I’m recovering from radical hysterectomy and lymph node removal and would like to talk to any others who have been through the same. I do find I’m having sharpe pains and need reassurance. Please, anyone else who has come through it or in the same position, would love to connect. X
Hi Angie and a very warm welcome to Cancer Chat.
I am so sorry that you have to join us here. I myself have had 2 bouts of breast cancer, which isn't very helpful for you. However, if you use the search engine on the blue banner at the top of this page, and insertyour key words, this will bring up previous posts on the topic, which I'm sure that you may find helpful.
Please keep in touch and let us know how your recovery progresses. We are always here for you whenever you want to talk.
I had a full hysterectomy in 2014 also had lymph node in my groin removed and abdominal hernia sorted.
The sharp pains if they are like needles are I was told everything knitting back together. Also the district nurse who came to change my dressing said - the consultant has moved other things to get to the womb and they dont put them back as neat as they come out so everthing is sorting itself back in position.
I used to try and walk every day just a few yards at first then further (dont go to far, you have to come back) try to walk as upright as possible protecting your stomach with your arms. Dont sit for to long as everthing seems to tighten up just stand and walk round the room.
Do everthing they tell you - no lifting etc. Dont try and do any stomach strengthing exercises your muscles need to knit back naturally first.
I thought at first I was never going to recover but within a short time I was feeling a lot better. The stabbing pain like needle pricking does continue randomly for a while but becomes less often.
Thank you River,
with lymph removal I’m having strange pains in my muscles, arms, legs, feet, under my arms and also pains in my chest. I was cut from above the bellybutton to my pubic bone in an 8 hour operation. I thought I had put cancer to the back of my mind but after a conversation with a friends friend she thinks that I should have a private test to see if I’m all clear and not to trust in the hospital. I am now worried and this is playing on my mind, I don’t sleep due to hot flushes and generally feeling run down and tearful. Are these pains due to lymph node removal ?
9th November. I think I will ask my doctor for the test, it’s been on my mind for awhile. Christmas was hard as didn’t want to disappoint the children so borrowed a wheelchair from the Red Cross and went shopping an hours drive away. Thank you for your advice, trying to be strong but it seems to be getting harder even though I’ve been given the all clear. What’s wrong with me? X
I'm impressed you went shopping! You sound strong willed. I spent the majority of 6 weeks in bed! But I'd had chemo previous to my surgery.
Give yourself time to rest and recover, and try not to feel bad about taking the time for yourself. It took me around 3 months to start moving semi normally and build my strength back Even now I start to feel exhausted around 6pm and still have tenderness near the scar (nightmare when my kids try to jump on me!)
Have you been able to speak to any of your surgical team or nurses about the pain?
My clinic specialist nurse recommended mindfulness to combat feeling down. Another patient advised staying positive when possible - I found this helped.
How many children do you have? I have two boys aged 5 & 3. They are always on the go!
Like RP has posted I think the hot flushes etc can definatly be down to surgical menopause. I had already gone through the menopause so did not have the hot flushes but I did get tearful and feeling run down. When you think what you have just gone through its not surprising.
My cancer was discovered after my surgery so the only lymph node I had removed was an enlarged one in my groin that had showed up on my MRI scan that the consultant said he would remove while he was operating. i did get aches and mild pain in the area which used to come and go.
I think you need to discuss these pains with your medical team or GP they should know what you should expect.
It also depends what stage you were diagnosed as regarding ongoing treatment. I would have thought that you should be getting a follow up appointment sometime after your surgery though. Speak to your GP they should have notes from the hospital. If you are really still worried ask them if you could have a blood test, these are not conclusive but could put your mind at rest.