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Old 08-17-2008, 08:13 AM   #1
 
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Pain with Tummytuck???? How much????

Hi Girls! Tomorrow is the big day and my nerves are out of control! I keep reading different things about tummy tucks..some good, some bad stories...eeeek! I know everyones pain level is different but am I going to be screaming in pain after this tummy tuck? A girl I know at work said it was worse than labor!?!? Is there relief from the pain? Is it constant? Unbearable? Please tell me......Thanks!!!!! And please...Don't hold back!!! I really want to know what I'm up against!!!!
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I was terrified of the pain, too. But fortunately, it wasn't "constant" nor "unbearable." Mostly, I just felt really, REALLY tired. Most of my discomfort was from the drain openings, which would sting or burn at times. (especially while I moved around) The other thing was the extreme lower back pain from hunching over for the first 3 weeks. I've heard that using a cane or walker for the first few weeks helps A LOT with the back pain. As for abdominal pain, I don't really remember there being any. The incision area is totally numb, so you won't feel that. Your abs might feel sore as you're moving around, but it's not outright pain.

The pain meds are extremely potent -- and there are many med options out there so if one doesn't work as well, your PS should be very responsive and order you a different one right away. Don't try to be a hero and minimize your pain meds -- this is NOT the time to do that. My advice would be to stay on top of your med schedule and *always* take them with crackers, nuts, and/or milk. If you don't, I guarantee that you will be in extreme discomfort from the nausea. Also, don't try to do too much around the house while you're recovering. Just focus on resting, drink lots of water, and frequent trips to the bathroom will be sufficient "exercise" during the first few weeks.

Good luck! A flat tummy is WELL worth 3-4 weeks of discomfort.
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Old 08-17-2008, 08:43 AM   #3
 
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Thank you soooo much Wocky! That definitely puts my mind a little more at ease! When you know the pain isn't "constant" it's comforting... I am really thinking about that now...with one day to go! And of course I'm doing way to much reading and stumbling across the horror stories! Now I'm worried about my bellybutton, will they be able to remove most of the stretchmarks, will I get more, etc......Yikes! I am a bundle of nerves...and worrying about my breast aug/lift too! lol!!!!!! Thanks! Thanks! Thanks!!!!!!!!
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Aaawww MorningGlory, you will be fine! A walker sounds like a really good idea though. Also, see if you can get a hold of (not sure of the correct name) one of those things that has jaws on the end of it and when you squeeze the handle together the jaws open up which enables you to pick up objects on the ground or above your head to avoid stretching. Lol, hope that made sense cos it kinda didnt to me. Good Luck for tomorrow (((hugs)))
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Kiwi_Mum- Ha! I know exactly what you're talking about!!!! That grabber-thing, lol! Thank you!
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Pheeewww, I did explain it right then, lol. I referred to it as the "knicker picker upper ra"
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I just had one (and a BA) 3.5 weeks ago and I was SO nervous about post op pain before hand! I had one c-section and one other major abdominal surgery in the past and I remember them being painful so I was expecting the same but it actually wasn't as bad as I feared. The recovery was definitely easier for me than a c-section The tubes were annoying more than anything. I couldn't stand up straight for about 1.5-2 weeks and I couldn't lay in bed for about two weeks (slept in a recliner). I just highly recommend having help, taking meds on a time schedule to stay ahead of pain for at least the first 72 hours (I had friends waking me up and handing me pills, I slept a lot), and a recliner to sort of nest in for about a week. I even went out to a movie 9 days post op At this point I am still wearing the binder for a few more days and have some muscle pain/scar tenderness on my hips but seeing my tummy makes it all SO worth it.
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Kiwi_Mum- Thanks for making me laugh...soon I won't be! BTW- Your PS is very handsome!

caaich- Thank you! Glad to hear that you were able to stand up straight after two weeks as I am going back to work at that point. Unfortunately I do not have a desk job. I am a nurse and I will be on my feet most of the day I have a great Lazy Boy recliner with automatic controls. I am going to put a sheet, some pillows, and a comfy blanket on to attempt to build my "nest". My sister is a nurse so she is going to help me out! Thank goodness!

Thanks to you all for calming my hyperactive nerves! I will be more than happy after my surgery to provide pics to those interested via email (yes-they are naked) so keep that in mind! Not sure if I can put those pics in a private album here..I will have to check that out! (As long as you're all women)
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Don't worry about the pain, just make sure you have your percocet pills at hand. Whatever pain you experience, it will mostly subside within 18 hours. It will be soooo worth it, you will not even remember afterwards. Good Luck!
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karenb- Thank you!!!!!!! I am hanging onto this computer like it's my lifeline...lol! All of your responses are really helping me....online pre-op therapy!!!!! I'm not one to take pills but for this I play on staying ahead of the pain!
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My husband and I travelled 7 hours away from home to see the ps of my choice. Everything was all fine after the tummy-tuck, I left my ps' office, got to the hotel. Walking down the hall to the hotel room was so long, and I got so dizzy and hot. Other then that everything was good until I over-slept and missed my pain meds by a couple hours, and woke up in the WORST MOST HORRIBLE PAIN IN MY LIFE! Just so awful, I honestly screamed when I had to roll out of bed and slowly shuffle to the bathroom! It hurt so bad everytime I needed to pee. But the most worst of it only lasted 24 hours or less.
The main painful part was the muscles, everytime I had to roll out of bed, the hurt of the pressure on the incision when I needed to pee and the dizziness from the pain meds and lack of eating I suppose. I had no appitite after my surgery, couldn't force myself to eat at all, not even drink coffee. I just drank water, but the nurse was worried because I hadn't eaten for over 48 hours, or taken in any calories, but I just had no appitite probably from the percocet. I felt so bad for my DH, he looked so worried and stressed out, and I couldn't help it, I just screamed and screamed, lol. I wonder what everyone else in the hotel thought???
Oh, and if you get a cold, brace yourself well everytime you cough or sneeze! I got a horrible cold a week after my surgery - it was so crappy. I had actual coughing spells, not the best time for that! But what you gonna do, right?
Definately worth it and I would do it again in a heartbeat - but totally keep up on your meds!!! Keep plenty of fluids! And eat even a toast if you can!
Best of luck!
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I agree with the others, take your pain meds regularly and on time. I was given codeine as my pain relief for both my c-sections and that gave me major constipation. Crikey, three flamin enimas later though - not pleasant! I also found (when I had my lipo) keeping mobile helped my recovery immensley. Ohh yes....my ps is SEXY huh
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Thank you all!!!! It's 4am and I'm just about to leave!!!! I will be staying overnight and will be home Tuesday! THANKS EVERYONE!!!!!!!!!
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Morningglory - I hope everything went well with your TT! It might be a few days until you post here, but I'm sure you're going to be thrilled with your results. Just take it easy, take your meds, and let everyone do all the work for you!
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How did it all go Morningglory? It is amazing to see your flat ab again isn't it? Hope all is well.
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MorningGlory....Been thinking of you and hope everything went well with your surgery. Look forward to hearing all about it
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Hi Girls! I am doing OK! I am fine in my recliner but when I walk I need a little help and I look like I'm a 100yrs. old, lol! I had to adjust my binder today and My waist is sooooo tiny! My breasts are still kind of "wide" set..I'm hoping they drop soon! Anyone worried about 350cc...don't! They look fine! Not too big..not too small..so far anyways!
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Thanks for coming back to update us! I felt like a little ole lady, too -- it's the hunching!

Happy healing to you!
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Thanks Wocky! My biggest concern was constant pain..but I find when I'm in my recliner it isn't so bad! I'm only making trips to the bathroom for now and I get tired very easily. I took a shower today with the help of my husband and a chair in the shower. I really hope to get a little better with ambulating! When did you start to feel better? Thanks!
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The first 10 days were hard for me. I needed help with everything and had only enough energy to go to the bathroom and then right back to my recliner. I just remember sleeping a lot. My poor DH had to do everything: take care of me, the house, the kids, the dog! I remember starting to feel a lot more comfortable after my second drain was removed at day 11. I became more mobile and felt less discomfort. I started to straighten up between weeks 2 and 3, which was when I started going out in public for brief moments (though still hobbling and a little hunched).

Each day, you'll feel a little bit better!
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