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HELP - Feeling worse than a week ago - Normal?? HELP - Feeling worse than a week ago - Normal??

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Unread 09-15-2002, 10:03 AM
HELP - Feeling worse than a week ago - Normal??

I'm 2 weeks 5 days post LAVH and feel like I did 4 or 5 days post, not like I did a week ago. I was up and walking 4 hours post-op, and am used to "blocking" pain, but I was unprepared to do a backslide now. Can you tell me if any of this is normal??

I started off by probably doing too much on Monday (DH left town and his parents were here to help, but it just isn't the same). I admit that lifting a 24 pound kid a couple times and a 42 pound dog a couple times probably wasn't wise, but the Dr. said I could at my 1 week check, so I figured by 1 week 6 days it would be okay.

Tuesday started with tenderniess at my incision sites, mainly on the surface. By the end of Tue. I was tender inbetween all the incisions too, and at my c-section scars and "roll" line (yep, I definitely need to loose weight!). Wed. and Thu. seemed to be better, but not as good as the week before. Then Fri. my muscles started hurting. The only difference is that I did my dog's Physical Therapy walk 2 times on Friday (it is 10 minutes, primarily up hill and is supposed to be 2 times a day). All I wanted to do Thu. and Fri. and Sat. was sleep. Then yesterday, it started hurting when I bent at the hips (like to sit). It felt like it did right after surgery when everything is still kind of "loose". And it still feels that way, plus it is now hurting again when I climb stairs.

Another "wierd" pain happened a lot Mon. and Tue. and occasionally since. I felt like someone was sticking a broken bottle in my vagina. Now it is more a semi-dull ache/jabbing pain. Was this just my stitches disolving and my body reacting to it?

I plan to call the Dr. tomorrow, but as most of you can relate, would like some support to help me get through until then.

Penny Mc
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Unread 09-15-2002, 10:26 AM
HELP - Feeling worse than a week ago - Normal??

Hi Penny yes, it does sound like you've been overdoing it a bit. You are still quite newly post op and your body needs time to heal... more rest is in order for you. The jabbing sensation in your vagina could be from the stitches (I had more itching than pain, but everyone is different) but you should ask your DR when you talk with him tomorrow anyway.

The big danger in LAVH's is that you'll feel too good too soon... sounds like that's what's caught up with you. Can someone else take the dog for that uphill walk? Hills and stairs can be really rough on your healing tissues. Remember, you have hundreds of stitches inside, you just tend to forget because you can't see them -- but they're there, and they're going to start trying to get your attention and make you slow down to let them rest.

So, PLEASE take it easy... we don't want to see you back here in Post Op after another surgery to fix damage from overdoing it now! You only get one chance for an uncomplicated recovery, and this is it. Try to be patient and and drink plenty of fluids, and take walks, but short, easy ones for now.

Unread 09-15-2002, 04:21 PM
HELP - Feeling worse than a week ago - Normal??

Hi Penny,

I have to agree with Surferbabe, it definitely sounds like too much too soon, especially with the lifting.

It is generally accepted that the initial recovery period from a hyst is 6-8 weeks, during which time we need to be very cautious, especially with lifting anything too heavy, to allow our bodies time to heal. Even though you had a TVH and don't have a big external incision, you still have many internal stitches and fragile tissue taking over that need time to heal.

Let us know what your Dr. says when you talk to him/her, ok? And get lots of , feet up of course!

Best wishes and s
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Unread 09-15-2002, 07:28 PM
Re: HELP - Feeling worse than a week ago - Normal??

Hi Penny!
I had my LAVH on 8/26 and was feeling great until I over exerted a little. I ended up spending the last 3 days in bed sososo tired. As much as I hate laying around, feeling worthless, I am allowing my body to mend itself so I won't be stuck reovering for a longer period of time. I know it is hard with kiddies running around and of course our pets and all the other in betweens. But, please, please relax for at least a couple of more weeks.

Unread 09-15-2002, 07:53 PM
HELP - Feeling worse than a week ago - Normal??

I'll be 3 weeks tomorrow and today's the worst day since the 1st day. It does sound like you've done more than you should - it's so hard.... I haven't lifted a thing or stretched or pulled or pushed or anything, but I did go to a wedding yesterday and sat in one spot for too long - three times in one day. I didn't hurt at all yesterday, but today I feel like I've done 100 situps and my back hurts too.
I don't think that I've physically hurt myself by doing something I shouldn't have, but with this being the time that the stitches dissolve and structures start trying to hold themselves up, I'm trying to be extra careful. It's so hard to figure out if you've stayed up too long when it doesn't hurt until the next day.
Unread 09-15-2002, 08:07 PM
Too Much, too soon.........

I agree with all the previous posts....lifting a dog????Come on more of THAT!!!!And, yes, it would be great if we knew beforehand that the next day we would be hurting badly!!It would save lots of us lots of soreness, but we should learn from each other (isn't that the whole point of this astounding site??),so, back to bed with, rest, rest! I'm a bit past 8 weeks & am STILL mostly resting, my incision is still very sore & lumpy (Underneath the healed up outside) & one or two little errands a day is plenty!! Please take it much easier, let us know.
Unread 09-16-2002, 06:39 PM
Thanks, and the Dr. Said...

Well, you are all correct. The pain, etc. is definitely from overdoing it. I talked with the Nurse today. She talked to the Dr. and called me back (I'm pretty sure they had a good laugh first! )

Anyway, the nurse said, "Yes, the Dr. told you to go back to your normal life. He didn't know what your normal life was like. So, you can't get back to your normal life until 6 - 8 weeks post-op. Slow down and if you hurt, stop everything! But, if you don't lift, you should be able to take care of the kids, dog on your own."

I ask you, what did he think my life was like with a 2 year old, a 4 year old, and a dog now 6 weeks post-op on knee surgery with an immune disease and liver problems from the id meds.

So, I now get to figure out how to get the dog into the van without lifting him and without him jumping. I tried a step stool today for his blood test and I basically lifted him paw by paw - not much help and he has a vet appointment and physical therapy tomorrow, so...

I also need to try to get my 2 year old to climb a step to sit on the potty. The biggest problem with him is not getting him to climb up things, but getting him down in a timely manner. Guess it's time to work on my patience!

So, all you sisters having pain, putting it in dog training lingo, do a "sit stay"!

Penny Mc

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