Fibromyalgia and Hysterectomy


By:  Aimee Reese

You will find many articles, forums, and blogs on Fibromyalgia and Hysterectomy.  There is new research linking these two together in that those that had a hysterectomy years later were diagnosed with Fibromyalgia.

There was a study published back in 2015 where researchers reviewed over 200 charts of women that had Fibromyalgia and about 150 of those that did not.  They looked for a link between the illness and a gynecologic surgery, and the overlapping conditions.

They found that those that had had a gynecologic surgery were later diagnosed with Fibromyalgia.  Now those that had a hysterectomy were not officially diagnosed for 3-5 years after having the procedure.

Is there a link?  In my case, there could be a possibility, but I am not sure.  I did have a hysterectomy about ten years before I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia.  I will say that I had all the symptoms of Fibro before I was diagnosed.

Did my hysterectomy trigger my Fibro?  I am not sure if it did or not.  That is something that I probably will never know how anyone gets Fibro is still a mystery.

Do I regret having a hysterectomy?  No, as I had endometriosis and the pain was intolerable.  Would I have changed my mind if I knew that I would be living with a chronic illness?  No, I would not as the pain I was experiencing was not going to go away without the surgery.

Research is still being conducted on if a hysterectomy contributes to Fibro.  Maybe in a few years we will know but for now, it is still not 100% if it does or not.

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