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Hi all,

I'm 2.5 days out from surgery and am having INTENSE pain at the site of my largest incision (mid right side). The pain is sharp/stabbing when I attempt to bend over or sit up straight or get out of bed in a way that "scrunches" the belly on that side.

It reduces to a dull and warm ache when I'm standing/walking, but no pain when lying still.

Is this normal? How long can I expect this pain to last?

Also, the gas pains have shown up today. How long does that typically last?

Thanks for your insight!

Edited by Flairness

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My doctor said yes that is normal I had my sleeve surgery on April 8 and I have the exact same pains but mine actually seems to be more of a burning pain it gets better day by day and I was told to just take things at a slower pace because I am trying to do to much on a daily basis

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Oh and my doctor said the pain will probably last 2 to 3 months and to fully recover from this life changing surgery 6 months so hang in there it will be worth it!!!

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Though it has only been a few days since your surgery I would suggest to call your doctor

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I am 6 days post op and I get it! Mine is on the left side, and it's a dull ache, like muscular. Then when I get up, cough, sneeze, etc, it hurts unless I brace it with my hands. My dr. Told me this is normal, because this is where they removed the stomach, and the incision site is larger and there was more "trauma" to the muscles.

When in doubt call your dr. Good luck!

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Thanks Mel! That makes sense. Are you able to bend over yet? I have two dogs and have to rely on my boyfriend to let them out because I can't reach their collars. I know, Small inconvenience, but I hate to be dependent on someone else!

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I am not able to bend over just yet I have to ask my family or some of my friends to tie my shoes VERY UPSETTING TO ME because I am also a very independent woman I JUSY HAVE TO REMEMBER it's better to ask for help than to hurt myself more because the BURNING pain is unbearable sometimes

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Hello All,

I am 3 days out from surgery, and only experience a dull ache if I try to over do it. Overall, So far so good.

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Mine was annoying for a couple of weeks, but I did not need to medicate it. It might help to sleep elevated so that you are not pulling yourself up from being completely flat. I slept in my recliner for a couple of nights. Be careful about lifting anything much over five pounds for a while, keeping in mind that a gallon of milk weighs eight pounds. It was a full two months before I could move around without noticing any pulling or intermittant pain in that one spot.

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