New here- lots of pain 3 days post op lap hysterectomy

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Hi everyone!  Looking to share experiences and thoughts with other women who are also recovering from a hysterectomy.  I did not anticipate recovery to be as difficult as it’s been. Agonizing pain first 48 hours after.  Doing better now, but am on Dilaudid.  I’m only 38 and it’s hard to believe I no longer have a womb.  I had a large fibroid removed and extensive endometriosis.  Emotionally, this feels isolating and  lonely.  I don’t know if anyone personally who has gone through this.   Tomorrow will be the first day I’m allowed to leave the house.  

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    Hiya, I am due to have  a full abdominal hysterectomy in 2 weeks time, dreading it but hopefully it will go ok. How was your op? 
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      Hi Bav2000,

      I understand your fear and am praying for you.  

      Everything leading up to the operation and the care in post op went smoothly.  The doctors and nurses were wonderful- attentive and caring.  I woke up from anesthesia with some nausea, but the Zofran helped a lot.  Did not throw up.   Was in a lot of pain though which they addressed immediately. The pain and not being able to pee before being discharged.  They finally cathed me again but it burned badly.  They also gave me Benadryl for the itching from morphine.  

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    My tooautumn, 

    I’m sending you a tight hug 🤗. You definitely need these throughout the day. I’m postop hysterectomy (5) months this Wednesday. I had a tremendously difficult recovery. I also had additional postoperative issues. I began to feel somewhat myself by the beginning of this month. Keep in mind,  this is a lengthy recovery process. Some women have it a tad easier than others. 

    Losing your womb at your age is something that I did not experience. I had my hysterectomy at 55 years old. My doctor had advised me to have it at around the age of 35. My prolonging the hysterectomy created an abundance of other issues throughout the years. You are quite young and I truly understand your feeling of despair. Tooautumn, this entire process will take time. There are so many painful things you are experiencing. Most of all, do not feel guilty for anything!!!! Make certain that you follow your doctor’s orders and take it easy!!!! NO GUILT IN NOT BEING ABLE TO HANDLE HOUSEHOLD AND ANYTHING ELSE!!!!!!!!!! 

    Please keep us posted 

    I’m sending up prayers and many tight hugs. 

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      Dear hot tempered 10,

      Thank you so much for your caring and comforting response.  So sorry to learn of your difficult and long recovery, but glad to hear your finally starting to feel like your normal self again.  Is it more fatigue now or do you still have pain?  I have zero stamina and am exhausted.  Though sometimes, I'll wake up starving in the middle of the night and eat a bite or two.  Were you at higher risk of complications due to pre-existing problems or were they unexpected?  I hope your surgical team provided the care that you needed.  

      Though I've had a lot of support from loving family and friends, I don't know of anyone who has had to endure this kind of operation, so I'm really thankful for this forum.  Thanks for emphasizing not to have any guilt in being productive around the house or anything else--it's not easy to 'take it easy' for us women who are used to being busy is it?

      I went through a period of grief, knowing I won't experience traditional motherhood through carrying a baby in my womb.  The Lord has blessed me with children through my husband's previous marriage including grand babies I've helped to raise-such a joy!!  They are 15 months and 4 years.  The four-year old, Brooklyn has been texting me all day yesterday, LOL.  It brings me peace knowing that my identity and worth are in Christ.  No greater value compares to being the daughter of the Creator of the universe!  So, each time I get teary knowing I won't ever feel the kicks of a growing baby inside of me, I remind myself of this.  

      So glad to hear that you are finally beginning to feel back to your normal self now.  

      Please keep me updated on how you are doing and feeling also.

      Sonia

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