I am a mother of 3 (22,17,15 yr old) I always thought I was quite lucky and never really had ‘monthly’ problems but for some reason 7 yrs ago when I was 37 I began with constant bleeding and constant pain and discomfort. It seamed to take over my life.
I have always had painful periods they made me physically unwell. Sometimes I’d have this irritating right sided pain resting on my shoulder blade. I’d been in hospital and seen many consultant with multiple mysterious illnesses.
In January I had a total hysterectomy and bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy. I am 48 years old. Since the age of 14, I’ve had terrible periods; very very heavy, painful, long and with debilitating PMS symptoms. I was put on the pill at 14 and have tried every medical and holistic intervention since. These are my hints and tips for having a healthy hysterectomy.
After being diagnosed with endometriosis in my mid 30’s I went on Ovranette which seemed to help, but when I reached 50 oh my…. I had to come off it due to age and boy did everything come back with a vengeance. After several months of heavy flooding and indescribable pain I got referred to gynae.
I remember sitting on the kitchen floor of my Mum and Dad’s house when I was 11 and I said to my mum my tummy hurt – she said perhaps it was my period due to start. Sure enough it started a week later, as did 22 years of constant pain.
After suffering with endometriosis I decided at the age of 35 that I wanted a hysterectomy (despite having no children). Since the age of 13 I had suffered with severe period pain. When I was 26 I saw a gynaecologist (Mr W), who decided to do a D&C, this did not help with the pain so Mr W then did a laparoscopy. I was diagnosed with extensive endometriosis.
For all my menstruating years I have had problems. In my teens I just put it down to hormones and hoped it would settle. In my twenties I tried the pill, it controlled the bleeding cycle but did not control the moods and the flow. In my thirties was when I decided I had had enough and wanted some specialist support.
‘Historically, the symptoms of inexplicable chronic pelvic pain have often been attributed to imagined madness, female weakness, promiscuity or hysteria’ Wikipedia on Endometriosis.
Years of bowel disease and endometriosis had left me with a very sticky, complex pelvis. I reached the age of 50 and an MRI indicated I had ovarian cancer. This proved to be incorrect but my consultant was becoming increasingly concerned at the state of my insides and how the suspect masses presented on ultrasound and MRI’s. So much so he recommended a complete hysterectomy as otherwise I would live with this uncertainty for ever.