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Yes, I had post tubal problems

by Tracy (no login)

I had a tubal in Nov., 1988. Had I been informed of ALL side effects and possible complications, I would NEVER proceeded with this surgery. I tell every woman I know NOT to have a tubal. After my tubal I went from having a period that I could set my clock to it was so regular to having irregular and missed periods. My periods were heavier, lasted longer and more painful. Also, within a year I started experiencing severe pain in my adomin on the lower left side. At one point early on the pain was so extreme that I awoke in the middle of the night screaming and my husband had to take me to the ER. They couldn't figure out was wrong with me and referred me to my GYN. After seeing my GYN (the same one who did my tubal) I was diagnosed with ovarian cyst. I continued to have more problems as the years went on and by Jan., 1992 I was starting to have abnormal Pap's. In Feb., 1993 I was diagnosed with cervical displasa, a pre-cancerous condition of the cervix. On a scale of 0-5, with 5 being cancer, I was graded a 4. I underwent two surgeries before being diagnosed "healthy". In the mean time the cyst on my left ovary was were growing and becoming more and more painful. By Oct., 1994 the pain was so severe that it was literally dibilitating. I could not function without pain medication and the pain medication generally made me too tired to function still! In Dec., 1994 my GYN (a new one) did a laporoscopy to determine the source of pain and severity of the cyst on my ovary and discovered a lot of adhessions due to the tubal surgery which he felt contributed in large part to my pain. He removed the adhessions and I was pain free for 2 months! The cyst continued to grow in number and I also was starting to get the same cyst on my right ovary and fibroids were developing on my uterus. The fibroids and cyst continued to grow in number and size, even with treatment, and finally in May, 1995 my doctor suggested a hysterectomy with removal of both ovaries and my cervix. The post-op pathology reports came back indicating that all of the cyst were pre-cancerous and would most likely had led to cancer, eventually. Aside from all of these other symptoms, I was very moody, at times depressed, and had severe PMS. Many times I asked a number of doctors if these problems could be related to the tubal and each one emphatically denied it! However, in the back of my mind I always believed that the problems were a direct result of my tubal and through the years I have met many women who have experienced similar problems and eventually had to have a hysterectomy after having a tubal. Even with the hysterectomy and hormone replacement therapy I continue to have some problems and have been going from one doctor to the next begging for someone to believe me that my hormones are not in balance and to check them. I strongly believe that female hormones play a much bigger role in our health than doctors are admitting. If you have not had a tubal, I stongly recommend an alternative form of birth control!

Posted on Dec 31, 1998, 9:44 PM
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