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are mood swings post op normal?

its week 5 after my open surgery to remove my huge bits and bobs....

i am finding now that i get endo pain on the right side of my body...the cramps are there almost every day. i seem to be able to cope with them bit i cant cope with the mood swings...i have been really bipolar...crying at any time..its almost uncontrolable..im wondering if its hormonal or if i am really suffering from depression...i am finding it hard to cope and depend on people for things and going without things as i dont feel i can ask friends and relatives to help. i have been trying to get strength back by walking my block. i find i am really tired the next day so am reducing what i can do...my post op appointment isnt for another 2 weeks.

is this normal? should i go see my GP about this or wait till i see the consultant?

im seriously confused.com..

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May I ask which bits and bobs have you had removed and does this include your ovaries? If so have you started or due to start HRT at all?


Yes, it's difficult to reply without knowing which bits and bobs you had removed! However, 5 weeks after any surgery is still 'early days'. Any pelvic surgery particularly open surgery will take time to heal. If they did at lot of work inside it will take time for the traumatized organs to settle.

If you had ovaries removed that would definitely make your mood 'all over the place'. General anaesthics can take a while to leave the system and make you feel down.


In my experience, any surgery that involves any 'bits and bobs' is liable to cause mood swings - they've been nudged out of their normal routine and they don't take kindly to being messed about with.

If it was open surgery it was quite a big deal and 5 weeks isn't long at all in terms of recovery.

Just go with it if you can. You're not going mad, and by the time you see your consultant I am sure you'll be at least starting to feel better

C x

PS - I just reread your post - ASK FOR HELP if you need it! Taking on more than you can cope with is one sure way of setting back your recovery! x


hi ladies

my bits and bobs included an ovary as it had a large cyst attached and 3 extremely large firbroids, 2 of which were removed by a myomectomy procedure the other was penduculated. i still have my right ovary.


I had really similar symptoms after my surgery, I realised that it was the diclofenac (pain relief) for me personally.. so I switched to Naproxen after discussing it with the nurse practitioner at my GP surgery.

My reaction to being on (emotional wreck and crazy, vivid dreams) and coming off of diclofenac (dramatic improvement within 2 days) was so extreme that I am sure that, that was what it was for me but It is rare to have this reaction to diclofenac and it is perfectly understandable to have mood swings for both hormonal and psychological reasons after this type of surgery

I actually have Bipolar in my family (quite a few close family members) so psychiatric side effects are something I always need to watch out for.

I'd let the GP know if you are feeling really low so they are aware and can offer some suggestions on what you can do.

You are doing the right thing by getting out and about a little but take it slow and if you early experiments show you need to take it down a notch then listen to your body.

I hope you are feeling better soon xx


I would say it is normal , I felt very emotional after my first surgery . It ok to experience sadness, fatigue or anxiety--all of which are often symptoms of post-operative.

Depression following surgery is a frequent occurrence but not nearly as frequent a topic of conversation in the medical community. It can be credited to a number of physical factors after an operation, including reactions to anesthesia and narcotic painkillers, pain and discomfort, or an undetermined biological process.

Crying is fine , because with tears our body get read of stress - hormones , nothing wrong with it , u body doing it just in response to biological stress .

Praying does work and it does help, former atheist talking )))

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I wish you better and everything will be healed and you will feel good soon .

My best wishes to you and God Bless!


gotta to agree with the others. sound like post op depression which is very common. Please speak to your GP and get some help with that. It can be overcome quicker with meds before it gets worse. Or you can just struggle on and see how you go, but having been on anti-depressants, they take a few weeks to kick in, but when they do, it won't be too long before you are coping much better and far less emotional and once your brain in calmed down the healing of your brain as well as you body will be much easier to get through.


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