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cough after tummy tuck

cough after tummy tuck

Postby 5mom » Fri Mar 16, 2007 2:24 pm

Hi! This is my first time writing, but I have really appreciated reading all of your comments. I just had a tummy tuck yesterday, and I am very sore!! I have five children and am 43 years old and looked 6 months pregnant all the time. I think the doctor did an ok job, but I was wondering if anyone has delt with having a cough after this surgery (I had it going in, I just didn't realize what a pain it would be). I can't tell you how painful it is to cough, but if I try to supress it, I get wheezy. My doctor seemed unconcerned, and just said put a pillow on your stomach when you cough. There has to be more advice than that! I would so much appreciate any advice on how to handle this situation if any of you have been through it. Thanks to all of you who are so candid and supportive. It is wonderful to know this support group is out there. I would also love to hear about other's recent tummy tuck experiences.

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Postby mymidlifecrisis » Fri Mar 16, 2007 2:30 pm

OH MY GOD--coughing...it's like the worst form of torture following a tt. I had a slight cough too going in to surgery 3 weeks ago, and after coming out of the anesthesia, it was just horrible. I thought I was going to split in two every time I'd have to cough. I would fight it to the point that my stomach would just convulse. They say to place a pillow on your stomach and lean forward, but it still hurts so bad. Now that I'm 3 weeks out, it is easier to cough, but I still feel a little twinge when I do. Oh, and sneezing is just as bad, so hopefully you don't have allergies or anything. Good luck with your recovery...it will get better :D .
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Postby momof5` » Fri Mar 16, 2007 2:52 pm

Hello fellow 5Mom - cough drops are good, little sips of water, taking deep breaths. It hurts SO bad, I know! I hope it doesn't get worse for you! I also did little coughs so not to force my tummy to do any work. Best wishes to you...I feel your pain!

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Postby sallyannb » Fri Mar 16, 2007 3:01 pm

Hi Momof5

I feel your pain, I really do...but not much you can do otherthan bracing your body and holding onto somthing. It does feel feel like your splitting in two, it will get better and easier to cope with. I am sorry you have this cough at such a time.

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Postby Stef42 » Fri Mar 16, 2007 4:06 pm

I hate coughing!!!!!
It's the worst. I find that splinting with my hands is better than with a pillow. I can hold my belly tighter...unless you use like a sofa pillow.
Unfortunately, if you're coughing from an upper respiratory problem you were having before you probably need to let yourself cough. You don't want to end up with pneumonia!
Drink plenty of water. It helps thin your secretions so that if you are producing it won't take as much effort to cough it up. Also, my PS suggests taking in a deep breath and giving 3 short coughs. This helps keep the lungs clear.
Good luck and happy healing!

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Postby nolookingback » Fri Mar 16, 2007 4:47 pm

I hope you find some relief!! Coughing was so painful at first. The good news is it gets better over time. I actually choked on a drink. OMG!!! I was sore for an hour afterward.

Everyone has given you great solutions. I Personally love the cough drops. I know there is a drug DELSYM is a cough suppressant. Ask your ps if you can take that to make sure it won't interfere with other meds.

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Postby fabnoble » Fri Mar 16, 2007 5:00 pm

Me too..........The first week is the worst. It does get better. I feel like I can cough pain free at this point, ok maybe a little bracing. Only 2.5 weeks po.
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Postby TraceLynn » Fri Mar 16, 2007 5:11 pm

My doctor told me is was VERY important to cough after the surgery. He told me to cough every two hours or more often if I needed to. You have to get that anesthesia out of your lungs. If you don't, you'll end up with pneumonia and that is the last thing you want on top of surgery. I was told to use a pillow to bear down on when I coughed and I found that it really helped. If I happened to be going to the bathroom when I coughed, I used my hands and they worked as well as the pillow. You must cough though.
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Postby AzureGirl » Fri Mar 16, 2007 6:19 pm

Yes, coughing SUCKS! I have been dealing with this since Monday when I had my MTT done. But, it's easier to cough each day. Today I noticed that it didn't hurt as bad.
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Postby travelgirl » Fri Mar 16, 2007 6:23 pm

I just choked on a piece of rice!!!!!! ohhhhh did that hurt!
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Postby Stef42 » Fri Mar 16, 2007 7:10 pm

My husband made an observation yesterday that made me queasy...he said "what if you were choking and I had to do the heimlich on you?"
OMG...it made me ill to even consider it. So chew slowly girls!

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Postby 5mom » Fri Mar 16, 2007 8:08 pm

Thank all of you for your insights. I am running a low grade fever now, and wonder if I have suppressed this cough so much that I am getting an infection. Unfortunately, it is Friday night and all doctors are unavaliable. I have a zpack antibiodic for reoccuring sinus infections. Has anyone taken antibiodics after surgery? Down sides to starting this and then asking on Monday? I also appreciate so much the advice to cough. I don't think I am doing a good job with this. You are all so supportive. I had no idea so many people cared. I will do my best to also give advice to others when I get more experience with this!

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Postby wantmybodyback07 » Sat Mar 17, 2007 6:41 am

OMG!!!
The day after surgery & had a scratch in my throat, so when I inhaled, I let out a cough. Let me tell you, I felt my insides tear apart. It was such a shock, the pain, I could not believe what happened.
I have been using cough drops, drinking warm tea to help with the scratchy feeling. Hope that helps!
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Postby viviansb » Sat Mar 17, 2007 9:48 pm

I kept cough medicine by my bedside and took it as soon as I felt so much as a tickle in my throat. Coughing hurt like hell and the anesthesia tube they stick down your throat does a great job of irritating, too!
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Postby mothergoose » Sat Mar 17, 2007 10:27 pm

i had a horrible coughing fit about 3 or 4 days after my surgery--i was getting over a cold when i went in. i thought i was going to split in half! i was so freaked out by the whole thing--and in so much pain afterwards. thankfully, nothing bad happened--no popped stitches, no undone MR-- and i ended up taking cough medicine for a few days to keep it from happening again.

unfortunately, there really is nothing much you can do to stave off the cough. i ended up bent over in half while squatting on the floor to keep the pain to a minimum but even that didn't help. just do like someone before me said: keep your throat moist and a pillow nearby. this too shall pass.

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