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Tips for Returning to Work After Hysterectomy

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Tips for returning to work after hysterectomyI'm nervous about returning to work, any tips?

Although you have reached the point in your hysterectomy recovery where you have been released to return to work, it may take some adjusting before you are able to fully handle your prior work schedule. You’ve been through a lot and your body is going to require an adjustment period.

As you head back to work, find ways to rest and save your strength for the important things. You may need to forgo fixing large dinners, running errands, and doing the gardening until your body as readjusted to your work schedule. Continue to let others help with household chores like laundry and dinner until you have completely regained your strength. If need be, take a nap at lunch and before dinner.

Many HysterSisters suggest starting back to work on a part-time basis. You can slowly increase your hours as you feel better. Don’t be alarmed if you come home from work and fall into bed earlier than normal. Resting is still of great importance!

If you have a desk job, try to find ways to change positions in the chair during your day. Be sure to walk when you can, eat sensibly, drink water, and elevate your feet when sitting if you can manage it. The working HysterSisters have found unique ways to get comfy at work, including using a filing cabinet or waste paper basket as an ottoman!Woman exhausted returning to work after hysterectomy

Lower back pain may be a bother as you return to work. A small pillow for the small of your back, adjusting your position as you work, and gentle toning exercises can all be helpful.

It's not unusual to feel fatigued for several months following your hysterectomy, so try to be patient with yourself if your energy level wanes once you return to work. Many believe that your 100% recovery is not attained until sometime between the 6-month milestone and 1-year anniversary. You can start jumping back into life and work, but do so carefully!

This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

12-07-2013 - 05:26 PM


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