Sitting, Laying Down and a Comfortable Position to Work In?

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  1. FerretLance

    FerretLance New Member

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    Hello! I've recently had the climax of pilonidal dealings; the surgery. I wasn't too frantic or scared during the operation or beforehand, having been told mine was small and would probably only be around a fifteen minute cut and clear, maybe thirty minutes under. I was more scared of the pile of work I would have to do with the days of school I was missing; being sixteen and enrolled in so many advanced classes takes its toll on you when you're injured.

    It wasn't, it was much deeper, all the way to the bone at one part apparently. There was no fancy skin flap done or anything super major I've seen other people going through, he just used some sort of liquid to see how deep it was, filled it with something and put a drain in and sewed it up standard enough. There's quite a bit of stitches; I think it's around 6 or 7 cm long from what pictures and other people have described to me.

    The pain problem I found after the hospital meds wore off was dealing with the pain. They put me on 350 mg tablets of Hydrocodone, take 1-2 every 4 hours depending on level of pain. I was fine taking them the first 2 days, but after that the pills seemed to do more harm than good and I've just been taking 400 mg of ibuprofen every 4-6 hours.

    So, the whole point of this thread is about, what am I to do about sitting? There's always a constant level of pain. A pain that doesn't go away under either ibuprofen or hydrocodone. I rate it around 4-7, from feeling like there's a stick up my butt to gritting my teeth and hoping I'm not going to start whimpering or mewling in pain as I try to get up or roll over. I would like to sit up and do my school work. I've tried crossing my legs, sitting like an Indian, sitting straight-backed, sitting slouched, sitting 45 degrees up and working out the abs I didn't know I had, but nothing seems to be a painless position that doesn't hurt to rise from. This is a pain in the butt, literally, because I'd like to get most of this school work done why I'm doing nothing. It needs to be done before I return! I asked the surgeon I meet with and he advised I try advil or deal with the side effects of the hydrocodone. Like I should work on school work when the medicine works. So 1 hour of school work to 3 hours of I can't actually think or move.

    Is there a fairer solution? I'm on Day 5 of the recovery, by the way.
     
  2. Tonster

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    Hi FerretLance... hang in there - that's hard to deal with I know. You do need some medical advice though and probably from the surgeon themselves. With a 6-7 I'd be going down to the emergency department and asking them to get hold of the surgeon.

    1 or 2 Hydrocodone every 4 hours sounds like a looooot of painkillers! Were you coherent? hehe My op sounds similar to yours... I was given some tramadol to take home, but only having 2/day. Also given the Brufen and Paracetamol in bulk under subsididy in Aus. But what I also got was the anti-inflammatories... (Celebrex) stuff with warnings about thinning your blood and not having it for too long... my whole mid section was numb for days... sounds like you're possibly going through inflammatory stage after the surgery... I really hope they didn't forget to prescribe some drugs - it's hard to be sure in a busy hospital.

    Can you afford to ignore school for now - give yourself 4 weeks time-out (at least)? I also thought I could work from home... it's just not feasible... no matter how much you want to or think you should be able to.... you've gone through a fairly major surgery... your body and mind needs rest rest and more rest.
     
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    After my surgery, with the stitches, sitting just really didn't work. When I needed to complete something like writing or reading I would either lay on my side or on my stomach on my bed. Trust me, I know it gets super uncomfortable and starts to hurt. Probably around day 10ish I started sitting in chairs for like 10-15 minutes at a time, but slouching wasn't an option, completely straight up towards the edge of the seat. Your only on day 5 so it'll get better but it'll take some time.
     
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    since you've only just recently had this done, all you can really do is wait and try sitting while you can and stopping when it hurts, gradually you'll gain more time but it'll take at least oh probably till week 2 or 3 get much time at all at first.....

    when you do find you can sit more, a coccyx pillow or a tush cush could help but they won't help you sit long now since everything is so newly hurt and painful still.....
     
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    I totally agree with all the above advices. I think 5 days post op is too soon to be sitting because for me, my incision was a little over 3 inches and it took me well over 2 weeks to sit for 3-5 minutes top. I am sure you have lots to do and it is irritating as heck that you can't do it right now, but do take care of your body first so you can continue with your education. Let your body tell you what it needs, like for example, when your incision site is hurting, it means you need to take it slow & rest.

    As for me, now well over 1 month post op, I have been using a neck pillow with the tiny foam beads in it to sit and every now & then still taking ibuprofen. Wishing you a speedy recovery and the best!!!
     
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    Do people expect pain of 4-7 after 5 days post op? Mine was a big deep op... And I didn't experience that still after 5 days...

    Totally forget about sitting for now. You will turn a point where that's possible. Also think about options to forget about school in the condition you're in.
     
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    I remember having a horrible pain day around my second week. I'll never forget that day, I spent a lot of it crying. I remember after my shower that day just crying from trying to move around and dry off, but on the other hand I wasn't taking any pain meds because I don't like them. Even in this persons case with pain meds everyone heals different but also his frustration of wanting to be able to do everything normal again could be a factor too. You just can't push yourself too hard OP and just let the healing continue, you'll be sitting soon.
     
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    I can't ignore school, but a few of my teachers are trying their best to excuse me from some assignments while some are fairly are insistent I do them on time the day they're given.

    I don't think I was prescribed anti-inflammatories even though there seems to be a pretty bad problem with swelling at times. I think if it's because they carry a health risk like blood thinning that-that's why. There's some risk of heart issues in my blood line, but I'm not sure. Speaking of which--after this is over I'm due to really get some chest examinations and deal with steroids again.

    When I talked to my surgeon, I'm guessing I didn't really seem that in pain and I really didn't talk to him much about it, because I have trouble admitting there's a problem to doctors sometimes. He didn't see any problems when he looked that he was concerned about and he says it's healing faster than some which means I should be fine. All of you seem to have the general consensus of sitting is impossible, but I'm reluctant to draw away from my school work and lay down. I'm even determined to return to school next week and was very bummed when he said I wasn't able to return now.

    While I'm on the topic of sitting...how about running in March? Track season isn't a longshot is it? I'm supposed to be going out for Varsity.
     
  9. Baxter4321

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    I don't think you should give up on school work but you shouldn't force yourself to sit if your not ready either. Laying down to do your school work is probably the best way to get it done right now. I spent two weeks laying down and doing things, you'll be amazed what you can accomplish even though it kinda sucks and isn't exactly comfortable.

    I don't know about track, that really depends on how you heal and what your doctor thinks. After your stitches come out your doctor will probably tell you to still keep it easy because you don't want the wound to reopen. You'll just have to wait and see and just keep healing, which includes not putting unnecessary pressure on your wound if you don't need to, like forcing yourself to sit. All I wanted was to sit normal again, but it takes time. So focus on yourself and your school work but mostly don't force your body to do things it isn't ready to do yet.
     
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