Has anyone (women) had bad flare ups after having a hysyerectomy? I have surgery next week and I just read in article in the Arthritis Today magazine about bad flare ups after surgery due to hormone level changes. I have never had my hormone levels checked or read anything else on this having affects with my AS. I do have my regular appt with my Rheumatologist a few weeks after surgery. I have endometriosis everywhere but they are going to try and keep one ovary.
I had a uterine ablation and then a hysterectomy 2 months later. I also had a couple of other surgeries and none of them caused a flare.You just never know! Good luck!
I had an eblation (minor in-office surgery) done in February which, I think is what started me off. I then battled with C-Diff because of all the antibiotics and anti-inflammatories my OBGYN put me on for the surgery. Of course, my OBGYN wouldn't admit it, but my Rheum. Almost confirmed it for him with the big "Ah-ha!" look on his face when I mentioned it. The pain hit me hard after going through another round of antibiotics for the C-Diff which led me to the Rheumatologist office for eventual diagnosis of AS. It was my knock on the door for AS to come on in. I hadn't even heard of AS before. I don't know if it was hormonal or just my body going through too much at once. Then, just before every cycle, I felt like I had been hit by a truck. I ached all over. But once I got the diagnosis and started meds, that part was better. But the hysterectomy is something that usually needs to be done, right? I would do it, if I had to. Just plan, plan what you can do for heightened pain while healing. Maybe talk with BOTH drs before the procedure. Good luck to you.
I don't have endometriosis but I did have a hysterectomy (uterus & cervix) on May 31st due to a 4lb football sized fibroid, so I did not have a real hormone problem because I kept my ovaries. It did take me longer to recover then most people due to AS and Fibromyalgia and I did not really have an AS flare but I definitely had a Fibro flare. It took me a long time to get my energy level back and I did have a bit of depression a couple of weeks after surgery perhaps due to not being able to do much and feeling so exhausted. Just know that whatever happens...it will pass and hopefully you feel so much better without the pain you must be having due to the endometriosis. Blessings to you!
I had a complete hyst and went on eHRT because I was younger and not ready for menopause. It really helped my arthritis being on the regular hormone schedule. And BTW, the morphine was fantastic. They wouldn't give it to me long but it was one of the only times in my life when I was truly arthritis pain free. The first day after the hyst they tried to get me up out of bed and kept saying things like, "Careful. You're going to feel tender." Heck! I felt so great I wanted to skip down the hallway.