When I started writing this story, there wasn't a Part Four. I began typing a couple weeks after my hysterectomy and then new symptoms appeared. I felt stupid. I thought, there is no end to this story. It had been four months since I had written a blog post. If I trash this one, what will I write?
symptoms six months after hysterectomy
The itching, sensitivity to clothing, and sharp cramping soon made it hard to sleep. I visited with my doctor and she sent me to do lab work. When the results were back, she told me every test came back negative. I slumped my shoulders.
However, my doctor didn't seem discouraged. She handed over a six page article and said, "I'd like you to read this over and let me know if this aligns with what you're experiencing." I nodded, left the appointment, and was unsure if I'd pick up the article. She was the seventh doctor I'd seen and in the beginning, I too quickly clung to the theory that I had Endometriosis. Who do I trust?
My symptoms remained consistent. I would wash down Tylenol, dig out my heating pad, and avoid tight pants at all costs. I did eventually read the article, but I didn't stop thinking, "Did the hysterectomy actually fix the problem?" I made another appointment and after a thorough exam, she was pretty convinced I had Vulvodynia. The name of the condition printed on top of the article.
'Vulvodynia is defined as chronic vulvar discomfort with a duration of at least three months." (Thomason, 1999). Three months, yeah. I smirked. My doctor continued, "It seems as if your nerves have risen to the surface of your skin, causing the pain and irritation. I'd like to try a hormone cream that will push them back down to a normal position."
I was ready to try anything. I thanked her and was eager to see the effects of this healing cream. She paused, took a breath, and replied, "Now, I'm guessing you've had this condition for quite some time now. It may take months to see a difference with this medication."
hysterectomy side effects
When I got home, I wanted to take a second look at the article. The causes of Vulvodynia caught my eye: hormonal changes, muscle spasms in the pelvis, and an injury to nerves from previous surgeries. My eyes glazed over. I could easily see two of those causes being the root of my problem. I relaxed my body. The hysterectomy was the right choice.
It's been over 60 days since my last appointment and I feel made new. With the hormone cream, my symptoms have subsided significantly. I can walk, do yoga, and hop on a plane again. Jesus delivers. I am so thankful I can move my body and continue to grow my family, even if it looks a little different now.
Please reach out to me if you're experiencing similar symptoms. I'd love to talk it through! I knew little about c-section complications, until it happened to me. Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org!
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