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I had a partial (subtotal) hysterectomy one month ago and I have been recovering pretty well so far!. I kept my ovaries and cervix.
I had painful and heavy periods, uterus enlarged nearly 50% of normal size and was diagnosed with adenomyosis. In fact, some doctors said it is an intramural fibroid, but as I’ve learned during this journey, these two are so [similar that one may be misdiagnosed for the other. Final diagnosis confirmed adenomyosis.
My doctor suggested different options for treatment: Mirena (IUD), uterine embolization and surgery as the long-term treatment options and GnRH hormone treatment as a short term solution. But he also made it clear that these options will help only for bleeding, not for the pain.
That info was crucial for my decision to opt for a hysterectomy because I have been [using NSAIDs for pain for years and I was fed up. I have been feeling the side effects more and more. For the bleeding, I have done quite a bit of research, and from the websites like this one, learned that Mirena and uterine embolization were not helpful for many women and meant just more suffering for longer time.
So I opted for a hysterectomy! And, so far, I am really happy for doing it. It feels like a new phase in my life is starting: I don’t have to deal with all that stuff anymore!!!
(It is important for me to clarify that I am not trying to promote hysterectomy in any way. I know it is a personal and important decision and it is a major surgery.)
My recovery is going pretty well so far. But I went really careful about it: did not do anything except lots of walking (at home) for the first 2 weeks. Only problems I had: difficulty to sleep for the first 2 weeks and the leg pain that started on the 2nd week. I was worried at first, but made some research and found out that they were common side effects post-op. For sleeping, I stopped worrying about it and trying to force myself to sleep…. my sleep routine came ]back slowly..
But the leg pain was really bad; walking inside my apartment was not enough. As I read many women having this problem even after months, I was worried. So I walked all the way up and down the stairs of the building where I live (5 storey) several times LOL!. It really helped.
I keep doing this whenever I feel the leg pain coming
I am not from UK but this website and women’s experiences here was sooo helpful for me on my journey to decide and prepare for my hysterectomy and afterwards that I wanted to share some info and experience… just in case if it helps anybody!
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