Hysterectomy was the best thing to happen

by Marlene
(Victoria, Australia)

I am 54 and all of my life I suffered badly with the symptoms of endometriosis, even between when I had a period. Back then no one knew what it was. I had a daughter at 29 and another daughter at 31.

After that it was awful, I just couldn't function. I was finally diagnosed with endometriosis. I had a total hysterectomy, including tubes and ovaries, when I was 34.

What a relief. It changed my life. It was the first time I didn't have any pain symptoms. I had hormone replacement therapy and it was the best thing out. My sex life was the best it had ever been. I didn't know how great it could be.

In 2006, I had bad cysts and adhesions and had them removed. 2010 the same again. 2012, I had them again but this time it was a god send because they found bowel cancer. If it wasn't for the pain of the adhesions they wouldn't have found it.

Apart from getting rid of the adhesions, they took bowel, tumour and lymph nodes. I am doing ok and see the specialist every 6 months and repeat 3 of the tests just before I see him.

I am glad I had a hysterectomy and would do it again in a heartbeat.

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Sep 30, 2014
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Hi Lovelybutterfly
by: Marlene

My cysts were in my pelvic region. I have had complex and mesenteric cysts. Even though I had no ovaries they thought I had cancer. The surgeon said it was a real mess in there.

Jul 26, 2014
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In the same boat
by: nb

I am 54 and just had total hysterectomy due to findings on CT and ultrasound......enlarged uterus and cervix, ovarian cysts, plus abnormal bleeding and slightly elevated CA125. The doctor feared cancer but found it was severe endometriosis. Reading all these stories has me in fear of it coming back, plus the weight gain, etc....

However, my symptoms were such that I feel the decisions made were the best given the info we had. Praying that life will be better now!

Jul 01, 2014
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by: lovelybutterfly

Where were your cysts if you had everything removed? I just had a complete hysterectomy because of my last ovary being overtaken by cysts (complex) and we decided to get rid of everything if last ovary had to be removed. The dr found everything extremely inflamed from cyst and endometriosis. We were expecting cancer which was not visible and biopsy results have not came back yet. Thanks!!

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