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This is how it began – Dawn’s Story

It stated back in 2006. I had sterilisation reversal, I got pregnant but then miscarried after 6 weeks. My whole life collapsed, I felt a failure, felt what had I done wrong to deserve this, but then had to think mother nature had blessed me with 5 healthy children, but unfortunately wasn’t to the man of my dreams. I then carried on bleeding and in pain, had a few ops in the year, but then had to opt for full abdo hysterectomy. My whole life collapsed. I felt I was a failure, because I couldn’t give the man of my dreams the baby I’d longed for. It hurt so much. Continue reading This is how it began – Dawn’s Story

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Hysterectomy after myomectomy – Sandra’s Story

I had a myomectomy 8 years ago because of fibroids – I was supposed to have keyhole surgery to have them removed but in the end they had to do an abdominal myomectomy. I lost 4 pints of blood in the process and was signed-off work for three months (I have an office job, nothing too strenuous). Continue reading Hysterectomy after myomectomy – Sandra’s Story

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My Hysterectomy Recovery – Lisa’s Story

I have 4 children 15, 13, 11 and 11, since my last two (twins) were born I have suffered with heavy periods! I teach Pilates and Fitness Classes so this was sometimes a real challenge, often I would have to leave the class to change my pad etc.

I had the Mirena Coil fitted and for 5 years everything was OK. Then I had to have it replaced……. The replacement was rejected by my body into the shower tray, then I had a third replacement which was also rejected, during all this my periods were everlasting and really, really heavy…. I was exhausted and finding it a challenge to teach my classes and look after the family.

I was referred to the gynaecologist who was so shocked I had been given two further coils due to the size of my fibroids (26 wk) also I had an enlarged uterus 4 x’s what it should be. A hysterectomy or ablation was suggested. As I had scar tissue from my c sections I couldn’t have the ablation, so opted for a full abdominal hysterectomy.

On 24th July I had my hysterectomy. I wasn’t nervous I just wanted to feel normal again! My operation wasn’t as straight forward as the surgeon hoped as I bled a lot and had to have an ovary removed as it was stuck to something and bled heavily. When I came round from the operation I was in a lot of pain I pressed my morphine pump, a lot! I had odd dreams (morphine induced). I was mobile the following day. I was however surprised to find out my wound was not dressed, I have a large belly overhang so it wasn’t getting any air and was getting sweaty. I was discharged with no advice whatsoever.

On returning home my wound started to get red and infected so I visited the Dr. Since then I have had to have the wound redressed every 4 days as it’s not healing brilliantly, the nurse told me my stitches are really bad! I feel OK in myself but wasn’t prepared for the unknown. I am now two weeks to the day since my op and feel like I have much more energy, but just going for a walk makes you so tired.


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5 weeks after hysterectomy – my story

Hi – I’m 52 and last October during my usual run along the river, I experienced severe pelvic pain. To cut a long story short, two cysts were found, one on each ovary. I was advised by two consultants to have a hysterectomy as the larger of the cysts contained a mass, which combined with high levels in the CA125 bloods taken, indicated a possibility of ovarian cancer. However, these CA125 levels kept changing and both consultants were of the opinion that I probably had endometriosis, but because of the question mark over the levels, they would continue as though I had ovarian cancer. It was decided that I should have a full abdominal hysterectomy. Continue reading 5 weeks after hysterectomy – my story

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Hysterectomy at 50 – Lisa’s Story

I had my hysterectomy at 50. I was told that I had a large fibroid after a routine examination but was told that I didn’t need treatment unless I started having problems. One year on I was having increasingly heavy periods and my stomach looked like I was 5 months pregnant. After various scans and a visit to a consultant I was told that my only option would be a hysterectomy. There was concern over the very rapid growth of the fibroid and cancer couldn’t be completely ruled out until it had been removed. I did feel extremely frightened at this point. Continue reading Hysterectomy at 50 – Lisa’s Story

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Thrombosed External Haemorrhoid – A side effect after abdominal hysterectomy? – Tess’s Story

After feeling fine after surgery in June, I encountered an issue earlier this week which, I’ve been told, can be a side effect due to abdominal hysterectomy. Yep, I’ve got a thrombosed external haemorrhoid! Couldn’t believe it! Has anyone else ever had this issue? Continue reading Thrombosed External Haemorrhoid – A side effect after abdominal hysterectomy? – Tess’s Story

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Superwoman (or maybe not!) – Sue’s Abdominal Hysterectomy Story

I had a full abdominal hysterectomy on New Year’s Eve 2012. Great way to see in the New Year – on a morphine drip! This was due to a massive fibroid which I didn’t even know I had until I started getting severe leg pain. Having ruled out blood clots etc, I was sent for a scan which revealed the fibroid. It was apparently already too big to have any treatment other than a hysterectomy. I didn’t have to wait long for the operation which was probably a good thing because I am a complete wimp when it comes to anything to do with hospitals and I’m sure I would have backed out if I’d had longer to think about it. Continue reading Superwoman (or maybe not!) – Sue’s Abdominal Hysterectomy Story