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Unread 01-07-2012, 12:59 PM
How to ease belly and pelivic soreness

Hello I'm a 38 yo who is 1wk post-op a laposcopic hysterectomy. I'm trying to use my meds less. Should I use ice or heat for my belly and pelvic soreness and tenderness????
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Unread 01-07-2012, 01:21 PM
Re: How to ease belly and pelivic soreness

Try both. Some like cold, some like heat.

Also, do you have a tummy pillow to protect and support your belly when coughing, sneezing and laughing? It works.

Some women swear by a belly binder - I got one and used it some, but it wasn't the end all be all I had hoped it would be.

Good Luck!
Unread 01-07-2012, 01:45 PM
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Thnx I will start with the pillows and a cool pad. This site is extremely helpful.
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Unread 01-07-2012, 01:57 PM
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I actually used a heating pad but I put it on my back and that seemed to just relax everything. I didn't take any pain medication because the ibuprofin really did the trick for me. They prescribed a 600mg ibuprofin and that took away most of the discomfort. Just know that the 1st week is the most discomfort. Each day you wake up from this point forward it gets a little better each day. Good luck, happy healing!
Unread 01-07-2012, 02:53 PM
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Thnx. I've slept so much the past week now I just take short cat naps.
Unread 01-07-2012, 03:50 PM
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I use the belly binder if I know I'm going to be on my feet (i.e. when walking outside the house). I also got some light-support panties which always feel good at first, but like with the binder I seem to have trouble keeping anything restrictive around my belly for more than a few hours.

I remember all kinds of tight jeans, girdles, etc when I was a chubby teen. They made me so miserable back then, and I've avoided them for years. I don't think my digestive system can deal with being squashed for a whole day at a time.

I figure when I go back to work in a couple of weeks, I will rely mostly on the binder and just take it off if it starts bothering me during the work day. I can always put it on again easily before I leave, because it not only makes walking easier, but I feel 'safer' somehow when moving around outside.

This is almost the end of week 4 and my stomach has all kinds of sensitive areas, where I guess the internal stitches are healing. I feel aches and twinges and pinches on and off all day. Ice at night, when I am lying down, is really good.

I don't mind too much if I take acetominaphen now and then, but I'm also wondering when discomfort will not be my default state.
Unread 01-07-2012, 03:58 PM
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I found it strange and uncomfortable sleeping on my side as my internal organs seemed to be pulled by gravity towards the matress. I rolled up a towel and tucked it under my tummy to ease that.
Wheat bags are a nice way to provide warmth.
I also like using bio-oil to stroke on my tummy when it gets swollen and tender at the end of the day.
Don't put bio-oil on until your tummy incision area has healed sufficiently.
Unread 01-07-2012, 04:04 PM
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You have my sympathies ladies. It does get better but if you need pain relief for the time being and some comfort from a nice warm wheat bag then please listen to your body. Speaking from personal experience in about 2 weeks I slept right through, a good sleep, and felt refreshed. Look after yourselves and heal.
Unread 01-07-2012, 04:52 PM
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Ladies I have another question? I'm not nauseated. But my stomach feels queeze. Was that normal for u too.
Unread 01-07-2012, 05:40 PM
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What are you taking for meds?

Narcotics make me nauseous, but ibuprofen makes my tummy ache - and the longer I take it the worse it gets.

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