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When does it get easier to get up out of bed or a chair? Once I’m walking around I’m better but getting out of bed or a chair is pulling so much. I’m 6 days post op from DS, gallbladder removal and hernia repair.

I’m still swollen and have that post surgery weight even though I’ve hardly been able to get more than Water down.

HW 270

CW 245.2

SW 242.8

GW 135

DS Surgery date -12-8-17

I’m 42 and 5’2”

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I used to hold a pillow against my stomach and push lightly when I went to stand up, it helped a lot.

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I had dramatic improvement in week 2. Early in the week there was still some discomfort with getting up, but by the end of the week it was pretty well gone. The incision to the right of my belly button (as I look down) was the one that hurt the most - the internal stitches were what I was feeling with muscle under there. Depending on how I sat/lay - it would give me pain. Definitely be cautious for the first month with how you sit/stand/lift so that you don't put added stress on those stitches inside. That is what the pain was for me. Then one day it was like a light switch turned off and the pain was gone. The pain from bumping it, or trying to lay on my side was gone before the first month was up - like week 3.

I saw so many people saying that after just a few days they were pain free - which had me worried too. Get 2 weeks under your belt and you should be fine.

Just looked at the posting date and your surgery date. Looks like you should be right about 2 weeks right now - still having issues?

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I had dramatic improvement in week 2. Early in the week there was still some discomfort with getting up, but by the end of the week it was pretty well gone. The incision to the right of my belly button (as I look down) was the one that hurt the most - the internal stitches were what I was feeling with muscle under there. Depending on how I sat/lay - it would give me pain. Definitely be cautious for the first month with how you sit/stand/lift so that you don't put added stress on those stitches inside. That is what the pain was for me. Then one day it was like a light switch turned off and the pain was gone. The pain from bumping it, or trying to lay on my side was gone before the first month was up - like week 3.
I saw so many people saying that after just a few days they were pain free - which had me worried too. Get 2 weeks under your belt and you should be fine.
Just looked at the posting date and your surgery date. Looks like you should be right about 2 weeks right now - still having issues?


Thanks for your encouraging response.

I’m now just over 2 weeks post op. Feeling much better however the getting up and down still pulls a lot. I’m comfortable laying propped up in bed and miss laying on my stomach or side. It’s still pulling when I attempt to roll to the side. I know it’s still early and will continue to get better daily. I’m walking a lot better too. Sitting for long periods or getting in and out of the car and very difficult. I was supposed to return to work on the 22 (14 days post op) and had to ask for an extension because I can’t drive. I had 3 days of pain pills after moving from recovery. I’m so grateful to have had some left over from kidney stones.


HW 270
CW 231.5
SW 242.8
GW 135
DS Surgery date -12-8-17
I’m 42 and 5’2”

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21 minutes ago, fastfoodaddictnomore said:

I’m now just over 2 weeks post op. Feeling much better however the getting up and down still pulls a lot. I’m comfortable laying propped up in bed and miss laying on my stomach or side. It’s still pulling when I attempt to roll to the side. I know it’s still early and will continue to get better daily. I’m walking a lot better too. Sitting for long periods or getting in and out of the car and very difficult. I was supposed to return to work on the 22 (14 days post op) and had to ask for an extension because I can’t drive. I had 3 days of pain pills after moving from recovery. I’m so grateful to have had some left over from kidney stones.

I think I was able to get the bed near flat around week 3 (we have a sleep number bed that has the motorized frame for lifting feet and head - never been more glad to have it after all the years of never using that feature lol) and sleep on my side again. Be forewarned - it will never be the same on your side again - you are losing your prop to keep you tilted heheheheh. I had to get a bigger pillow to curl up with to keep from rolling onto my stomach. You are close to being pain free - end is in sight!

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This thread was so nice to find! I've been so stressed about the pain I'm still having. It's beating me down and making it difficult to not regret my decision to have the surgery. I'm 8 days post op from RNY. I struggle to get up and sit down. It's difficult to find a comfortable sleeping position. And I struggle with even wanting to get up and around to do anything because of the constant pulling pain.

It's good to not feel alone and to know there is an end in sight.

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On 12/26/2017 at 9:13 PM, andelw said:

This thread was so nice to find! I've been so stressed about the pain I'm still having. It's beating me down and making it difficult to not regret my decision to have the surgery. I'm 8 days post op from RNY. I struggle to get up and sit down. It's difficult to find a comfortable sleeping position. And I struggle with even wanting to get up and around to do anything because of the constant pulling pain.

It's good to not feel alone and to know there is an end in sight.

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Believe it or not - you are through the worst of it. As long as you don't aggravate it by trying to get up too quick, or bend over to grab stuff too quick - you will get through it. Once you feel better, don't be too quick to get back to normal or try too fast to get to lifting and moving like you did. You do NOT want any setbacks. :) Do your walking, and get your rest. Your mission for the next few days - drink your liquids, walk as much as you can, and rest.

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