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Unread 08-02-2005, 06:04 PM
Please tell me I'm O.K.

Hi all,
I just can't seem to feel better yet! I had my lap last thurs. and I still hurt in my right side. I am having a really bad day. I can't hardly sleep, so I am tired all day long and having to deal with my family I feel like I am going to collapse. I have taken all of my pain meds and didn't think I needed them anymore, but now I think I need more but don't want to call doc and seem like a wimp, because the surgery was not a (major) one.

I was just wondering if anyone has gone through this? Or if anyone has felt this way after a lap?

Help!

Thanks
Mel
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Unread 08-02-2005, 07:31 PM
Please tell me I'm O.K.

Mel
I'm sorry you're still hurting. If you feel something is not right you really need to call your doctor. It can take time to heal from surgery. While we may think a lap is minor surgery, my experience has been that with each additional surgery I've had it has taken me longer to recover. That said, we here cannot tell you that you're okay and that there isn't something else going on. When in doubt, it is always best to check with your doctor. Please pick up the phone and call your doctor and let him/her know what's going on. You are not a wimp!
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Unread 08-03-2005, 07:04 AM
Please tell me I'm O.K.

Mel - First of all - sending you gentle s! I'm sorry you aren't feeling better! Secondly - unfortunately, you aren't alone! I'm having a harder time with this surgery than I have with any of them. In fact, I'm fairly sure that I felt better after my hyst quicker than this! I'm completely out of my pain meds now too. I usually am able to keep them for quite a while...but this time I actually found myself taking them every 4 hours exactly up until I was out. Extreemly unusual for me. And now I seem to be having bowel issues, too. SOOOOO - I don't know that I can tell you if you are normal! But I can tell you that you aren't alone in this battle. And you ARE NOT a wimp!!! Please call your doctor if you are still having problems. I have an appt with the NP on Friday morning (My doc is having surgery herself)so hopefully we can address some of my residual issues then.

Take care!!!! I'm around if you want to chat!
Cortney
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Unread 08-03-2005, 10:14 AM
Please tell me I'm O.K.

Thanks for responding, well I called the dr and she wasn't in the office, they are going to call me back, I spoke to a NP and she told me to take 600mg ibuprofen to see if that helps with the pain! I told her I have taken this before and I know that it doesn't help!! So I guess I play the waiting game until she can talk to my dr.

cortney... I am so sorry you are having issues also. I will be thinking of you pls let me know what your dr says.

I'll keep in touch! Back to the couch!!!!

Mel
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Unread 08-03-2005, 12:36 PM
Please tell me I'm O.K.

I'd take the ibuprofen as directed because it reduces swelling (inflammation) and reducing the swelling might bring you quite a bit of relief. You will need to stay with the ibuprofen to keep the swelling down for as long as your doctor directs. First dose might not get it - may take time.

That said, we have a right to effective pain management. So, if you take the ibuprofen and it does not work, call back. Be careful dismissing it without being willing to try it (unless you are allergic or have other known side effects that are troublesome).

There are many times I have thought "that's not going to work" and then made myself try out of respect for my doctor and ya know, I was wrong and he was right (every time ... kinda irritating) and I was so glad I did not fight him on it.

Just encouraging you to follow your doctors orders.

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Unread 08-03-2005, 02:21 PM
Please tell me I'm O.K.

Well NP called back, dr said to continue IB. every 6 hrs. so I will. She thinks I still need more time to heal. So I am going to hang in there until my appt in a couple of weeks. If the pain gets worse to call back and be seen asap.

Thanks guys for all of your input. It really helps!
Just wondering how long recovery is suppose to last? I know everyone is different but I am just tired.

:hair: Mel
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Unread 08-03-2005, 02:37 PM
Please tell me I'm O.K.

Meldie,

Put up your feet and relax. Get plenty of rest and relaxation. Let others do for you.

Try to embrace this down time as an oppotunity to heal properly and take care of you!

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Unread 08-03-2005, 08:31 PM
Please tell me I'm O.K.

(((Mel))) as you said, we are all different, so it's really hard to pinpoint how long recovery will take: it's not only about the surgery itself, but it's also about how our body recovers. Furthermore, it sounds like you've been pretty busy with your family and it may have had an impact on your recovery: you need to rest in order to give your body a chance to recover.

Hang in there, sweetie. If the pain gets worse, try and get in to see your doctor a sooner
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Unread 08-04-2005, 06:12 AM
Please tell me I'm O.K.

HI, don't feel like a whimp. Everyone heals different I had a lap. on July 8th, got up only a half hour after recovery, went home the next day felt good.. then 2 days later it all went downhill, I got one infection and problem after another and a week later ended up in the hospital for a week with bad inflammation and an infection. I was so sick and in a lot of pain. Even though it is a lap it is still major surgery and sometimes your body just doesn't respond well to it. I am on my 3rd week now, entering my 4th and now I feel like I was hit by a car instead of a bus! LOL! I sometimes wonder if I'll ever feel like myself again, I get tired doing practically nothing and my stomach still gets heavy and I still get pains, especially if I do a lot of walking or moving around which I should be able to do by now. I know how discouraging it is, believe me! I even had to take a pain pill to sleep 2 nights ago and still take ibuprofen daily. My house has been a mess and no one cleans it like I like it so that's been hard. Yesterday I did some dusting and felt like I had run a marathon! Give yourself time and especially don't feel like a whimp cause you're not. Your body is telling you what it needs. Wouldn't it be nice to have a maid at a time like this? That would be a dream to have someone clean this house for me! oh well, I hope you feel better soon and get some rest, ACG
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