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3 WEEKS POST OP AND NOT FEELING ANY BETTER THAN 2 WEEKS!! 3 WEEKS POST OP AND NOT FEELING ANY BETTER THAN 2 WEEKS!!

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Unread 12-13-2000, 05:34 PM
3 WEEKS POST OP AND NOT FEELING ANY BETTER THAN 2 WEEKS!!

HI THERE, WELL I MADE IT TO MY 3 WEEK POST OP DATE. I WAS FEELING PRETTY GOOD, FELT LIKE THINGS WERE GOING GREAT BUT NOW I'M STARTING TO FEEL LIKE I DID IN THE BEGINNING OF MY SECOND WEEK. LOTS OF INCISION PAIN AND BURNING, PRESSURE, PAINS INSIDE. IS THIS THE NORMAL THING TO HAPPEN AT THIS TIME. I HAVE READ WHERE SOME HAVE THIS AS THE STITCHES DISSOLVE. DO THEY START TO DISOLVE THIS EARLY? I HAVE NO SPOTTING OR ANYTHING ELSE, JUST THE PAIN. HAD TO GO BACK TO PAIN MEDS THIS WEEK, WAS HOPING OT RETURN TO WORK AT 4 WEEKS BUT NOW NOT SURE I WILL BE ABLE TO. I HAVE A SIT DOWN JOB, WITH A LITTLE WALKING, MAYBE I SHOULD WAIT OUT THE FULL SIX WEEKS? I ALSO HAD BLADDER WORK DONE AND NOW I HAVE PAIN AT THE END OF URINATING, NOT BEFORE OR DURING, SEEMS LIKE A SHARP STAB JUST AS I START TO GET FINISHED, IS THIS NORMAL?
THANKS....
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Unread 12-13-2000, 05:41 PM
3 WEEKS POST OP AND NOT FEELING ANY BETTER THAN 2 WEEKS!!

Carmel...I'm not sure about the urinary part of your post, but it sounds like possibly an infection? I had a urinary tract infection once a long time ago, & that's how it felt..no pain except right at the end of the flow. You may need to have that checked out. I put mine off, & it turned into a bladder infection fast. Don't want to scare you, but if it doesn't ease off, I'd call the doctor for sure. One thing I did after my surgery was to drink a bunch of cranberry juice..don't know for sure that it helped keep the infections at bay, but thought it couldn't hurt. Have you tried that?
Otherwise, I felt just like you did..felt worse at 3 weeks post-op than I thought I would. Hang in there..it does get better. For me, it started getting better about the 5th to 6th week. I now have more good days than bad. For awhile there it felt like I was taking one step forward & two giant steps back. It is very frustrating, I know...but hopefully, you'll start feeling more "back to normal" by your 5th or 6th week. I know I have. I was 6 wks yesterday, & I feel a LOT better now. Hugs to you.
Karen
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Unread 12-13-2000, 06:01 PM
3 WEEKS POST OP AND NOT FEELING ANY BETTER THAN 2 WEEKS!!

THANKS FOR THE FAST RESPONSE. I DONT THINK ITS AN INFECTION SINCE I JUST FINISHED UP A ROUND OF POST OP ANTIBIOTICS. COULD JUST STILL BE AN IRRITATED BLADDER. I THOUGHT MAYBE THIS WAS ABOUT THE TIME I WOULD START TO GO BACKWARDS INSTEAD OF FORWARDS, JUST WAITING FOR IT TO GET BETTER AND WISH IT WOULD HURRY UP.
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Unread 12-13-2000, 06:55 PM
3 WEEKS POST OP AND NOT FEELING ANY BETTER THAN 2 WEEKS!!

Carmel..It will get better..it really will. I can remember thinking during my 4th week..GEEZ, AM I EVER GOING TO FEEL BETTER?? Well, finally, it is happening. Now that I feel like getting out a little bit, I am buried in snow! Figures!
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Unread 12-13-2000, 10:14 PM
3 WEEKS POST OP AND NOT FEELING ANY BETTER THAN 2 WEEKS!!

Dear Carmel,

With the TAH PLUS bladder repair, you have lottsa healing going on in there. If you can afford to stay home from your job for 6 weeks, DO IT.

You have one chance to heal well, and you're WORTH it

Sending cyberhugs,
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Unread 12-13-2000, 10:59 PM
3 WEEKS POST OP AND NOT FEELING ANY BETTER THAN 2 WEEKS!!

Hi Carmel,

I totally agree with Twy...you will need every bit of that time to have the best, restful and healing recovery possible with all that work done.

Yes, this is the time you're feeling things more because stitches are dissolving, and also anesthesia has been leaving your body. This is a very common experience. Your body is letting you know how much healing needs to be done, and is crying for rest. You've had major surgery.

Keep in mind that sitting is an ACTIVITY! Prolonged sitting at this stage puts a lot of pressure on internal stitches, and can leave you hurting and exhausted. That is why gals with desk jobs that go back too early end up regretting it!

Take care and keep resting!

Linda
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Unread 12-13-2000, 11:01 PM
3 WEEKS POST OP AND NOT FEELING ANY BETTER THAN 2 WEEKS!!

P.S. My bladder took a good 2 months to quit doing what your's is doing. It tapered off very slowwwly.

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Unread 12-14-2000, 01:00 AM
3 WEEKS POST OP AND NOT FEELING ANY BETTER THAN 2 WEEKS!!

I can tell you from personal experience that I felt the worst from week 2 to week 4 of my recovery. Lots of aches and pains, hot flashes, fatigue you name it I had it, lol.
What I decided it was was a couple of things. First, the stitches are dissolving and I believe my muscles were rebelling against having to work on their own again. Also at 2 wks. post op you start staying "up" longer and doing a little more. And even though it doesn't seem like alot, it is to your body.
Somewhere between the 4th and 5th week post op was when I wasn't noticing or being bothered by pain anymore, just fatigue.
Hang in there, recovery from a hyster is a slow process. Your body is working overtime to repair itself. Give it a chance to "do the work".
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Unread 12-14-2000, 08:37 AM
3 WEEKS POST OP AND NOT FEELING ANY BETTER THAN 2 WEEKS!!

Carmel - I agree with the others...healing takes time and at 3 weeks post it's still real early. I went back 1/2 days at 7 weeks post and was completely exhausted and hurting at the end of each day...so YES, you should take all the time you need to heal before going back to work. At 6 weeks I still wasn't ready. Hang in there it gets better each week.
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Unread 12-14-2000, 10:37 AM
3 WEEKS POST OP AND NOT FEELING ANY BETTER THAN 2 WEEKS!!

Thanks so much for all your help, I talked it over with my husband and he thinks that maybe I should just take the full 6 and then see how I feel. I don't want to rush this at all.
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