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What Causes Weight Loss And Tenderness In Middle Of Chest Post Hysterectomy?

I am 6 weeks post hysterectomy for atypical hyperplasia complex. Luckily my pathology came back clean. However while recuperating, I have had a 10 lb weight loss which my gynecologist says is not typical. I have some tenderness in the middle of my chest also. Because he was concerned he ran a CA-119 which came back minimally elevated at a 38. Of course, I am now freaking out that I could have pancreatic cancer as I know it is the silent killer. I am 52, non-smoker, excerciser and before this in excellent health. Dr has scheduled a CT scan next week, but I am very nervous.
Thu, 26 Jan 2023
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Hello,

You are 6 weeks post hysterectomy and are having tenderness in the middle of the chest and also have lost weight. Any type of hysterectomy can potentially cause chest pains or trouble breathing. These are side effects of the major surgery through which you have gone through. Take rest, the symptoms will likely go away as you recover. Weight loss in hysterectomy occurs due to major blood loss and weakness that triggers chest tenderness and other symptoms.

Do not freak, be optimistic. Thinking positive will help you recover faster. Since CT has been scheduled next week, get it done. It will help your treating doctor to study the report in detail so that if needed, treatment can be started at the earliest. Presently, you are suggested not to stress yourself with unnecessary thinking. Just relax and allow yourself to heal. Staying relaxed help the systems to function better.

Take care. Hope I have answered your question. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Regards,
Dr. Nupur K., General & Family Physician
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What Causes Weight Loss And Tenderness In Middle Of Chest Post Hysterectomy?

Hello, You are 6 weeks post hysterectomy and are having tenderness in the middle of the chest and also have lost weight. Any type of hysterectomy can potentially cause chest pains or trouble breathing. These are side effects of the major surgery through which you have gone through. Take rest, the symptoms will likely go away as you recover. Weight loss in hysterectomy occurs due to major blood loss and weakness that triggers chest tenderness and other symptoms. Do not freak, be optimistic. Thinking positive will help you recover faster. Since CT has been scheduled next week, get it done. It will help your treating doctor to study the report in detail so that if needed, treatment can be started at the earliest. Presently, you are suggested not to stress yourself with unnecessary thinking. Just relax and allow yourself to heal. Staying relaxed help the systems to function better. Take care. Hope I have answered your question. Let me know if I can assist you further. Regards, Dr. Nupur K., General & Family Physician