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Unread 11-19-2007, 07:51 AM
going back to work

I had a LAVH and all my stage 4 endometriosis peeled off my major organs plus my ovaries suspended in a six hour operation. My consultant believes that most women can go back to work between 2 and 4 weeks after keyhole surgery. Although I am fairly fit and have tried to have a short walk each day since my surgery I still have quite a lot of soreness inside my pelvis area and have had a UTI and am on anitbiotics now. I just wonder what other women's experiences of going back to work are? Should I go when I still have some tenderness? I hope the UTI will be resolved by the antibiotics, but I am just so tired as well. takes me two to three hours to come round i the morning.
Any advice/experiences would be very gratefully received.
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Unread 11-19-2007, 08:25 AM
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My doctor told me she recommends 6 weeks for any hyst because it's still major surgery not matter how it's done. I have a desk job, but she said if I wanted to go back earlier than 6 weeks, she would give me restrictions (1/2 days, no prolonged sitting/standing, etc). She said the biggest thing would be the tiredness and that it would change day-to-day. I opted to ask for the full 6 weeks as I didn't want to upset any of my recovery. It's been very uneventful so far, but I am more sore today than I have been this past week. I was doing more this weekend (around the house) and know that is part of it. Just want to work on my stamina before I go back.
Unread 11-19-2007, 12:17 PM
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I go back to work tomorrow and am a little nervous about it. My job is very physically challenging at times so that makes it even more difficult. I have to say, I'm six weeks post-op today and the past week has been pretty good. I never really had a lot of pain to speak of, but the fatigue has been very difficult to overcome. One day I feel like I could go all day, the next it takes me 2 hours just to get out of bed. I'm going to bed early tonight because my shift starts at 6:30am. Yuck!

I would say to take all six weeks if you can. It's still major surgery and your body needs time to recover. Having a UTI can also take a lot out of you especially given that your body still isn't back to "normal". Drink lots of fluids and rest while you can. I too found that walking was a good way to help build up my endurance and stamina. I just added an extra block or so every other day.

Good luck, things will get better!
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Unread 11-19-2007, 12:27 PM
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Hi Celia:

Girl, take all the time you can. Explain to your doctor about your difficulties. On top of everything you have a UTI? You need to stay home a little longer.

What's the rush to go back to work? Finances? Is it possible to make up for it later on?

We only get one chance to heal right. Relapses are harder than the first time! If we don't take care of ourselves, how can we take care of others??

Good luck. Take care of yourself.

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