decided to get another opinion which led me to my lovely current gyno. She took one look at my records and said I shouldn’t have to suffer just because it is the practice to restrain from doing hysterectomies on younger patients. I have tried all the different hormonal treatments, none have given me a quality of life so this was a realistic option for me. I almost cried when she said it. To be without these womanly issues will be a dream. It is only early days but I will keep you updated on my progress x