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Unread 06-10-2002, 10:12 AM
Sitting Up

Hi Ladies,

I am 18 days post op and still having trouble sitting straight up for more than 10 or 15 minutes without a lot of discomfort. (I had a TAH with a 7 1/2" incision.)

I spend most of my day in my recliner or walking around, but can't sit on my couch. I've gone out to a couple of restaurant and did pretty well, but only if I sat in a booth and leaned back most of the time. (Ended up with most of my lunch in my lap too!) I also went to church last night and had to leave after about 25 minutes.

Is this normal at this stage? Should I be able to sit without pain by now? Maybe my recliner is making my muscles too dependent on the support and they aren't getting stronger on their own?


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Unread 06-10-2002, 10:32 AM
Sitting Up


You are not alone in this. I'm 6 wks 4 days and I still can't sit for more than 15 to 20 minutes without hurting. I was wondering if I was the only one who felt like this!

Got to remember that our bodies have been through a lot with the surgery and it takes time to heal. Some heal faster and others more slowly.

Remember that sitting puts pressure on your incision and that is uncomfortable. So for now I'd simply limit how long you sit and also be sure to check with your doc! Afterall he/she in your best source for information

Hugs and blessings,

Unread 06-10-2002, 11:09 AM
Sitting Up

For the first 3-4 weeks I was much more comfortable reclining than anything else. It took weeks before I was truly comfortable sitting up post op. And it was not because of the rectocele repair. It was the soreness in my tummy. Sitting just did not agree with me much.

Don't worry about your abs getting stronger, yet. It is very early in your recovery. Just let them rest for now. A few more weeks will make a world of difference in how you feel when sitting. This early, sitting is considered an activity and you should limit it at this point. Getting flat is the best thing, Even down the road you will find it is very good to do that a few times a day for 15-30 minutes or more, to give your abs a rest..

BTW- I still can't sit in a booth. Maybe ours are different.!?
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Unread 06-10-2002, 02:21 PM
Sitting Up

I am 4 wks today, and still tend to be most comfortable reclining. I can tolerate sitting up long than I could a week ago even, but it still gets to be too much. But considering that I couldn't sit up at all at first, this is much better. It'll come! I swear! (this, coming from a major poopoo whiner-me, I mean)!!!!!!

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