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Unread 10-13-2001, 01:42 PM

Hello Everyone

I know sitting is an activity. But how long can you guys sit without overdoing it? (ie. at computer)

I am only 5 days post op... so I am sure my time is less. But what area the signs you have been at it too long?


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Unread 10-13-2001, 01:49 PM

Hi Tracy,

You didn't say what kind of a hyst you had - I had rectocele and cystocele repairs done with my TVH, so it was real easy for me to tell when I had sat for too long - I started to burn and sting, even when using a donut pillow. So - I didn't sit very long at first - the pain wouldn't allow me to.

I'm sorry - that isn't much help. Hopefully others will respond with a better idea. I hope you have a speedy recovery.
Unread 10-13-2001, 02:22 PM


Thanks Kdeit!

I had a TAH.
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Unread 10-13-2001, 02:53 PM
everyone is different

It varied for me depending on what time of day and previous activity. You will know when it is too long because it will hurt thru your back and you will feel generally uncomfortable. Reclining is the best method of sitting.

Also, don't bend over much. I took on injuries picking tomatoes after the first week.

Try to lay in bed when you can. Seemed to make me feel better and do better throughout the day if I did that.
Unread 10-13-2001, 04:10 PM

The first week I limited my sitting time to 30 minutes...then layed down for an hour or so. I was careful when I sat at my computer not to lean forward (placed a pillow on the back of my chair). I also propped my feet up on my computer tower (on the floor) to keep my legs from dangling down. This also helped. Each week you can increase your sitting time.
Unread 10-13-2001, 09:47 PM

I agree with Dot. For the first week or so, I limited my sitting time to 30 minutes with at least an hour of rest with my feet up following. Listen to your body. You will know if you've 'over-done it"...

All the best,
Unread 10-13-2001, 10:01 PM

Sometimes I feel a pulling sensation. No pain, just if I am standing during my walks or sitting, I feel a downward pull.

What is that??

Unread 10-14-2001, 05:44 AM

Hey, Traci:

I seem to be able to sit for a longer period of time in the evening. During the day I will sit for about 30-45 minutes and then lay on the couch for awhile. That seems to recharge me. I often get pulling sensations when I sit for too long and when I am up and about here in the house. I believe from the posts I have read here that is just how we feel as we are healing.

I bent over on Friday to pick up a cat dish and really had a BAD pulling sensation. I was scared to death but it went away shortly. Needless to say I won't do that again!

Hope all is going good for you.

Unread 10-14-2001, 07:55 AM

I have a binder that is my best freind. My incision is very low and actually too low for the binder to help support it so I reach down the front of the binder, grab my support undies and pull up a little tension to support my low incision. this has helped alot!
I limit sitting but also modify my posture sitting; I either slouch (but not for long as this is horrendous for a low back) or I sit on the edge of the chair where I can extend my legs more....getting them out of the 90degree flexed position seems to help.

I can't believe how well I feel and its just 11 the last day or so marked relief of incisional pain.....the only thing I feel now are the steristrips tugging. I can cough without impending doom (I still support myself though) and I can sneeze but they lack enthusiasm!

Just hang in there...........time is your best healer!
Unread 10-14-2001, 10:52 AM

Where did you get you binder??

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