Period symptoms this entire month!

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I am 5 weeks post op. Can you believe I actually started my period the morning of my surgery?! I had endo in the past (4 surgeries) and they removed my right ovary because of cysts & found out afterwards I had adenomyosis of the uterus. My surgery was 7/12 & I started period symptoms on 7/30. They haven't stopped! Is this normal? I still have the "swelly belly", but another reason for the surgery was horrible symptoms that would start 1.5 weeks before my period. The worst ones were cramps (having now) & migraines (having now). Mon I did some things like fill up bird feeders/bird baths, wash clothes & pick up a big package left on the porch (wasn't heavy, just big). The past 3 days I've felt horrible! I also suffer from chronic pain in my back (bulging discs & facet arthritis 15+ years) & that has been worse also (we thought the surgery might help that too). I keep telling myself I just had major surgery, but I'm tired of resting! Is anyone else having symptoms? Seems like I never know how I'm going to feel from one day to the next. Today has been depressing & I'm pushing back tears.cry

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    You shouldn;t still be bleeding I would think, tried to remember myself after hyterectomy for endo, no bleeding afterwards if i remember correctly but wouldn;t guarantee that, i was soooo sick from surgery caused change of life, they really had problems with me, and then I flash addicted to morphine, so when i was discharged had to be re-admittted 6 hours later.
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      I'm not bleeding, just spotting a little (kinda brown like right before I would start my period) every now & then, so I'm always having to wear a liner. My dr said she was amazed that I lost little to no blood during surgery. Concerning my chronic pain, I've taken just about everything you can think of & my dr had me on Morphine for a while. It worked fast, but boy did it dry out my mouth & nose so bad that I had some tooth decay from it that had to be fixed (I even used Biotene products, etc.). Because of that very reason I wanted off of it & the withdraws weren't pleasant at all. I'm sorry you had such a bad experience, but I do appreciate you sharing & replying to my post.

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    Hi I'm 9 weeks post op TAH I still have swelly belly and lower pain in my pelvic area they tell me I'm still healing inside and full blown menopause now I had some cramping and several times felt like I was going to start but that want ever happen ! I was climbing the walls to took for ever for my 6 weeks to arrive but each day is still better than the day before this is a very hard surgery hang in there it does get better

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      Hello. Did you have a laproscopy done or did they have to cut you? Did they leave one or two ovaries? This kind of surgery is major and the reason I think we all need reassurance is because of not knowing how you're going to feel from one day to the next. I can't even imagine what you're going through. Surgery & now menopause? Bless your heart. I swear when I started fake period symptoms it felt like I never had surgery. I'm still using a period app just to document my symptoms. Everyone kept telling me "Oh you're going to feel so much better!' & then read a lot of people saying one day they felt better & then the next couple of days feel like they just had surgery (one step forward & two steps back). I do hope things get better for you. You are super brave for dealing with both of your issues. Thanks for sharing and replying to my post.

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    I had a total hyterectomy da vinci style on 8/2 , I only bleed the day of the surgery, when I left the hospital the next day there was none.. and the next week I stopped taking pain pills, went for my 2 week check up on the 17th and returned to work on 8/18. ( I'm an office manager ) so I don't do anything .. lol but I feel great ! I only wish I would have found this Dr years ago. ( my old Dr just wanted to bleed me of my money and have me jump through hoops ) I also take 2 mg of estradiol since I am only 47 and hadn't gone through menopause. if I were you I'd call my Dr to see what they say, good luck

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      You had a 2 week check up? Wow! I had a 4 week & thought she was only going to check my lap incisions, but she checked the stitches inside too. Ouch! (I was sore for 3 days after). If you have already returned to work then I now declare you Superwoman! I'm so glad you feel great. I'm guessing maybe you have a high tolerance for pain. I don't & I hate it! My mom & sister take pain like a champ (mom had knee replacement in March & didn't really take much pain meds & my sister didn't know she was in labor when she had my niece-she thought she had gas), but my dad is a whiny baby. I guess we're all wired differently. I do have back issues, so that affects everything. I changed drs also. I went to mine for over 20 years! I made up my mind after he screwed up my pills (I forgot which ones I was on & he didn't look back in my chart). The brand has 2 different strengths which are very similar in color. My hair fell out, made symptoms worse so I left. The dr that did my surgery I just met in April! She's a blessing & I'm so glad I found her! I've decided to go all female drs now. I am 45, so I hope I get over this & start enjoying life more before menopause comes my way. I've spent too much of my life suffering from period symptoms (migraines are the worst!) & back issues, so I've missed work from every job & dealt with way too much down time. I'm so so glad you are feeling great and continue to do so! Sorry for the long post, but thank you for sharing & responding!

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      Your welcome. I do have a high tolerance for pain, ( I also under went knee replacement in 2014 ) that was AWFUL !! but it's great now.

      I had the same OB - GYN for 22 yrs. ( he delivered my son ) and he's old... Like 70's so he needs to retire. My new GYN , I met just 1 week before my surgery ( I love him ) he said with my past history of everything I'd had done if nothing helped I needed a Hsyterectomy . I had fibroids in my uterus and an egg size cyst on my left ovary that caused me pain all the time !!!

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    Darby it sounds like you are doing too much too soon, you really do need to rest otherwise you risk having more problems later on.  It's hard and boring I know, but rest really is the best thing.

    My doc said some folks cant spot for weeks after, or having unexpected bouts within the first 3 months post op.  but anything bright red or smelly, needs investigating.

    Tiredness and swelly belly lasts for a long time, esp after a long or busy day, or trying to do lifting etc...

    some days it feels like one step forward, two steps back..

    Hormones haywire, body taken a battering...just need to allow body the time to heal and not rush it.  

    Had surgical menopause so taking hrt for a little, despite cancer risk being a little higher than normal, but just while symptoms horrendous.

     It does start to improve with time, honestly, even despite having complications.  

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