I think I really messed up. Yesterday when my hubby was taking a computer out of the car it slipped and not thinking I grabbed it. When doing so I had also turned my waist to the side. I instantly had a lot of pain. Now today I hurt a whole lot. What could happen if you lift something kind of heavy before you are supposed to? I didn't think or have time to think before grabbing it. It was one of those auto instincts. Any ways should I give it a few days or do you think its something I should be concerned about? Thanks Carol
There are many things that can happen when we turn or lift something in a way too soon post-op. You can pop stitches, you can strain the ligaments that support the vaginal cuff, you can herniate the incision...that is just a few things. You may just want to check in with your doctor to see what they think just to be safe! If it isn't anything "major" you are probably going to be sore for as few days. I lifted a very heavy cart at work 7 weeks post-op and for 3 weeks I screamed everytime I bent over it hurt so bad...I had pulled the ligaments that supported my vaginal cuff. OUCH! Good Luck. Sorry I didn't get to reply until now. Jana
Thanks for the help. I did call the dr. She said that she is not to overly concerned about it. I just need to watch and make sure that the pain doesn't get any worse and that in a few days I start feeling better. I tell you though; I sure don't feel to great. I think that my bowels are also playing a part in the pain. What kinds of things have you all tried that helped with the bowels? I've tried M.O.M and also Docolax (spelling?). The Docolax was not such a good experience. It’s made a whole lot of more pain and discomfort. I wish there was something that would not cause any more cramping or gas then I already have. Thanks Carol
Carol, I used Mylanta Gas and adult Mylicon to releive the gas. It really helped me alot! Walking is also great for it...although the over-do-it pain may make it hard to walk much. I am glad that you checking in with your doctor and got her thoughts! I hope this helps.
Well it’s been just over 4 weeks since my surgery. How long before all the pain is gone? I know it’s been only 4 weeks but I just thought that by now I would feel better then I do. I'm still sore and tired and a little worried that when I return to work in 2 weeks that I will still feel this way. I can't even wear any of my normal pants like jeans or work pants cuz they put to much pressure on my belly even though the pants are not tight. All I can wear is my sweatpants. And I know work will not allow that. Some days it seems like things are getting better and then others are like I back slid. Don't get me wrong, I do feel better then I did 2 weeks ago but I just have this feeling like I'm going to still be very sore and all in 2 weeks. I know this may sound odd but I really want to get back to work. I not much of a sit around kind of person. Not to mention I need the money, lol. How long did it take you guys to feel back to normal again (being sore and pain wise)? Thanks for your help. Carol
At 7 weeks post-op I went back to work still a little sore and feeling that I wasn't sure I was ready. I took things easy and tried to rest every chance I got. To be honest it was nearly 6 months before I felt recovered. It is such a long drawn out healing process!!! I felt just how you do now..and would get frustrated because I wasn't doing better as quick as I thought that I should. Give yourself some more time and slowly you will return to a "normal" life! Best wishes! Jana (remember to keep us up to date on how tour feeling)
Thanks for the help. Its great to be able to talk to people that have been through all of this. What’s aggregating is that most everyone around here seems to think that I should be back to normal. Being able to do most things that I could do before (cleaning, etc.). I really want to brake down and clean but every time I try I end up hurting. But it’s a relief to know that I'm feeling like I should be at this point in time. I was just worried that I should be back to my old self by now. Thanks for helping me and putting my worries at ease. The only other thing that bothers me is the fact that I still have pain when I pee. The doc said she thinks it’s from the catheter and all urine tests came out good. I will see her again next Monday so if I still have trouble with it then I will talk to her about it. I am looking forward to being back to normal. Thanks again for being there for me. Carol
Carol - am so glad we were able to put your worries at ease. My surgeon informed me that the complete healing process was about 1 year - that I would start to feel normal again around 6 months but that it takes our bodies about a year to completely heal. You had MAJOR surgery - so don't be so hard on yourself. I was one of the lucky ones and while I still tired easily at 4 months post op - I didn't experience the pain that many of the other ladies do -
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Be blessed and be a blessing!
_____________________________________ TAH - March 17, 2003 - Reason for TAH: field of fibroids, severe and frequent periods, anemia, recurrent dysplasia!