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Unread 12-27-2004, 12:55 AM
Swelly belly

I know this topic has been covered a lot but frankly, I can't sit here long enough to do a thorough search. I'm panicing a bit right now. I had my surgery 12/22 and just today 12/26 it seems that my belly is swelling something fierce. I had assumed it would have already swollen up before this. I'm afraid my incision will burst open. Does anyone ice their tummy? I have dr. appt tomorrow to remove staples and the drain but I'm afraid maybe I shouldn't remove the drain yet. Today in a 12 hour span I have removed about 40 cc of fluid. Anxiety is hitting me pretty bad tonight. Maybe I should have laid down today. I rested on the couch all day but never actually laid down. Can anyone give me the run-down on swelly belly in a nutshell? ARRGHHH
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Unread 12-27-2004, 03:24 AM
Swelly belly

Hi Molly1971;
I'm sorry you are having some problems.
I understand how scared you must feel.
Swelly Belly is normal. It can come and go with each passing day and will be better or worse depending on what you do. You can try a heating pad on it but, if you use an HRT patch do NOT place it on the patch, it will melt it causing you to receive all of the doese at once which will make you sick!
Here is a link to questions/answers to swelly belly:

And, here is one to questions and answers to swollen tummy;

I hope they help you. Oh, and make a list of questions to ask your doctor so you don't forget anything!

Best wishes to you and take care!


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