please help! i have had a histerectomy about six weeks ago, bur have unbearable pain in my legs, feet, lower back since then, and can. ot sleep, i have to go back to work, how will i cope, this operstion should have changed my live for the better not worst!
Following is a limited list of just some of the more common consequences of hysterectomy and castration. As you will see from reading the list below; hysterectomy is only the beginning of problems for many women.
The uterus procduces a type of hormone (Prostacyclin) which is thought to protect women from heart disease. It is estimated that over twenty-two million women have been hysterectomized, so it is no surprise that heart disease is the number one killer of women in the U.S.
The ovaries are active hormone-procuding glands whose removal cannot be compensated for in any way artificially as doctors commonly tell women. Also, it is critical to note the removal of the ovaries is "castration" and is a permanent condition.
Endocrine abnormality is common after hysterectomy; often leading to thyroid problems and other chemcial imbalances. Thyroid problems are discussed in depth on the 'Hormones' page on this site.
Prolapse of the bladder and bowels are common after hysterectomy and most often lead to further sugeries because the uterus and cervix support the bladder and bowels and help keep them from being displaced. Many women find that they have major problems with constipation and with incontinence after hysterectomy.
Loss of sexual function and sensation is common after hysterectomy. A uterine orgasm is no longer possible after hysterectomy. It is not uncommon for as much as one-third of the vagina to be removed during hysterectomy and then for the vagina to be sewn into a closed 'pocket' making sex painful if not impossible. (Doctors rarely, if ever, explain this procedure to women). Loss of vaginal lubrication after hysterectomy leads to vaginal atrophy and sexual dysfunction. There is also nerve damage from the severing of various nerves during surgery which causes loss of sensation sexually.
Chronic joint and muscle pain is common after hysterectomy and also chronic lower back pain.
Loss of bone density and loss of muscle mass is common after hysterectomy.
Loss of vision after hysterectomy due to formation of cataracts consequent to estrogen loss is less common but is devastating when it occurs.