• getting comfortable

    Asked by cathy1967 on Wednesday, October 31, 2012

    getting comfortable

    HI I am 8 day post op- I have been home for 3 - I can not seem to find a comfortable position - I have a large incision site on the back of my left thigh - I am getting up and walking but today sitting and or laying was not comfortable no matter what i did - any advice

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    • Peroll's Avatar

      Hi Cathy I had surgery A week ago today, my fifth cancer surgery. I can relate to the comfort problem as for me even if I find a comfortable position it only takes an hour or so before it starts to get uncomfortable again. I naver have been able to sit in or lay one positiin too long before one or more of my joints objects. My best advice to note positions that are comfortable once you find then (if necesary write it down) inclkuding hoe you got there as just getting into a positiion from another position can cause pain sometimes. Also don't be afraid to use pain medication as necessary to get comfortable and get some rest. Rest is important to healing, and we all know you do not get rest in the hospital. Congratulations on getting through surgery and may yout recovery be a smooth one.

      over 8 years ago
    • nobrand's Avatar

      Hey Cathy-- sometimes I cannot find a comfortable position either. One thing that has helped me is a few smaller sized pillows. I keep them on the bed and couch to make minute adjustments to my position. There are some days that this doesn't even work, and if your pain medicine isn't helping you, call your doctor for advice. It's so important to get good rest and heal!

      over 8 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      Can you elevate your feet or knees far enough to take the pressure off you thighs?

      over 8 years ago
    • SpunkyS's Avatar

      I did not have your type of C, but was very edematous. Very uncomfortable after a short while in any position. I found that a memory foam pillow or mattress topper helped. Downside of topper is if it is thick enough, it is hard to reposition yourself. I changed from bed to chair about every 2 hours the first 10 days. Good luck finding that cozy spot.

      over 8 years ago
    • Jess' Avatar

      Hi Cathy, sorry to hear about how uncomfortable you are. I had open kidney surgery and could not lie down or sit in one possition for very long at a time, until I found a liquid filled cushion. It is thin and very flexable, I could put it behind my back or lie on it and it helped alot. I found mine at my medical supply company. it is only about 2 inches thick and about 18 inch square. Good luck and I hope that you get some relief. Like everyone has said before use the pain meds as you need them, and if they are not enough call your doctor and get something else that will.

      over 8 years ago
    • Carol-Charlie's Avatar

      I've no advise. I had my abdomine from naval all the way down to there.. opened to remove my 39 lb cancerouse ovaries..and the cancer that had spread. It was the moving from one position to another Back to side, side to side... But then... I had my two boys (long time aged cats) They had missed me so much when I was in hospital almost two weeks... they cuddled with me. One on each side. i'd just slip back to sleep with the sound of their purring..

      over 8 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      Post op pain can be very difficult to deal with. I still remember how uncomfortable and debilitating my post nephectomy healing processes was (and that was Nov 1995). It does get better slowly, over time, but you will heal. Ask you surgeon if s/he as any suggestions to help make you more comfortable and use your pain meds, this is not a time to skimp.

      over 8 years ago
    • Crash's Avatar

      Personally, I would suggest a nice Merlot, Malbec, or Shiraz. I have found that they go splendidly in modest portions. I know I'm not supposed to but....having made the mistake of reading the contra indications on the side of my chemo stuff, and knowing that my body is the receptacle of what normally would be considered poisons, I have felt sufficiently empowered to experiment with what I feel most likely to improve the situation. For the most part, I have not been disappointed. My saint of a wife, is a physical therapist and would of course applaud your getting up and walking, me too.

      over 8 years ago
    • packerbacker's Avatar

      I had back surgery a few months ago and I still have discomfort with changing positions. Number one, make sure your pain medications are helping to relieve some of the discomfort, and if they're not, ask the doctor for something else. Pillows help, but moving them and changing positions is uncomfortable. When you lay on your side, do you put a pillow between your knees? That can take some of the pressure off of your thigh. I hope you find something that helps!

      over 8 years ago
    • Shoeless' Avatar

      It's going to take time to heal. Use the pain meds - that's what they're for. I still remember very vividly the pain after my surgery in July, 2001. My back, left side and chest hurt. There was simply no comfortable position to be in. Standing, sitting, laying down in any position - it all hurt. Exercise is necessary even though it is painful. Walking is good, so long as you don't overdo it. Meds and time are your friends. Best of luck to you.

      over 8 years ago

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