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Hi Ladies,

I had a LAVH (removal of uterus and cervix) on Apr 13, 2010 and am anxious to get back to my regular activities! Please share your progress...

How long after your Hysterectomy did you...

1. Run or any other high impact exercise
2. Lift Weights/or anything over 10 pounds
3. Stop needing naps
4. Have sex (I don't want to be inturive if you care not to answer this, no problem:-)

Thanks ladies!!
I took weight lifting (aka lifting grocery bags heavier than 10 pounds) really slowly. I know I waited 6 weeks or so. I know after I got to where I could push a light weight grocery cart around, it was a month or more after that before I didn't make a half-million trips to the car to get many light weight bags. I'm not a good one to compare to, though.

Again, I had my hyst at the beginning of summer vacation and napped through June and July. I even laid down for a good 5 minute nap several times right after school started (I'm a teacher). Again, I'm not a good person to compare to.

I think we waited 8 to 10 weeks before attempting intercourse (with doctor's ok). We did a trial run of an orgasm prior to actual intercourse. Based on my response to that (strong abdominal cramps - which I guess use to be part of my uterine orgasms) made us wait another week or two before attempting intercourse.

How are you feeling?
Hi Pickle!

Thanks for your response:-) I forgot to ask, when was your first pap after your hyst?

I feel really great!! At times I get a bit tired but that's it. I am a bit frustrated that I can't lift anything over 10 pounds and run trails...I have my 2-week follow up today but I am not leaving much hope for a release to my "normal" activities. My doc already made it clear she feels like it is necessary to take the full 6 weeks for recovery. She said walking was fine but not much else. I am going crazy just hanging out...

Hope you are doing well. You must be getting close to summer break.:)
1. haven't done any hi-impact stuff cuz I'm lazy ;)
2. At 6 weeks I went back to carrying laundry baskets, heavy groceries, full recycling bins, whatever around the house. At 10 weeks I went to the gym for the first time and did about 15 mins of brisk uphill treadmill, 5 mins stairmaster and a weight circuit (upper body). That was 2 weeks ago and I haven't made it back yet!
3. napped every day for the first 2 weeks for sure. sporadic naps for another week or two after that (and I am not really a napper). Probably none since week 4 or 5.
4. At my 4 week checkup the dr said wait another month. So the first time we attempted was 8 weeks. I am happy to say that it was a bit tender but nothing anywhere near as bad as I was anticipating. Also he did a repair of some scar tissue (I tore with kid #2 and needed to be stitched up and there was a lot of lumpy scar tissue that he removed) and wow is that sooooo much better. Like light years better. I was like "Ok where were you when the midwife was stitching me up!"

At the 4 week checkup he said to come back in 6 months. I was a bit surprised because I thought he'd say come in every 3 months for a year or something but when I asked he said every 6 months for a year and then yearly after that. Any idea if that schedule is normal?

I am 12 weeks since my LAVH today and I'm happy to report that I had no idea what the # of weeks was until I just counted on the calendar. I stopped counting after 8 weeks or so, because I felt fine and there were no more restrictions of any kind.
Thanks Francegirl!

I guess I need to be patient...

I think your pap schedule sounds normal as my doc said she would do the first pap at 6 months and then after our discussion (basically me asking if that is too long, etc.) she said we would do it at 3 months, along with a HPV test. Have you had the HPV test since your diagnosis? If so, did it come back as positive or negative?

Also, I am really embarrased to ask this but it is a must...are any of you concerend about oral sex? I mean, now that we know we are at higher risk for oral cancer because of the positive HPV. Also, I forgot to ask the Dr. but I am wondering, if my HPV virus should go dormant (crossing fingers that is has) and my hubby's virus is active (I am assuming he has the virus) does this mean it could reactivate or wake up my virus?

I hope my question makes sense and please do not refrain from telling to to stop overthinking/analyzing everything. Unfortunately, it is what I do.:confused:


P.S. One more question, did any of you experience painful BM's after your hyst.? If so, how long did it take for that awful feeling to go away?
I also plan on asking for another HPV test. My doc will probably say that it doesn't matter but *I* want to know and boy do I hope it's gone.

I have the exact same question as you about the dormant/reactivation thing! I haven't asked my doc yet because I thought of it AFTER my post-op, and I don't want to send him a really long incoherent email. I don't even know if the question makes sense, medically speaking!

I would guess that if the test result is negative POST hyst, then your body has either fought it off at some point or the LAVH removed enough of it (cells in that area) for you to test negative. As for re-infection or re-activation, maybe we have antibodies so we can't "get" it again, or maybe stress could reactivate it. Who knows. My doc did say one time when we were discussing it that they just don't know that much about where the virus "lives" in your body etc. So maybe we can't get that question answered! Anyone care to chime in?

Ok I'm putting it in my blackberry right now to ask him that on my 6-month appt.....

I have been with my husband for 15 years so whatever is done, is done at this point re: virus. Water under the bridge. Either I'll have it or I won't. I hope I don't but it can't be changed or fixed now.

Here's my thinking on oral cancers etc... I asked about strains 16/18 on the Cerv/Ovarian board a couple of weeks ago - it seems that most glandular abnormalities (ex: AIS) are caused by 18 and squamous by 16. Many (most?) of the oral cancers where HPV is present have strain 16. So let's try to put that worry OUT of our minds. Not easy to do but we can try ;)
OMG! The BMs after the hyst were horrrrrrible!! I took colace because I knew the pain meds could constipate me (and I tend toward that anyway). I think I almost blacked out for a half-second with my first BM! It was significantly better with each BM. I'd say it took 2 weeks or so for it to not be so painful.
Forgot to answer you re: the BMs.... no problems at all. No pain, no discomfort, no constipation. Nothing happened for the first several days (due to many factors I'm sure - anesthesia, painkillers, the surgery itself, not eating anything for 2 whole days, etc.). First time was maybe 4 or 5 days after surgery? I don't remember.

The nurses started me on the colace in the hospital (prob twice a day but can't remember). I kept taking it when I got home 2x per day for 2-3 weeks but I never had any issues...

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