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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I am 5 1/2 weeks post up from a tummy tuck with major muscle repair. I have noticed that the space right above my belly button all the way up to my chest phone seems to be a round and kind of buldging looking. Like I have a round stomach. I was so busy not being able to stand up straight that I didn't notice it until now. I am not sure if this is swelling but I am not a happy person but am confused why my tummy is rounding like this. Did anyone else go through something like this around the six week post op., Could it be swelling. It feels pretty hard so I am not sure what is going on. Any advice or thoughts are much appreciated.
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Okay so I am using my iPhone talk to text. It is supposed to say chest bone and I am not a happy person, correction I am a happy person ha ha
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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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Pittsburghehelp what u said was perfect! I too am day 2 post op and If it wasnt for the peeing and fear of blood clots I would just rot in thus recliner! Lol it hurts so bad! Did u get lipoed too?
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ladies, my advice from a "been there, done that" point of view plus being a personal trainer as well - MOVE gently and gradually - but the sooner you move yourself the quicker you will be back to your NEW self. I was hunched over for a few weeks, thought i would never come right - but i did - i didnt vacuum or do any hard lifting or pushing for a few weeks maybe, but time is a wonderous thing and slowly i was back to my enjoy my new me! yes, i had a small amount of lipo done on my folds of skin up by my underarm (top chest where my arm meets my underarm, it was always a yuk area for me)
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Thanks Lalajane
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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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Thank you for your story! I always wondered what it would be like years after. I am nearing my 3 week post op date and was wondering if sensation to my stomach would ever be 'normal' again, since right now everything feels like it's not my body I'm touching, so this was a good read!
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I had a second tummy tuck within 18 months in April (along with breast implants). Super happy with the implants but I too feel like I have a rounding around the belly button. The first tummy tuck was a mini below the belly button. This one was a full with abdominal muscle repair. I feel great but still not feeling like I will ever have sculpted abs like I want. I'm 52 years old and have four kids (one being a c section). I am 5'4" and weigh 109. I'm hoping with time, exercise and the right diet I can obtain flat, sculpted abs. Is this possible or am I being unrealistic?
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48 year old, 3 children, 3 c-sections and 30 years of training and i have sculpted abs, so its possible - it sounds like u are tiny so weight/and fat is not an issue, it sounds like u just have to do some dedicated training. Find a sympathetic trainer and get some exercises that you can do at home regularly. Dont rush back into exercise though - even though i was back into my training relatively quickly, everyone is different and their healing and recovery if individual. It might take at least 12+ months to get back into full training, dont rush, it will happen! Good luck Mllr300
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MLLrc300, I am looking like from my belly button to my ribs is rounded, like I look pregnant. I had a tummy tuck 4/28/14 and am afraid I might need a revision unless I can fix my abs with exercise. I would love to know what you find out. I would love a flat tummy, I had two c sections and am 33.
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Laiajane, do you have any recommendations on how to get rid of the tummy tuck scar? Mine came out a little crooked and thick. I'm very happy with the actual results but strangely, the scar moved as i healed.
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How long has it been since your surgery? i am 3 years post surgery and my scar still hasn't faded completely. I was told prior to my surgery that my skin scars easily (i was riddled with stretch marks) and it might take some time before the surgery scar fades. I guess everyone scars/heals differently. I use Vitamin E cream regularly and rub it in in an 'up and down motion' using both hands. My scar has healed and finally has feeling and sensation which only occurred within the last year.
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did u have the full TT (abdominal wall repair) or just partial TT (removal of excess skin)?
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lgirllld - we are just about a week apart in surgeries. I won't see my surgeon again until September so I'm going to keep working out and hope that helps. I know everybody always says "abs are made in the kitchen". I usually watch what I eat (no breads, pasta, cookies, cakes, chips, red meat). I guess I will start paying closer attention to that. All I know is - I have to be happy with this because this is my second tummy tuck in a year and a half. I have days that I look at my abs and think I still could have had a little more skin removed but I will have to make things work. I'm with you though - I definitely don't like the "rounded" look! I wanted flat abs!!! Did you have anything done with your belly button? I didn't the first time but this time he moved it so I have an up and down scar above the tummy tuck incision. There is some puckering with that but he said he could fix that in the office around the six month mark. I still feel tight and swollen some days around the belly button area. I keep googling to find out if that's normal. It sounds like it could take six months to a year to be fully healed. Unfortunately I'm not a patient person. Thanks for your response. It's nice to have someone else to bounce things off of that's gone through the same thing!
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Thanks for your advice. I appreciate it! I keep searching and googling to find someone with training experience and tummy tuck knowledge. It's not easy! I feel like I'm going backwards sometimes. I'm still sore around the belly button when I do push ups and planks. Any idea on how long that lasts?
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i dont think u want to hear my answer, but MY belly button area is STILL numb - i have no feeling there yet (full TT Aug 2011) - my surgeon said some people may never get feeling there again, others may get some sensation. I can do planks, all abdominal exercises and all pilates movements - i have abdominal muscles and core strength - its just the numbness that is odd. I think u need to just be gentle with yourself and take things slowly - they will come back eventually - lets hope its quicker than mine though! :-) )
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The numbness doesn't bother me at all. I just want to be able to start doing heavier lifting and some plank work. I hope I had everything tightened enough! I have ready a lot of posts where people couldn't even stand up straight and I never had that problem! Oh well - I'm just going to try and do as much as my body will let me do right now. Thank you!
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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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