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Will my Swollen Belly every go down???
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Will my Swollen Belly every go down???

hi , i had my partial abdominal hysterectomy March 2/09 and have been searching for info about swollen belly
while my recovery is going as well as can be expected with minimal pain(except when i need to sneeze/cough) and discomfort  when i stand up after having sat for a while (i get up and my insides follow later..lol) or turn over in bed....i am quite unhappy about this new swollen belly....what is the ETD Expected Time of Disappearance??? Or this a new reshaping of my body? ...thanks.
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my belly was quitte swollen too your retaining water and fluids are probably filling the void were your organs once were...once your body fills that void with muscle , fat tisssue your swelling will go down it is a nirmal part of healing can not give you a time frame everyone is different likelu 2 mths tops.
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hi cherie
good to know i am not the only one. i can't imagine how i would ever be able to fit into my clothes like this....how does the void fill with muscle? like doing sit ups?  etc...i know this can't be done now...thanks
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things shift and move to adjust to you new anatomy..could be muscle, fat or some othe tissue,,,it wont stay a void...your body naturally heals its self,,,,,there is a big difference between post surgical swelling and weight gain after a hysterectomy
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I came upon this forum in desperation. I had a hysterectomy almost 20 years ago due to serious issues of low blood count and constant bleeding. With a blood count around 6, I was still well enough to exercise and do road-hiking and could walk 25 miles a day. Because I had to have regular transfusions the doctor decided I had to have a hysterectomy. Knowing as I did that I had what was described as a bulky womb with endemetryosis, I was against anything other than a straightforward abdominal opening, but the surgeon did a bikini line cut although I had said I did not care about having that.

The day after my surgery I felt very sick and could not swallow anything and had to have an NG tube in, and it was discovered I had a volvulus (twist in the bowel) - and ten days later having been on 4 hourly morphine injections for the excruciating pain, they made an incision down my entire body to try to find the twist and repair it. The bowel had stuck to dried blood in the abdomen.

I went into that hospital a size 12 (UK), came out a size 6 three weeks later.

Since that day I have had a badly swollen abdomen and been unable to wear anything tight round my stomach - no tights even in very cold winters. I have to have trousers especially made with insert panels and adjustable sections. I am now a size 22-24 round my stomach but have to have all my clothes adjusted as my top half is much smaller.

I have very bad adhesions all down my left side, and can only lie on one side or I suffer a sickening pulling feeling while in bed. All clothes cut into me when I am sitting down, making me feel really sick, and my stomach swell further. Ten years ago I was sent to see a doctor who told me there was nothing wrong with me except that I was fat, and it was nothing to do with the operation.

For nearly 5 years I have had a very bad abdominal discharge, yellowish brown and very smelly, so night and day I have to wear pads.

I measure 46 inches round the waist, I look as though I am 9 months pregnant, the swelling starts right under my bust and it is hard like a rock. It is affecting my breathing now as it is pressing on my lungs, and I am constantly exhausted. I come home from work and put on my nightclothes as that is the only time I am slightly comfortable. I am in constant pain and discomfort and my abdomen is continuing to swell day by day. It is uncomfortable to bend in the middle so I am never really at ease in a chair other than an armchair. I suffer vomiting and diarrhoea if I wear anything that is in any way constricting round my middle (hence the reason my trousers have to be adjustable so I can quickly ease the pressure as my stomach swells during the day if I am tired or unwell and is rock hard).

I have had a cat scan, examinations, seen lots of doctors, and basically been told there is nothing wrong with me and I have to 'learn to live with it'. It has wrecked my whole life, physically, emotionally, sexually as extreme pain made intercourse impossible.

I would like to find peace and a bit of comfort in my remaining years - does anyone have any suggestions at all? I would be so grateful.
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