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Unread 07-15-2009, 05:56 AM
'Heaviness' in abdomen after SAH

Hi ladies

I had a SAH 8 weeks ago (vertical incision), was due to be a TAH but surgery was difficult due to adhesions (endo).

Since surgery I have had a heaviness/pressure in my lower abdomen which hasn't gone away.

It's most noticeable when I stand up from sitting down, and is less noticeable when I'm walking about, although there is definitely still some discomfort. It feels like I have a ton of sand down there!

I've been tested for bladder infection (none) and the Doc seems to think it's probably part of the healing process. I'm just a bit concerned that it's still there after 8 weeks.

Anyone suffer the same thing which has eventually gone away?

Many thanks, take care

Tori x
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Unread 07-15-2009, 07:32 AM
Re: 'Heaviness' in abdomen after SAH

Hi tori39
I too have a 'heavy' feeling within the abdomen. I have described this to my Dr as a feeling of carrying heavy bricks in my tummy!! I have had a bladder infection recently but I have had this feeling since my op. The district nurse is visiting tomorrow to do a bladder scan as they think my bladder may not be emptying properly but I don't think this is the reason for my symptoms. I too am very concerned about these feelings and hope we both get some welcome advice from others experiencing this. I'm new at this game and this is my first posting on HysterSisters.........how am i doing?
Unread 07-15-2009, 07:42 AM
Re: 'Heaviness' in abdomen after SAH

it sounds like it could possibly just be swelling. have you tried taking prescription strength motrin? just wondering if you notice it less when you take an anti-inflammatory.
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Unread 07-15-2009, 07:56 AM
Re: 'Heaviness' in abdomen after SAH

Hi (((Tori39)))

It sounds like normal swelly belly to me too. I always described that feeling as being like an anchor whenever I would stand up, so I can totally relate. I liked having an abdominal binder. It allowed me to be on my feet for longer periods of time because that sensation wasn't so noticeable. There is one at the HysterSisters store if you want to take a look at it. I still had that feeling at eight weeks too. It has been a very gradual process for me to get rid of my swelly belly. Take care!
Unread 07-24-2009, 04:03 PM
Re: 'Heaviness' in abdomen after SAH

I too had a TVH almost 3 weeks ago and am having that same pressure or heavy feeling. About 4 days after my surgery I called the doctor to let her know what I was feeling and she thought I might have a urinary track infection which she treated but the heaviness is back again. I do go walking daily about 2 miles at a slow pace, could that be the problem? Am I over doing it or is it swelling?
Unread 07-24-2009, 04:12 PM
Re: 'Heaviness' in abdomen after SAH

This is a sensation that I have been dealing with as well and am almost 4 weeks post-op. I too think it is the swelling. I have my post op appt. on Monda and plan to ask about it at this appt. I weigh less than before my surgery, but still am having trouble wearing my normal pants that zip and button. It gets worse by evening as well. How much longer should I expect this? I'm getting impatient!

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