So relieved to find this site

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I can't tell you how relieved I am to have found this site after using one which mainly has posts from women outside of the UK. I was beginning to feel like a weak and feeble woman who just needed to pull myself together after reading of women flying around the world, going back to work, walking miles, driving and going back to normal activities fully, all two weeks after hysterectomy surgery. I know that everyone heals at their own pace and we are all different but I can't imagine doing any of that. I had TAH on 10th Feb. I am feeling good but a shower tires me out and going to the loo has become a 30 minute task...minimum.

Thank you for making me feel more 'normal' again.

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    Hi, relieved to find site too, think I have been on the ones you mentioned as well!! I too am shattered by time had shower etc and pottered around. I had TAH and BSO on 9 February. So same stage post op. I think I did too much last week. First few days on my own at home with kids at school and hubby at work, probably did to much even just pottering and doing light jobs or admin seems to tire me out. Not been sleeping well, lots of weird dreams, think I could write a book! My digestion still not happy and going to the loo takes ages. Drinking prune juice, taking lactulose, etc etc to no avail. Have felt ok in myself but ongoing problems making me feel a bit fed up. I feel bit feeble too so don't worry! But keep being told it is major op, shock to system and lots of healing internally still to take place, I do have a good external scar tho so that's a positive! Take care and keep in touch. 
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    Hi Christelle

    I was also relieved to find this site.  I had a vaginal hysterectomy on 31st Jan and felt really well from day one.  No Pain or discomfort and no bleeding when I left hospital.  I really felt it was going to be a breeze and even felt a bit guilty being signed off work for 6 weeks..  Was only told 'no lifting' so took that to  mean that I could do everything else!  Ended up at two weeks post op with a really heavy bleed.  Went to Dr who said either go home and rest or go into A&E.  Decided to go home as it was rush hour and 12 miles to hospital and didn't really want anyone else poking around inside me!!

    When I got home I found this website and was relieved to read that so many others of you have done the same and overdone things too early.  I am now 4 weeks post op and back on track.  Avoiding anything strenuouse and just taking daily walks.  I'm living with my partner in his house for the 6 weeks so I can ignore the housework without feeling guilty!

    I'm normally very active (running, walking etc) but have had to accept that I have to wait until my body is fully recovered before I can embark on anything that will set me back.

    Oh, and try Dulcoease for helping you go to the loo - I have found it better than other things.  It's not a laxative - it just makes everything softer and easier to pass.

    Good luck with your recovery

    Shani x 

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    Hi and Welcome,

    I couldn't have got through my diagnosis (endometrial cancer) and surgery without the ladies on here, I am 10 weeks (tomorrow) post LAVH and still get incredibly tired, I have just walked the dogs and could very possibly doze off for an hour soon, luckily I am retired, (only just lol) so am able to do this, I really feel for the ladies who have to go back to work feeling this way.

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    Hi welcome to 'The Club!'

    I am four weeks post TAH, it is major surgery and we cannot go back to normal activities too soon! The way I see it is, you have one chance at recovery, take it easy now and get better or end up with a prolapse and more surgery later on, I'm choosing the 'lady of leisure' route! Even after 4 week silly little things tire me out, after pretty much every small task I have to have at least a half hour relax LOL Just yesterday I decided to shave my own legs in the shower (my hubby has been fab and een doing them and loads of other stuff since op) any way bending over for just that time and I'm paying for it today sad First pain killers in a while and some rusty water type discharge sad

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      Had LOTS more watery discharge today so had to go to the GP, she has sent off samples so we will see what that says. Some days are good others bad but we will get there x
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    Hi Christelle and welcome to the site smile

    I too was really releived to find this site it has been great reading how others are feeling etc.

    I have a couple of things to ask you ladies, I am 3 weeks post op today I had a vaginal hysterectomy.

    Were you ladies told not to bath? I have bathed from day 1 but have seen a lot of ladies say they were told just to shower or kneal in bath!

    Also, last couple of days I have been sorting laundry and getting shooting pains in my back, anyone else have this? 

    I am getting sooooo annoyed wanting to do things and can't lol

    Hope you are all having a relaxing weekend smile xx

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      Yes I was told not to bath, until 6 weeks at least, I could shower though, I did however have my first bath at 4 weeks, I put some salt in the water and didn't use bubble bath, it's to lower risk of infection. I am 10 weeks post vaginal hysterectomy and still can't do things like hoovering as I find the pulling and pushing a bit of a strain still, I'm afraid we just have to be patient 😃

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      Hi Katrina

      I've not had a bath yet (4 weeks post op). Hospital didn't say but I found lots of others saying not to and I suppose it makes sense to keep the water from going too far inside you while it's healing.  Be very careful about what things you do with regard to housework etc.  I was only told not to lift.  But at 2 weeks post op I had a really heavy bleed which scared me and made me realise that I should really not be crouching, bending, twisting, stretching etc as any one of these movements can trigger a bleed and put back your recovery. The only exercise I am doing is a walk each day which seems to help.  Sitting around is very frustrating but I'm now back on track and don't want to risk another bleed, so it's feet up and nothing more strenuous than peeling potatoes today!!

      Best of luck with your recovery

      Shani xxx

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      I was told it was ok to have a bath from 10 days, we all get told such different things as was also told not even a shower before 10 days either! LOL I did try a bath at around 3 weeks I think it was but to be honest it hurt so much to get in/out and sit down I've not tried again since x

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      There really should be a standardised recovery plan across the whole of the NHS that also includes guidlines on going back to work etc as some people seem to be told 6 weeks where as others are told 12 etc x

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    Hi christelle

    everything your feeling sounds perfectly normal. Those other women must be superwomen. Listen to your own body. I am 4 wks post op total abdominal hysterectomy on monday and i still get twinges and have to go to bed for some rest. Take it easy lovely xxx

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