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Unread 30 Sep 16, 10:43 PM  
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I had a radical hysterectomy five years ago due to cervical cancer. I too discovered Hystersisters and found this a brilliant place to read others stories and symptoms. It did take a good 3 months to recover from surgery and I was back at work 10 weeks after the op. Wishing you lots of luck xx
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Wow! So many stories, great advice and good wishes. You can always rely on the Dibb! Thanks everyone. I'll properly read through all of the replies again tomorrow, I'm pretty shattered now, but I do appreciate the time you've all taken to respond x
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Wow! So many stories, great advice and good wishes. You can always rely on the Dibb! Thanks everyone. I'll properly read through all of the replies again tomorrow, I'm pretty shattered now, but I do appreciate the time you've all taken to respond x
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I had no pain and normal periods but went to see doctor as my stomach was swollen, had an ultra sound scan followed by an MRI scan which showed up a large mass, which turned out to be a huge fibroid the size of a 8 month feotus. I had a vertical incision the scar goes to about 3 inches above my belly button, it has faded a lot.

I then had a full abdominal hysterectomy removing everything. This all happened within 4 weeks and those 4 weeks were extremely stressful.

I had 4 days in hospital, couldn't drive for six weeks but went back to work at 8 weeks because I was so bored.

Be prepared for wind pain after the operation it is very very painful get plenty peppermints in.

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Had my total hysterectomy 4 years ago for the same reasons- it's the best thing, ever. You know the post surgery issues will improve and for me, were much easier to cope with than the symptoms prior to surgery
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I had several large fibroids and the consultant suggested a hysteroscopy at first which wasn't successful, he then suggested monthly injections called prostap (I think) to shrink the fibroids. This worked for me and 4 years on they don't seem to have grown again. I just didn't want to go through the recovery period and take time off as I'd only just started a new job. Good luck whatever you decide.
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Peppermint cordial helps with the trapped wind too.
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I forgot to mention I too found a lot of help on Hystersisters.

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There was always some one on there to chat to as I had problems with post op wound. Give them a try.
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I had a similar experience as you. Went to GP for bad period pains only to be diagnoses with fibroids and ended up having a total (including cervix) hysterectomy at the age of 41. I had to have the cervix removed because they also did a smear at the same time which came back with some suspicious cells in the cervix so it was decided to do a total hysterectomy to save any problems later on. I have to admit I had the old fashioned surgery, i.e. big cut on the bottom of my stomach, rather than the key hole surgery they do now, and apart from the actual day I had the operation I was absolutely fine. I was given very good pain relief (morphine pump) and after about 48 hours I was up and walking round normally. I had drips, catheters and drains in, and each day one thing was removed, the last being the drain, which I had to admit didn't hurt to be removed although did give a tickling sensation as it travelled over my bladder!. I was home in five days and went from strength to strength and I would highly recommend it. I felt so better once I got over the operation, it took about six weeks to feel well enough to go back to work and do normal things like housework, ironing, shopping etc. I started to feel less tired and not having to suffer periods every month was brilliant. I never felt less of a women for having it done, in fact it gave me a much better outlook on life. You will not regret it.
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