Doctors say that after a hysterectomy, acute processes in the body go up to one and a half years after the operation. Recovery is not fast.
I had an operation in November 2020.
The first month after the operation, I did not feel the perineum. I couldn’t urinate on my own. Foley’s catheter was standing for almost two months. But in others, urination was improved much faster.
There was also a strong numbness of the upper thighs. Until March 2021, numbness did not allow me to run - literally a couple of steps and my legs began to stumble, I could barely hold myself so as not to fall. Now there are areas of numbness, but they are not significant and do not affect the motor function.
The intestines have just started to work normally. Before that, different types of laxatives did not help much. The first three months after the operation, there was fecal incontinence. Feces then fell out in small portions, then did not come out. By April, the fecal incontinence was gone, but the constipation was in no hurry to leave me. Candles also did not help, because the feces did not fall below the level where the uterus was. There was some kind of paralysis in this part of the intestine.
Since the beginning of August, there has been defecation every day. Around the same time, it became much easier to empty the bladder. There is almost no need to push and make efforts to empty the bladder.
Some significant improvements in the functioning of the bladder and intestines began in May (five months after the operation). By this time, it was already possible to use candles to ease the emptying of the intestines.
In the eighth month after the operation, the functions of the intestines and bladder significantly recovered spontaneously. Just at one point, everything became dramatically much better.
I was prescribed an Omnik to restore the function of the bladder… but the improvements were not very significant. The pressure of urine became stronger after taking the drug. But the urine had to be squeezed out of itself, working with the muscles of the pelvis and the press. Gradually, it was necessary to make less and less effort to empty the bladder. During this September, there began to appear moments when urination begins as before the operation. That is, without delaying the start of urination and without making any effort so that the urine stream is not interrupted.
As for bowel function, the first significant improvement was in July. after I ate the apricots. Preparations with apricot fiber did not help me before.
One of the unpleasant moments is the lack of urge to urinate. I go to the toilet by the hour. But now I definitely feel that my bladder is full. These are not urges. It’s like the feeling when you wake up at night with the understanding that the bladder needs to be emptied. Other girls have recovered the urge to urinate, but this is a different feeling, not like before the operation. Some people had the urge to urinate 15-17 months after the operation. For the first time after the operation, my urination was like a leak. Also, the internal alarm clock did not turn on when the bladder was too full at night. There were no accidents, but in the morning 750 or more milliliters of urine came out. There were also episodes, three times during the whole time, when the bladder suddenly began to empty itself abruptly, but easily and naturally. The same story was with the emptying of the intestines. At night, I woke up a couple of times from the fact that my intestines began to empty easily and cheerfully. And with well-formed feces. Although he forgot about this skill all the time during the day.
Now only fear affects the quality of life. It is especially intensified before screening as part of postoperative follow-up. I started taking soft herbal sedatives and everything is much better in the psychological sphere now. The disadvantage of these sedatives is that they have a cumulative effect and do not begin to act immediately. As my doctor said, stress negatively affects the level of magnesium and other elements in the body. Stress also negatively affects the work of internal organs. Therefore, it is necessary to pay no less attention to the psychological state and correctly correct negative manifestations.
Libido is preserved. If it seems that there is no libido - in fact, you need to adjust the level of anxiety or treat depression. As my doctor says, the problem with anxiety in patients is more significant than the problem of bladder dysfunction, in fact.
Many of the side effects that are bothering you now will definitely pass. The main thing is patience and a positive attitude.