Hysterectomy and breast pains !

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I had an adominal hysterectomy on 1st October 2014 which is roughly 6 weeks post op. I feel I have recovered quite well despite me losing a litre and a half of blood in theatre and needing a transfusion. I have been taking it easy at home as I don't want any more problems, my staples have already split and part of my wound was open, but that has healed now. I am getting all the menopausal symptoms of hot flushes and night sweats, but I am also getting pains in my breasts and aches and pains in my joints, mainly hips and knees. Has anyone else experienced this?

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    Hormonal oh yes.....

    I went thru a hysterectomy over 30 yrs ago and glad it's done but was left with sciatic nerve damage...but deal with it.

    I see only integrative docs and they work with hormones very differently than the conventional docs....DHEA is critical and needs to be checked.  Our DHEA levels begin to drop at 20 or 30, I've heard both ages....You can probably take it to the bank your dhea levels are pretty low.....

    I take daily iodine and learned a lot from an iodine group, when I've missed my iodine for a time, I would get breast pain and tenderness.....so I don't miss a day now.    All our body tissues need iodine and unless one eats tons of sea foods, kelp, etc....we don't meet the iodine needs...;

    Sadly we don't get the real healing info from pharma docs.....I've given up on them a long time ago, 25 yrs ago when I started on my alternative healing path.

    Do research and get things right....I know the UK just isn't up to the US on alternative healing.....some here are thank goodness.  joy 76 US 

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      I have never heard of DHEA levels and I will endeavour to look that up now. Thank you so much. I do agree with you regarding the medical profession in this country, they do not like to advice alternative treatments. I have been with a homeopath for years now but I haven't spoken to her about this, but I will now. Sharon
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      I have never heard of DHEA levels and I will endeavour to look that up now. Thank you so much. I do agree with you regarding the medical profession in this country, they do not like to advice alternative treatments. I have been with a homeopath for years now but I haven't spoken to her about this, but I will now. Sharon
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      Good Sharon, that you are on top of alternative healing....I see so much difference in our healing in the two countries....had no idea before I got here, but had some idea maybe....although the royals were always talked about that they work with homeopathics.....wonder if that is still the case...

      About 7 yrs ago or so I thought I'd go all homeopathics and found myself on a homeopathic board from those all over the world, some in the U.S. but primarily elsewhere  in the world....when I talked about ibuprofen I took for pain, OA and FM, they about shamed me for the drugs I took, which were hardly any actually but the iburpofen.....wish wish I could do without them....so many things happened to my body since hip replacement and OA in general, worse with aging.....Joy 

      I forget if it's DHEA or Pregnanelone which is the master hormone...maybe it's preg as I recall it's the precursor for DHEA.....but my integrative MD has me mostly taking DHEA and at a point had me on both....  Do some research and learn more.   

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    Hi Sheron

    I have also felt similar aches etc I am 8 weeks post t.a.h - kept ovaries though. 

    I also had a few menopausal sweats etc but these have  hopefully settled now. I think all the symptoms you describe are normal meno pause symptoms. 

    If you kept your ovaries then hopefully it's just a transient thing.  If youre ovaries were taken then it's my guess you'll have HRT to help with the symptoms .

     Hope all gets sorted for you x

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      I am 50, so I decided to have everything taken out. I am not keen on taking any HRT, so I will have to start looking at the alternatives and seeing what works for me. Thanks for you comments. Sharon
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      I had the hyster at about 40 and knew nothing about DHEA and went on for years and then finally too the pharma hormone replacement, omg, breasts got like rocks.....I knew something was not right, and read enough about the dangers of the pharma hormone "cwap"...and then finally got to an integrative MD and the first thing they tested with my labs was DHEA, that was about at 57 or so.....I've been taking it ever since....breasts are soft and never gets mamms.....
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      Before I came here. and all due to hip replacement support, I had been on an FM/CFS board for over  8 yrs.....I started to lose interest after all these years and worked on helping everyone all those years....  DHEA was a topic talked about a lot and I remember one person from canada who dealt with CFS, saying in her country it's a prescription, here in the US it's otc, but good to be monitored by quality "in the know" MD...

      But I've known some people who haven't done the labs do take Preg or DHEA in lower doses as IF our levels starting dropping at 20-30 yr range, then it's a given SO MANY over 30 have low levels.     I would never have known about DHEA if it were not for the first integrative MD I went to years ago.    

      It's like a lot that we are deficient in:  Vit D, magnesium, many minerals as I found after a mineral testing in 2005...the iodine deficiency....

      I can't speak strongly enough about this lack of hormone.   j   

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    Hi Sharon, I am just over 3 weeks now, my wound has healed really well, I had internal stitches and tape on the wound which I peeled off and am now applying vitamin E cream as instructed. It's a weird feeling on application as some parts across the wound I don't feel and patches are painful,!

    my stomach still hurts, especially when stretching for something, I'm hoping this will improve soon.  I too have aches and pains in my neck, shoulders and back but put this down to lack of excercise?  You haven't been trying to do too much too soon?

    do you work? Are you returning to work? I thought I would be back at 5 weeks but now realise it is going to take at least 6!

    debbie

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      Hi Debbie, I had a very large vertical wound which extended above my navel. They stapled my wound, the top half was fine, but the lower part opened up. I have just had my dressing taken off by the district nurse on Thursday (after 6 weeks). It's look good, but very sore, around the navel area especially, a small part of it feels numb. I am still getting pain more from where my drain was.

      I have been taking it really easy so I don't know why that happened. Luckily for me I am not working at the moment so I don't have to rush back to anyway. I would definitely give yourself 8 weeks before going back to work regardless of how you feel. You will only regret it if you go back to work too soon. Remember a hysterectomy is major surgery.

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      Before surgery  I thought  yeah 6 six should be fine off work  but at 6 weeks  started to bleed again, went to GP,  they advised i wait til seen the consultant.

        I am hoping to start back this week sometime . I have my 8 week post op check up tomorrow so hopefully all will be well.

      Still bleeding  a little but feel great  tbh ☺

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      Hi

      i see my Oncologist on 24th so I'm guessing he will make the decision regarding my return to work. I had a tumour in my uterus but am happy to say that they got it all out and I don't need any further treatment although I am going to need help with the hot flushes, they are so bad I don't sleep more than 2hrs without waking!  I am 53 so guess it takes longer to recover from major surgery the older you are.

      i hope your wound heals very soon, all surgeons seem to perform these ops differently! My wound is very long but low down across my stomach and is healing well.  They prefer not to use staples here.

      Deb

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      Hi Amanda

      i have had only a little spotting since the op 3weeks ago but I guess I am just anxious to get back to normality ASAP but realistic enough to know I will have to do as I am told by the specialist.  I hope I can say I feel great in a few weeks too, your comment is most encouraging.

      Deb

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      I'm sure you will feel better soon Deb.

      Are you in the UK? If so, you  could try Kalms- valerian herbal remedy, someone told me they're really good  at helping some menopause symptoms and helping  sleep. 

      I bought some  to try, just as my symptoms went off....typical!

      take care x

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      So sorry...I know this thread is old. I'm from Maine (US) only 33....unfortunately had hysterectomy at 27. Only keeping a partial ovary....doc wanted to do so to keep normal HCG levels to avoid hormone replacements. I was happy to do so for support of avoiding meds and all the side effects that follow!

      Anyways, point for the inquiry is VERY PAINFUL breast tenderness along with fatigue.....no sweats or moodiness. Constant pelvic pain (due to adhesions) and constipation...IS THIS NORMAL???? HELP PLEASE... ANYONE...

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