Open Myomectomy

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I am just over 4 weeks post open myomectomy and was wondering how others have recovered. The scar is still swollen and sore which I expected however at times I get what I can only describe as sharp "stabbing" pains. These seem to be more from inside my body rather than from the scar. Is this normal? I'm not due to see my GP for another week so just wanted to check with others who may have gone through the procedure.

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    Hi, I am almost 5 weeks since open myomectomy, bikini line incision to remove 8cm penducukated fibroid.  Also had left ovary (which had a mass attached to it) removed at the same time.  Gradually increasing my walking but get tired easily and take rests and sit down when out. My scar is getting better but I have what I can describe as a tugging sensation on my left and right groin area when I know ive done too much. Back to consultant on 30th with hopefully phased return to work the day after. I too have to remind myself it's major surgery because I want to recover properly. 
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      Hi Simone

      I had an open myomectomy done 2 weeks ago and also experience a tugging sensation in my rigt groin. Mostly when I lay on my sides. Was this normal during your healing process? My right upper leg also feels slightly numb at times. Please let me know how you're recovery went.

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      Hie I had a myomectomy on the 21st of March to remove a degenerating fibroid n they found 3 smaller ones too. My suture line healed rather fast n well but my tummy is swollen and hurts and since im due back at work next week (5th week) i weaned myself off the pain meds. Problem is the weather is whack n really cold and making my internal wounds hurt a helluva lot. I also started my period, less pain than what i was used to but still on 1 week later. Maybe due to the Visannne treatment. Best advice is take it easy, we heal differently, i was w very active person but cn hardly get out of bed without cramping up. Im looking to God the master physician to bring to conclusion what the Doctors begun. Stay warm, stay hydrated, rest up and eat well so your body flushes out well.
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      Hi, I'm 6 weeks post op and feeling much better. Still wearing the plaster though. Waiting on doctor to confirm follow up appointment. Still get shooting pains in abdomen and by the cut area. Overall I'm healing nicely. Thanks for the advice and I wish you a speedy recovery too.

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      Are you still having that tugging sensation on your right groin. Im 3 weeks post op today. I've been having alot of tugging on my right groin too sometimes on my left but mostly on my right. Did you figure out why you were having that tugging???

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    Hi ffion28, I'd be interested to hear how you are at the moment. I took about 4 weeks before feeling more normal and began doing a little more walking. I had a degenerated fibroid that pushed the back wall of my womb out by about 15cm (so I am told) and another 3/4 fibroids removed. It is all a bit of a blur. By week 6 post op I began to feel back to normal and did a little more, slightly longer walks and lifting (nothing too major). I am now back to feeling really sore, my scarring has swollen up a lot since before and I am now experiencing similar discomfort as I did 3 weeks after my open myomectomy.

    Although I did not feel much pain to indicate anything was wrong. I am almost 8 weeks now. Have my hospital post surgery check up tomorrow. I am sure this can't be right. I really want to be back to normal. My stomach is swelling still, I've been following all the physio stuff, but have seen a backwards step in my recovery and beiginning to have a really sore back and literally ump if my scar is touched, this didn't happen last week. Anyone else experienced similar? Appreciate your help.

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      Hi Bek I know what you mean. I felt as if I was getting better, going for walks, taking my son to school and pushing my daughter in the pushchair (probably not advisable but what else can you do?). However I am now 9 weeks post op and my stomach feels swollen and the scar is sore. I am currently part time at work and not sure if I have been pushing myself too much. Unfortunately I am a dance teacher so it's really difficult to judge what I can and can't do.

      At least you have an appointment with your specialist and can ask questions. I have not had any follow up appointments or physio which I think is dreadful. I'm guessing our bodies are still recovering and will be for a long while. Let me know how it goes. 

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      Hi. I am going through the same thing. I am about 10 weeks post op and the stomach swelling is back and lots of lower back pain. I have no idea why,  I was finally starting to feel a bit better and now this. Did you got to the Dr and did they say why u were feeling like that? This has been an awful recovery. Any input would help. Thanks! 
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      Hi I am now 19 weeks post op and now, finally, starting to feel normal. I overdid it at work about 5 weeks ago and wen I visited the GP he said I had strained the ligaments in my stomach. It was quite painful but apparently no long term damage. Just have to accept that the recovery from this operation is much longer than I anticipated, or maybe its just me! My scar can get very itchy and swollen and to me this is a sign that I need to rest. Find at the weekends stomach is much better.

      What I find difficult is that I'm an active person and nobody in the medical profession is telling me what I can and can't do. Think sit ups are out of the question as seem to have no core strength. How should I develop my core strength and what is safe?

      Erin have you been to the Dr? Any joy and are you feeling a bit better? 

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      Hello, I just had surgery done on Fri April 1st. Wat was supposed to be a quick, easy surgery requiring the 3 small holes in the uterus to take out fibroids w possibly an inch incision if they cudnt take it out, they opened up "a can of worms" and had to cut a 6 inch incision horizontal "c-section" at the bikini line to get fibroids and endometriosis taken out while manipulating the bladder and filling the stomach up w gas so they can see everything. Recuperation was originally supposed to be 2 weeks but has been changed to 6 weeks w post follow up in 3 weeks. Can anyone tell me if they have had a similarb"procedure" done, what I can expect in the next "6 weeks" and how going back to work will be like. My part time day job-25 hrs a week is an easy non stressful behind the desk answering calls and at the computer. My 40 hr week FT is more physical, working in a laboratory, living heavy items up to 50lbs, LOTS of standing in one place, and if there is sitting, its a stool. Please help me out. Im 33, 55, 123 lbs. Im not a big girl, but not too skinny either, toned. Thanks for any help/advice!
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      Hi, I had my surgery on April 18th, a minilaparotomy myomectomy with the bikini (C-section) cut.  The first week was kind of rough for me just not knowing what to expect.  I stayed with my mom for a week and then came home.  I live alone but have had someone come and check on me daily.  I live on the third floor and today was the first day that i have walked all the way up without any issues.  Besides that i have been carried up if I needed to go out.  Every day I would do one flight of stairs as instructed by my doc. The gas pains were the worse and I am still dealing with a little bit now. It still feels weird when I use the restroom, #1 and #2 but I’m glad my bowels are working (sorry if TMI) but I am very regular and am used to going a few times a day.  Sometimes I have to eat prunes or take stool softeners to assist as well as gas x. My doc put me on leave for 6 weeks as well but I am so ready to go back to work and to at least drive.  I have my post op appt next week so I will see what she says.  I am still very swollen under my incision and am not sure if that is common or not but it is not painful, just puffy.  I have a desk job and my boss said it was okay to work from home if my doc isn’t ready for me to come back after 2 weeks.  I know I am asking for much but I’m a workaholic and hate sitting around the house.  I try to make sure I walk often and drink lots of water so I don’t get constipated.  I’m 37 and around the same size as you and can’t wait to be cleared to start working out again. My doc removed around 11 fibroids and said I had lots of scaring.  Unfortunately my period is due next week and I am so not looking forward to dealing with that while dealing with this.  Sometimes my uterus feels very heavy but I’ve come to the conclusion that it is because I need to empty my bladder or have a bowel movement.  I can’t wait to be back to normal again but am so glad I finally have mine removed. The most problematic ones were pushing on my bladder which made me go to the bathroom CONSTANTLY. I really have taken any heavy pain meds besides ibuprofen and am feeling better daily. I have dissolvable stiches with some kind of glue over it so it is looking kinda nasty now with the glue crusting and peeling off.  Sorry I kind of wrote a book. I wish you the best of luck with your healing.  Oh and I have pics too which are nasty looking and kind of cool at the same time.
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      I know this old but, I'm having the same struggle. Please give me better news. Tomorrow marks 7 weeks and I'm still sore and swollen. It's so frustrating.

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      Hey. Im 4 weeks now. Tummy swollen, hurts inside like a chunk of cut. Worse when its cold. No meds help except diclofenac . Not looking fwd to going back to work which is next week. Period came.. been a week... still spotting do literally have continous bleeding.... also started visanne treatment, no side effects thank God... except if its causing the bleeds. I tell myself its the 'joys of womanhood' and will battle it out coz i want babies. Give yoursrlfva high five. This is a major thing and u are a phenomenal woman who has survived it... A man wld die in your shoes. May God's healing hands be on your uterus and provide the soothing and comfort u need... He is yadah, the master physician!!! and rest a lot while u can, take it easy. The worst is over (coupled with wearing some hideous granny pants for comfort)

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      Thank you so much for sharing🙄. Now i kinda know what ro expect after my surgery. And no i appreciate you beeing very detailed. Thank you. Hope you keep getting better!

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