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How long does it take to heal? How long does it take to heal?

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Unread 04-24-2010, 09:52 PM
How long does it take to heal?

I just had a vaginal hysterectomy on April 19th. How long does it take before I start feeling "like myself" again. I am so tired of hurting and being swollen. I want to get out of the house. I tried that yesterday and I "paid for it" the rest of the day. I feel like a prisoner in my own home. I also have been trying to cut down on the pain medication. I only took one oxycodone today but I just wish the healing process was faster. I am starting to wonder why I did this. My family has been very supportive and they keep telling me not to rush it ...that I need to give my body time to heal. So my question is "how long was it before you were able to go "out on the town?"
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Unread 04-24-2010, 10:06 PM
Re: How long does it take to heal?

I went out for lunches at 3 wk, back to heavy work at 5 wks. Probably I could have done both a week earlier. I had a good recovery, hope you feel better soon.
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Unread 04-24-2010, 11:04 PM
Re: How long does it take to heal?

It has only been a few days. You will start to feel better around week 2 or 3. I went off pain killers by day 4 and actually felt better. Do not overdue it when you feel good or you will backslide ( I did this around week 4 and spent week 5 on my back). I felt awesome by week 6.
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Unread 04-25-2010, 05:50 AM
Re: How long does it take to heal?

Be patient! We've had major surgery so we need to have a major recovery time too! With me, I have felt like I've made slow but steady progress over the past 9 weeks. I'm still not 100%, but I'm getting there. We need to build up our strength and stamina after what we've been through, but if we do too much too soon, our bodies will let us know we need to slow down. Take care.
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Unread 04-25-2010, 01:44 PM
Re: How long does it take to heal?

I just want to thank all of you for your support. I was so happy last night when I found this site. I was feeling so all alone and I thought I should be doing more by now. Thanks for the encouragement!
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Unread 04-25-2010, 02:34 PM
Re: How long does it take to heal?

Hi. I had a vag hyst and am 9 days post-op and I am feeling your pain. I have done small outings but pay for it later. Car rides hurt. Walking hurts. I am using a walker. I cant stand up straight. My biggest problem is that I have no appetite and get constipated easily (sorry for the too much info). I haven't been able to sleep a whole nite thru without waking up in horrible pain like my insides are being ripped out of me. I have my 2 wk post-op on the 29th.

I am sorry that you aren't feeling as good as you wish you were. My sympothy! But it makes me feel validated to hear someone else feeling like I do.
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Unread 04-25-2010, 03:00 PM
Re: How long does it take to heal?

Sleep, rest, and walk! Take care of yourself. Eat healthy too. All of that will help. Time is the biggest thing, though, and perhaps the hardest.

If you join the date group for your week of surgery, you'll get a good sense of how different women heal differently and can share your own stories and questions. Best of luck - it does get better!
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Unread 04-25-2010, 03:00 PM
Re: How long does it take to heal?

I had TVH/BSO on April 5. It was 2 weeks before I went out to lunch with my daughter. Tomorrow will be 3 weeks post-op. I still get tired, but not as bad. I have one more week off before I return to work. My Dr. told me that at 6 weeks I will have no restrictions and can do what I want. I think it is going to be a while, however, before full energy comes back.(at least 6 months or more).
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Unread 04-25-2010, 03:02 PM
Re: How long does it take to heal?

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Originally Posted by new&free View Post
Hi. I had a vag hyst and am 9 days post-op and I am feeling your pain. I have done small outings but pay for it later. Car rides hurt. Walking hurts. I am using a walker. I cant stand up straight. My biggest problem is that I have no appetite and get constipated easily (sorry for the too much info). I haven't been able to sleep a whole nite thru without waking up in horrible pain like my insides are being ripped out of me. I have my 2 wk post-op on the 29th.

I am sorry that you aren't feeling as good as you wish you were. My sympothy! But it makes me feel validated to hear someone else feeling like I do.
wow, I sure hope you start feeling better soon. I was really constipated also but I took stool softners and I hate a lot more fiber than normal...finally I was able to go. I wish you all the best I will keep you in my prayers
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Unread 04-25-2010, 03:42 PM
Re: How long does it take to heal?

I went out for short outings at 1 week. Definitely felt much more like myself at 3 weeks! Hang in there and just listen to your body...you only get one chance to heal right!
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