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A positive fibroids story – Beverley’s story

I have to say it is the best thing I have had done.  I was becoming irregular and my GP said it was my age at 47 and to be expected.  However I never had a period for 4 months leading up to my wedding and for a month after, he said this was stress (even though I did not feel stressed at all).

However every time I flew I would have my period and it would be really heavy and I was flying quite frequently long haul.    This happened in May and it was an absolute nightmare on the plane.  In August I had a period which was fine but then a week later got on the plane only for the same thing to happen and it lasted for 3 weeks, it then stopped for 1 week only to return the day before I flew again.  I made an appointment at the GP’s and again gave me a leaflet on the menopause and some tablets to stop it being so heavy.  He was training and he did not even look at my stomach, which was quite large and bloated, and I only have a small frame.  I was really upset when I came out, as nothing was resolved.

I then visited my husband as he lives abroad and it still had not stopped so I visited a private GP and she suggested I see a gynecologist as all ladies have a gynecologist here and see once a year as a regular appointment.  I went to see this wonderful lady and she said she would examine me.  She said as soon as she saw me she could tell my stomach looked too large and did an ultrasound which found that my uterus was the same size as being 5 months pregnant and I had two fibroids the size of golf balls.  I was so relieved and she said I had two options – one to have the coil fitted but under a general anesthetic as it would be painful otherwise to manipulate the fibroids.  We could try otherwise it would be a hysterectomy.

I went home and thought about it then spoke to her again and she said there is not guarantee that the coil would work and then the only option would be the hysterectomy.  After talking it through again with my husband I booked in for the total hysterectomy on 24 November 2014.  She said that if the ovaries looked ok she would leave them in which she did.

I was really nervous as never had a major operation or been in hospital before but I arrived at 6am and was in theatre at 7:30am.  They had to give me a drug as my heart was racing with nerves.

On day one there was some surgical pain but the drugs soon got rid of the pain. They also found a polyp hiding behind on of the fibroids. On the second day I was up and out of bed – it did take some time to get out of bed, walk to the toilet, come back only to find I needed to go again and I did feel tired after all the drips etc were taken out.  The next day I was walking upright and went to meet my husband at the entrance. I came home on day 4 and took it easy, sleeping and doing gentle walking.  I had slight nerve pain under the scar but I have to say on my 10-day check they said you look so well – are you the same person who had the operation last week!  I felt a million dollars.  It is now 18 weeks and I am back at the gym and doing all the stuff I used to do even have been on a very bumpy safari four times (which was only 8 weeks afterwards).

They said that my recovery was remarkable, but what helped was being fit and healthy and a positive attitude before having the operation.

It is so nice now to wear white whenever I want, and not have to worry.  I have no pain and the scar has healed well.  It was the best thing I have had done and was not as bad as I had read and thought and I would recommend.

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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 5 Comments
  1. Hi Karen

    I had my operation in South Africa and i feel great.

    Hi Corina

    I am not in Hrt as never heard good things. However it is seven months now and I have just started to have hot flushes but nothing else except still struggling to loose some of the weight round my tummy even though I go to the gym lots and eat heathy.

    Hi Sara

    I kept the ovaries and the doctor said it would be better to if they are healthy otherwise you hit the menopause straight away.

    Hi Louise

    Hope you have recovered well

    Sorry ladies for not replying sooner.

  2. Hi, why did you want to keep your ovaries? I’m going to be having one and I think I want it all gone
    Sara

  3. Hi Beverly,
    Thank you for sharing your story and well done on your recovery. Could you please let me know if you are having HRT? I have had a full laparoscopic hysterectomy due to a large bening cyst on the right ovary, everything was removed on the 19 March 2015. I have had mixed messages from my Consultant regarding taking HRT. Also I have been reading a lot about it and I’m very confused. Currently I’m waiting to see my GP about this (with not much faith I’m afraid). I’m thinking about patches or a more natural approach. I would be interested to hear from you on the HRT issue.
    Thank you, Corina x

  4. Hi Beverly

    Interesting reading your story which is similar to my situation. I am nearly 47 years old myself and in just under 3 weeks time I will undergo a hysterectomy. I am also hoping that I will be able to keep my ovaries. Glad that things are going well for you and that you have made such a good recovery. It has really eased my anxieties’ Louise x

  5. Have just read Beverly,s Story……….did she have the Operation Abroad? I am a British Ex-Pat Living abroad and the Medical Services here are far and away better than in Britain.Yes, we do Pay, not a “Private” Service, 1 step up from “Social Medical” like NHS, but even an Australian acquaintance who had Need of the Services here, both she and her husband, couldnt praise it enough!!!!
    I also have a Gynaecologist, and can get an appointment anytime, and recently had a Second Opinion from an independant Gynae. concerning my 8cm Diameter Fibroid!! (Surgery had been recomended as it grew 4cm in one year,) and after thinking over an Operation, Consulting with my Gynae. I plan to have the OP towards the end of the year when it suits ME!!! I am 58 years old
    Would be interested to know where Beverly had her OP. and pleased she recovered so well
    Hopefully I will have the same outcome…..am already increasing my Fitness Level/Exercise Programme Wish me luck.

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