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Tummy Care | Persistent Tenderness

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Tummy Care after hysterectomyIt's been several months since my hysterectomy, and my abdomen is still really tender. I feel tugs and a pulling sensation. Does this sound normal?


The tender belly is to be expected. If you had an abdominal hysterectomy, your belly went through a lot of turmoil and now must heal.

Many women report burning sensations, pulling down one side or across the incision. Others report a dull ache, especially at the end of a busy day. Others complain of their incision feeling odd, numb on the outside but irritating underneath—an itch that can't be scratched.

Remember not to over-do things. Straining against the healing that is happening deep inside can cause a lot of damage. This isn't the time to drag your armoire across the floor by yourself nor build a rock wall in your garden.

Don't get up out of a chair or bed too quickly. If you have to pick up heavy objects, do so by bending at the knees and using your legs instead of your back and tummy.

Ease back into an exercise program to help strengthen your back and tummy the right way.

And of course, check with your physician for any unexplained pain you have.



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.

04-12-2003 - 10:31 AM


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