I am a newbie to this group but am hoping for a bit of advice and support. Sorry this is such a long post !
I am due for a total abdominal hysterectomy on 21st Jan.I have been being seen by a consultant for chronic sciatica which was presumed to be from a herniated disc (I do have a problem disc). I had a spinal injection in October which had no effect whatsoever. The pain radiating down my left leg is excruciating, I can only stand or walk for about 10 mins. The consultant wanted further MRI scans to see what was happening. I paid to have these done privately. These scans showed a large (12cm x 10cm) uterine fibroid at the top of my uterus. I then paid to see a gynaecology consultant who examined me and said that a total hysterectomy (including tubes and ovaries as I am nearly 52) would be the best option. She felt that the position of the fibroid could be making the nerve pain worse as it is pushing on the base of my spine. Has anybody heard of this before, or of a hysterectomy helping relieve sciatic pain.
This has all come as a bit of a shock and to be honest I am struggling to get my head around it. I have spent the last 3 weeks reading everything I can on the subject, which has probably not done me any good as I have read a lot of horror stories. My consultant suggested this website. At the moment I do seem to be in a very dark place about it all, not only the operation itself but recovery time and financial implications. I have been off work since October which means I will go onto half pay from 6th April. I am worried I wont have recovered enough to go back to work before April. I am also worried that the operation will have no effect on easing the sciatic pain and then I will need possible further surgery to sort that out.
I want to be as prepared as possible for the surgery and recovery so any information regarding exercise, vitamin supplements etc would be very welcome.