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Unread 07-06-2005, 08:37 AM
Stretch marks

I found I now have stretch marks where I never did before. I'm not a big woman but not tiny either. I found stretch marks all along my pubic bone area. I have the swelly belly so it took some time for me to even be able to notice this area, I have to lift my stomach up to see it. I never had to do that before except when I was pregnant.
I find I feel so much better after I have a bm and in so much discomfort for hours before I can actually have a bm. I'm not sure I'm voiding all the way. I know all these things will get better with time. I was not expecting to feel this much discomfort though.
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Unread 07-06-2005, 09:00 AM
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I am so sorry you are having trouble with the bathroom stuff. It is so annoying, isn't it?
The nurse at the hospital told me to rock in a rocking chair-that helped the bowels move. Also short little walks all throughout the day. The pain meds, if you are on them, really make the bm's dry so I was also on a stool softener for a few months to keep things moving. It is not the same as a laxative, and it is not habit forming according to my doc.

You are very early post-op-it does take a lot of patience, doesn't it?
Unread 07-06-2005, 03:45 PM
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You are very early in your recovery. Be patient with your has lots of healing to do. I know it is frustrating, but just give it some time. You will notice an improvement every week. Be sure to pamper yourself and get lots of rest.
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Unread 01-04-2006, 09:28 PM
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I am getting stretch marks from my swelly belly. I'm 5'5 and I weigh around 140. It's 4 weeks in next friday for me. If someone doesn't tell me what to do about this I wil go insane. I understand it's lymphadema, makes sense, gets worse through the day, but is it ever EVER going to go away? I feel horrible, hot flashes, pain, and the swelly belly thing and from this site it looks like it will never go away. I feel like I was mutilated, and a science experiment gone wrong. Can someone ANYONE tell me if and when this goes away permanently?
Unread 01-04-2006, 10:00 PM
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lymphadema, I have heard of that, could you explain briefly?

I recall at about 6weeks to 2 months i felt a lot better, but I imagine it will take 6 months to 1 year to get your body back to normal. If you get on an exercise routine and go with low glycemic foods and watch salt intke, you coud be feeling a lot better much sooner. getting balance for your hormones will be your priority. all in all, you are going to have to work really hard to get back to what you once got for free. And normal will now be determined by your new lack of hormones.
I know it is not fair, nothing really fair. It is just what it is.
At least your docs knows enough to give you estrogen. I almost did not get estrogen after my hysto, and I was 28.
Unread 01-04-2006, 10:43 PM
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A person has a lymph system as well as a blood system. Your lymph system sort of looks like beads on a chain (easiest way to describe) lymph fluid flows through this system. If you have ever had a throat infection, you had "swollen lymph nodes" because the nodes were trapping infection. There is are rich lymph chains in your abdomen and cutting into it would of course disrupt the flow of lymph. Excercise would make swelly belly worse, and diet would have nothing to do with it. It all makes sense, gets worse at the end of the day, due to gravity and by lifting etc. Have you ever seen anyone who had breast cancer where they removed a lot of lymph nodes and there arm swelled? What scares me is this lymphadema compromises the skin and infection could occur. Does the lymphadema from hysterectomy ever go away? I did not have lymph nodes removed but obviously he had to cut into the lymph system to get access to my uterus. What can I do about this? and why is there not more information about this? I am smart enough to realize what is going on. I did not know about this ahead of time. I did ask why a friend of mine had an abdominal overhang and the Dr told me "she was probably fat to start with" Lymphadema is not a little thing and swelly belly looks like that's what it is. Look at a picture of the lymphatic system, and then look at the symptoms of lymphadema. Now tell me where is the info on how to get rid of it? Obviously it is a big problem, search "swelly belly" in this forum, and we all blow it off as various things such as trauma and eating too much, even although we are worried and don't really have answers. We are all ignorant as to why this happens. I am ignorant, because I cannot even find out when or if this will resolve!

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