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Finding Help for Post Tubal Syndrome – Andrea’s Story of Tubal Ligation Side Effects

Looking for information on tubal ligation side effects? No doubt you have been wondering what is happening to you since having your tubes tied. All these strange ailments have entered your life and are causing havoc in your body. No one can seem to tell you what is going on. You may even have felt like you are all alone.

However, you are not alone in having to put up with tubal ligation side effects. In fact, it is not unusual for you to be suffering these different symptoms. Let’s take a brief look at Andrea’s story and you can see how much like your own it might be.

Andrea lives in Idaho with her husband and four children. After the planned c-section birth of her last child, she had a tubal ligation. This was against the advice of her doctor who may have known her better than she did herself. Even her husband cautioned against the procedure.

Andrea began to suffer all kinds of things she had not experienced before. So many new things were happening that she began to keep a journal of her post syndrome symptoms and experiences.

Now, before we go further into this, you should know that Andrea was only 28 at the time of her tubal. I mention this because one thing many women hear when complaining about tubal ligation side effects is that they are simply entering menopause early.

Andrea tried the usual diet, exercise and breast feeding that had helped her lose her baby weight in the past. This did not work. She could not get the weight off. As a homeschooling mom of four, you have to know Andrea was very active. This just did not make sense to her and is something many women complain about.

In addition she began having cyclical migraines. These would come on at certain times during her cycle and last for several days each time. They brought on severe pain, nausea and vomiting.

Other symptoms she endured were extremely dry skin, being very sad and highly emotional, mid-cycle cramping, and spotting for about another eight or so days beyond her period each month. She believes she even suffered persistent yeast infections because she always having to wear a pad and therefore stayed damp all the time.

Then there was her period which had become very abnormal for her. The cramping became so severe it brought her nearly to tears even though she has a high pain threshold. Her flow was so heavy she would soak a pad in an hour and her doctor thought she might have menstrual anemia. It was so bad she ended up having to leave in the middle of church due to being pale, weak and nauseous.

As any of us would, she turned to her doctors only to have them tell her that heavy and painful periods can be caused by tubal ligation. Her family doctor even told her of having heard of numerous cases of women with severe post syndrome symptoms.

With her doctors’ blessings, Andrea started looking into having a tubal reversal. This was after testing was done to be sure she had none of the other possibilities like cancer, endometriosis, fibroids, infections or cysts. While many doctors in her local area would do the tubal reversal surgery, Andrea was uncomfortable because they could provide her with statistics concerning relief from post syndrome and pregnancy success rates.

Not only that but they wanted to charge her $12,000. For less than that, she could have the world’s foremost tubal reversal team at Chapel Hill Tubal Reversal Center, Dr. Gary Berger and Dr. Charles Monteith, perform the operation. She could also pay for the airplane tickets and hotel room and get change back from that price tag. So, she did the obvious thing and chose Chapel Hill Tubal Reversal Center.

Andrea’s surgery happened at the end of July 2008. Immediately she saw a lessening of her problems starting with a shorter period. Next, the headaches, spotting and cramping went away. Her period became normal for her and she no longer suffered from anemia. Even better for her, Andrea became pregnant within two months of having the tubal reversal surgery.

This is Andrea’s story. You, too, could find your post syndrome symptoms alleviated with a tubal reversal surgery. To no longer suffer from tubal ligation side effects could be your ultimate end goal or to be able to get pregnant again or even both. By having your tubes untied, you can find relief from your own problems just like Andrea.

7 thoughts on “Finding Help for Post Tubal Syndrome – Andrea’s Story of Tubal Ligation Side Effects”

  1. Toni Kendrick says:

    I was 24 when I had my tubal in July of 2012 after the birth of my 3rd daughter, I knew almost immediately that something was wrong. I just didn’t know what it was. I have always been a very healthy person, never had weight problems. However, after the birth of my daughter and and my tubal I began gaining weight…..an extreme amount of weight. When I gave birth I weighed 156 lbs and I thought that between nursing and a healthy diet and a workout I would lose fairly easily. Today I weigh 258 lbs. And then there are all the other symptoms, fatigue, loss of libido, severe emtional outburts, ridiculously heavy periods and the worst cramps I’ve ever felt. I have been to numerous doctors and none have helped me, the closest I have come to a diagnosis is being told to join weight watchers and that I’m depressed. I am very depressed but it’s only because I have become miserable. Since I have not found any Dr to offer any kind of advice I started researching for myself and I fully believe that I have post tubal ligation syndrome. My biggest issue at this point is that my husband was recently laid off from his jb so I no longer have health insurance, so I’m just looking for a bit more insight before I continue to spend money on Dr bills.

    1. Dr. Monteith says:

      Toni
      You should have your thyroid hormone levels checked. If your symptoms started soon after tubal reversal then having a tubal reversal may help. If you would like to become pregnant again then definitely consider tubal reversal surgery. To have surgery at our center your BMI needs to be less than 37. You can calculate your BMI based on height and weight.

    2. Toni Kendrick says:

      I have my hormones checked about 6 months ago, and was told they were normal. After that my Dr wasn’t willing to do any more tests, so I have been eating clean, and exercising, and still gain around 5-7 lbs a month. And no matter how hard I work my resting heart rate is never lower than mid 90’s.

  2. cara says:

    o my. these stories are mindblowing. i am a 44 year old woman in exellent shape. i eat well, have four children. i have had 3 vag births and had to do this last one cesarian. decided to tie the tubes at that time. and as stated have hadheadaches, severe pms,hot flashes at times,fatigue.major acne,poor skin,painful irregular periods.irritability.hair loss,allergies,tingling in extremities,pre osteoarthritis,aching joints sore muscles. im afraid. what do i do?

  3. Elsa says:

    My story is not as bad as Marsha’s but I’m desperate. I’m 32 and in my 3rd year since my TL. I lost my job, I’ve lost touch with most of my family and don’t speak to my friends. I started going to church but it’s so difficult to be around people. I feel like I don’t even know my husband anymore sometimes because I’m such a different person than who I was.

    The day of the tubal ligation I felt like I had left something behind on the table. I still feel like I stayed there. I’m incomplete. I feel like I have brain damage. I developed anxiety, depression, and what seems like attention deficit disorder. Even the book I had been so interested in reading the day before the surgery made no sense the day after, when I was in bed resting.

    When I went back to my OB/GYN with my first symptoms, several doctors interviewed me and concluded I had a panic disorder. I insisted there was something physically wrong so my doctor ordered an ultrasound and several blood tests. They found nothing. I was referred to a psychiatrist. It felt like a slap in the face because I had physical abdominal pain. The excruciating pain was gone after about 2 weeks. Every month for the next 4 or 6 I felt a very sharp pinch in the abdomen several days before my period. I still feel cramps but the bleeding is normal. It does stop for a day and continue for another 2 very light days, like some of the other women here.

    I’ve been to at least 6 different counselors and psychiatrists. I was given bogus advice (ask your husband to get a second job so you don’t have to work) and medication after medication with an array of side effects (severe headaches, stomach aches, sleepiness, weight gain that required I buy clothes 3 sizes bigger, insomnia, lethargy, and more). If I complained about a medication, the dose was doubled. I didn’t want to get out of bed anymore. I still don’t feel like talking to anyone. Everyone feels sorry for me and can do nothing. The symptoms are not just during PMS. I had PMS before, but I could handle it without drugs.

    I had always been a star employee. After the tubal ligation surgery I started using my sick and vacation leave as it became available. I was unable to focus on taking notes, remembering messages I had written, forgetting conversations I had just had, forgetting dates, time frames… I felt like I was sleeping while awake. Nothing made sense. Some of the medications made me so sleepy, I had to eat lunch quickly and go into the conference room to sleep. I would fall asleep immediately and stay groggy after lunch. On my way home I had to stop on the side of the freeway to sleep when my hands fell off the steering wheel because I had fallen asleep. I became so distraught and absent, they finally told me I was not doing my job well enough when I was even there. They had run out of reasons to keep me.

    I had always been an exemplary mother and wife. I was given a new nickname by my kids… monster-mommy. They were sad for me. They felt lonely and unloved. I wanted to commit myself to a mental institution to keep them safe from my rantings and crying. The medications helped, but I was becoming a martyr, always ailing with side effects. I am back to being the best mommy in the world to them, but I struggle every single day with menial tasks such as getting breakfast ready in the morning, taking the girls a shower and keeping their hair untangled. I’ve read books meant for organizing a household for people with ADD and have managed to send the kids to school with matching socks and their library book on library day, but that is it. Being a mom to my kids is the only and biggest challenge I am willing to take. It takes all my energy to get through the day and I’m not even good at it.

    I used to be my husband’s best friend, lover, and wife. Now I am just his friend and babysitter. I have lost all libido. Even kissing suffocates me. It has been years since I felt sexy or attractive. I get compliments when I dress up, but it takes hours. Taking a shower is not difficult, but forgetting to get a towel because I forgot to fold them because I forgot to dry them, because I forgot to wash them, becomes the obstacle. I don’t even have the energy to worry about the attractive women he works with. I feel indebted to his dedication to me. He rushes home to me every day, plays with the kids, washes dishes, cooks with me, makes the beds, anything I have neglected during the day, just to see me laugh and enjoy his company. He never goes anywhere alone. Even when my brothers invite him to play soccer, he refuses if I don’t feel like going. He knows I go just to see him happy, so he makes excuses to avoid going if I’m having a bad day.

    I haven’t lived my life since the TL. I am just a memory of who I was. I had decided to have it done because I wanted to focus on my daughters and husband and instead what it did was take me away from them. Reading about women being “cured” as soon as it is reversed gives me so much hope. I had looked for help like this before and had not found it. I will start saving up money for the reversal immediately. I cannot get credit because I have been unable to organize my bills and have fallen behind even on our mortgage. I can’t wait to stop feeling pathetic.

  4. Marsha says:

    I too am a victim of PTLS. On 11-04-1998 at 08:15 a.m. i signed a patient consent form for a Post partum tubal sterilization by Pomeroy Technique, not knowing my life was about to change in a way I never imagined. On the last line of my comsent form it reads: “Therefore,in those patients in whom tubal ligation is indicated, the operation provides the patient with the best chance of success and the liwest risk of complications.” No where in my concent form did it say anything about the long term after effects of the TL procedure. I was one of the women that had instant changes in my body. I started having mood swings, irregular periods, heavy bleeding and I could not understand why I was feeling the way I was because this was my third natural birth and I had never had these kind of problems before. I had always been healthy full of energy and now I was feeling the total opp. I had no idea my life was changing and I was going to have to go through what have been through from Nov 4th 1998 till present Jan 2011: These are the symptoms that I live with every day some of them I had instanly after my TL and other have progressed through the years till now: Hot Flashes, Rapid Heart Rate, Irritability, Mood Swings, Trouble Sleeping, Irregular Periods, Heavy Periods, Loss Of Libido, Crashing/Cronic Fatigue, Anxiety, Difficulty Concentrating, Memory lapses, Incontinences when Coughing or Sneezing, Itchy crawly Skin, Aching,Sore Joints Muscle and Tendons, Increased Tension in my Muscles, Breast Tenderness,Sever Headaches and Migraines,Gastrointestinal Distress, Sudden and Sever Bouts of Bloating, Depression, Allergies, Weight Gain, Hair Loss, Electric Shock and Stabbing Pain Under Skin, Tingling in Extremities, Gum Problems, Bleeding Gums, Begining Stages Of Osteoporosis, Soft Brittle Nails, Sharp Pelvic Pain, Pelvic Pain with Ovulation, Ovarian Cysts, and Dry Vagina, With me feeling all these things I have seen many doctors and specialists over the years and here they are: Family Physician, Gynocologists, Dentists, Gastroenterologists, Cardioligist, Neurologists, Oncologist, Orthopaedic Specialists, Physical Therapists, Emergency Physicians, And surgens, Through seeing many of these doctors I have been put through a number of tests which are: Blood Tests For Everything, Transvaginal Scans, Standard Ultrasounds, Mammograms, MRI, Different Types of CT Scans, Nuclear Image Testing, Stomach Exploratory, Electromyogram Testing, Echocardiography, ECG, Event Monitoring, Several Cardiac Stress Test, (2)Cardiac Catheterizations, Several Cardiac Enzymes Tests, And after all that testing here are some of the diagnosises I got: Beginning Stages of Osteoarthritis, They Suspected Breast Cancer, They Said I was Premenopausal, They Said I Had Degenerative Joint Disease, They Found Small Fibroid Tumors in my Abdomen, I was Diagnosised with IBS, I was told I had Fibrocystic Breast Disease, Menstrual Anemia, Iron Deficiency, Calcium Deficiency, Corpus Luteum Cyst On My Right Overy, Endometriosis on My Right Overy, Anxiety, Bad Gallbladder, Bad Appendix, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome You see in a 70 year old, so after all those diagnosis I have had to have some surgerys here’s what I have had: ACL Replacement, Right Overy Removal due to Corpus Luteum Cysts & Endometriosis, (2)Carpal Tunnel Surgerys, Cholecystectomy, Appendectomy, Removal of (4) Fibroid Tumors, And I have to have a Total Knee Arthroplasty, I had (4)knee Arthroscopics, A Lateral Release of The Patella, And after going through all of that and numerous amounts of different type of medications they were giving me including nitroglyrcin, I wasnt feeling any better I felt worse nothing had changed and the doctors kept telling me that I was fine and I wasn’t getting any younger and all this comes with age and it happens to the best of us. I was devistated, and very frustrated because no one wanted to listen. I quit takeing all the medication I had been giving because it was not helping so what was the point of takeing it every day. So one day I sat down a few months ago and started to search my symptoms on the computer to try to come up with some explination for why I was feeling like I was and I came across The Chapel Hill Website on PTLS and could not believe what I was reading, Finally I had a name to put with the problems that my body had been experiencing for so long. I sat and cried for the longest time because because I realized there was hope out there and alot of other women were going through the same thing I was going through. I still feel my body going down hill in a downward spiral and I live with the pain and suffering everyday worse than the day before but i plan on having a tubal ligation reversal someday soon I hope because right now it cost me so much to get this far and right now I just dont have the money to have it done, I only wish I would of found Chapel Hill Sooner before I went through everything I have because I would Of had th TR along time ago. I still have my left overy and tube and in my OP Report it said it was unremarkable so Im sure that means it is pretty good. I have been through alot to get here, and I know PTLS is very real because as you have read above I have a pretty long paper trail to show its real my body has been deteriorating since 11-04-98 and I am just now finding out the reason why, but I am taking what I have learned and educating other women out there because I do not want them to suffer the way I have and most importantly I don’t want my daughter to have to go through what i have. And if anyone out there is wondering I just turned 35 years old and have been through everything you have read above I had my TL when I was 22 and I had no idea it was going to change my life the way it did. Thank You Chapel Hill For Informing Women Out There About PTLS And Not Thinking We Are Crazy!!!! I hope to be your patient and another one of your success story one day soon!

  5. Larissa says:

    Is tubal reversal the only fix? I can’t take birth control and I do not want anymore kids.

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