My mother was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 1999 aged 72 and died shortly afterwards as it had spread. I went to my doctor and asked if I could have some sort of screening. Despite the fact there was no other family history of any type of cancer, my doctor agreed. So, each year I went for a CA125 blood test and an ultrasound scan (internal and/or external). They found that I had a cyst on one ovary but it was a normal cyst. So every year, I went and everything seemed fine and the cyst remained normal – but had grown over the last couple of years. No-one seemed concerned and thought it would go down as I am now post-menopause (59 now).
I had a very difficult birth with my only child 24 years ago, so when I first suspected I had a prolapse problem some 7 years ago, I hoped and hoped that it would just “go away”, hence the reason I lived with it for so long. I visited my GP 2 years after I realised things were not right. She diagnosed a bowel prolapse.
I had my total hysterectomy recently. As far as the hysterectomy is concerned all went really well. Op stayed keyhole as planned and I seemed to be doing well. That is until the morning after when they removed my catheter and I went for my first pee.
I have suffered from heavy periods all my life. A couple of years ago, as I reached 50, my periods became almost endless, flooding and very painful. After trying the pill, tranexamic acid, iron tablets and a host of other things, and having anaemia for months I opted for an ablation. The ablation failed and I was left with heavier bleeding and more pain.
I am a worrier (a phrase that you will see later became relevant !) – it’s in my nature, so you can imagine what something as significant as a sub-total abdominal hysterectomy did to the worrying part of my brain.
I am 36 years old now and I was diagnosed with 2nd degree uterine prolapse 2.5 yrs ago. The Dr suggested I try pelvic floor exercise to make my muscles strong to avoid surgery at very young age. (I had 2 kids with vaginal delivery), so I learned pelvic floor exercise from pelvic floor physiotherapist and tried for almost 10 months but didn’t get any improvement in the prolapse. It might have been because my tissues were damaged while delivering a baby.
I was diagnosed with cervical cancer after a smear test showed abnormal cells. At a young sixty year old this came as a complete shock! I have always been fit and well. After various tests I was graded at stage 1b and told I would need a radical hysterectomy followed by possibly chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
I went through the menopause 15 years ago, and suddenly started to experience a very slight bloody discharge in the mornings when I relieved myself. I also experienced extreme exhaustion. I did not want to do anything, and had to drag myself out to work, and even to meet up with friends.
I do not wish to share my hysterectomy story, pre-op or the op itself, as all was very straightforward by all accounts. However I do want to share my post hysterectomy home remedy kit, this is a selection of the things I found invaluable during the initial post-op recovery in hospital, and in the following weeks at home.