Well, it’s been a while since my hysterectomy, and so far, it’s a been a great decision. The only downside I can see so far is that I am so damned TIRED. Literally I have been struggling to stay awake past 10 PM or so. I have zero energy during the day. It’s starting to be concerning this long after surgery. A look online confirmed my suspicions that fatigue is common after this surgery for some patients, but I think at my next Dr appointment, I will bring it up. In the meantime, I am upping my vitamin B and D levels in hopes of seeing some improvements. I also need to start exercising, but therein lies the catch. I know if I exercise I will likely get more energy eventually but the very prospect feels overwhelming. Time to suck it up and deal, I suppose.
Another interesting result is that I still appear to get PMS. Before surgery, I noticed my PMS was getting out of control. I was raging, crampy, suffering from back pain, and general discomfort. I joked that after the surgery hopefully those symptoms would be gone and we’d all know once and for all if the bitchiness was from PMS or if that’s just who I am now. (I can confirm, it’s just who I am, although the rage subsided when I stopped allowing certain behaviors around me). During the surgery, they took my uterus but left my ovaries. This was a best case scenario, as the ovaries provide hormonal benefits and also help protect against things like dementia. I considered it a win. One thing I hadn’t considered is that I might still get some hormonal symptoms, such as the back pain, extra swoosh of bitchy, and a heaping slice of fatigue. Yesterday I felt horrendous by bedtime. Today I feel so sleepy I could cry.
Otherwise, I feel pretty aces on the day to day. Not having periods, for a girl who had HORRENDOUS periods, is pretty much the best thing EVER. I still find myself expecting one on occasion, or the brief “is it coming soon” panic appear, but I quickly remind myself there is nothing to fear.
So for now, I am left with a day or two of PMS type stuff, and a desire for my pillow, but hopefully the fatigue will sort itself out.
Still a great decision to have it done.