10 1/2 weeks post A&P repair

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So after a few days of feeling good i went back to work last Wednesday but after a 30 min drive 5 hours at my desk and 30 minute drive home, the discomfort in my bottom is horrendous - could I have done some major damage ? Could the prolapse be back? I have no bleeding or discharge just major aching and discomfort which is helped a bit with ibuprofen and being horizontal - any advice ladies/Matron?

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    Hi jamandar,

    Sorry to hear things are not so good. I have a meeting tomorrow with occupational health based on what they reckon should be a 6 week recovery (NHS guidlines), not looking forward to it at all as I'm only 5/6 weeks post op and can only walk about 20/25 mins then start getting lower back pain, and can only sit about 2/ 3 hours then get nippy pain in lower abs. So still need to be horizontal on and off between light mid range dusting and making light meals where no pots, large bowls or kettles used. Still not doing any hovering, ironing or mopping . Thought I'd be much further on than this, did nothing for 1st 2 weeks then followed most of the guidelines. Still know sign of stitches coming out, felt really good for few days there then had some fresh bleeding again just a spot, was sure everything had healed as been really careful this time.

    Last time round I went on holiday around 13 week post op, hubby dealt with cases, found it difficult standing around at airport, not always easy to get a seat. Spent most of holiday on sun lounger at beach club doing pelvic floor exersises and did lots of swimming which helped tecovery. Attempted some walking about but didn't last much longer than an hour, managed 1 trip but was mostly on the coach, with only about an hour walking. On the whole sitting by that time was not so bad so things should pick up over next few weeks.

    Look after yourself and take it easy.

    Phyl xx

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    It's frustrating isn't it. I'm 9 weeks post posterior repair this week and thought I would be feeling better but would just have to be careful with activities but alas no! Still having to be horizontal get pain at the base of back bum area. Can't sit for long at all. Going to try my first bath tomorrow eight Epsom salts. Hope it might ease off a bit. Take care 
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      Hi snuscoob,

      I'm sure someone on this forum said that posterior repair does take a little longer, that bath sounds good. We got rid of our bath and put in a walk in shower some years ago when renovating.

      Must admit it's times like this that I miss my bath. Hope pain eases of soon for you.

      Enjoy that bath,

      Phyl xx

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      Oh it really is frustrating - im beginning to think I will never be back to "normal" - i had to go back to work last week and unfortunately have a 30 min drive there and back and its been horrendous - been sitting on ice packs!

      I have been having salt baths since week 4 and it is very soothing - no wallowing just a quick dunk but oh its wonderful - hope you enjoy your Epsom bath !

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    Hi I am due to go back to work on Monday which will be 14 weeks post op

    I am dredding it !! I feel fine on myself but if I lift anything not heavy or have a day shopping the pulling ,dragging feeling starts again. Its tough hang in there and it will get better at 10.5 weeks I could not think about going back.

    Will let you know how I get on on Monday.

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    Hello jamandar. I've just got notification for your post in the last few minutes so apologies. I would be very surprised if you had done any damage I think the driving and sat at your desk has just been a bit too much. You will have put pressure on your healing pelvic floor. 
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    Hello I'm 2 weeks post opp and don't no what I'm allowed to do and what I'm not, I'm so upset and confused, my partner goes back to work when I'm 4.5 weeks post opp and I have a 6 month old and 15 month old, do you girls have any advice ? I have my own post about it all but not had much luck x
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      I've not seen your own post Whitman but there's been a lot of discussion on this forum about what you can and can't do. Basically for 2 weeks you do nothing but rest and lift only a kettle about a quarter full of water. After that you gradually build up to lifting only light things, not children or babies unfortunately. You shouldn't really start lifting anything heavy until 12 weeks. No driving until about 6 weeks. I always say listen to your body and as soon as you feel tired stop what you are doing.
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      Hi whitman1985,

      Matron will be able to advise you best. But I think mainly do nothing for 1st 2 weeks then start short 5 min walks, lift nothing heavier than a mug of tea. Very very slowly built up walking time and weight bearing over the 12 week period. Only light household tasks to start with, and nothing heavier till after 6 weeks.

      Phyl xx good luck and hope all goes well for you!

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      Hi Whitman

      Oh i do know how you feel - but this is the best forum and you are amongst friends ! The lack of information and guidance from NHS (i assume you are in the Uk) is outrageous - i was given a sheet with very basic dos and donts which in no way covered what i needed to know.

      If your hubby is going back to work when you are 4.5 weeks post op then make the most of the time he is around and get as much rest as possible now. We are all in the same boat but there is loads of info on this forum and Matron is just wonderful - so reassuring and positive so just rest rest and rest aome more. Take care x

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    Hi, yes think you probably have just over done it. I tried to go back full time last week and like you discomfort is horrendous. Mine was tolerable until I had an internal llast Tuesday at my 6 week check up. After this I am only supposed to be at work at graduated return supposedly 4hrs, but find they take advantage of me and before I know it I have been there 6 hrs! I do find that getting up and standing evry hour really helps. I have a call in to my specialist I will let you know what he has to say. What will help etc. Make sure you do put your feet up once you get home and early bed - plenty of rest. It is not easy is it? I think worst thing is everyone expects you to be 100% by now and I find the exhaustion and pain/ discomfort come on with no real warning. Never mind tomorrow is a fresh day. Onward and upwards from here jamandar! make sure you keep your fluids up too. Healing hugs x
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      Oh thanks Tilley - i have to say that i was dreading going to work this week but much to my surprise its actually got easier - i was expecting the discomfort to get worse every day but actually its got better! (Touch wood!) Its not perfect but much better than i anticipated.

      I am only doing half days (ish) until May but its the half hour drive each way that is the problem - my work have been ok but seem slightly bemused at the length of my recovery!

      I generally have a bath and then veg out with ibuprofen if needed for the rest of the day so hopefully thats helping !

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