Pain just got harder.

da Vinci Total Hysterectomy

There is a new law going into effect October 6th, 2014 regarding hydrocodone making it a schedule II drug up from a schedule III.  Now a triplicate handwritten prescription from the prescriber, usually a physician, will be required … and there won’t be refills unless you see the doctor again in person.

All I can say is I’m glad I had my pain when I had my pain because relief is going to become a whole lot harder to come by.  While I used Tylenol #3 (acetaminophen with 30 mG of codeine) for my painful periods, there are many women who use hydrocodone (brand names Vicodin or Norco) because they can’t tolerate codeine.  Oddly enough when I had my uterus, pre-hysterectomy, I could not tolerate hydrocodone — it made me very, very nauseous … sometimes with vomiting.  But voila out comes my uterus and I can tolerate hydrocodone without problems…

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Get near my head, hold my hand, and talk to me

In order to deal with the crazy heavy bleeding I was having prior to my hysterectomy, one of the options I was considering was an IUD, most likely Mirena. I was kind of intimidated by the process but it did sound like an option I should at least try before the more extreme option of a hysterectomy. Of course, my body had other ideas, and I ended up having an emergency hysterectomy before I could even try an IUD! However, here is one woman’s account of her recent experience with Mirena.

20 Weeks Pregnant (But Actually Not)

Ah, yes, our dear friend, fibroids! I have said it before but I will say it again..and again…and then some more! I think it is crazy that this topic is not discussed more often. I had not heard of fibroids and the problems they can cause until several years into dealing with some of their horrible symptoms. This needs to change!

Not finding myself, but creating myself

My name is Danielle and I have fibroids.

Fibroids are benign tumours which are sensitive to an excess of oestrogen, and grow in or attached to your womb. Actually, it is the excess oestrogen which causes them to grow.

I recently found out that my fibroids have grown– they’ve grown bigger and they’ve grown in number. The biggest ones are around 6cm now. That’s the size of a tennis ball.

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My womb, which should be about the size of a pear, and reach up to about normal bikini line, is now up to my belly button. The size it would be at 20 weeks in to a pregnancy. And the tennis ball tumours and their golf ball sized buddies are filling the right hand side of my lower abdomen, displacing and squashing the things that should be there. Like my intestines and bladder.

Fibroids are…

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What I feared most BEFORE my hysterectomy.

I think she makes a good point here about being careful to avoid the ‘fear arena’ that is online regarding hysterectomies. It is one thing to be informed and prepared. It is a whole other thing to suffer from unnecessary panic due to ‘horror’ stories online. Really, your doctor is likely your best source of accurate information that is specific to you.

da Vinci Total Hysterectomy

I have to write this down now because all the fears of having a hysterectomy never came true and I’m forgetting what I felt prior to my surgery.

I feared … and this is in no particular order …

  • feeling different … I didn’t know how I would feel afterwards, but I feared feeling different.  I knew what monthly dysmenorrhea felt like and I’d been dealing with it for decades.
  • not feeling orgasms … although I was reassured by my GYN surgeon and numerous internet articles that orgasms still happened after hysterectomy, I thought I might be that one who would have problems.  This fear probably came on the heel of reading the HERS site: http://www.hersfoundation.com  I recommend looking and knowing about the site, but I don’t recommend living in the fear arena it can produce.  I also don’t recommend reading the HERS site just before surgery either.  In…

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