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Worried about tiredness and stitches at 5 weeks post-op Worried about tiredness and stitches at 5 weeks post-op

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Unread 01-08-2008, 07:45 AM
Worried about tiredness and stitches at 5 weeks post-op

I had a hysterectomy 5 weeks ago. I'm still tired and no energy. Also, I started "exploring" and noticed I have stitches that feel like fish line. Is this normal or shouldn't they have dissolved by now?
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Unread 01-08-2008, 08:29 AM
Worried about tiredness and stitches at 5 weeks post-op

Hey Hopefloats!

I had my TVH on 12/3 - and this week I am EXHAUSTED - it hit me like a ton of bricks! I too did a little self-exploring and found stiches inside. I am thinking to myself that there is NO WAY that I will be ready for intercourse in 1 week.

I am so glad you posted this. I was concerned that it was just me. It felt like I recovered quickly for the first couple of weeks, but then after that - it's just the same. I will have my good days, but for the most part I'm sore and tired. I sleep 10 hours a night, and take naps during the day. When the alarm goes off at 6 to get my kids up - it's always too early.

I go for my 6 week ck up on Monday 1/14. We will see what happens.
Unread 01-08-2008, 08:38 AM
Hopefloats (stitches)

Thanks Mandi so much for replying! I'm glad it just isn't me. I had a LAVH on 12/6 and I go in for my next doctor's appt. on the 16th of this month. I hope I don't have anything that sets me back from going to work on the 17th because that's when I'm scheduled to return. I'm just worried about still having internal stitches!
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Unread 01-08-2008, 08:48 AM
Worried about tiredness and stitches at 5 weeks post-op

Oh - I've been back at work since 12/19. I had my cath removed (due to a perforation to the urethra during surgery) and the next day back at work PT. I'm at work now, and just want to lay down. I push myself through, b/c I don't have a physical job - I just sit at a desk and type. No different than when I was at home and posting to HysterSisters! It is a little different in that I can't just lay down when I want to.
Unread 01-08-2008, 08:56 AM
Worried about tiredness and stitches at 5 weeks post-op

OMG! Good for you for going back to work! How do you do it!?! Now I'm feeling like a wimp! Granted, my job requires more physical activity, but this no energy thing I'm not used to! I'm used to be able to do whatever.
Thanks again for your post!
Unread 01-08-2008, 09:49 AM
Worried about tiredness and stitches at 5 weeks post-op

Well - see - now you know why I'm concerned about my energy etc.... I was just a day past my 2 week post-op and was able to work. And, now at 5 weeks post op I don't feel any better. Just the same - EXHAUSTED! THen when I felt my stitches I was like WOW! No wonder! I had imagined that I'm all fine, well and good. Now I know why I'm exhausted!
Unread 01-08-2008, 02:39 PM
Worried about tiredness and stitches at 5 weeks post-op

I went back to work yesterday and WOW I did not realize the difference between work and home. My job is more stressful than physical but after 6 hrs I was done. Today was a little better but I know how you feel. At 2 weeks I felt great but I feel that I have not improved a whole lot since then.

I go for my 6 week check up next Friday so it will be interesting to see what the doctor has to say.
Unread 01-08-2008, 03:38 PM
Worried about tiredness and stitches at 5 weeks post-op

It took me a while to get my stamina back. It was months, really. Sorry, that probably doesn't help you feel better but it's realistic. Even a few months out I'd feel like I was doing okay then I would go a little too far and be exhausted and hurt. I had to make choices.... clean house or laundry, never both the same day, or the same weekend. It got better, then I found myself wondering when the last time was routine stuff wore me out.
Unread 01-08-2008, 05:04 PM
Worried about tiredness and stitches at 5 weeks post-op

It's been taking me a while to get ANY energy and I'm 9 weeks now! Yesterday was the first day since surgery that I had enough energy and strength to clean and vacuum even one room. Today, I got through half a bathroom and I'm feeling nauseous and tired again.

I even went and had blood tests done at 7 weeks because I didn't understand how I could still be so weak and tired that far into recovery. Everything was normal. I just think everyone heals at different rates.

I hope you feel better soon!
Unread 01-09-2008, 11:47 AM
Worried about tiredness and stitches at 5 weeks post-op

Great! Thanks you two! I was hoping it was just a 5 week post-op set back - Now you tell me it's normal for a few months! I was looking forward to working out again - but if you can't even clean a bathroom (which mine need severly) UGH!!!!

I'm out of work 1/2 a day yesterday and all day today just resting. Getting the kids on the bus today kicked my butt! I can't really complain though - I'm not even supposed to be working yet :-0

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