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It's baaaaack.... swelly belly trend discovered! It's baaaaack.... swelly belly trend discovered!

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Unread 10-31-2009, 10:25 PM
It's baaaaack.... swelly belly trend discovered!

So I have a really swelly belly tonight, and I've been trying to find some sort of trigger to these episodes now that I am more than three months out.

I think it's exertion.

I felt swollen after I worked for a whole day on cleaning up my apartment; and today I participated in alumni marching band at my college alma mater.

Luckily it's not painfully swollen, but it is distinctly swollen and a little warmer than normal.

I think it's the higher blood flow that dumps fluid into my belly, plus I am now sore all over from doing things I hadn't done in 15 years. Maybe the inflammatory response is more generalized and contributing as well.

Just thought I'd share this insight with others.
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Unread 11-01-2009, 07:00 AM
Re: It's baaaaack.... swelly belly trend discovered!

I"ve noticed that as well. If you think about it, it makes sense. Say you have a twisted ankle. If you rest it the swelling will go down. however, if you get up and walk around on it, by the end of the day it'll be twice it's size.

Same is true with those bruised and sore muscles around the belly. No matter what kind of surgery you had, you still had surgery. The only difference is how they go about getting it out. So there's going to be trauma. Rest, or go slow take things easy, and you'll be fine. However, get up and do what you did before surgery then your body is going to react to it.

And just like that swollen twisted ankle, the swelly belly will go down when you rest. Thankfully.
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Unread 11-01-2009, 09:56 AM
Re: It's baaaaack.... swelly belly trend discovered!

I wonder how long we will have to deal with swelly belly issues, if you are 3 months out, Im nervous! hopefully once we have enough time to heal, that will be a thing of the past... hopefully.... really hopefully... Id like to be able to wear pants without an elastic waist!
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Unread 11-01-2009, 11:15 AM
Re: It's baaaaack.... swelly belly trend discovered!

I think you are right on the swelly belly thing. I am an athletic trainer so I am on my feet for about 3 hours straight when I have to work a football game like I did on Friday night. My stomach was a tad bit swollen and I could tell because of the pants I wore that day.

I also have problems with 2 of my incisions that become hard when I am standing for long periods of time. It is really interesting. While riding down on the bus my incisions were smooth (or normal) but then at the end of the game there was a hard "marble" feeling under my 2 incisions. Very weird.
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Unread 11-11-2009, 12:38 AM
Re: It's baaaaack.... swelly belly trend discovered!

Some more thoughts:
1) I should have said "more than two months out." At this point I'm starting to lose track of time... a good thing, because it means I'm feeling pretty good!
2) The swelly belly is still sort-of there, but I have also regained some of my pre-op weight.
3) Yesterday I found out that I strained or tore my iliacus muscle (part of the iliopsoas muscle, in the lower abdomen) after I went to the ER with serious abdominal pain. They worked me up for appendicitis due to the location and quality of the pain. I don't think this is related to my participation in alumni band, because I didn't have symptoms until two days ago. I can expect some swelling and pain in my right lower abdomen until it heals. So I guess I am back to normal activity, but my body still isn't quite ready!

These ER visits are exhausting - but I can at least say I made it through an entire month (October) between visits! That's an improvement over my pre-hysterectomy pain.
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Unread 11-11-2009, 03:33 PM
Re: It's baaaaack.... swelly belly trend discovered!

I had the swelly belly on and off for until just recently and I'm almost 3 months post op. It's a pain in the --- but it does eventually go away.
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