Hi Terfemme ...
It's me, the marathon runner again
I am 5 weeks today (wish me Happy Anniversary) from a TAH and have learned that this is not like recovering from an injury or other illness where you get progressively better each day. It's like the stock market, up one day and rock bottom the next. I'm wondering how I'm supposed to be all better by next week.
I felt worse my third week than I did my first two!
But for each bad day, you'll have two good days and so on.
Just don't overdo -- like my Thanksgiving grocery shopping stunt
Our bodies have amazing ways of telling us when we are overdoing. We cannot trick a hysterectomy! Every time we get overconfident, our body reminds us of what it's been through and you feel like you've just done two hours worth of situps. The recovery isn't nearly as bad as I imagined (I thought I'd be chained to a bed), but you are right, it is a big deal even though we have days when we think it isn't.
I went off pain pills after the first few days, then ran back to them week three (after a mall mishap) and week four (the grocery day). Muscles get tired, stitches start to dissolve and who knows what all else goes on that begins to take a toll.
Why do we try to be "brave" about the pills --take them as needed! You won't end up in Valley of the Dolls.
For me, walking really helps -- although I have threatened to run
My doctor says I give him chest pains (I tried to do situps after the first week, because hey -- I felt great!).
Be careful about back pain sneaking up on you as your stomach muscles get weaker. That's been my problem of the week (a new one crops up daily). Try not to sit or recline in the same way all the time.
I'm still sore and swollen but I think I'm having a good day. So, that must mean it's time to go do more than I should and end up in bed tomorrow.
Overall, it does get better -- but it seems to get a little worse before it does.
I've had the pain upon urinating and took Macrodantin for it which really helped. Sometimes, it's just the inflammation. But call your doctor.
Don't try to be Joan of Ark. Did I see you're trying to work? "WHAT ARE YOU NUTS?"
Forgetaboutit! Take the time off -- you'll be glad you did.