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Hey all!

I just had my surgery on Tuesday and I am so happy to have found this site. I know I'm only 4 days post op so this may be a little bit of a silly question but I thought I'd get some insight.

Not going to lie it's been a pretty painful recovery so far. I'm just taking Tylenol as the Tramadol was giving me some weird side effects. Anyways, it's quite painful if I pull my shoulder blades back and stand up straight. If I'm hunched the pain really is non existent. The pain when I do this is on the right side, internally, feels like something is being stretched that shouldn't be. I'm assuming it's just muscle/organ healing etc. It's also quite painful to get get up from laying down or try and roll side to side. Again I'm only 4 days post op so I'm not overly concerned but any insight or similar healing stories would be helpful.

Thanks in advance!

Jamie

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All normal. find a small, firm pillow to press over your tummy when you stand, walk, or roll out of bed. It was my best buddy for at least 2 weeks. If you lie down on your side, you can also use it to prop up your tummy so it doesn't flop down and cause more stretching. The little incisions on the outside are NOTHING compared to what went on inside. Healing will take at least a couple of months. The pain will gradually get better, but what you are experiencing now is completely normal and expected.

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2 minutes ago, AZhiker said:

All normal. find a small, firm pillow to press over your tummy when you stand, walk, or roll out of bed. It was my best buddy for at least 2 weeks. If you lie down on your side, you can also use it to prop up your tummy so it doesn't flop down and cause more stretching. The little incisions on the outside are NOTHING compared to what went on inside. Healing will take at least a couple of months. The pain will gradually get better, but what you are experiencing now is completely normal and expected.

Thanks so much!!

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I didn't have much pain overall, but transitioning (going from lying to sitting - or sitting to standing) was tough. I felt like I'd done a million crunches or something. It got better every day, though. I'm pretty sure I was OK by the second week.

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