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Swollen Belly or just Fat?? Swollen Belly or just Fat??

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Unread 10-30-2003, 01:25 PM
Swollen Belly or just Fat??

So, how do we know if it's swollen or just plain fat on our tummys? From day to day my weight can fluctuated 3-5 pounds. Am I gaining fat or just retaining water? Since my surgery I have been craving salty foods big time. Ofcourse I indulge in them, the cravings are so strong. Even after dinner, I have to have something salty, even if I'm not hungry. Is this me missing a nutrient or something in my diet? Or just a craving? No matter what I do I can't seem to lose any weight. At this point, it's very frustrating not being able to tell if I"m swollen from the surgery, water retention or just plain fat. Any ideas anyone to get rid of the cravings? I work 2 1/2 days a week and after the 1st day I'm tired, by the next night I'm exhausted and when I'm all done for the week, I'm wiped out. I hope I get energy back again. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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Unread 10-30-2003, 02:32 PM
Swollen Belly or just Fat??

Hi there, I just had a hysterectomy a week ago. The first week I didnt eat much at all, no appetite, I lost 5 lbs. Now I eat regular. My stomach is really big and I hope it is just bloated from the surgery and not fat! Im sorry that you are eating salty foods all the time, I always crave sweets after a meal and thats just as bad! This is all new to us, boy, what women have to go through! I will be off of work for 4-6 wks. and I hate to go back, I am always tired now, I cant imagine working! Let me know how you are doing, good luck...............Margie
Unread 10-30-2003, 02:39 PM
Swollen Belly or just Fat??

Hi there,

I had TAH 9-24-03, kept one ovary. I came home from hospital extremely swollen, had to wear maternity clothes for about a week and a half, finally it went down. I used a heating pad wrapped in a towel and that helped so much. I have lost about 14lbs since my surgury, my appetite still has not revived.

Good luck and I hope this helps
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Unread 10-30-2003, 02:52 PM

I am 3 weeks post op. I was extremely swollen and appeared to be almost deformed after surgery. (Boy was I nervous!) I know that drinking lots of water seemed to make me feel better but my appetite is still non-existant. (I have lost about 15 pounds already!) The heating pad helped alot with the swelling and especially pain. My stomach is flattening out again now and I have begun to walk outside a bit to start strengthening up those damaged abdominal muscles. I am being careful not to push myself because as we know we get tired really easy now! (I would hate to pass out on a curb somewhere. hehe) Anyway...I thought my belly was fat but now it seems as though it was just alot of swelling. I figure that those muscles have gone through some trauma and will take a while to recover, just like everything else!
Unread 10-30-2003, 03:09 PM
Swollen Belly or just Fat??

Hello Sisters,
I am almost 4 months post op and can tell you that I was the same way and still crave the sweets at times and salty at others.. The sweet cravings are more intense though. I did keep my ovaries so every month since my surgery I have had a bloated week before I am supposed to have a period but just have the pms. The salty foods will bloat you more . You need to drink plenty of water and try daily workouts , such as yoga, walking , treadmill. etc. I can say it is a long road to recovery, what you were not. able to do for 6 weeks or more. Your body lost muscle tone had a trama to it so it held on to everything to heal. Now is the time when you are cleared to get back on track. It is going to take time, you need to know that first of all. Not to expect miracles overnight... First start by trying to cut back on the salty foods , sweets whatever you are craving, even if you have a few bites to help it. Drink plenty of water, start off with stretches , walking is great and some strength training. Eat balanced meals and don't starve yourself , your body will just hold on to everything more thinking you will not feed it. It is funny how things work. I starved myself for years for various reasons and My body didnt like it so it held on to anything it could once I started to eat normal. When we have major surgery it is the same thing. Your body had a trama to it and it needs to heal, plus is not sure what to do. Give it time you will have to retrain it to let go of things again. I am finally seeing more results with my own body. I am slowly losing cellulite in my legs and can see more shape to my body. I am doing crunches and leg lifts to tighten my abdomen. It is working . My fellow sisters anything worth having it worth working for,Don't get discouraged one day at a time. Keep the salty stuff out if you can help but eat it. Daily walks with help your mind as well as your body. They say that only after 10 min of working out your mind will seem more clear and you will feel more at ease. I try to do at least 30 min a day it really helps you deal with the rest of your day. We all had surgery due to wanting to have back our lifes.. Now is the time to take it all back body and soul. Do what is right for your body treat it well . If you do so it will respond. Good luck to you ladies and wish you luck.. and health..

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