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  • Claire replied to the topic February 2018 in the forum February 7 months, 1 week ago

    Hi Ladies
    Just a quick tip re going to the loo! Take a cushion/pillow to hug and put your feet up on something… Pile of books….child’s toilet step etc. Don’t strain, just be prepared to sit for a bit!
    If the hospital didn’t send you home with any ‘stool softener’ (!) get someone to buy you some Lactulose from the chemist. Prune juice always…[Read more]

  • Claire replied to the topic February 2018 in the forum February 7 months, 2 weeks ago

    Hi Mutti
    My tummy was very swollen for quite some time. I am usually a size 14 but bought some leggings a pair size 18 and one size 16 and a size 14. I also bought some big knickers in size 16 too. I lived in them for quite a few weeks so would suggest you get some!
    Even after a few months your tummy will swell up as the day goes on so be prepared…[Read more]

  • Claire replied to the topic February 2018 in the forum February 7 months, 2 weeks ago

    Morning all!
    Nichola, I can’t tell you the relief I felt afterwards! Your tummy will feel soooooo much better! You may have a little ‘shelf’ of tummy and it will look a bit lopsided for a while but that will improve and after the discomfort you have been in you will feel great. I really dreaded the surgery and the scar but hey ho got to get on…[Read more]

  • Claire replied to the topic February 2018 in the forum February 7 months, 2 weeks ago

    Hello Ladies
    Thought I would pop in to your group. I had my op almost a year ago now on 1st March 2017 and this Forum and the ladies on it gave me so much support and help I virtually lived here! It is very scary and you can feel like no one understands. I had a full abdominal with a vertical incision to remove massive fibroids (2kg!).
    I am…[Read more]

  • Claire replied to the topic fibroid newbie in the forum Fibroids 1 year, 2 months ago

    Hi Sandie

    Pain was fine, I had a morphine pump to start with for 12hrs and felt no pain the had tramadol for 1 day because they made me very sick! After that it was paracetamol and ibuprofen, pain never got the better of me.
    To be honest, the anticipation of the operation is much worse I think. I had lots of support from other ladies on here so…[Read more]

  • Claire replied to the topic fibroid newbie in the forum Fibroids 1 year, 3 months ago

    Hi Sand
    Reading your post is like looking in a mirror. Everything you describe is EXACTLY the same as I was. The only difference was that the Esmya worked for me but didn’t shrink Freddie (my fibroid!) enough. Anyway. I had a TAH on 1st March with a vertical incision, left my cervix but removed my ovaries.
    Without a doubt the best thing I ever…[Read more]

  • I am 12 weeks post op after a vertical incision and TAH. This last week I have had a lot of ‘dragging’ aches and pains in my abdomen and also pain in my vagina. Was worried it might be a prolapse but don’t think so.
    I am pretty much doing everything now and just wonder if I am doing too much?
    I thought I would be fine by now. Anyone else the same…[Read more]

  • Claire replied to the topic MARCH Once more in the forum March 1 year, 4 months ago

    Hi Fiona
    I am almost 12 weeks now and just in the last week have had a ‘dragging’ pain in my abdomen and also feeling like I need to wee a lot! I don’t think I have a UTI so am just trying to drink lots. Have taken paracetamol for the pain.
    I think I have probably been doing too much. I was reading an article that says we Are only 50% healed at…[Read more]

  • Claire replied to the topic April operation 4 in the forum April 1 year, 4 months ago

    Hi Veronica
    I would think very carefully before you agree to go back even part time, especially as you had a vertical incision and some complications. I am sure if necessary your doctor would extend your sick note. Mine did, no questions asked.
    It is very easy to feel the subliminal pressure to return when in reality we all know that as soon as…[Read more]

  • Claire replied to the topic MARCH Once more in the forum March 1 year, 4 months ago

    Hi Hayley
    I think it can be a self confidence thing. At 5 weeks I knew I would be able to drive the following week but I kept putting it off. We get so used to our little bubble after such major surgery that it can be quite daunting to face the real world again so sometimes we use excuses to put it off. I fully understand how you feel and can only…[Read more]

  • Claire replied to the topic MARCH Once more in the forum March 1 year, 4 months ago

    Hi Kay
    Recovery time can depend on the type of op you had. If you have a big incision you will still be getting tired even after 6 weeks especially if you walk up and down hills so build in lots of resting. Take a folded scarf to go between your tummy and seatbelt.
    Just a couple of words of caution: May be worth checking with your GP about DVT…[Read more]

  • Claire replied to the topic MARCH Once more in the forum March 1 year, 4 months ago

    Hi Glynise
    I also had a vertical incision and Honestly I think three weeks is too early to swim. There is still a lot of healing going on inside that you can’t see. When I went for the first time at 7weeks I was surprised at how much abdominal pulling I could feel even though I was just being gentle. I definitely knew about it afterwards!
    The…[Read more]

  • Claire replied to the topic MARCH Once more in the forum March 1 year, 4 months ago

    Hi Fiona
    My tummy is still flabby and a bit lopsided….almost like a ‘shelf’! I had a vertical incision and don’t know if that is part of the problem?!
    It does swell up as the day progresses but the flabby tummy is one of the reasons I am trying to lose some weight to see if that helps…knowing my luck it won’t go from my belly!
    Don’t know about…[Read more]

  • Claire replied to the topic MARCH Once more in the forum March 1 year, 4 months ago

    Hi Fiona
    I am swimming now but be careful, you will feel fine and think you can do an extra few lengths. The following days is ok but the day after you will feel it. I went swimming on Tuesday and did 10 lengths when I should have stopped after about 6…today I have really ached and been very tired. It is difficult to know which is just ordinary…[Read more]

  • Claire started the topic MARCH Once more in the forum March 1 year, 4 months ago

    Hello ladies
    I hope you are still all out there? Just wondering how you are all doing.
    I am 8 weeks today, feeling quite well now but still get tired and do too much sometimes. I need to lose some weight now. Have started swimming

    Claire

  • Claire replied to the topic MARCH (yet again!) in the forum March 1 year, 5 months ago

    Hi Hayley
    I get swelly belly too! Sometimes I feel like I am two steps forward and one step back so I know what it is like. I think we just have to accept that it is a ‘long haul’ which is hard when we are ‘doers’ and get frustrated when things aren’t done as we want.

    Glad you got sorted Nancy! Can feel scary…it is always the Unknown!

    Stick…[Read more]

  • Claire replied to the topic MARCH (yet again!) in the forum March 1 year, 5 months ago

    Hi Clare
    Really sorry you are not feeling too good. Important to remember what you have been through…. Leading up to the op, then major surgery, then the DVT scare plus now potential bowel problems. It really is a roller coaster of emotions with good days and bad days and questioning every twinge and pain, am I doing too much or not enough? Lots…[Read more]

  • Claire replied to the topic MARCH (yet again!) in the forum March 1 year, 5 months ago

    Hi Nancy
    Why don’t you try ringing the ward you were on and asking their advice?

    Claire

  • Claire replied to the topic MARCH (yet again!) in the forum March 1 year, 5 months ago

    Hayley
    I wore my stockings for 2weeks but only through the day.

    Claire

  • Claire replied to the topic MARCH (yet again!) in the forum March 1 year, 5 months ago

    Hi ladies
    I had my 6 week post op check up this week (can’t quite believe it is six weeks!). I have been cleared to drive and swim (and sex!-very apprehensive!). Scar is healing well and I am rubbing bio oil into it twice a day.
    I was warned to be careful with lifting, bending and stretching for at least another 6weeks and no very heavy lifting…[Read more]

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