Standing up straight

  • spinmama
  • 3 years ago

Im 17 days post op and still not standing upright and my PS is really after me. And worse I saw some guy making fun of my while walking out of the yogurt shop with my daughter tonight. Any tips on how to get straight? Im trying my best...its so uncomfortable!

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I am 2 1/2 weeks post op and I am still hunched over, I'm going to take it easy for as long as I can, I keep reminding myself that this is not an over night process! I will walk funny for as long as I have to ensure I heal properly. Every day gets better and better. I find that drinking lots of water and smaller meals does help with the swelling.
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yeah i was standing up after day 2
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I am a dancer/gymnast and is schedules for a TT. Can anyone tell me how long before I will be able to bend over backwards all the way? I need to know before I go in as I need to continue with my job after my operation.
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I am 3 weeks postop tomorrow from full TT and lipo. I started to fully stand up straight just a couple of days ago. I think it helped sleeping in my bed, which I finally got the courage to do just a few days ago. I still sleep flat with two pillows under my head and one under knee. Half of the night I still sleep in my recliner. I feel like I have to keep moving back and form cuz my body gets tired in one position. Maybe next week I will try sleeping on my side. Right now, I just dont feel ready. With the standing up straight, I found that standing up with your back against the wall and doing VERY VERY light stretching helped me out a lot!
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Haha... I wonder too. But if that is the case, I'm so okay with a snare drum tummy and no need for future abdominal exercises! :p ...So good to know that I'm not off course with this whole standing thing.
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There is certainly a range of recovery times...I wonder if it depends on how tightly your doctor stretched the skin. Mine was like a snare drum!!
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j-t, go ahead, baby yourself! :)

I did, and hubby cooked and everything for about 4 weeks. He still lifts for me and does anything I don't feel like.

I am capable, just that my PS told me to milk it for all it was worth! :D :D

Honestly though, I'm at 11.5 weeks, and still taking it easy. Even at my 8 week checkup, the doc said to keep taking it easy, as the more you do, the more swelling there will be.

I still sleep with pillows under my knees. If I lie on my side, I have at least 2 pillows supporting my abdomen and between knees. My side of the bed currently has 5 pillows! Not ginormous ones though.
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i'm almost eight weeks and i'm still having a hard time at night or after sitting for an extended period of time. I will get better.
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It takes time.... Don't force yourself for something you are not ready for. I slept with a pillow under my knees forever....
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Thanks Ladies... that is so encouraging! So many 'tuckers' are upright at that 10-14 day mark and I am getting frustrated at nearly 3 wks post-op. I don't want to baby myself, but I certainly don't want to push too hard either. Finding that happy-medium is tough.
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Dont feel bad....it took me til week 4 to stand straight. Its good to push yourself to try, but its a painful slow process so dont beat yourself up:)
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Try to be patient...I was upright at 3 weeks, but at 3 1/2 weeks when I arched my back just a tiny a bit and opened my incision. Believe me you don't want that to happen. I remember that it was more like 5-6 weeks before I started to feel pretty normal. The great news is I'm now at 10 weeks and I feel and look great!!!!! The only thing I still can't do is targeted abdominal exercise, like crunches. Boohoo! Who needs crunches now???
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I was barely walking at 2 weeks. I wouldn't worry too much. Just walk a bit more every day, and you will gradually be able to stand straighter each day.
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Hey Spin - I am now 17 days PO from FTT, and cannot stand straight either. I haven't addressed it with my PS yet, because at my one week checkup, the nurse was very direct about saying that I needed to give my body some credit and start standing upright. I have been trying, and improving, but still hunched, and still embarrassed to go out.

When were you able to stand upright? What helped? What did your PS end up saying or advising?
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yes indeed!
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i did, he put some steri strip over the areas. I looked yesterday after a shower both areas closed back up on their own. He think i should take it easy and stop stretching the incision trying to stand up straight. But yes i feel way better, i was really freaking out.
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Well, after what I've been through, I totally agree with that recommendation. This open incision business is NO FUN!! I am really happy that yours resolved quickly...now just relax and let that tummy heal!
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i tried that today and my incision started becoming apart. What do i do?
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two spots opened slightly and one started bleeding.
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How long has it been since your TT that your incision is opening??
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You need to get to your doctor and have that checked.  It should not be opening up at this point. 
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17days
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Did you call your doctor??
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OK first calm down. I am just back from a vacation in Mexico and while there, my incision opened in two places. I was at 3.5 weeks. Talk about a freak out moment.

I now know that this is something that happens sometimes...maybe from over stretching. Everyone's scar is different and ours may just be a little weaker. My openings got bigger over a period of about 36 hours eventually to about 1 1/2 inches long and 1/2 wide for the largest, about half that for the smaller one.

You hopefully have contacted your PS by now. Perhaps he could stablize your incision before it got to far. My understanding is that once it has been open for 12 hour or so, it is not wise to stitch it back up due to infection risk. Best to keep it clean, use antibiotic ointment, and keep a gauze pad over. This is what my PS instructed me to do. Eventually it will heal, but this will take a number of weeks.

I have a dear friend who also experienced this, at about the 10 day point. Her incision closed over a period of about 3-4 weeks, and now she says it looks just a tiny bit wider than the rest of her scar.
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Oh girl..you are having a tough time.   I wish I would have been with you last night.  I probably would have kicked that mans butt. Seriously..who laughs at a woman in pain and distress.  I bet he is single and without a girlfriend.

3-5 times a day lay flat on the bed and slowly lower your legs flat.  It will help relax the muscles and help you stand up straight.  When you feel the pull in the tummy and have the urge to hunch forward; stand up straight, pull your shoulders back and focus on the posture.  The sooner you can set this habit the quicker you will be through this horrible stage.  It's not easy but you can do it.
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