Had Abdominal Hysterectomy last week. Dr put me on HRT but I'm steady on Sertsrine?

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Hi, I had major abdominal hysterectomy a week ago. Came home from hospital yesterday. Consultant had prescribed me 1.25 g twice a day of HRT. (Premarin.) I have been taking 100 mg of Setraline (Zoloft) for the past few years for PMT with great results. My hysterectomy involved removing my ovaries, uterus, appendix and the fatty lining of my bowel. I don't know if I should continue to take the Sertraline stil? I haven't taken it while I was in hospital but know just coming straight off it is dangerous too. Also I'm in so much pain my GP today has prescribed me Codeine for the pain but my consultant has just prescribed me more Tramadol for the pain?! My GP said taking Tramadol with Setrsline is dangerous. I'm so confused. I was on oral morphine and Tramadol at the hospital till I was discharged yesterday and they only gave me paracetamol and Ibuprofen then which haven't touched the pain at all ( hence my partner ringing today and asking for more pain relief.) I'm 46 and the hysterectomy had put me straight into the menopause and I don't know what to take for the best. I'm so tearful ( which is not like me at all but I realise this may be still effects from the op). Can anyone please help??

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    You poor love, I'm not surprised you feel so awful, your body is trying to recover from major surgery, your hormones are all over the place, your drugs have changed, and you're in pain. You have so much to deal with and you're really not up to it.

    Try and take one thing at a time.

    Pain-- take the tramadol your doctor has prescribed. Don't take the Sertraline if he told you not to.

    Take the codeine, you need to get on top of the pain.

    Accept that you are going to have some pain, it will ease off, there's a lot of healing going on.

    Rest, rest, rest, in bed or downstairs with your feet up.

    It will get better, you've just had to get home after being in hospital.

    Try not to be too stressed, things will improve, honestly. I know it doesn't feel like that now, but you're at the hardest stage, trying to cope with being back home, and losing the security banket of being at the hospital.

    Take care.x.


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      Thanks Laura. I'm taking the Codeine now. My consultant didn't even mention the Sertraline even though I did tell him I was on it before my op. I'll see how I go with the Codeine today. I know things will improve it just doesn't seem so right now and normally I am so healthy it's all a big shock.

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    Hi Jane Mabel I am due for the same surgery as you hope you don't mind me asking how long did you have to wait now been on to hospital Iam on week 17 there is a 44 wk waiting list would you know if there is a cancellation list everything in my life on hold to I have this done

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      Hi Annie,

      I went to A and E on 16th Dec with sudden abdominal pain. They did an ultrasound and discovered a big mass they thought was coming from one of my ovaries. I had an urgent MRI scan 2 days later then had my op on 18th Jan. It was all very quick, maybe I. M lucky where I live I don't know but the NHS we're fantastic right from the start.

      I guess it depends on the size of your cyst maybe? Mine was 23 cm although I hardly had any pain till the night I went to A and E in agony. 44 weeks seems a very long time to wait?!!!

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      Hi Jane Mable well 2 yrs ago I was rushed to hospital with sudden Abdominal pain which was cyst that Burst it was very touch and go Iam here today I was I hospital for a week

      Then off work for 4 months then a yr later my cysts are back plus a bad case endometriosis and scar tissue from my surgery I was put in temp menopause injection and hrt had bad effects from that so Iam off that now so now having hysterectomy

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