back pain after tt

  • spinmama
  • 3 years ago

I know we all have back pain being slumped over so much but my hip flexors are killing me too,. I had to crawl to my room this morning cause I just couldnt walk. How long til I should be able to stand up straight? Also, it feels like I have major cramps...is that all part of the swelling/healing?

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I'm three days post op. I sleep on my side, flat, with two thin pillows under my head. This morning I was relaxing in bed almost flat on my back but I have to agree, the back pain has been harder to cope with than the surgery. It is all muscular though so I'm pretty sure it will eventually work its way out. I think the trick is not to stay in one position for very long and if you do, keep wriggling and move your back.
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yeah my hip flexors are taking the longest to stretch out again. Also i get the worst cramps in the morning while I'm in bed lying flat on my back - i try to move an arm or a leg and my abs cramp quite badly and I'll have to roll into a ball to release the cramp. I'm not sure how long that's going to last.... I'm seeing my PS in two weeks and I was going to ask him about it. It's not painful but quite annoying.
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Oh yeah, I'm 6 1/2 weeks PO and I only started standing upright at 6 weeks. At 4 weeks I was about 80% upright. It's been a long slow stretch out...
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I am 8 weeks later and some days my front is so tight that I find myself slouching which causes the back pain to come back.
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And here I was hoping I am nearly there after 4 weeks! Thing is also had a facelift and eyelid surgery 2 days after the TT and then, just before coming home I got a tummy bug and on the plane I picked up some foreign bug that made me oh so sick. In total I have lost 8kg and all my energy. I have to say my dr was saying something about 3 months, so let's hope! :)
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I am six days post op and my back is hurting so bad, it's actually worse than the tummy at this point. It hurts so bad to even think about standing straight up.
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Mine was the same til about 10-12 days out. I know it's hard, but hang in there. I bet in another week you'll see a big difference. After the 2nd week is when I started to see the light at the end of the tunnel. I'm sure you will too.
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I had my tummy tuck same time as you, on the 24th of December and yes, the backache was terrible. It is now 4 weeks and I am still not free from pain. I have stopped taking all pain meds as I have to be back at work in a week and cannot be all doped up then. I find the supportwear provided by the hospital helps a great deal when walking but I find it hard sitting at a desk wearing that tight thing. Worst is sleeping. Can only sleep on my back and without pain killers, I just cannot get comfortable. I guess patience is a virtue from which I do not suffer.
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I had my op 5 days ago, my tummy is fine, no pain there. My back is absolutely killing me. Is that normal?
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Oh my! I thought the same thing! My back killed from the lipo and from hunching but my tummy was fine. I am post op day 20 and my back still hurts and the lipo still hurts in some spots. My doctor had me buy flexies which is similar to spanx and then put the compression garment over that. It makes a world of difference.
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2 weeks po and have the same! Been like this since the beginning! Very difficult to walk and can't get comfortable to sleep!
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I spent the whole day yesterday, watching tv and dozing. This meant that sleeping through the night was not easy. I ended up taking some pain killers as I had sneezed which in turn, hurt my tummy muscles. I'm going to make sure that I have a slightly more active day today, taking a couple of little walks to ensure that I am tired at the right time.
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I'm on day three and all seems to be going well. I've just started experiencing a little bit of back pain, but not much discomfort otherwise, although I obviously can't stant straight. All good so far. Looking foward to this time next week !
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Oh wow i thought i was alone in this im on my 8th day post op n lord knows ive been begging for a speedy recovery im still in a lot of pain but mainly in my back.
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Thank you so much. I am on day 11 and today my back was fine but now I'm having issues with my drain site. My doctor decided to leave it in a few more days, which was fine with me. But today it seemed real irritated and felt like little bee stings. I feel like it's one thing after another. Grrrrr........ I'm really trying not to be a big baby about the whole thing but I'm ready to feel normal again.
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I started standing up straight at about the 2 week mark thank God! My back hurt more than my stomach at that point. I'm on day 23 now and the only time I find myself hunched is when I get up after sitting for an extended period of time. Even then it only takes me a minute to straighten up. Now I'm working on being able to arch my back!
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I am now 3 months after my abdominoplesty and can walk but only for short distances because my back hurts so much, standing is a problem to iron clothes, and it is always too easy to sit down and watch telly. I wonder when I will be safe to swim, I had my gall bladder removed 2 weeks ago also and am seeing my po tonight to see what I can and cant do.
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My PS said when they close the tummy tuck, they put me on an angle, so there was no way I was going to walk straight for a while. I am 5 weeks post op and started maybe after the 3 week mark...but not all day. If I went out I knew it was time to come back home, when I started to shrink. It is still that way for me.
Sleeping-Since day 2, I have been sleeping in a reclined postion on my bed, with a pillow under my knees. But this week, I have started to alternate and sleep on my sides (2 pillows, 1 under head and 1 inbetween leges). Last night I couldn't sleep on my sides bc they hurted/sore/swollen (I think because I over did it the last couple of days, painting, laundry, etc...). so I went back to my million of pillows. I have tried lying flat also, but not to fall asleep.
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I am 3 weeks post op and I find I have more energy but take it easy for healing sake. My back does hurt off and on..but not so much now. I got the go ahead to walk as my fitness for now. And I have gone to places like target to walk while my family shops or even walk my jogging trail. But when I have a day out like at Target..I find that the next day I am sore and exhausted. So I relax the next day. Walking has helped out a lot tho'. I try to stretch and relax on a recliner..get up and walk around the house oftern. I moved into my bed for the first time last night and woke up and my back was hurting. I am thinking the bed is too soft. So I know it is gradual annoyances like these that can throw one through a loop sometimes. Take it easy..get the ok from your PS on what type of stretches are possible at your p.o stage and take it easy. :) And gradually start laying flat too. :)
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I am still not lying flat on my back, as that makes it hurt (previous problem).

I lie on my back in bed, with pillows under my knees and one under my heels. It keeps me bent at pretty good angles so the back isn't flat.

When I would get tired of sleeping that way, I would get up around 4 or 5 a.m. and sleep in the recliner for a while.
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7days after my tt. My back pain is much worse than my tummy pain. I been sleeping on my lazy chair for the fast 7 days. Can someone let me know if I can lie flat down on my bed since I'm alway afraid if I do that the stitches might open. Please advice
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My doctor asked me to start trying to lay flat at 7 days post op.  He wanted me to stretch out a bit and start getting use to it.  Now it was a slow process at doing it 15 minutes at a time. 

It took me about three weeks to totally lay flat.  Baby steps...
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Ok. For some reason I thought you were supposed to sleep in a sitting down upright position. Which isn't very comfortable but doable
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The first three days post op they want your head elevated a bit to help prevent from getting fluid in the lungs.  That is with any surgery though.
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My doc told me to lie back with pillows under my head and shoulders and knees. I have recently lowered the pillows under my head quite a bit, but still keep a pillow under my knees. I normally would do that, for lying on my back, since lying flat is not great for anyone with back problems, or poor posture.

Part of the reason they want your knees up to begin with, is to help with circulation, I believe.
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