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Unread 03-24-2004, 05:38 AM
Hurts to laugh

After 2 c-sections and now a hysterectomy it hurts like mad when I sneeze, cough, laugh, etc. I learned after the first c-section to keep a pillow or something to hold against my stomach when I need to cough, etc. Hold it against you as tight as you can. It does help alot!
Best wishes!
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Unread 03-24-2004, 06:42 AM
Thanks for your support

Oh my goodness. I am just overwhelmed at all of the responses I received about my pain problem. Thank you all so much. I just love this site!!! It is really encouraging to know the pain will go away. As a matter of fact, that is the same thing my doc said. I just have to give it time. Thanks for the advice about the pillow. I use it all the time, but it does help more to be bending with the pillow when I laugh. I will be sure to keep that in mind. God bless you all. Please take care and continue to pray for me.
Unread 03-24-2004, 10:22 PM
Hurts to laugh

I'm almost 9 wks. post-op, and there's still some discomfort when sneezing, coughing, or laughing. I've been wearing a pantygirdle for support for about a month, and it does help. But whenever I feel a sneeze coming on, I grab my abdomen where my uterus used to be for extra support.

About 2 wks. after surgery, I made the mistake of trying to watch "Nutty Professor II: The Klumpps." That old lady just knocks me out! I enjoyed the DVD, then was sore the next day. It doesn't pay to be too happy those first few weeks! LOL (because I can now w/out too much pain!) It'll get better.
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Unread 03-25-2004, 07:35 AM
Hurts to laugh

I have had the same problem since Day One and of course, now its allergy season, so I sneeze and cough alot. My husband laughs because I "assume the positon" before a sneeze. I curl up into a ball and put my hand over my stomach. Also, about a week post op a friend of mine called and he made me laugh so hard I had to take a Percocet afterwards.

I'm 3 weeks post op and I still feel it when I sneeze, cough or laugh. And I had a TVH, so no incision. I think its a good reminder that things are still far from healed inside.
Unread 03-26-2004, 11:35 AM
Hurts to laugh

I'm 6 weeks post op and I was so grateful that for the first two weeks following my surgery I managed not to sneeze. It was an unexpected cough that made me curl up into a ball, I'm still "assuming the position" when I cough or sneeze. I go back to work on Tuesday (factory job), I'm wondering how it's going to go. I usually do a lot of bending and lifting and the doctor said that I have no restrictions, so we'll see how it goes.

Take care!!
Unread 03-26-2004, 11:48 AM
Hurts to laugh

I had the same problem as you all mentioned it hurt to blow nose,sneeze and cough. I remember the first sneeze I was in kitchen and had no pillow could not feel it coming until too late. And man it hurt clear down my pelvic floor. Yikes it felt like I had pulled something. I kept praying no more sneezes please. I am three weeks post op today and sometime during this week I have sneezed several times and it has not hurt...blowing nose is ok too. But the coughing and laughing are not totally there. I have dental work I need to schedule for impressions and im scared of gaging so I won't go yet. Plus my stamina is gone.
the pillows helped...I had to use them a lot i had congestion in hosp and they wanted us to do deep coughing. The hands work well too. I have learned to laugh without using belly...a combo of chuckle and
hope this helps
Unread 12-04-2004, 06:00 AM
Relief DOES come!

Thank you all for your support during my pre-op and early post-op days. I really appreciate all of the helpful responses i received to my questions. I want to apologize for slacking off and not keeping in touch. It seems like once I started back to work and school full time, I ran out of time for everything else. I will try not to be the type of person who only stops by when I need something. Don't you hate it when that happens? LOL
You all were right, it DOES get better, and the pain DOES go away. How could I have ever doubted you. I tell you, there is nothing like experience. Thanks again for all of the great support and advice. Thanks to you I'm a SURVIVOR!!!
Unread 12-04-2004, 07:29 AM
Hurts to laugh

Glad to hear that things are going well with you, but it does sound like you are busy!
Now that you are a survivor, you might want to stop in here and the preop board to help calm the minds of others
Good luck to you and I hope you have a happy holiday!
Unread 12-04-2004, 10:43 AM
Hurts to laugh

hi denease:
I know what you mean about being busy lately. I knowwe survived and it does get better. I hope you come here and lend supportin pre op and post op. I try to do it as often as I can but I am now working in school myself. I just started school mid nov. That was funny to read that post from way back in march. What a long way I have come since then! I still have my issues somewhat physically but it is not hte same.
this site really provided support.
glad your doing good!
good tohear from someone around the same stage as I am.

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