Inspiring hysterectomy for PMDD success stories!
Tonight I found a long thread of post op success stories (for PMDD/severe PMS) on the HysterSisters forum – it’s very uplifting! I’ll keep adding to this post as I find more.
Posted here by Stella, April 2011:
I am now 53 years old. I suffered from pmdd before anybody called it that. I remember making the rounds to doctor after doctor only to be told I had pms or needed to see a psychiatrist. All of what I read above was true for me also. I would get so angry, so emotional, so filled with rage. And even though I knew it was because of my hormones and that I was acting irrational, once I was in the zone, I felt my outbursts were justified. Finally I decided that I couldn’t take anymore and thought about ending my life; I was about 35 years old.
I decided to go to the doctor and tell him that I had horrible periods, bled copious amounts, with severe cramps. (I lied.) He told me I could have a hysterectomy. I had a total hysterectomy and it saved my life. Ever since, I take some estrogen each month. I have no more symptoms. Life has been extremely satisfying. In a few years I will try to get off the Premarin, but for now I feel great.
Unfortunately, my daughter now suffers from pmdd. She is too young to get a hysterectomy, but nothing else has seemed to work well. (she has tried antidepressants). So sad that the medical profession is still so largely unaware of this condition. Just went to a doctor the other day that recommended psychotherapy and kept calling it pms. Good luck to everyone out there suffering from this! Hang in there!
Read Stefanie’s post at her blog Redefining Life w/PMDD, October 2010:
It is hard to believe it’s already been 8 months since I had my hysterectomy. With 4 kids, sports, school & life’s regular chaos, the days & months have just flown by. Scary how fast time flies when you aren’t dealing with pain. I don’t have to look at the calendar before I make plans..
Posted here by Little Panda RN, July 2009:
I had a TAH with BSO 11 years ago. It was the best thing I ever did. Before my hysterectomy I was a basket case when that time of the month came around, crying one minute and madder than he** :angryfire the next. Since the hysterectomy I no longer have PMS. I sure do not miss the mood swings. I also have a friend who kept her ovaries and she still gets the PMS symptoms.