2 week post surgery update

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I had a little bump yesterday. I kind of over did it Sunday in the garden and was very sore, abdominal muscles that is, so I thought I would try a Tramadol..Holy smokes I had the worst reaction of my life..First I was stoned for about 5 hours, then stated the vomiting and then 24 hours of headache and vertigo..Never again will I take that drug or any other opiod..I guess I just am intolerant to them, but for heavens sake, that was a setback. I went into the surgeons for my first check up cross eyed yesterday stumbling around so they wouldn't agree to let me back to work..lol..maybe next week. Today I still feel a bit hungover, but not too bad. Overall, aside from that I was doing ok..Just that right side where they cut through the muscle still aches when I'm too active and I still need to sleep on my back or it will throb. I'm having solid bm's, sort of frequently but the dr. said that will reduce once i go back on fiber. My stomach does ache a bit after i eat a meal. I have bee trying to take it easy, but man its hard to know what causes what. I do know though that I no longer have that lower left pinching, twisting pain or the urinary frequency and pressure. Thankfully! I need to work on my diet and food intolerances as they may be separate issues..Also need to slowly introduce fiber and slowly start exercising more..Overall not to shabby thoughsmile. I wish everyone happier avenues to relief where ever you are in your disease!!

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    Did they give you a binder? I can't remember if I had asked you this before. I think we are both the same, can't sit still looking at things that need to be done. At 3 weeks post surgery I thought I would shave my legs....lol...big mistake. Immediately went into muscle spasms. I learned the hard way about pain medication. DON'T wait until you start hurting to take them. The doctor would not prescribe them if they didn't think you'd need it. ALWAYS eat something before taking them, remember you had major surgery. I'm 9 weeks post and wore my binder faithfully until today (it's a trial run). The binder helps to protect inside/outside stitches from tearing, and keeps the cut muscles and nerves lined up. In my case I was severely bloated for years (thought I was getting fat...lol), but I ate very little. To make a long story short, my stomach muscles were extremely stretched out from the bloating and swelling. About 4-6 weeks post I started hurting like my muscles were pulled, hurt even my skin. Turns out that they were actually retracting to their normal size and falling back into where they belong. In other words..healing. I will relay to you my surgeon's advice...patience! Walking after eating helps so much with the healing process.

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      I have been wearing the binder on and off. Im actually gonna try it for sleeping to. I had 2 kids so in have extra skin, folds that lean when I side sleep and that makes the right side pain worse. I've never been a back sleeper, so I'm gonna see if the binder helps hold the tummy I'm place while i sleep tonight..I have to work on my tummy more once in heal..Man 2 kids really took its toll, not sure if those muscles can come back..lol

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      At first I would sleep with the binder on. I never had any children but because my muscles were so stretched out from the years of bloating it's almost the same situation. I'm not a back sleeper either but I couldn't find a comfortable way other than the back, and that's with the binder on. By week 3-4 I was able to sleep on my side with minimal discomfort. Also started rotating nights wearing the binder. I waited a while simply because I wanted to make sure there was no stress on the inside stitches, muscles and nerves which the binder holds in place.

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    Patience is not our strong suit is it?

    I took only Tylenol in recovery. Pain med before bed so I could sleep. I am now just short of 4 months post op. It was done robotically. I still can have pain if I have a larger meal. I am way

    better than prior to surgery. Hoping I’m just taking longer to completely heal. I finally had pizza without being sick. 8 months later!  Glad you both are doing ok ! One step forward!

    Kate

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      Yes I'm definitly not the patient type..I keep comparing this to my gall bladder surgery, but I was younger then and really that's a different sort of surgery. I'm glad my recovery lines up a lot like everyone else's and also glad for no compications...Im gonna stick with Tylenol moving forward. Luckily the pain has been mostly pretty mild, centralized.

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    I had a similar reaction to the antibiotic (Sulfamethoxazole) My symptoms included yellow eyes, pain in my jaw and teeth, headache, dizzyness, hallucinations, fever, chills, and sweats.

    I stopped taking it immeadiantly.

    It was the creepiest feeling I've ever experienced. Glad your ok.

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      Thanks for the input! Funny my teeth and jaw hurt too! I was telling my husband that it must have been like what a very bad trip felt like..I was having bizzare vivid dreams too..Never again! I'm gonna have to put that on my allergy list going forward..

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    I am reading the forum everyday and I am so thankful to have you in my life. I appreciate each update very much. My surgery is set up for July 31, robotic/laparoscopic. Due to your detail feedbacks I am more comfortable to go for the surgery. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
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      I'm so glad it's helpful! It really helped me when I discovered this place too..Nothing like learning from everyone's experience!

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