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11 Weeks Post Hysterectomy – Karen’s Story

Hi my name is Karen. I am 39 years old and had an abdominal hysterectomy on 6th September due to large fibroids and very low iron.

All seemed well when I woke up. I was discharged 48hrs after my op (Thursday) By the Sunday afternoon I was starting to feel very unwell and had pains in my leg and the whole of my tummy being black with bruises up to my belly button (if I could upload a photo I would). I went back to the hospital and was told I had an infection in my scar. I was given antibiotics and bloods taken and sent home.

At 10 pm that evening I had a phone call from the doctor to inform me my bloods had dropped again from 12.5 to 8 and I would need to go back in to hospital the following morning for a blood transfusion.

On my return to the hospital they decided to check my bloods again to see if it had gone up over night? They said I may of had an internal bleed. As my bloods had gone up they decided I didn’t need the transfusion but the antibiotic I was on were the wrong ones, so an alternative course of antibiotics was given.

My concern was for the bruise on my tummy as my scar wasn’t hurting but the whole of my tummy was so sore, even to stroke. I was asking for a scan all of the time but it was dismissed.

A week later I returned to the hospital for them to take another look at my tummy and scar again as I was still in a lot of pain. They decided to change my antibiotics as they said the infection wasn’t responding to the other antibiotics? All of this time I was seen by lots of different doctors! I was asked to come back again in 7 days.

Two days later I was so ill I rang the hospital and said I was coming in as my tummy, underneath all the bruising was so sore and painful. I was admitted this time and taken for an ultra sound scan to see what all the bruising was all about. About time in my eyes.

They discovered that I had plum sized mass that was filled with puss and fluid and was infected. I knew that I had an infection in my scar and that was starting to clear up but knew how my tummy felt that something wasn’t right.

All the people I have spoken to had never seen bruising like mine from a hysterectomy. I was relieved to say the least, that finally we knew what was the cause of all the pain was. Again I was given antibiotics and sent home. It’s now 4 weeks on and the mass is still there but the infection has gone and I am told the plum size mass is breaking up?

I am starting to feel much better, however I still get pains towards the end of the day and also a stinging sensation. I am so looking forward to returning to work in a weeks time, but I know my own body and understand that I will have to still take things slowly, as I think its going to be a few more months before I feel totally normal again.

I’m off to Barbados for Christmas and am looking forward to a relaxing time in the sunshine. Just a bit upset i haven’t been able to go to my zumba class to get into my bikini body. (on the plus side) no periods to contend with

I truly feel this operation was needed, but in my naivety didn’t think it would take me this long to recover. So ladies, please take each operation as individual to each person, listen to your own body and instinct and you will all make a recovery in time.

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Linda Parkinson-Hardman

Transformational counsellor, coach and women's health advocate. Professionally I'm an information scientist who specialises in change management, culture change and adoption of digital technologies in large enterprises and organisations. I am a writer and author of nine books to date, and I've edited a further seven; phew what a lot for a Thursday afternoon :-)

This Post Has 9 Comments
  1. Hi all,I am 4 weeks after having full hysterectomy,I noticed a stitch left on end of my scar,it’s smelling a little and I think it’s a little infected,I called the ward and they said for me to call the Dr’s in the morning unless I feel really ill,I’ve had hot and cold sweats but knothing else,just a little pulling sensation and scar is itchy,plz can anyone give anymore advice before I call my Dr’s in the morning,thank you in advance.

  2. great thank you am now in first wk of being completely pain free and have started doing standing squats to strengthen my legs feel have turned a corner doc says to be patient and all will return to normal !!

  3. I am now 11 wks TAH and BSO due to dermoid size of a rugby ball on right ovary and one twisted round my left ovary had two infections feeling alot better but so swollen it is getting me down doc tells me to be patient but getting frustated walking lots doing house work (light) what,else can I do anyone else out there as till swollem?

  4. On 15th Dec 2012 i had a full vaginal hysterectomy, i remember kissing my husband and saying see you in a couple of hours. Four and a half hours later i was brought back up to my room covered in tin foil wrapping and wires, and a very worried hubby, the surgeon explained to my hubby there had been complications and a artery had been caught and i lost blood and needed 3 units. Over night the pain was unbearable so i was given morphine to help me sleep, 24 hours later the catheter was removed and i was out of bed the following day i had the drainage tubes removed that night, and was allowed home the following day. I was still very swollen and tired but happy to go home and rest, plenty of rest and fluids as ordered but still i managed to get an infection inside so had a course of antibiotics which worked, its now 6 weeks after the op i still have a horrible discharge, which the surgeon has said is old blood and is normal, and i do get more tired than usual and discomfort in the stomach area. I am looking forward to being myself and back to work, but when im not sure, i do not regret having the op as i know when im feeling 100% it would have been worth it.

  5. Hi Ladies..Especially Karen,
    Sorry to hear the problems you have had to experience after your op…I wish you better.
    I had my vaginal hysterectomy including removal of the cervix Feb 9th 2011…since then I have had painful sex…and bleeding from the scar..I should add that I also had a pelvic floor repair and a sling put in to keep in place the bowel and bladder…

    On Dec 17th this year I had to have a Fenton’s repair…I am now in constant discomfort and pain…
    I rushed to get back to “Normal” and did things too quickly after my op in Feb 2011….it really is important to let the body heal in it’s own time…I set my healing back by two months…
    Once again I am rushing things and paying for it…but at least this time I am aware and when I overdo things I take time to rest.
    I hope this information proves helpful to someone.
    Love, Light, & Blessings to all
    Martina/Rose
    xxx

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