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It was two years ago today that I a total hysterectomy with bladder lift at the age of 50. So I thought I would do a little update about my journey and how I feel now.
I still have some issues but for the most part I feel great, but it wasn’t always that way. It took a good six months for me to be out of pain from the surgery.
I had severe bloating from the anesthesia, pain (chest, leg and abdomen), nausea, depression, hot flashes, night sweats not to mention the emotional roller coaster I was on. I won’t repeat everything here, but if you want to read about all that was going on you can read that in my post entitled Almost 7 Months Post Hysterectomy Update and One Year Post Hysterectomy Update.
I would say that the one year mark was my real turning point. I think the hardest part was the amount of time required for the healing process.
I was hard on myself because I wasn’t healing as fast as some of the ladies in the hysterectomy groups I belonged to. My turning point what when I remembered that the doctor said that everyone heals differently and it could take up to one year to feel “normal” again. Then I decided to be patient … it was hard … but I did it.
Where I am Now
* My body still feels great … I have none of the pain I experienced the first six months after surgery.
* I’m sleeping much better. After the surgery, I had a hard time with insomnia, but haven’t had much of a problem since January when a friend told me about this trick. I tried it and it works like a charm.
* I still get hot flashes and night sweats. Although they come and go based on the time of the year (since it’s currently summer, I’m getting them a little bit more often), what I eat (spicy foods, some proteins, chocolate, caffeine tend to cause more hot flashes) and my stress/anxiety level.
*I don’t get UTI/yeast infections anymore after starting a daily probiotic and cranberry supplements and also taking more care with my personal hygiene, especially after having a bowel movement (I know TMI :)).
* My libido still hasn’t recovered completely but even that is getting a little better now after I started on a daily Maca root supplement.
*Unfortunately, my weight loss (almost 15 pounds post surgery) didn’t stay. This past February/March, I noticed the weight creeping back on … almost back to where it was before the surgery when I couldn’t loose weight no matter what I did … despite my daily walks (I now walk between 60-90 minutes per day, often alternating walking and jogging) and eating a healthy diet. I will admit that my sugar intake did go up over the holidays but I have drastically cut out sweets, but still the weight is not budging. My weight gain has caused me some heartache and depression. I’ve had my hormones checked and found that my thyroid is a bit off, so I will have to figure out what to do about that.
Of course, this is just my experience. So why am I telling you my hysterectomy story? Because I hope, that by reading this, other women waiting for their hysterectomy, or women having a hard time recovering from their hysterectomy, find new hope and courage that there is indeed a life after hysterectomy.