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Unread 11-25-2007, 01:34 PM
still swollen and sore, 5 weeks ...

Hi there,
So happy to have found this site! As good as our medical system is they certainly can't prepare you for everything post op!

I had a radical hysterectomy 5 weeks ago. I had a rough time in the hospital and a few "leaking" problems in the first few weeks at home but now feeling pretty good at 5 weeks. I am however still quite swollen and very tender. By the end of the day I can't even stand to have clothes touching my stomach. I'm still very numb and my incision is so tight! I'm sure this is all normal at this stage but I would love to have confirmation from someone else that has actually gone through this!
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Unread 11-25-2007, 01:44 PM
still swollen and sore, 5 weeks ...

hi SallyR!

Just over 7 weeks out and I have numbness above the incision site still. Plus I have a little hole in my wound - its actually closed this week but it's been sorta week on/week off as to if it opens or not - some itchiness now as well around the better areas of the wound.

I also have a swelly belly - which you'll hear a lot about on the site!!

Good luck with your recovery and rest well!
Unread 11-25-2007, 02:58 PM
still swollen and sore, 5 weeks ...

Sally R, welcome to the site. It is too bad you didn't meet up sooner. This forum has totally helped me through.
I had a TAH on 10-18-07 so our dates are close. I have been off of my feet for 3 days. My swelly belly is finally getting better and the tenderness is decreasing. My abs have felt so sore and I think now I know why. My numbness is gone. Totally gone, but in it's place is this horrible soreness = like I've done 200 sit ups. Taking the last 3 days off has helped quite a bit. I don't know if you can do that or not.
I am having my 6 week check on Thurs and plan to speak with the Dr on extending my leave.......if not full days, down to half days. My boss and team will have to deal without me. After all this recovery, I do not plan to go back to work and take gigantic steps backward. They certainly will have a harder time understanding my need for more time off later if I jump back into full time from the beginning.
Good luck with your check up.
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Unread 11-25-2007, 06:03 PM
still swollen and sore, 5 weeks ...

So glad to hear from you! You are lucky the numbness is gone, it's such a strange feeling. I am planning to go back to work at 6 weeks and am very lucky to have a great employer that is flexible if I'm not ready. I have been doing more and more in the past week as I've been feeling better so maybe it is smart to take a few days just to relax, I'm sure it will help. Good luck with your checkup!
Unread 11-25-2007, 07:04 PM
still swollen and sore, 5 weeks ...

Healing takes a very long time - longer than I ever imagined. I still have numbness above and below my incision at 3 months post-op. Also, still having pain in my abdomen now and then. Overall, though, I feel a zillion times better than I'd been feeling for quite some time prior to surgery, so I'm extremely happy!

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