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Am I going to need a whole new wardrobe? Am I going to need a whole new wardrobe?

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Unread 12-02-2011, 12:43 PM
Am I going to need a whole new wardrobe?

I am almost 3 weeks post op and struggling with wearing clothes. I'm swollen so far up that even wearing a bra is uncomfortable. Reading other posts here, I'm really discouraged and depressed to hear that this swelling may last up to a year???? They took stuff OUT? Why am I bigger??? I can't go out anywhere because I can't wear any of my clothes. Do I just watch and wait? Do I buy new clothes? I really just want to cry.
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Unread 12-02-2011, 12:56 PM
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I'm discouraged too...I had surgery the same day as you. My tummy was actually FLATTER when I first got home (2 days after surgery) than it is now...***?! Boobs feel heavy and were actually achey last week, just like I was pmsing...not hurting now but still feel huge and sore. I'm tired of sweat pants and yoga pants. I know I can't work out yet, especially doing ab work...and today, like you, I saw the posts from folks who were still swollen 9 months post op...*sigh* I don't have any info or advice, just know that you're not alone. Hope you improve soon...and me too!
Unread 12-02-2011, 01:01 PM
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I'm sorry you are still having swelling. It can come and go as you move further away from your surgery date, but they do say it can continue for months.

I had a lot of pressure right under my ribs with swelling. I wore sweat pants and stretchy yoga pants for many weeks. When I finally started wearing my regular pants again, I couldn't wear them all day. Even now at almost 10 weeks post-op, I can wear regular pants, but some days they feel tight and bother me.

It's a journey. Give yourself permission to make the journey and be ok with whatever you need to wear.

I have gained a couple pounds since the surgery (emotional eating) and it feels like 50 lbs when it is really about 3 lbs.

Rather than beat myself up on the rough days, I just wear my stretchy pants. I have good days and bad days. I choose to remain hopeful that it will get better.

Best of luck on your recovery.
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Unread 12-02-2011, 01:08 PM
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I can't wear my jeans because the button and the belly button incision meet and vehemently disagree with one another. Fights break out over it.

Went to walmart today and got a pair of denim leggings. They look and feel like light jeans, but have a comfy elastic waistband. Only down side is no pockets, but it's not stretchpants. WOOOHOOOO.
Unread 12-02-2011, 01:13 PM
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I've tried my leggings, but the waistband is too tight, unlike the waistband on my yoga pants. Maybe I need to make a trip to Walmart tomorrow...hmmm....
Unread 12-02-2011, 05:00 PM
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I went to Goodwill (US used clothing store) and bought bigger jeans and shirts. That way it wasn't too much of an investment, but I had clothes that fit and that I felt comfortable in. I finally ordered 3 pairs of LL Bean pleated pants so that I had something to wear to work. Plus there's always dresses. I would not make a huge investment, but would buy a enough pieces that you can go about your life without being frustrated by your clothes every day.
Unread 12-02-2011, 07:14 PM
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Yes I too am feeling the same way & am almost 3 weeks post op ...... I'm going to look online & order some yoga pants & it looks like that is what I will be wearing when I go back to work. I had problems with my incision healing & the Dr prob won't be releasing me for another 2 weeks so I can lay around the house in pj pants until then but I am also afraid none of my pants will fit even then
Unread 12-16-2011, 11:17 PM
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same here, I'm 4 months post op and finally broke down and purchased some new jeans. Still don't wear them very often, my go to pants have been nike dri-fit yoga pants. They feel the best and that's what I wear most of the time. I feel bloated everywhere! My arms, breasts, etc. Very aggravating but what can you do? I guess we'll just have to continue to try to make the best of it even if we're in our stretch pants!
Unread 12-17-2011, 04:49 AM
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Yep, today I also bought myself new jeans. My most favourite pair that DID fit me better than any others and which had a classy look... I cannot wear them, and I reckon I never will. I am in mourning for those jeans
I can wear two other pairs but not very comfortably because the zip sits over my long vertical incision.

As regards leggings - I found a solution that works for me. For work, I bought three tunic tops that almost go down to my knees, and underneath I wear a long sleeved top, and leggings that are a size or two too big. The looser waistband on the leggings is covered by the tunic top which is not tight fitting around the waist.
This is a really comfortable ensemble for a job where you sit a lot... and swell up during the day.
It seems most of us are not swollen much in the morning but become so during the day.
It's still happening for me at 3 1/2 months, I'm afraid.
However, at least I am pain-free now - unless something tight is pressing on my incision.
Unread 12-17-2011, 07:40 AM
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Thanks for all the replies! I am trying to see a positive in all this!!! I guess the MOST positive thing, for me, is that I work from home. I have always showered and dressed (jeans, normally) before I log into work. However, now I've become pretty comfortable working in my pjs and robe! I will say that I am now fairly comfortable wearing a bra--which for the first few weeks was very uncomfortable. My new wardrobe of sweat pants(which I have always hated) is become my norm when I go out of the house. I'm trying to accept all of this. I guess things could be so much worse. Thank you all for your stories and encouragement. At least I know I am not alone! And it has only been 5 weeks as of this coming Monday. Time heals all wounds! (at least I hope so!!!) :-)

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