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A question for the 2 months and beyond sisters A question for the 2 months and beyond sisters

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Unread 02-25-2005, 08:03 AM
A question for the 2 months and beyond sisters

Hi Ladies,

I had a TAH and suspension on 12-13-04. I have had a good recovery despite some normal issues here and there.

I went back to work last week to a job that has me on my feet all day.

For the past several days I feel like I'm in the early weeks of recovery when it comes to the aches and pains. I am finding it uncomfortable to turn over in bed, and have had to resort to placing a pillow between my knees when I sleep on my side.

A couple of days ago, I had a lower cramping of and on all day long, right about where my cervix used to be. That concerned me, but it went away by the next morning. I am not in severe pain.

My question is, is this what you have experienced? Or do you think I need to have it checked out?

Thank you so much!

Luv, Luvmabug
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Unread 02-25-2005, 08:13 AM
A question for the 2 months and beyond sisters

Isn't it discouraging!! I went back to work at the greenhouse where I work part time. It is very physical but I am so lucky that my bosses are caring people and have asked me to limit my lifting and straining.

I had a great recovery until I decided to weed the whole greenhouse floor, so it's my own fault that my back is in spasms and I feel pains like right before a period. I was in bed most of yesterday with ice on my back and even took a Lortab (which I haven't done since the first week home).

I don't know. Maybe we should call our docs, but I know that mine would just say I overdid. My DH says go to the chiropractor, but I can't imagine being flopped around and cracked right now.

I think a lot of it is just rushing to be back to "normal" when we feel good.

Hang in there. My vibe is with you. My surgery was Dec. 7th.
Unread 02-25-2005, 08:19 AM
A question for the 2 months and beyond sisters

From what I've been reading, it is normal to have aches and pains, even swelly belly, when you go back to work. After all the laying around, you just arent used to the new routine. Plus, it takes about a year to completely heal from a hyst!
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Unread 02-25-2005, 08:46 AM
A question for the 2 months and beyond sisters

I agree...and I have those days too. It's not like "green light go". I think we're going to feel the set backs for up to a year. Even coughing with a cold can make things tender again. I believe if we're going back to our "normal" routine, we need to do it carefully and rest as much as possible. Easier said than done.

If I called my doctor I'd ask, "can I do any damage by going at my usual 100%?" That's the only thing I'm worried about. A ligament or something. Would hate to wake up one morning with everything between my knees!

My doctor told me I'd have my energy back in 3 months...and I do. She also said, " you may feel like doing everything.... until you do it, so take it slower when possible."

Hard to believe this surgery effects us this long. My brother had his kidney removed (lap) and was up and running in 6 days never looking back.
s to all
Unread 02-25-2005, 10:09 AM
A question for the 2 months and beyond sisters

I was feeling really good last week. Saturday my hubby and I were on our motorcycle for a total of 4 hours, Saturday night my body let me know that was stupid move. All week long I have felt like I went backwards. I'll be glad when I can do all the things I enjoy without wondering how I will feel later.
Unread 02-25-2005, 10:28 AM
A question for the 2 months and beyond sisters

hi ladies
May I respond here? I am approaching my first hysterversary on march 5th. I want to say what your experiencing is totally normal. I was hurting until november. Occassionally believe it or not i get pains where my incision is. In fact yesterday briefly. I want to assure you to go slow. Listen to your body...when it is tired rest when it hurts take precautions. I used ibuprofen for a month or two after returning to work to make sure I would not hurt. I still deal with exhaustion from time to time but it is not as bad as those first six months. Swelly belly went away for me at six months. I hope you all go slow. I have not been on here in ages as I am now going to school and back to normal. when it happened i can't tell you. I feel good most of the time now but those few months of recovery were rough. hang in there it gets better.
Unread 02-28-2005, 12:51 AM
A question for the 2 months and beyond sisters

Hi everybody,

Thanks Teresa for your advise. I had my surgery the same day as luvmabug & I can defintely relate to what she's feeling; in addition to everyone else. I have a few friends who have been giving me advice & everyone tells me to take it slow, even if I feel good. Our bodies are telling us when we over do things. I have a doctor's appointment today & I am glad to know that my pains & tiredness is normal. I am just having some minor back pains, but I know it's from lifting a few things like heavy notebooks and my laptop (in the case). I have been really still at work, just doing paperwork. Thanks hystersisters for your advise & helping me get through my recovery. I can't believe it is almost 12 weeks post op. Boy time flies. Just think, back in Dec. I was saying that I was going to have 6-8 weeks off. Now it seems as if that was years ago.
Unread 02-28-2005, 08:44 AM
A question for the 2 months and beyond sisters

glad i could be of encouragement. I do remember the back pains and such. I think what is hitting me now is the loss of my uterus im in school and our last chapter is the reproductive system and it hit me sort of hard reading about hysterectomies seeing how babies are made etc. The lecture is some time this week so who knows what will be covered. I hope all continues to heal for you. I need to let this all out but will wait til this mod is over at the end of the week. I think I was so focused on healing and doing something better for myself I never totally grieved over this.
take care
Unread 02-28-2005, 09:08 AM
A question for the 2 months and beyond sisters

That must have been hard!! I did my grieving about two weeks post, but still think about my missing uterus. So, part of our healing is definitely emotional as well.

It was real weird for me at first because I visualized my empty space in there as a big sore emptiness. I didn't even remember that I had a vaginal vault. All I felt was the void where I had a uterus before. Then, I was real freaked out when my doc explained that my intestines would fill in the space because I then started seeing that!! I some times still feel sad about it, but have to remember the reasons that I HAD to have this done.

So, now that I've changed the whole subject of this thread (sorry).

I am getting over my back spasms with the help of my chiropractor, stretches, my inversion table, hot tub, ice packs and walking. Also, telling the me that wants to go full tilt, to go a bit slower.

Unread 02-28-2005, 09:15 AM
A question for the 2 months and beyond sisters

sorry for changing the thread theme glad your feeling better. I had some back problems over the weekend but doing good now. I will work thru this I know this operation saved life. The recovery is a long haul for sure. It is funny right now im experiencing pain on my right side near the hip on the incision. I am taking herbs to help with menopausal symptoms...i kept ovaries but feels it helps a lot. I noticed I can't eat the same either. I am grateful for the support that is here when we need it and glad to lend support those who are traveling the road I traveled nearly a year ago.

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