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How long does the swelly belly last. How long does the swelly belly last.

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Unread 08-12-2001, 11:23 AM
How long does the swelly belly last.

I know that I have seen this answered somewhere but cannot find it.
I am going on 8 weeks post op. My belly is fine in the morning but by the time that I get home from work it looks like I am pregnant.
It is really uncomfortable. I know that this normal but I really am not liking it.

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Unread 08-12-2001, 01:18 PM
swelly belly

That's the same question I asked my doc! I'm only 12 days post but wasn't really prepared for this swelly belly. I read about out on here but I didn't expect to look pregnant again! My doctor said it could take 6 months or sometimes longer depending upon how I heal and how I adhere to her restrictions. She said (and I have found this true for me and sounds true for you too) that I will experience and notice more swelling after doing some activity and it should be a sign to me that I need to rest but that it will get better and better as I heal. As someone who has struggled with weight and finally just within the last year or so become happy with who I see in the mirror after a shower.....this is very difficult. However....I know why it is there....and so do those who love me and that's all that's important. There will be time enough in a few short weeks to start to tighten up those tummy muscles again without over doing it. And I keep telling myself that when this is all said and done and I am fully healed I won't have to organize what I wear depending upon what day of the month it is and IF I'll be bloated!

PS Just I should have started my period.......yippee....Ifeel great in comparison to those first few days of severe pain and excessive bleeding....does me good to remember....and I can't wait until I no longer think about what day of the month it is!
Unread 08-12-2001, 02:38 PM
How long does the swelly belly last.

I'm 8 1/2 weeks post op. I did alot today...helped husband lay a hard wood floor & then I did a brisk 1 mile walk. I am very swelly!!
By morning it will be down. I notice it mostly when I've done ALOT (like today) I'll be glad when it's gone too.
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Unread 08-12-2001, 05:21 PM
A possible cause

I don't know how swelly your belly gets, but I did notice a definite connection between eating salt/sodium heavy foods and my belly swelling (not to pregnancy size) the next day. It is uncomfortable for me b/c I had a bikini incision and the swollen belly then rests on the incision. There is no "give." For some reason I have become addicted to salted sunflower seeds in the shell and can eat so many in a very short time. I tried to stop and found myself eating tortilla chips. No more of those, started on pretzels. Don't know why I need all this salt. I have to stop!!
Unread 08-12-2001, 06:35 PM
Planning to use the Swelly Belly thing to my advantage!

Hi Gals,
I will be 9 weeks post op tomorrow. Still haven't seen my Dr for a follow up cause the idiot stays on vacation. Yes, I am a little bitter, and will be looking for a new Dr as soon as I am cleared from this one. Overall, I have done well. Like everyone else, I thought I was gonna die at week 2. When week 3 came I was a little better and today I can honestly say that I feel very good. It still hurts when I sneeze and I still have some areas of my belly that have no feeling. I have noticed when I overdo not only does my belly swell, but the top portion of my pubic area and around the incision becomes numb. It's usally gone by morning. I have been overweight all my life, but decided to start walking and eating better before surgery. I have lost a considerable amount of weight, but still have a lot to go. I have come to the complete and utter understanding that my belly will never be flat, so I plan to use the surgery to my advantage. I shared this once before - this is what I plan to say " This ole thing, yeah my Dr said I would have swelly belly for quite some time. I know, it has been 15 years - go figure!" Well, guess what - I don't care, at least I don't have the pain, and bleeding. I have passed two "no period" times since my surgery and I ain't missing it a bit! Not to mention no birth control and spontaneous sex! Yahoo!!!! Better than before!!!
Recently crowned princesses - take it slow. It takes time to heal and you only get one chance to heal properly!
Ya'll take care!
Unread 08-12-2001, 06:51 PM
living with swelly belly

Hi, I just wanted to say that I agree with Sandi. As long as I have NO MORE pain & NO MORE periods, I can live with the swelly belly. I know it's not the greatest thing, but on the other hand it could be worse! I'm just glad to not have the problems that I had before my hyster. Tammy
Unread 08-13-2001, 04:58 AM
Swelly Belly

Well I guess that I will have to just deal with this a while longer.

It is great to have no more periods!

Thanks & to all.
Unread 08-13-2001, 09:37 AM
Swelly belly

I'm 8 weeks post-op as of this past Friday the 10th of August. I took my 2 younger kids school shopping on the Wednesday & Thursday before, and I thought I could just casually walk around while they shopped, well, I was disappointed to find out I acquired swelly-belly on that Friday, August 10th, and lots of soreness just above the pubic bone. I went back to work full time on August 6th, having worked 3 weeks prior, at part-time. I left early on that Friday, August 10th, went home, and slept. I was so uncomfortable and exhausted. I pretty much rested the whole week-end. My lower back is also sore, I used a heating pad on that for some relief. It sure does take a long time to heal. I thought, LOL, I could do some simple shopping. Well, my body said otherwise, but I did rest and take care of myself.

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Unread 08-13-2001, 06:35 PM
No feeling near incision site

Does everyone have this gross condition? Nothing bothered me about the surgery. I looked at the incision and staples as soon as the doctor did, after surgery. I apply vitamin E oil, no problem. But when I was trying to remove the glue from the tape that had been on the incision, I reached a place where it was like I was made out of plastic and that really grossed me out!! Does the feeling ever come back?
Unread 08-13-2001, 08:53 PM
How long does the swelly belly last.

My doc told me swelling lasted up to about 10 weeks. I think mine was longer. I'm 4 months and I think its down. I starting a reg exercise program now and its slowly going down. Before if I worked it hard, I could tell and it swelled. Everybody is going to be different

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