Hello - I'm new here. I'm 58 years old and my life as I knew it changed in December. I
was diagnosed with IDC breast cancer and with Ovarian cancer two
weeks later. So, the last few months have felt unreal. I have since then had a
single mastectomy in January and recovered relatively well from that
Last week I had a total hysterectomy surgery for the OC. What an ordeal! I feel I’ve been through the wringer and back. The actual surgery went as expected but then
things started happening as I lay in recovery.
My blood pressure kept falling; blood count did not look good and I kept
feeling an intense pressing on the abdomen.
At first they said that that was expected, but when the other symptoms did
not improve, the surgeon came in again and examined me and took me right back
into the OR. They had to open me up
again – apparently there was a leaking blood vessel, so…that was stitched up, the blood pumped up and I was stapled
back together again. If that was the end
of it, I’d still be thankful. But the
next morning, my body, especially my right leg was almost completely numb.
Worse still, I had almost no control in some of the right leg and left
arm muscles. For the first time I started
hearing the term “nerve damage”, however the surgical team seemed to minimize
what I was feeling and called it “internal bruising”, which they assured me
would lessen over the next few days. I
stayed in hospital for a total of 4 days.
After a couple of episodes of “buckling” – legs giving away while trying
to sit down and stand up, I was referred to the internal physio therapist who
showed me a couple of exercises that might strengthen the legs following nerve
I am home now. There
is no improvement in the numbness and weakness – and I now also have excruciating
pain all through my back, legs and arms.
It’s worse when I lie down, so it’s hard to get any rest/relief which is
impeding the recovery. If all this are the
regular expected side effects of coming through a hysterectomy, I’ll try to stop
whining and hope things subside. But, I
haven’t heard about any of this these sorts of reactions.
My next appointment will be with my family
doctor next week to have the surgical staples removed. Hoping she may be able to provide more
information on possible causes of this intense pain and numbness. In the meantime, if anyone has been through
similar or have any advice or recommendations, I’d appreciate to hear about