Finally Free from the "Mummy Tummy"! - GA

I am 4 weeks post-op today. I am very happy with...

I am 4 weeks post-op today. I am very happy with my results. I had a large muscle separation and saggy skin. It caused lots of problems for me (not just cosmetic). I'm glad I finally decided to have this surgery. I can finally stop hiding behind big clothes. It's funny because people keep thinking I've lost a ton of weight in the past month. I have barely lost a pound! I just stopped wearing big baggy clothes! This recovery has not been easy for me. This is the best week so far and I am feeling closer to normal. I still have residual pains and I still have trouble sleeping. I am taking Tylenol PM to help with that. I'm very sore if I do too much and I am limited with how much I can take the stairs because it becomes painful. Even so, I'd do it all again in a heartbeat! I'm just so happy to be on the other side and I'm looking forward to the full recovery when my life is back to normal. I'm posting pics below but want to preface it by saying I was in pretty good shape before the surgery. I have been skinny most of my life and I always had a flat tummy until I had babies. I eat very well and I go back and forth with my level of exercise but I was in pretty good shape. Also, I have very little swelling and never really drained a lot after surgery. I took my pictures in the morning so the swelling is low, but I get just a little swelling by end of day usually right around the incision. I'm very pleased with the results. My bb is a little funny looking and I still haven't seen my scar yet, but I could care less! I am just happy I can wear clothes and not look pregnant!

I posted this on the Feb forum, but I wanted to...

I posted this on the Feb forum, but I wanted to post here as well to see if any veteran TTs have had the same problem. I am 7 weeks post-op and this week has been horrible! Week 7 has been filled with pain and swelling. I have never had much swelling from the beginning so this is all new. I haven't been overly active (just normal stuff). I'm not exercising yet. I don't have the all-clear from my PS to do anything other than walking and stationary bike.

I'm also having these sharp pains and I can't sleep without taking something. They are worst at the end of the day. Last night I felt like I was back in week 1 or 2 with the pain. The more I do, the more I hurt, so I'm listening to my body and taking it easy. I called my PS and the receptionist told me it's normal. She said the pain is from me starting to heal and swelling is still normal at this point. Not saying she's not qualified, but I'd feel better hearing this from the doctor or even the medical assistant. I know they hear these types of questions daily, but I also know that everyone is different. I feel like I just got a canned answer...

I was just wondering if anyone else just out of the blue started having pain and swelling this late. If I'd had swelling from the beginning or if I was exercising a lot, I wouldn't feel as concerned. It just seems weird to me that everything was going so well and I made a u-turn. I'm still happy with my results, I just don't want to mess anything up...
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