5th week post-op - waist muscle pain and upper abdominal pain

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Dear members,

I am on my 5th week post-op TAH (removed uterus, cervix and Fallopian tubes). I was recovering well in the past few weeks with reducing pains.

Of all sudden, I had a painful swelling abdominal and soreness/pulling pain around waist yesterday coupled with giddiness and headache. Is it normal having a regression during recovery period? Any remedy members could share esp. now I still can't exercise. I put on an abdominal binder now to ease the pain slightly.

Many thanks...

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    Hi Sue. I had a full abdominal hysterectomy 2 years ago and I too had a period a few weeks in when I felt worse. Just take things easy, it does get better but it took me a good 6 months before I felt anything like 'normal' again. I always take a little longer to heal. Take care and don't rush things.
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      Thanks Dawn for your reply. It was indeed a long recovery period like battling with 3 steps forward 2 steps backward. I would take things easy 6 mths focus more on kegel exercises.
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      Hi Dawn,i am post op 5 weeks 1 day after abdominal hysterectomy and to be honest,i don't feel like i'm ever going to get better,apart from the 1st 2 weeks which were horrendous for me with the vomiting and gas.After this i felt like i had slightly improved and by week 3 i managed to do a 10 min walk a day.I felt a bit better but then overdid it and i have paid for it ever since.Whilst in bed i feel fine apart from still having to lie on my back,but when i've been up a while and gone for a short walk,i feel like i'm back at week 2.The painkillers have never done anything for me,i was initially taking Tramadol with 2 paracetemol and 1 ibu,which is what they gave me in hospital.But the tramadol caused me to have constipation which caused hemerrhoids,which i'm still trying to get rid of which makes me feel worse,so i stopped taking the Tramadol which didn't have any effect which i've learned since stopping them.My stomach just feels uncomfortable and pulling after walking and although i've lost weight through healthy eating,my clothes are still tight and feel uncomfortable on my stomach so when at home, which is most of the time i just wear a nightie.I am still a lot overweight which is probably hindering my healing but a little to late,yes i'm doing something about it.I seem to take longer to get over things aswell,i did think i had fybromyalgia at one point but this was ruled out by a specialist which said i had chronic regional pain syndrome.How long did it take you Dawn to feel like your stomach was seeming to get better?Because at the moment it feels like it's here to stay.if anyone else reads this,have they got any tips and what painkillers are they on that were effective?

      Many thanks.

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      Hi Debbie. Please don't panic. It took me a couple of months before my stomach started to feel better. Everyone is different and like you I just wore loose clothing for as long as possible. I just took paracetamol and ibuprofen for the discomfort. As I said it took me ages to feel fully recovered so don't worry, you'll get there. If you need to talk just message me. Take it easy x
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    Hi sue, I had the exact things removed by vaginal assisted laparoscopy in November 2015..i was great for 3 wks then goit really bad pains in my right side, I've since been put on Cerezete to ease my "period pains" one of my reasons to have hysterectomy was really bad pms and unfortunatly they havnt eased at all..the onlky pkus from op is no bleeding, which was also a bad problem..

    Your still early in recovery so don't expect too much too soon, youve had a major operation and your body needs time to heal, everyones different regarding age and fitness etc so what works for one won't neccesarily work for another..I hope you get sorted hun..Jo

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