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JANETSDESTINY Posts: 10
4/1/12 5:00 A

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Keep it moving don't look back, you've lost 5lbs yepee! keep it moving am counting on you!

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4/1/12 4:57 A

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I wish you the BEST and am being helped by you this morning.

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3/4/12 9:56 A

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I had a complete hysterectomy over eight years ago. After gaining weight and feeling the changes going on in my mind and body I decided to try an alternate route. I did go to an internist who also does a natural hormone therapy. It took a year of blood tests and balancing some of the medicine to get my hormones balanced but I can honestly say, the weight stopped coming on, I hardly ever get sick, and I felt I am not going insane. Oh, I was also diagnosed with colitis prior to the hysterectomy. My colon has now been healthy for six years. I don't even need to take the medicine I was taking. I am not sure how colitis relates but not having to deal with the medicine and the colitis problems makes it all worth it.

I wish I would have went this route before the hysterectomy, maybe it wouldn't have been necessary to have the surgery. I gained 20 pounds before going to the doctor. I now have 10 pounds to get to my hysterectomy weight. Then 10 more to get to the colitis weight. Then I am working towards my post pregnancy weight.

As for the pouch, I am trying to strengthen my stomach muscles in hopes that will help when I reach my goal weight.

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2/29/12 11:05 A

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Read through the thread - I will doctors would tell women up front the many, many changes you will experience with a hysterectomy. I've never had a flat stomach, but it is even worse after surgery and much harder to lose weight.

Still trying to find the right combination for myself to start seeing results.

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2/24/12 4:20 P

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Glad to read your update. I'm just past 2 years and that belly is still just as big as day 1. The GOOD news is that I was able to do a plow and shoulder stand pose in yoga for the first time since my c-section almost 6 years ago last week.

I guess the point is that if I can cross this road, there MUST be some sort of hope down the line.

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2/24/12 12:32 A

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well, it is almost a year since the operation and I feel physically fine - but still have a major stomach pouch to deal with. It is very frustrating that the weight has not shifted at all. I am physically active but it is not enough. It is depressing to see photos of myself - so I have committed to Curves five days a week plus diet. I had hoped that the weight would naturally fall off - it has not . Also , I have been sober for two years and had also hoped that the weight would fall off .It has not . I would just be happy with a 25 pound loss . Forty is too much ( desirable and overwhelming).
Thanks

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5/1/11 7:24 A

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Fishface, I hope you're doing a little better and have been cleared for "normal activity" at your 6 week follow up. It literally took me 6 weeks to be able to walk upright. While I started walking and easing into Zumba at that point, it took me 6-12 months to feel physically back to normal. I still struggle a bit with feeling like myself mentally at times and it's been almost 18 months. It's a long process. It's very important not to push your body too soon or you'll be dealing with complications mainly due to excess scar tissue. Just set reasonable goals for each day and week and don't expect too much.

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WENDYJM3 Posts: 1
4/27/11 6:59 P

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Hi everyone. I am new to the group. I had a complete abdominal hysterectomy at age 36. I am now 46 with a good 40 pounds to lose. The hormones make it much harder,,not impossible, but harder. I also developed hypothyroid disease after my hysterectomy to that sucks too..just means we have to work harder I guess

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4/21/11 2:10 P

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I realize this is an older thread but I am SO frustrated with lack of weight loss and some gain since my hysterectomy (kept ovaries) last year. I eat between the suggested 1,300-1,500 calories per day. My diet is generally free of processed foods and I don't eat whites.I run/walk 3 times per week, Zumba class 2 times per week, yoga class 1 time per week plus work out with weights and other misc. activity. NOTHING. I see pictures and I want to cry. Any yes, my stomach is still huge after 1.5 years.
I guess I must need to keep my calories at 1,000 and double my exercise??? Has ANYONE had any success 40 something and post hysterectomy????

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4/21/11 2:04 A

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Hi there
I am in my fourth week of recovery from an abdominal hysterectomy . I had been suffering from extremely bad period pains that would put me to bed for a couple of days . Plus my body was in a constant state of pregnancy - and there were huge fibroid s in the uterine lining of my body. All and all my insides were a mess , plus I had had three previous cesareans .So I was extremely afraid of the procedure prior to the operation but it went well. However, the recovery time is long and arduous and it is extremely painful. My poor , poor body - cut open four times and now I need to address the weight issue - will this pouch ever go and will I ever look normal again and not like a blooming Telebubby ?
I would be happy to chat with other women who have suffered in a similar way

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4/2/11 1:22 P

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Hi Liz
I just joined the forum and was so glad to see one discussing the post-hysterectomy belly!
I am writing you because I am amazed and encouraged by your weight loss!! How did you do it?
I'm having a difficult time with consistancy. I will do okay for a few days then my old sweet tooth kicks in. It doesn't help that I am the live in care giver for my Mom, and my Dad does the shopping in they love to keep sweets around, out in the open so my Mom can easily get them. I have no control over that and its a major stumbling block for me.
Congrats on your great success!

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1/16/11 1:16 P

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Had one as well not vaginal. I have this ugly scar from the top of belly button downward. I am trying to lose it but have been unsuccessful. Will keep trying.

"We can not become what we need by remaining what we are."
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1/10/11 8:19 P

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I gained weight after my total hysterectomy in August 2010. and yes all the weigh twen tto belly and it bloats still. But its getting better
if you follow my here and there posts
I am currently on prometrium and will get a sonogram soon. I already feel like the prometrium relaxes you and sort of equalizes you. I needed it for horrible PMS symptoms I kept the ovaries so I still get crazy symptoms during ovulation time.It may help my bloating too but you have to listen to the professionals as everyone is different

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BIGEYES44 Posts: 104
7/26/09 9:25 A

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You need something to read or play or just to keep busying during your down time. I was up and walking around my second day in the hospital and never stopped. Laughing and coughing can hurt as well. You will also need M O M to help you after the fact. good luck with the surgery, Karen

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7/26/09 9:12 A

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I am going to have a total hysterectomy in 3 weeks.
I have had 2 c-sections, so already have the pouch!
Last june had the ablation (scalding of uterus)and was period free for a whole year. When I started to bleed again, I kind of panicked. I also had labia cancer last year. Now because of my situation, they want to take everything and put me on hormones. They will cut along my c-section lines, but warn me of scar tissue complications. I guess it will all be worth it to be rid of the pain, but I am not looking forward to the down time of 6-8 weeks. emoticon
And now knowing that I will be even more bloated? Thanks for the heads up ladies!

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7/22/09 6:45 P

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I had a hysterectomy March 18, 2009 and my belly has increased in size. I will check out this site today also. It drives me crazy also.

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KIMARC's Photo KIMARC Posts: 47
11/10/08 6:26 P

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Thank u for the encouraging words....WOW I might like this site (lol) I have to see how to make a preety page. I have a very nice myspace, but hmmmnow I have to fiqure out how to post pics etc. here

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11/10/08 6:21 P

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I'm sorry for your disappointments. It's great that you know that your life can still be wonderful.

And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.
Anais Nin

17Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!
2 Cor. 5:17


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11/10/08 9:02 A

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Nope, unfortunately I had 2 ectopic/tubal pregnancies 11 months apart, so ended up having both tubes removed.

The first one wasn't caught until the tube was just about to actually burst, so was very close and dangerous!

Luckily with the second I "knew" what to look for and was in hospital for 4 weeks before they decided to "go in and explore".

It was upsetting at first, being 24 and knowing I couldn't have kids. We did try IVF and although I responded well to the actual treatment, the embryo didn't "take".

I'm used to life without my own children now, and to be honest I couldn't live the life I do if I did have them, so I guess it was fate.

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11/10/08 8:26 A

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I agree, it sure does take a long time for the belly to go down.
Any success along with all of your surgeries, Lizzy?

Sue

And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.
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11/9/08 11:49 P

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If they inserted a scope into your stomach, they would have pumped water in to "see" what they were doing.

As with any surgery you can retain lots of water, and it can take some time to get rid of.

I had 7 "stomach" surgeries in 5 years due to infertility problems, tubal pregnancies etc so was cut open a lot!
Eventually with cardio and a good healthy diet the belly will go down.



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11/9/08 11:25 P

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WOW that is how they do that?!! ouch!!! I told them to just take the stuff out and be done with it!! (lol) Someone said to me, Honey they are just taking the cradle NOT the playpen" (lol) Which has been fine..just the weight gain and stomach!!!!!!!! (yuck) emoticon

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11/9/08 10:39 P

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Hello All,

I actually had an endometrial ablation almost two years ago. What they do is pour scalding hot water into the uterus and it kills the lining. It is usually done for people who have very heavy bleeding or when the uterus stops working. It will stop the period on about 98% of women.

It took a year but than I finally stopped my cycles. Ever since, I have had the same thing, the abdominal swelling. I look like I am four months pregnant.

From reading what you are all saying I am going to assume it is from the hormonal thing. I do turbo jam too, it helps the top part of my abs but not the lower one. It is very frustrating. The whole being a woman thing really stinks sometimes doesn't it

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Thank you. Yes, I had read about jellybelly, but should I did have it since I had a vaginal hysterectomy, they only inserted the scope in my belly......

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11/9/08 8:15 P

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If you go to the wonderful site hystersisters.com
you will see this commonly referred to as "swelly belly". It can take up to a year to go back to normal.
I had an abdominal hysterectomy two years ago,
and I became very aware of my tummy, too, afterwards.
I wonder if it always looked the same, I just didn't look at it, focus on it so often!
I've found that cutting out carbs like spaghetti, breads and desserts makes a big difference in how my tummy looks.


Edited by: NEWCREATION2010 at: 11/9/2008 (20:15)
And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.
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11/9/08 7:14 P

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Thank u!!!

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You should try the turbo jam workouts, they have done the most for my mid section. I'm 5'6" and do not carry my weight well, I show every pound that I put on. I only have one ovary left and my hormones are all over the chart. I recently started a natural remedy for my hot flashes and such, it's called estroven and it seems to be helping. I just wish I could drop this extra weight. It does get discouraging but it will all be worth it in the long run.

Katy

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Thank u so much!!! I kept my ovaries, so I thought that my hormones would be intact. but I am 47, but I do not want to look like this (lol) I am miserable..can't wear my cute jeans. I go to the gym before work but an starting to wonder what is the use. I have gained at least 13 lbs since the surgery and was already overweight. people say b/c I am tall that I don't look fat (5ft.10) but 223 is fat on any height!!!!!!I am still cute though (lol)

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11/9/08 6:58 P

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I had an abdominal one in 2002 and have been fighting the weight gain and pouch ever since. I believe that the hormonal changes which occur after a hysterectomy make it more difficult for us to loose weight and easier for us to gain it. Before my surgery I was a size 5 and never had difficulty with my weight, since having the surgery I have put on over 36 pounds and continue to struggle with losing it. I'm also curious to see what the other ladies say.

The one thing that has helped with the extra weight around my middle is the Turbo Jam workouts.

I wish you luck and am sending some HUGS your way.

Katy

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I had a vaginal hysterectomy July 1st and have a pouch that is driving me crazy!! Any suggestions? emoticon emoticon

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