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5 Days Post Op Hysterectomy – Sue’s Story

I am 5 days post op hysterectomy and my name is Sue. I’m 46 and had a total abdominal hysterectomy, ovaries and tubes removed on Thursday. I had been suffering with fibroids for years and it wasn’t till March this year I had another scan which revealed so many fibroids they couldn’t make out where one started & one finished.

One measured 27cm. I was told that it was a traumatic surgery. My uterus was the size of a 24 week pregnancy. I lost 1.5 litres of blood. Consequently I am now on Iron tablets.

I was sent home three days post-op which personally being an ex nurse I still can’t get my head round. It used to be at least 10 days when I did Gynae.

Progress….!! I ended up in A&E last PM with a UTI. Checked wound this AM & looks rather full of pus. Great eh!The pain of surgery I can cope with but the wind pain has me in tears sometimes.

Anyhow the reason I’m writing this is because can you go straight into menapouse as early as five days post op? I’m having terrible flushes where the sweat literally drips off my face and my hair is soaked. I’m also experiencing a very, very, very dry mouth. I have no appetite because of it. It’s driving me nuts. Please can anyone suggest anything to help.

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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 17 Comments
  1. Hi I’m 10 days into my post op total hysterectomy took everythink womb curvix and tubed as I had thinking of the lining of my womb and cells where changing
    Surgery was meant to be 90mins but ended up taking 5hours as there was a problem getting into my womb.
    But I fill wonderful day after my op.walking wasn’t problem scare healing great.but the only problem I’ve got is dwn left leg it’s numb hot and I get a pinging stinging feeling there to the point it makes me scream when I move .is this normal.x

  2. hi my name is sharon i am 5 days post op total abdominal hysterectomy .blimey I wasn”t expecting this much pain or the massive tummy. I was already experiencing hot flushes etc I am 49 . I have already cried several times and just feel helpless hate being stuck in the house. I am extremely tired and have no appetite. I hope this is all worth the pain as I have been suffering for years with adenomyosis. I am due to start a new job in august and just want to get better asap any hints ladies ???/

  3. Hi I’m 27yrs old and just had a abdominal hysterectomy 4days ago my mouth is really dry and I find when I stand up my chest is really tight and I find it hard to breath and go dizzy is that normal

  4. HI Debra, firstly it’s normal to have some colon disturbance post hysterectomy. This is because things like the anaesthetic cause the bowels to stop functioning during surgery and they can take time to get started again. As a result the stools that have built up can be uncomfortable to move. Usually, plenty of water, light exercise such as walking and plenty of fibre will all help, but it can take time.

  5. Hi I am 55 years old I am 5 days post op laproscopic total hysterectomy due to a lesion on my cervex, already had a leep cone and one overy removed prior. My concern now is that I am VERY SORE, !! Hurts to move my bowls, pain all around abdoman, hurts to cough, it’s also a fri evening, narcotic meds make me VERY constipated, sticking with ibuprofen only, 600 miligrams every 4 hours. Also have a hot water bottle on my belly, I’m very uncomfortable. Is this normal should I call my dr please someone answer Thanks

  6. Your ovaries would have been producing small amounts of oestrogen even though you’d been through the menopause, they don’t actually stop working completely it’s just that the levels produced drop. When they are removed you lose it completely hence the reaction your body has to the loss of oestrogen.

  7. I had a full hysterectomy 17 July 2013. I was back at work after 3 weeks I’m 48 years old and after the fibroids, ovarian cysts and endometriosis I felt great, but for the last 2weeks I have started dripping with sweat, my surgeon told me ive already gone threw the change as my ovaries have been collapsed for many years ??? Can anyone suggest what the cause could be because I’m not getting any sleep ????

  8. Thanks I know you are right and I am hoping my emotional state will improve. I am very fortunate that I have a partner that as been very supportive. I have at the moment detached myself from the world. I am finding it difficult to being around people with babies. I am a blubbering wreck I know it’s my hormones in over drive.

  9. The good thing is that the physical pain will go, as will the discomfort and you will start to sleep again. As for your emotional health, that too will improve, but it takes time and you need to be kind to yourself while you’re going through it.

  10. Hi Everybody

    I had a total abdonimal hysterectomy with a bilateral salpingo ooperoctonomy. Yep I had to look it up ….. means they took everything from both sides. I am now in week 3 post op. I went into a menopause straight away which is affecting my sleep. I was on GnRH analogues earlier this year which does put you into artificial menopause. I am finding my recovery difficult both emotionally & physically. I lost a baby 10 years ago and now I know I will never be a mum. I always thought I would never have children because my partner as a low sperm count. in the back of your mind there is always hope. I thought I could handle this but I just feel empty. I have made an appointment to see my doctor. I just hope I someday will be able for this pain to go.

  11. Hi Sue, I’ve come on here today becasue 1.1/2 years after having a full hysterectomy I’m still having pains in my right side and my stomach is very tight and sometimes rally sore. I have mentioned this to the GP and been told several times it’s scare tissue. I also started flushing etc the following day after my op and kept asking for my HRT which they wouldnt give me. I have been on it for 2 years previous for the hot flushes (well I wouldnt call them that), I could be in a meeting at work and they sweat dripped off my eyebrows, sleeping was a nightmare, three hours a night if I was lucky!., But I have to say, that although I feel very tight and quite sore my life has changed. I feel a hell of a lot fitter than I have done for years. I’ve built my Avon Sales Leadership business since and I now have another busienss selling jewellery in two shop as well as working full time. I went to an Avon dinner last week where I got an award from coming 3rd from top out of 700 reps in the area I live. Bear in mind that was for last year when I had my op. I even had my partner pushing me around ina wheelchair. I love my life now and wouldnt change anything, just to get rid of these pains and tightness, that would be great. HAPPY LIFE TO EVERYONE LADY WHO HAS TO GO THROUGH THIS OP xxxx

  12. Dear Sue

    I lost my appetite for 4 weeks after surgery enjoyed eating fruit and had a craving for M&S Deli Style Coleslaw!!! Eat what you fancy you deserve it after what you have gone through. Being tubed gave me a wretched sore throat and yes the wind is agonising until it goes.

  13. Hi Sue, I had everything removed in March, cervix, ovaries included. Consultant started me on Premarin the day after my op. Havent had any probs at all with menopause so may be a good idea to have a chat with your doctor. xxxx

  14. Hi Sue.
    My first hot flush was in the hospital the day after my surgery so yes, it can start right away. My apetite was also greatly affected and I had a dry and metallic taste for several week after but I actually founHHd that water and fresh fruit really appealed to me so that’s what I ate for a while. I am 1 1/2 years out of my surgery and have found many strange little symptoms that come and go so maybe be prepared for that to happen.
    Speedy recovery to you.

  15. I feel for you Sue, I am now 6 days post op. My hot flushes and night sweats started straight away. I keep taking my temperature for fear of infection but despite being roasting internally the thermometer tells me I am fine! I still have one ovary but have read that they can hibernate from trauma although I don’t know how true that is. The pain from wind and any bowel movement is dreadful and I frightened the life out of myself earlier today when I thought I was going to sneeze. I have developed a ridiculous laugh and my cough is positively pathetic.The whole experience has been hideous and I keep having to convince myself that it will all be worth it in the end;…….no more flooding, no more anaemia, no more sanitary wear, no more smears, no more fear of pregnancy…..x x x

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