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Thread: Hysterectomy = always being tired

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    I heard that I would be tired after my hyterectomy, but is it normal for me to feel like I have jet lag still after 2 and a half months? They only removed my uterus.

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    fell better soon, i don't know, i got a freeze job about 2 yrs. ago insted

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    I had mine 9 months ago. It was very hard at first. I was drained all the time. You will eventually go back to your old self. but this is your body telling you to slow down and give it time to heal.

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    I would give it a while longer. If you still are feeling tired let your doctor know.
    Mine was so long ago I don't really remember, but do know that recovering from surgery takes a lot out of a person. Your hormones may still be adjusting and your body getting used to the new you.

    Hope you get feeling better soon.

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    It took me a few months to really get back up to speed, maybe 3 or 4 months. Then.. I LOVED it! I was healthier, happier and had more energy! I was so glad I did it.

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    Give your body TIME to HEAL. Don't do a lot of bending from the waist. Like taking clothes of the dryer, vacuuming or sweeping. You WILL feel better, it does take several months. If you don't feel better after 6 months tell you doctor. Get plenty of rest. Take that afternoon nap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bluelady
    It took me a few months to really get back up to speed, maybe 3 or 4 months. Then.. I LOVED it! I was healthier, happier and had more energy! I was so glad I did it.
    same here it takes a while for the anesthetic to go out of your system up to 6 months in some cases, give it time and you will feel like a new woman ready to jump thru hoops or whatever else takes your fancy, LOL

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    Sending best wishes that you feel better soon. Just take one day at a time and if you don't start to feel better soon please speak with your doctor. Do you have low blood pressure? Anemia?

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    I had a "Total Abdominal Hysterectomy" for ovarian cancer July 2009. They took EVERYTHING, plus 2 sets of lymph glands & 7 liters of fluid. I'm a size 4 & my doc was shocked I had so much fluid in my abdomen. Seven weeks later I started Chemo. Severe anemia followed the chemo. I was told to drink Gatorade daily. Gatorade helped with the anemia. Today I feel pretty good, even tho I've had thyroid disease for 23 years & also have Fibromyalgia. It can take a good 6 months to a year for you to get back to normal. Give it a few weeks more weeks. When you're able to start exercising, but very slowly, like 3 reps of each exercise & work up over a period of weeks. Walk. Exercise helps with circulation & energy. Rest/nap when you're tired, so you're body can heal.

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    There are a lot of factors to be considered, why you had the surgery, your age, weight, general health, diet,etc....It takes some women longer to heal and recover then others. As someone else said you are also recovering from the anesthesia.
    I remember when my DM had a hysterectomy. She said after 5 or 6 months she felt better then she had in years. Be sure to get enough sleep, plenty of liquids and enough high quality protein in your diet. A good multi vitamin wouldn't hurt either.
    You should soon be feeling a lot better. If not, discuss it with your doctor.
    Take care of yourself! :D

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    I would recommend trying Enada as a supplement. A friend of mine had surgery and just couldn't seem to recover from it. Had her take 5mg of Enada every morning and by the third day she was pretty much back to normal. This is a B-vitamin derivative and very safe; available in most vitamin stores and online. (Enada Nadh)

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    Quote Originally Posted by tonnadesigns
    I heard that I would be tired after my hyterectomy, but is it normal for me to feel like I have jet lag still after 2 and a half months? They only removed my uterus.
    Yes, I think it is normal. I remember the doctor telling me that I must give myself at least six months. He said getting all the drugs out out your system, plus the extreme stress your system undergoes, requires several months to be your self again. Being tired is your body's way of telling you to take it easy.

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    It took me 6 months also to get back to feeling pretty normal, it's a long healing process and I also had to work the anesthesia out of my system which was slow going.

    So hang in there, it's a nuisance but when it's over, you'll feel so much better and forget all about those "tired" months!

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    listen to your body+give it time to heal--this means it needs to clear out all the poisons put into it--i read a paper which said anaesthetic could be found in the body12-16 weeks after

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    Yes it is, the body needs time to heal, you should feel much better soon.

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    thanks for the info..My SIL just had everything removed but the cervix. 2 blood transfusions, and infection and she is recovering slowly.
    they said her insides were a mess, they had never seen anything like it..had to call in a second surgeon, because the mess/uterous had attached itself to her bowls. like some big massive blob.
    the biopsy's came back good, but they are still sending her to see an oncologist,at the end of this month.
    i will keep supporting her, and telling her to go slowly..

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    It takes awhile..i was a good 4 months getting back....i had a total Hysterectomy in 05.....at the 6 month point my hormones where shot....got on premarin....took that about 2 months about killed me.....then found Progesterone cream..and use Real estrogen cream..i feel pretty good.....and My Thyroid is out to, but i take Armour for it...if all the Hormones aren't balanced...a woman or man will feel terrible..trying to get mine alighned...good luck.....Bev

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    I had mine done almost 3 months ago. I too had a total abdominal hysterectomy and since I'm single I had no choice but to rest a lot before heading back to work. I drank a lot of liquids to keep hydrated and walked small distances. I live on the 3rd floor so I didn't leave my apt. for almost 3 wks. :( By the time I got back to work I had one wk of light duty, no bending or lifting. I can say now that the rest did me well however I do wish I had more sick time to use to have more. Not everyone heals the same so take your time and rest YOU WILL GET BETTER! I agree with the rest here, if you still feel like that consult your doctor.

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    I had hemorrhaging fibroids and was passing out when I stood up. I had a complete in Jan 09.. Dr told me to hold down the couch for 3 solid weeks and I would not have any healing problems. Immediately after surgery I was given a shot of estrogen and felt like superwoman for about 4 weeks then a nosedive back into depression and no energy. I was then put on estro-gel which helped a little. Dr then suggested I try testosterone shots to boost the estrogen. I grew hair, lots of it, everywhere, and got reallllly aggressive. I now understand what my boys went thru at puberty. I gave it the 3 month trial period my Dr requested then went back to just estro-gel. My sister had breast cancer and I am constantly harassed by family to stop estrogen treatment. I am 50 years old and my mother (83) has severe osteoporosis and heart disease so for me personally that is not an option. I take a multi-vitamin, calcium, vit D and an extra B-complex everyday. You seem concerned so for peace of mind ask your Dr to do a complete blood workup. There may be another underlying condition that was being masked by the surgery problem.

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    Some of it depends on the reason you had the surgery. If it was due to cancer or hemmoraging it could take longer than normal to feel "normal" again. Mine was because of the latter (for years) and it took ages for my body to build back up even with transfusions. Also age plays a big part in it. Usually be the time we get around to this type of surgery a little age has set in and we just don't "hide up and hair over" like we did when we were young.

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    I guess I was lucky. I felt great after my hysterectomy and bladder tuck. Once I got home I started walking, not far in the beginning, but everyday I tried a few steps further.
    I hope you feel better soon.

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    Any surgery is a huge shock to your system. It takes time for your body to recover from the shock, also to detox from all the drugs you received during surgery. Your body also had to adjust to operating without one of your organs. Although I haven't had a hysterectomy, I've been under the knife a few times and the older I get the longer it takes to bounce back. Actually I don't bounce back anymore, now it's really more like a crawl.

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    You might want to talk to your doctor....loss of blood may have caused a slight anemia. I had my about 25 yrs ago and remember I was tired for about 6 months....but that was the old days - when they cut you from here to there....and made me go back to work in 3 weeks!!!

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    Hi Tonna
    Sorry to here that you are feeling unwell.
    I had my Hysterectomy 30 years ago and I can remember being full of life after a matter of three weeks.
    I should think about going for a check up with you doctor maybe you need a pick me up.
    Hope you feel better soon.
    Joan

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    I had mine at 26. It was almost a year before I felt like myself again.

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