I had surgery Monday, and I've been doing pretty well. I haven't taken pain pills in a few days because I'm not usually in a lot of pain, and also because they don't seem to do much, since my pain is usually short-lived and related to moving wrong or using my stomach muscles. The only real pain that I have is getting out of bed and coughing. Getting out of bed I've solved by having my boyfriend basically pull me out of bed, but with the coughing, I have no idea what to do.
It feels absolutely horrible. It feels like the lower right incision (where they pulled out my excess stomach) is splitting open and my insides are going to fall out of it. I can press a pillow to it, I can hold my hand against it, I can wear an abdominal binder, and nothing helps. I have a call in to my surgeon's office already, but I was hoping you guys might have some ideas.
Is this just something that will happen and I have to deal with it? How long does it happen? Is there anything I can do to help the pain? Please help!
To make things worse, my monthly visitor (which has been gone since November, thanks to an amazing form of birth control) came back today, accompanied by horrible cramping. On the upside, though, I'm at 200.2 pounds this morning, almost to onederland already!