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Sore and stiff muscles after tummy tuck

  • marilize
  • rustenburg
  • 4 years ago

I had a tummy tuck 8 days ago, muscles very stiff and sore. is this normal, and how long will this keep up?

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Day 2 and feel good unless I have to pee or get up fro. The recliner, then I pray for death.
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Be patient. i felt the same. Now it's my 6 weeks and i am much better. Just be patient my dear!!!!
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Be patient! i am in 6 weeks now, had surgery on Feb 13th. I was the same, but i am much better now. still is not 100%. Just be patient my dear!!!!
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hi, just wanted to update all those who have had or having TT and/or breast augmentation. I had my surgery completed in August 2011 - i had a full tummy tuck and implants done at the same time. I am 48, a personal trainer and weigh 65kgs, bodyfat 21%. i have 3 children - all c sections. I went into surgery at 63kgs and hover around this weight. After 2 and a half years the tummy tuck scar is still noticeable but not numb or tender or red or swollen. The scar is in the same position as my c-section scars, just longer. By breast are gorgeous and the scar barely noticeable (they cut around my existing nipple and so the stitching matched my areola line) ..my breast are not tender or sore, but i do not have the same nipple sensation as pre surgery. If i eat too much food, my stomach aches and it hurts - like i have had a roast dinner and over ate! So i dont overeat! I can do ALL and more of the exercising i was doing previously - but can not really lay on my stomach comfortably now. My abdominals were always pretty good, i just had extra skin and the linea alba split. With that rectified i can do all the abdominal and weigh training i want to do and see great results. The only thing negative i can say is i still have numbing and no feeling around my belly button area. This is a new belly button area for me - they had to stitch my belly button onto new skin...so this area is still numb and feels odd to touch. So, all in all, i have all praises for the TT and tit job! Makes me feel great, and comfortable in my skin!
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Hi everyone. I had a TT 16 days ago and I'm very nervous, can't stand straight. My muscels are very tight, especially under my breasts. I just want to cry. I'm not sure if my doctor made a mistake or it's just normal. Can anyone advise please!
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This is normal had my tt and breast implants and lift done on jan 14,2014 it does get better I to was so tight that I thought omg what is going on now I'm 7 weeks out today I can stand straight tummy still tight and I still swell a lot hang in there it gets better hope this helped.
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welcome to our world Taydemooei - it gets better, but it will be painful for a wee while longer yet. are u wearing a body corset? i went back to work after a week post surgery, very limited duties, and went dancing in Vegas a month post surgery...so life gets better, just everyone heals at different levels. Hang in there and try to keep yourself upright and moving (walking gently is good)
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Very normal. I am over 3 month out and some days I have a lo of soreness and tightness right in the middle area between my breasts.
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thanks for the info Lalajane. i am at the week 4th now and much better than last week. i started to go to gym last week, very light, just walking and some stretch. still i can not stand up straight, something is pulling me down, is under the breast, don't know is this the muscle or skin. i'm doing my best to stand upright but still hunching!
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thanks, i feel better when i see that these are common for the TT. i am much better compare to last week, but still hunching, doing my best to stand straight but muscles are very tight and pull me down.
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Very normal. I am 12 weeks and still have some days where they are sore and stiff. It is a long road. Keep your head up!
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My tummy tuck and breast implant surgery summary: Week 1. Illusion- I felt great because the doctor put pain medicine in the body. I was fine to walk short distances. I had two drains in pubic hair area. You can't shower for 2 days. 1 drain was removed after 5 days ( have to be draining less than 30cc) First bowel movement was painful. Breasts feel hard. Bruised and are very high. Week 2 What the he'll did I do? Pain med suddenly made me nauseous. Dr had prescribed anti naseous suppositions ( hard to do when breasts feel tender too. ) 2nd drain removed at day 10,. Thank God! Drains are the biggest annoyance! Breasts are starting to slowly drop but have to do push down excercise. Week 3. I'm back at work. Walking slow, wearing my binder and I'm itchy on tummy. Dr said to us hydrocortisone. She also gave me brochure to older silicone sheet for scar Area around tummy is suddenly waking up. I'm overly sensitive around tummy a n d boob s. Finally just took a benadryl a nd I feel so look much better. More to come
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My pre op is October 18 surgery date October 24. I'm really nervous. Thanks for all the post i feel better
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Hello everyone! I'm 11 days out from a tummy tuck that included my hips as well as a breast lift / reduction. It's been very difficult, but I remain optimistic. At 7 days my surgeon told me I was uncommonly swollen around my abdomen with what he guessed was 10 pounds of excess water. My surgeon did not use drains so I wondered if I will have to have them if the swelling doesn't subside. Is that even an option? I'm walking closely upright, I have about 20 degrees to go. What is most bothersome is sleeping. I cannot lay on my back due to the incisions back there. Any suggestions or folks out there with similar experiences? My next follow-up is in 3 days putting me at 2 weeks out. I'm open to stretches or other ideas anyone has! Thanks!
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Hi all. I had a TT (no muscle tightening) with lipo on 2/17. The area near the belly button is concave and the area at the scar site seems swollen. I also seems to be getting cramping around the scar. Migraines are occurring every two days. Anyone experiencing this? I'm getting quite nervous!
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Hi all I'm getting a full tummy tuck in less than 6 wks I'm quiet nervous I have 2 wks off from work is tat enough time in a sales assistant I have 5 beautiful so my tummy quiet saggy and muscles not great is it worth it please tell me your experiences thanks alot
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Hi! Welcome! I had my full tummy tuck 10 months ago and, yes, I feel it is very worth it. I think 2 weeks off work is enough time, but you have to see how you feel.

This procedure is a very long recovery. You will be swollen and very tired for quite a while, but it is normal. There are many reviews and before and after photos on this site - so look around and that will help you get an idea of others experiences. You can also write your own review if you would like. This is a very supportive forum and we are all here for you!
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I am a dancer/gymnast. Seeing that you had your TT quite a while ago, can you tell me how long after the TT I will be able to bend over all the way backwards as I have to continue with my work after my TT. I am going in next month. Thankx.
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Hi, i am a personal trainer and mum of 3 (age 46), had a full TT and breast augmentation August 2011, i went into surgery fit, strong and lean. Recovery was speedy for me in the fact that i was operated on on Thursday morning and was back at work on Monday! BUT i was very stiff and bent over and my job did not require me to lift or jump around. But by 2 week post op i was 110% improved from the week prior. I was back on my exercise bike (gently) and moving much better BUT i was still miles away from really feeling fantastic. It has been 12 months now and i can and will do anything and everything that i did before but i am still numb around my belly button area and it feels really weird to touch. But the overall look and effect is fantastic. The extra skin from pregnancies has gone, my 8cm abdominal separation has been sewn up and my abdominals are just as strong as they were pre TT. I always had good abdominal muscle definition and i still have post TT. Everyone is different, but i reckon it was around 6 - 8 months post TT that i actually felt like i could do all my Pilates movements and stretches. Good luck!
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6 to 8 MONTHS until you could do Pilates again? OMG. I am 1 week out and can't wait to do my Pilates again (I did it daily before the surgery). I really hope I don't have to wait THAT long! Yikes!
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Hi I had a full TT 4 weeks ago, be ready for the worst time of your life, everyone is different, but I never thought it was gonna be this bad, I've just started standing straight but doing so has split open part of my wound:(( I've had loads of ops on my tummy before but never felt pain like this, I've just booked another 3 weeks off work, u must say now I look at my belly and say it was all worth it, I'm not getting any sleep still. Hope all goes well for you and good luck x
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8 months post and still sore below the belly button. I am very tight!!!!
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If I am just laying around the house I do not wear my binder as it constricts my breathing. But, if I away from the house doing errands I wear my binder ( I have multiple ones ). My surgeon really pulled me tight and sometimes it feels like my stomach is touching my backbone! Feeling is still not there below the belly button. Feels weird when wearing clothes.
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Well I was where u r at. I am now 8 month post and it has finally gone done. I am still a little swollen and sore. Still wear my binder.
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I have my tummy tuck 31 / 2 months ago, I was very tight. My muscles feel like is going to pop up. Also when I did my clothing between my navel and my incision is still swelling up, whenever I'm not on my apparel. Going to try acupucture this week. With CT and all is well. Do not know what else to do. I think a flat tummy tuck free stomachI my 31 / 2 months before the pain, I am still very nervous. My muscles feel like is going to pop up. Also when I did my clothing between my navel and my incision is still swelling up, whenever I'm not on my apparel. Going to try acupucture this week. With CT and all is well. Do not know what else to do. I think a flat stomach pain free.

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