Hysterectomy Experiences 8

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Many thanks to those women who continue to share
their experiences so that others may learn and not
feel like they are alone in what they are going through.

Hi my name is Carol I think that your website is
wonderful and I wished there had been some where for
me to get information when I had my hysterectomy
20 years ago.

Here is a little bit of my story. I hope my
experiences can help someone who is going through
what I did. Even though it saved my life, having a
hysterectomy was the most devastating thing ever
to happen to me in my life and it took many years
for me to recover from it. It left me feeling like
I was less of a woman and the reactions of many of
my so called friends did little to improve those
feelings. Lucky for me I adopted a baby boy in 1993
and with his help and his love I have finally found peace.

I had been having severe cramps for many years and
doctors treated me like a hysterical female with
imaginary female problems. They thought I was crazy,
but I knew that with the amount of pain that I was
in there had to be something wrong with me. I had
gone to many doctors and many hospitals trying to
find out what was wrong with me before I ended up
in the hospital in so much pain that tears constantly
ran down my face. They told me that if I had not
had the surgery when I did I wouldn't have lived
through the month.

I had a compete hysterectomy at age 22 because they
discovered that I had a number of massive tumors
covering my uterus, ovaries, appendix and my spleen.
I had been hemorrhaging from my appendix and it was
seeping through the walls of my uterus.

At the time I had my hysterectomy I was sent to
emergency room by my doctor who thought that I had
a ruptured cyst or ruptured appendicitis. I had no
idea how sick I really was the doctor slapped me
and told me to stop being a baby because it couldn't
possible hurt that much. I was sent for exploratory
surgery. I was not told by my doctor that I would
need a hysterectomy and had no idea that I had had
one until I woke up in intensive care 5 days later.

My doctor was a very cold woman, and told my about
my hysterectomy like she was discussing the weather.
She informed me that I had had a complete hysterectomy
and then just walked out of the room. When I tried
to ask her questions later when I went to have the
stitches out she told me the cause of my problems
were due to my social upbringing and lack of
cleanliness on the part of my sexual partners. I
was shocked that someone would say that to me.
Especially since my medical problems had started
before I had any sex partners.

She sent me to a shrink. His answer was to give me
Valium (which I never took). He didn't understand
what I was going through, how could he.

I felt very isolated I didn't know about surgical
menopause I had never heard of it before. All I knew
was I was crying all the time, I couldn't sleep and
I was alternating between hot flashes and cold sweats.
I tried to talk to my woman friends about it but
no one really understood what was happening to me.
Finally my family doctor prescribed a hormone
replacement for me to take the symptoms seemed to
calm down a lot. I took the hormones for about 6
months until a large lump formed on my breast the
size of a baseball and the doctor said lump was due
to a hormone imbalance and took me off the hormone
replacement he never checked my hormone levels again.

About 15 years after my hysterectomy I switched
doctors and my new doctor ran tests and put me on
premarin. It has been 20 years since my surgery and
now I have been diagnosed with heart disease and
osteoporosis due to hormone deficiencies over many
years. I wished that someone had told me the
importance of the hormone therapy and that without
it I was increasing the my risk heart disease,
stroke, and osteoporosis I would have insisted on
more frequent testing.

My advice to anyone who is going through this ordeal
is if you don't feel like you are getting the answers
to your questions or concerns CHANGE DOCTORS. The
care you get now can affect you for the rest of your
life. Find a good hormone replacement therapy and
stick to it. Take a calcium supplement with vitamin
D and exercise. It will help ward of osteoporosis
for which there is no cure.

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1.)What was the reason for your hysterectomy?
(endo,fibroids,etc.)
**endo and fibroids

2.)Do you feel like you were informed about what
to expect after surgery and what the long term
effects might be on your health by your doctor?
**I went into the hospital with severe abdominal
pain they did a laprascotemy and then decided to do
a hysterectomy. I didn't have a chance to think
about it.

3.)If not your doctor, where did you get your
information on hysterectomy?
**Mostly books

4.)Did you use birth control pills in your lifetime?
If yes for how long total? At what age did you
start using them?
**yes and for about 3 yrs total

5.)Did you use tampons or pads during menstruation?
**tampons before I had my daughter pads after wards.
I found Tampons painful.

6.)Do you have female blood relatives with
reproductive diseases? If so, what ones and
which relatives?
**none that I'm aware of

7.) Are you a DES daughter?
**No

8.)How long has it been since your surgery?
**10 years

9.)Did you have uterus, and both ovaries removed?
I had my ovaries removed 2 years later due to a
cyst at first it was only going to be one ovary but
when he opened me up he said that the ovaries were
twisted down and diseased.

10.)What problems, if any, are you experiencing?
**since that surgery I have battled depression,
anxiety attacks, severe agoraphobia. 2 weeks after
the operation I tried to kill myself I thought I
was going crazy. I ended up in a psychiatric ward
and if it wasn't for this wonderful nurse who use
to work obygn I don't know where I would be now.
She said that my Doctor should have explained to me
that having a hysterectomy is like having a baby
there fore you are more likely to develop post
partum depression. I was 29 when I had this surgery
and a single mom. Dating has been hard most men
understand the fact I can't have children but at
the same time they don't want a long term
relationship from me. They end up marrying
someone who can have kids.

I have been on antidepressants for 10yrs I have been
diagnosed with major depressive disorder and I
haven't been able to work for 5 yrs because I just
can't handle being out in public.

11.)What if anything has made them better?
**being sedated

12.)Have you ever encountered a doctor or nurse
that did not treat you with respect in regard to
your difficulties? If yes, would you like to
share the experience?
**yes an intern it was 2 days after the surgery and
I was in extreme pain his reaction was the surgery
was 2 days ago you shouldn't be in pain!

13.)Are you currently using any form of hormone
replacement therapy? If so what?
**Premarin .625mg

14.)How are you feeling currently?
**I'm seeing a psychiatrist on a regular basis I
want my life back! I want to be the fun loving
person I used to be.

15.)Anything else you need or want to share??
**I wish I had been more informed of how this
surgery would have affected the rest of my life.

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1.)What was the reason for your hysterectomy?
(endo,fibroids,etc.)
**I had endometriosis

2.)Do you feel like you were informed about what
to expect after surgery and what the long term
effects might be on your health by your doctor?
**yes my doctor was very informative on what i was
going to go through, he made sure i watched a video
before my surgery and answered any questions i had

3.)If not your doctor, where did you get your
information on hysterectomy?

4.)Did you use birth control pills in your lifetime?
If yes for how long total? At what age did you
start using them?
**I as I believe about 16 I quit taking them when I
was about 20 I didn't take them the entire time it
was off and on

5.)Did you use tampons or pads during menstruation?
**tampons and pads

6.)Do you have female blood relatives with
reproductive diseases? If so, what ones and
which relatives?
**yes I did, two of my aunts did, one on my dads
side and one on my moms we believe my other aunt
and grandma may have suffered from endo also, also
my sister suffered from cervical cancer

7.) Are you a DES daughter?

8.)How long has it been since your surgery?

9.)Did you have uterus, and both ovaries removed?
**no just my uterus

10.)What problems, if any, are you experiencing?
**my biggest problem is my hormones, i go through
major stages of depression and breast tenderness

11.)What if anything has made them better?

12.)Have you ever encountered a doctor or nurse
that did not treat you with respect in regard to
your difficulties? If yes, would you like to
share the experience?
**you know I can't really say that i have all the
doctors I saw and nurses at the hospital were
really nice and most new me from having three
babies there

13.)Are you currently using any form of hormone
replacement therapy? If so what?
**no i'm not

14.)How are you feeling currently?
**right now so-so it could be I have had three
sick kids, but i can tell my hormones are acting up
(i guess that's what you would call it) because my
breasts are so tender again, almost like right
after you have a baby tender

15.)Anything else you need or want to share??
**I do not regret getting my hysterectomy it has
helped me a lot, the breast tenderness and mood
swings are to me worth it in the long run, rather
then dealing with the painful cramps almost every
day and the bleeding for 7-10 days heavily

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1.)What was the reason for your hysterectomy?
**Endometriosis & possible adenomyosis (however it
came back that I didn't have that)

2.)Do you feel like you were informed about what
to expect after surgery and what the long term
effects might be on your health by your doctor?
**Not at all

3.)If not your doctor, where did you get your
information on hysterectomy?
**Internet

4.)Did you use birth control pills in your lifetime?
**yes
If yes for how long total?
**2-3 years
At what age did you start using them?
**19

5.)Did you use tampons or pads during menstruation?
**both

6.)Do you have female blood relatives with
reproductive diseases? yes If so, what ones and
which relatives?
**My mother had endometriosis, and now they think
my sister may have it as well.

7.)How long has it been since your surgery?
**1 long year

8.)Did you have uterus, and both ovaries removed?
**No still have my ovaries

9.)What problems, if any, are you experiencing?
**Just had gallbladder removed and still exp. back
and leg pain.

10.)What if anything has made them better?
**Staying away from Cokes and sugars

11.)Have you ever encountered a doctor or nurse
that did not treat you with respect in regard to
your difficulties? Yes If yes, would you like to
share the experience?
**Before I was diagnosed I would call the office
and tell them that my back and legs would be killing
me and without even seeing me she would say that
is was a "kidney Infection" and would call me in
some medicine. I went thru this many times. Finally
I went in and seen her and she never mentioned the
word Endo., even after explaining all my symptoms.
She just ignored them. After wards, I found a great
doctor who listened to me. He is the one who
performed by surgery. I don't blame them at all
for my hysterectomy, I was the one who said go
ahead and do it. All I could think about was
waking up "PAIN FREE"

12.)Are you currently using any form of hormone
replacement therapy?
**No

13.)How are you feeling currently?
**I feel so incomplete. I still have problems and I
feel that I had everything taken away from me for
nothing. I just wish that the pain would GO AWAY!

14.)Anything else you need or want to share??
**At the time of my hysterectomy I was 23. I wish a
thousand times I could go back and not have it
done, but unfortunately I can't. I hope that others
can see by me experience that not all the time
does a "Hysterectomy" work.

15.)Do you have a Web Site/Home Page? If so, leave
me the url I'd love to visit !

Kristi's Endometriosis Site

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1.)What was the reason for your hysterectomy?
(endo,fibroids,etc.)
**I had my tubes tied when I was 18, and they had
tried to grow back. Also I never menstruated by
myself only with pills. The pain from the regrowth
had me visiting doctors for 2 yrs. I think they gave
me a hysterectomy because they didn't know
what else to do.

2.)Do you feel like you were informed about what
to expect after surgery and what the long term
effects might be on your health by your doctor?
**No, all I was told was that I after I recovered
that I would have no pain whatsoever.

3.)If not your doctor, where did you get your
information on hysterectomy?
**After my surgery I was having tons of problems so
I went online to find out what was going on. I had
called my doc, but he said basically it was in my head.

4.)Did you use birth control pills in your lifetime?
**Only to induce periods.
If yes for how long total? At what age did you
start using them?
**When I hadnt had a period at 17 they gave
them to me.

5.)Did you use tampons or pads during menstruation?
**I used both. I hemorrhaged every time, I would
soak a tampon and a pad in an hour.

6.)Do you have female blood relatives with
reproductive diseases? If so, what ones and
which relatives?
**Mom, cervical cancer

7.) Are you a DES daughter? **Don't know

8.)How long has it been since your surgery?
**One miserable month and two weeks.

9.)Did you have uterus, and both ovaries removed?
**Yes though I was told my ovaries wouldn't be removed.

10.)What problems, if any, are you experiencing?
**I cannot feel the urge to pee. The pain from
where that growth was has tripled. I still have a
bladder infection from the catheter. I can not be
up for more than 2 hours w/out becoming exhausted.
I have no appetite but am constantly thirsty. I
am extremely forgetful.

11.)What if anything has made them better?
**When I took the HRT I would have hot flashes for
up to 2 hours and would start puking. Then I
would get a 10 or 20 min. break from the hot
flashes before they started again, so I quit
taking them and haven't had a hot flash. My doctor
is 4 hours away from me so I can't go see him
about my other symptoms.

12.)Have you ever encountered a doctor or nurse
that did not treat you with respect in regard to
your difficulties? If yes, would you like to
share the experience?
**Yes, the first doctor I went to about the pain
from the growth said there wasn't anything wrong
with me, about 3 months later, I went back but he
wasn't in so had his assistant see me. He order
tests and found the growth. He scheduled me to
see my regular doctor the next day. My doctor
looked at the ultrasound with the obvious growth
even to untrained eyes and said their isn't
anything wrong with you, all you have is
psychological pain, and wrote it down as such.
So for the next two years any of the other doctors
I went to read this and treated it as such.

13.)Are you currently using any form of hormone
replacement therapy? If so what?
**I cant tolerate them.

14.)How are you feeling currently?
**You would think without HRT I would be having
problems emotionally, but as I never had periods,
I don't think my body ever produced them in the
first place. I have no hot flashes, nor do I
have mood swings.

15.)Anything else you need or want to share??
**To anyone who decides to do this please arm
yourself with information, the doctors will never
tell you anything bad that may or may not happen
to you after the surgery, they get alot of money
to do hysterectomys and they won't tell you
anything that will discourage you from going
thru this.

1.)What was the reason for your hysterectomy?
(endo,fibroids,etc.)
**I had adenocarcinoma endocervically (cancer located
up INSIDE the cervix...not on the surface) this was
discovered after pap smears showed up as class
II, "definitely NOT cancer" "everything looks ok"
(I was very blessed to have a dr. that gave me a lot
more thought than most dr.'s, with their "come back
in 6 months, we'll test again". I KNOW that it was
a miracle from God that this dr. did a Colposcopy
after that class II pap smear, saw something that
didn't "look quite right", did a biopsy, sent it
off....and it took FOREVER to get the results back!!
(Everyone said "if it was BAD news, you would've
heard something immediately"...but, not in this
case!) I didn't realize that my case was so
shocking (being 28 years old, very healthy...."it
HAS to be something else!")so, my biopsy was sent
to many different testing labs, all with the same
diagnosis... With the location and type of cancer,
I was told I'd have to have a radical hysterectomy
...no other alternative....immediately sent to an
oncological gynecologist....started hearing things
like "MRI to see if the cancer had spread" ...the
numbness was broken by the horrible realization
that my hopes of getting pregnant and having a
sibling for my then 4 year old daughter, were gone
forever....and would she even HAVE a mother? Thus,
my journey toward hysterectomy took off with a
bang....and no information!

2.)Do you feel like you were informed about what
to expect after surgery and what the long term
effects might be on your health by your doctor?
**DEFINITELY NOT!!! Not at all....

3.)If not your doctor, where did you get your
information on hysterectomy?
**The only information I remember getting was very
vague and very focused on the cancer aspect...and
it was from the oncologist/pamphlets (My mental
state being extremely poor at that time, I didn't
do much research on hysterectomy.....my thoughts
were only on the cancer aspect and survival)

4.)Did you use birth control pills in your lifetime?
If yes for how long total? At what age did you
start using them?
**Yes. I started using them at age 20 and used them
(sporadically) probably a total of 2-3 years.
(didn't tolerate them extremely well)

5.)Did you use tampons or pads during menstruation?
**Pads

6.)Do you have female blood relatives with
reproductive diseases? If so, what ones and
which relatives?
**YES! In fact...almost all the women on my mom's
side of the family have had hysterectomy's before
the age of 35, mostly due to uncontrolled bleeding
and endometriosis. (my mom had one in her late
20's, as well as her sister's, aunt's, mom, cousins)

7.) Are you a DES daughter?
**no

8.)How long has it been since your surgery?
**It will be six years on Feb. 2, 2002

9.)Did you have uterus, and both ovaries removed?
**yes

10.)What problems, if any, are you experiencing?
I've had TERRIBLE problems in almost ALL areas of
my physical/mental being. After the actual surgery,
I suffered from horrible panic attacks, depression.
Not long after that, probably within 2 months, I
began having terrible hot flashes, nausea,
headaches, body aches along with the mental stress.
When I tried to talk to my gyn, she walked out of
the room when I began to cry from the sheer stress
of it all (the wonderful dr. that actually diagnosed
my cancer had moved away- this was her pathetic
replacement). She informed me that taking the 2mg
of premarin was "all that can be done, so deal with
it". Needless to say, she wasn't my dr. from then on.....

11.)What if anything has made them better?
**certain ways of receiving the hormones have been
better than others....I felt the best actually on
the patch, but couldn't handle the "ickiness" of
leaving something on me for a week at a time.....
and the adhesives never lasted....so I'm currently
on Estrace, 2mg...I learned this "trick" for making
the pill form work better for me....instead of
swallowing the pill, I place it inside my cheek and
let it dissolve....this works much better for me,
as it bypasses the liver and more gets into your
body..(a wonderful Dr. worked with me on this, but
as insurance dictates....I must find a new gyn.

12.)Have you ever encountered a doctor or nurse
that did not treat you with respect in regard to
your difficulties? If yes, would you like to
share the experience?
**YES!!!! The so-called "replacement" dr. at the
clinic where I was diagnosed was HORRIBLE. She
didn't offer any help at all....she couldn't
sympathize with what I was going through.....
didn't really CARE! She preferred working with
her "OB" patients, not gyn.....I tried to explain
my symptoms, but she cut me off and said "that
shouldn't have anything to do with that surgery"
and "we've done all we can do....live with it".
On my first dr. visit back after my diagnosis, I
had a panic attack and began to shake and cry....
she walked OUT of the room until I could
"get it together".

13.)Are you currently using any form of hormone
replacement therapy? If so what?
**yes... Estrace 2mg.

14.)How are you feeling currently?
**I feel terrible! I hate to complain....but I
found out today from my surgeon that just took
out my gallbladder) just how devastating a
hysterectomy can be to your ENTIRE body! I had
no idea how intertwined the reproductive organs
were to my complete well being. I have constant,
chronic constipation....despite fiber laxatives...
I have body aches/pains.....headaches......hot
flashes occasionally......recently had my
gallbladder removed because of severe
pain/inflammation/impaired function....probably
caused, in part, by the synthetic hormones I've
been taking for almost 6 years! I basically
feel "messed up" and, until I found this website
....had no one to share this with! Others around
me are either fertile young mothers with a lot of
children or MUCH older women that have had
hysterectomies...but were prepared mentally for
loss of fertility, and they can't relate to my
specific situation. That has been the very WORST
part of this experience....my husband and I
desperately wanted more children....we are blessed
with one daughter, who's now 10...but my heart
still aches over our loss of two children by
miscarriage....and my hopes and dreams that are
forever gone.

15.)Anything else you need or want to share??
**I would DESPERATELY love to get in contact, via
e-mail, instant message, or even telephone with
other women that have gone through a hysterectomy
and know how it feels to go through the myriad of
changes, both mentally and physically.

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1.)What was the reason for your hysterectomy?
(endo,fibroids,etc.)
**endo

2.)Do you feel like you were informed about what
to expect after surgery and what the long term
effects might be on your health by your doctor?
**I feel my doctor informed me as much as possible
along with the information I was able to get on my
own thanks to the internet. But as we all know,
there just isn't alot to go on.

3.)If not your doctor, where did you get your
information on hysterectomy?
**internet

4.)Did you use birth control pills in your lifetime?
**yes-7years than depo provera
If yes for how long total? At what age did you
start using them?
**age 14

5.)Did you use tampons or pads during menstruation?
**yes, both. started using tampons at age 14

6.)Do you have female blood relatives with
reproductive diseases? If so, what ones and
which relatives?
**oh yes!!!! my great grandmother and great aunt
both died from cervical cancer (on my fathers side).
All 3 of my fathers sisters had hysterectomies due
to ovarian and cervical cancer.

7.) Are you a DES daughter?
**don't know what this is.

8.)How long has it been since your surgery?
**1st laporoscopy sept. 2000, total hysterectomy
may 2001, am scheduled for another surgery in 13 days.

9.)Did you have uterus, and both ovaries removed?
**yes

10.)What problems, if any, are you experiencing?
**pain with intercourse, pain w/bowel movements, and
just in general sharp stabbing pains where my
female organs used to be.

11.)What if anything has made them better?
**nothing I guess. I felt wonderful after my
hysterectomy for about 5 months then it was as
though I never had it because all the pain came
back again.

12.)Have you ever encountered a doctor or nurse
that did not treat you with respect in regard to
your difficulties? If yes, would you like to
share the experience?
Yes!!! I am now 31 years old and I have been having
problems since I was 14. Uncountable trips to the
ER and to doctors just to get a prescription for
pain medication. I felt like maybe it was all in my
head and just maybe I was making it up but the pain
kept telling me different. Finally a doctor moved
in to my area that I happen to see in the ER and he
recognized what was wrong. Thank God for him.

13.)Are you currently using any form of hormone
replacement therapy? If so what?
**yes. estradiol

14.)How are you feeling currently?
**Well I guess that depends on if you mean right
this minute or in general. In general, not
good...physically and emotionally.

15.)Anything else you need or want to share??
**I just wish someone besides the women who suffer
with this disease cared. Someone in the position to
help make a difference. I don't understand how so
many people can suffer on a day to day basis and
still there is nothing really done about it. Every
other commercial on TV is about one illness or
another. Granted these diseases need attention but
what about us? What about all the women who try to
go to work everyday in pain, who try to take care
of their families and who make love to their partners
in pain just because they feel that its not fair
to the partner. Will someone explain this to me???

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1.)What was the reason for your
hysterectomy?(endo,fibroids,etc.)
**Endometriosis

2.)Do you feel like you were informed about
what to expect after surgery and what the long
term effects might be on your health by your doctor?
**Yes

3.)If not your doctor, where did you get your
information on hysterectomy?
**My information came from my doctor and my
own personal research.

4.)Did you use birth control pills in your lifetime?
If yes for how long total? At what age did you
start using them?
**Yes, 4 years, 16

5.)Did you use tampons or pads during menstruation?
**Tampons

6.)Do you have female blood relatives with
reproductive diseases? If so, what ones and
which relatives?
**Yes, Grandmother & Aunts, tumors, difficult pregnancies

7.) Are you a DES daughter?

8.)How long has it been since your surgery?
**4 weeks

9.)Did you have uterus, and both ovaries removed?
**Yes

10.)What problems, if any, are you experiencing?
**Bloating and soreness

11.)What if anything has made them better?
**Fluids and rest

12.)Have you ever encountered a doctor or nurse
that did not treat you with respect in regard
to your difficulties? If yes, would you like
to share the experience?
**Yes, possibly

13.)Are you currently using any form of hormone
replacement therapy? If so what?
**No

14.)How are you feeling currently?
**Great

15.)Anything else you need or want to share??
**I would like to know more on how my body will
react in the future.

1.)What was the reason for your hysterectomy?
**Endometriosis

2.)Do you feel like you were informed about what
to expect after surgery and what the long term
effects might be on your health by your doctor?
**Yes and no... yes bec I did do some research about
the hysterectomy and no of what to expect of what if
something didn't to right. I thought I was prepared
for this and thought it would go smoothly.. but it didn't...

3.)If not your doctor, where did you get your
information on hysterectomy?
**I got some of it from the Endometriosis Source Book

4.)Did you use birth control pills in your lifetime?
If yes for how long total? At what age did you start using them?
**Yes!!! I was on birth control since I had been 13
years old. I had been off and on them so many times.
I finally finished it 2001 of September. The last bc
I was on was Depo Provera. Nothing helped me at all.
It might for a few months then I would be in a lot
of pain. But nothing would help make my time of the month regular.

5.)Did you use tampons or pads during menstruation?
**Pads, tampons hurt me.

6.)Do you have female blood relatives with
reproductive diseases? If so, what ones and which relatives?
**My mother and her aunts, I had a few Aunts that
had a hysterectomy because of the endometriosis

7.) Are you a DES daughter?
**Yes

8.)How long has it been since your surgery?
**Four months. I had it October 9, 2001

9.)Did you have uterus, and both ovaries removed?
**Had it all removed

10.)What problems, if any, are you experiencing?
I had my left ureter nicked and might have
endometriosis in my colon. I had to have a stent
input in my ureter since it got nicked. I had my
left ovary on that when I had my hyst

11.)What if anything has made them better?
**Well other than the pain from the colon that is
all I have, but there is another thing that is
better but rather not post it.. : )

12.)Have you ever encountered a doctor or nurse
that did not treat you with respect in regard to
your difficulties? If yes, would you like to
share the experience?
**Yes! My urologist that I had did not help me at
all, I don't think he knew what he was doing, I think
he is scared to do surgery on me if I need it if my
ureter is not healed from the stent. So I changed
doctors. Also I tried to make an appointment with
him and he never called me back!

13.)Are you currently using any form of hormone
replacement therapy? If so what?
**Yes. I can't remember the spelling sorry

14.)How are you feeling currently?
**Depressed and sad, thought the hysterectomy would
help me because of the endometriosis, I actually
thought this would help me but instead I am having
more problems and had to really adjust my life for this.

15.)Anything else you need or want to share??
**If you do plan to have a hysterectomy make sure
you have your bases covered. Like urologist you can
trust and a colon doctor you trust too! I wish I had
them there when my surgery took place and maybe I
wouldn't be in this mess!

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other women to be able to contact you, please
add it here:

Tmansbab1@aol.com

Jeannah McElroy. 2004

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