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Stomach gets very hard and TIGHT after activity - 6 weeks PO

Stomach gets very hard and TIGHT after activity - 6 weeks PO

Postby Ineedwisdom » Sun Oct 24, 2010 8:10 am

HI Everyone!

Tomorrow I will be 6 weeks PO from FTT w/MR and BL/BR.

I have been going strong (very strong...ha), these past 3 days. My daughter is getting married next year... need I say more.
Anyway... yesterday we shopped for 12 hours and did the day before also.

I had the energy to do it, and actually felt pretty good. But.... when I get home after that long of a day my stomach is sooooo tight it feels like it just may explode!!! :shock: It is SOOOO tight and HARD! :? I have some swelling on the sides (strange to me) but I don't consider that strange after being on my feet and walking for what seemed like miles and miles! ha

But...I am a little concerned about how TIGHT my stomach feels. It's hard to walk all the way upright (once I get home and sit down and get back up) and it is HARD as a rock. Almost feels like my stomach is contracting too, like in labor. :roll:

Can anyone relate? I am wondering if I should slow it down a bit or just keep on going because it's "normal" and will get better? [-o<
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Re: Stomach gets very hard and TIGHT after activity - 6 weeks PO

Postby candybabe » Sun Oct 24, 2010 9:14 am

I can completely relate. I am only a couple of days behind you. Yes, my stomach feels like a bunch of little babies are in it and hitting me with their fist LOL. I feel more under my incision it get hard and sometimes it honestly feels like a lump of hardness on one side and then the next day it will be more all hardness across the whole area.
I also am having swelling on my sides, really bad above the incision . Like I feel like I have huge love handles and didnt have that before.
I think we are completely normal... I hope so anyway:)
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Re: Stomach gets very hard and TIGHT after activity - 6 weeks PO

Postby coffeebreak » Sun Oct 24, 2010 9:29 am

i just asked the very same question lol i descibed it as feeling like a brackston contraction when pregnant, the whole tummy tightenss so tight you end up hunched over again, seeing you 2 ladies are going through the same makes me think..omg WERE NORMAL :shock: lol im so glad i found this site, definatly been an asset during my healing.....
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Re: Stomach gets very hard and TIGHT after activity - 6 weeks PO

Postby AnnieBeansprout » Sun Oct 24, 2010 11:04 am

Completely normal, although uncomfortable. You will experience this for months to come, although probably not as strong as in the early months. It gets better, but it does go on!

Every so often even now I will really really tighten up. It takes me more by surprise these days as it is very rare. When I first started doing planks it would happen, and that was around 11 months. Other ab work had not really caused it. Sometimes it just happens for no reason. Just sitting in a movie or something. Being over active and under active. I guess just living can cause it.

But it is normal and yes might not be as bad if you don't have active days, but it isn't going to hurt anything. It is normal. The MR likes to come back to remind us that we indeed had it! :)
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Re: Stomach gets very hard and TIGHT after activity - 6 weeks PO

Postby HopefulMomma » Sun Oct 24, 2010 11:10 am

Yep, that is the same thing I feel and the muscle spasms feel like braxton hicks contractions or when the baby would get onto one side in your belly with its elbows/knees and you'd have to rub it to get him to move....pretty uncomfortable. However, I don't feel that as much now as I did the first few weeks only once in a while. The first few weeks it was every time I coughed, sneezed, or laughed to hard that I felt it.
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Re: Stomach gets very hard and TIGHT after activity - 6 weeks PO

Postby AnnieBeansprout » Sun Oct 24, 2010 12:39 pm

Yep, yep me too Hopeful. Continuous in the first weeks. I remember laying in bed and it just coming on all the time. Going up and down more often than later, when it seemed to stay that way for longer (on me anyway).
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Re: Stomach gets very hard and TIGHT after activity - 6 weeks PO

Postby Ineedwisdom » Sun Oct 24, 2010 4:40 pm

Well....I'm thankful I'm normal! =D> I was at the doctor last week and had not really had any experience with this...maybe a little but NOTHING like the past 3 days. I have gone sooooo hard these past 3 days, that it definetly had an impact on the tightness and such....to the point of being very uncomfortable.

I'm sure in my case that it's been standing for soooo long but I'm glad to know that others (sorry...ha), are feeling the same thing.

And, Annie.... I'm glad to know that it can and might go on for some time. It's funny how at this point, 6 weeks seems SOOO long and like such an accomplishment :roll: and it is in so many ways. But.... it still isn't very long in the scheme of things. Or, in the fact that the doc said I wouldn't see the final result until March or so. ha! So..... when I THINK to myself that I shouldn't feel this way THIS FAR out :lol: it will be good to remember you veterans! ha

I think I'm going to prop my feet up! LOL

Oh.... one more question for you TIGHT girls! :wink: How many hours per day are you wearing a Spanx or whatever control garment you are using? My doc said I'm OK to go to 10 hours of wearing a day, so I've taken it off to sleep the past couple of days. It feels so strange! Just wondering if that MIGHT have an impact on these 3 days?

So many questions! :)

My doctor asked me to speak to a potential patient the other day in his office. At first I was like... OK... but I'm in a hurry. The lady came in and was sooooooo excited to have someone "about her size" and story to talk to. I thought....boy do I wish I had someone to drill in the docs office before MY surgery. ha! That's what this board has been such a blessing for!! :D
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Re: Stomach gets very hard and TIGHT after activity - 6 weeks PO

Postby itsmommytime » Sun Oct 24, 2010 4:55 pm

That feeling will last for awhile I had mine at the end of may and I feel that way by the end of my day . I just put my binder back on when I feel that way .
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Re: Stomach gets very hard and TIGHT after activity - 6 weeks PO

Postby coffeebreak » Mon Oct 25, 2010 10:04 am

i notice with myself i get the muscle spasms mostly when i sneeze, cough or laugh or sit too long, at first i thought omg i damaged my MR but thank god for annie on this site who calmed my fears, and was later confirmed by PS i didnt damage the MR but more than likely pulled some scar tissue and that would self repair, i am so blessed to have found this site otherwise i think i would have driven my PS crazy with my worries and fears, every strange feeling i get i come on here and find that so many others have the same problems/symptoms i thank god for the ladies that have stayed on this site to help and support those of us just starting our journeys of healing and recovery, please know your knowledge and support is so greatly appreciated, i too believed after 2 weeks i would be running marathons, however, i started beating myself up abit when at the 2 week mark i was still very hunched over (and still not completely straight to date) and not able to do alot of the things i normally did, i got tired and sore very fast to the point i had to stop and sit, i realize after finding this site that 2 weeks is truly not enough time to be completely normal and back on my feet as before the surgery, and after seeing so many others in the same position i have accepted the healing process as it happens,
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