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Unread 05-05-2012, 08:01 AM
4 days postop with swollen belly

New here, surgery went well and recovery is much better than excepted with ibuprofen doing the job, really NO pain, just discomfort. Gas is gone and BM has returned. Question: What is up with the swollen, distended, feeling like I'm 9 months pregnant belly? Help! What can I do to find comfort there?
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Unread 05-05-2012, 07:29 PM
Re: 4 days postop with swollen belly

The swelling is inflammation of your tissues which is a normal reaction of your body to injuries. Think of the swelling you get when you get your wisdom teeth removed or you have a sprained ankle. The swelling will go down in time, however, no one can predict when that will be. Taking it easy will probably help it along a bit quicker. You will notice that it will be worse at the end of the day or when you are too active. I hope it doesn't last long for you.
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Unread 05-05-2012, 08:58 PM
Re: 4 days postop with swollen belly

You are absolutely right. It's terrible at night. Thanks for the info. Happy to know I'm normal!
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Unread 05-05-2012, 09:06 PM
Re: 4 days postop with swollen belly

I am using an ice pack at bedtime and it tends to help a little. I am 1 day post op.
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Unread 05-05-2012, 10:15 PM
Re: 4 days postop with swollen belly

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Your swellybelly is only normal unfortunately , it takes a long time for it to go away. We are not sure why,
but it's there...Every late afternoon .
But welcome to the site. Your gonna love all of the "Sisters" .
Everyone is an inspiration to each other. You'll never feel alone here, and you can ask any question you'd like.
So take care, rest and heal well.
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Unread 05-05-2012, 10:43 PM
Re: 4 days postop with swollen belly

Thank you all so much.
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Unread 05-06-2012, 07:21 AM
Re: 4 days postop with swollen belly

Welcome LAL3!!

I am almost 9 weeks post op and have noticed in the last few days the swelly belly is not as bad as it used to be. It is such a gradual change you have to think back to the early days and weeks to remember how swollen it was It still gets worse in the evening or after a too much activity but at least I now believe it won't be forever!

Another thing that I didn't expect is how tired I was/am. The fatigue really took me by surprise!

Just remember to rest, rest then rest some more!! Healing takes time and patience.

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Unread 05-06-2012, 08:42 AM
Re: 4 days postop with swollen belly

The thing that has surprised me most is the lack of pain and the feeling of fatigue.
It's hard not to help out a little around the house as I have 3 kids all staring at me wondering why I can't do more when they see I'm able to walk around the house fine enough & I look the same to them.
I appreciate all the well wishes and advise from those who have traveled this journey. Thank you so much
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