Wow - great info

#1
I'm almost ashamed to post this - I apparently did not ask enough questions of my doctor or do my research regarding my open wound healing. My doctor told me straighfaced that I could be back to normal activity within a day (even said I could go play rugby if I wanted...)

I am now in day 5 of recovery - had the surgery Tuesday, and was back to work Wednesday (where I sit on my bum all day). Needless to say, I'm in pretty good pain and was getting nervous that something was wrong. Thanks to the great posts here - I am finally now informed, and know that it will be a signficant process to heal. Unfortunately, I don't have the time to take from work, so I have a tush cush to hopefully ease the pain - and will just continue on.

As a general question - how long on average has it taken for the majority of the severe pain to subside (again, open wound healing)? Thanks again to all those who posted before me - stay strong!
 

Joanna

New Member
#2
Don't feel bad about not being educated about all this. Between my first flare up and surgery there was only a few days so I went into the surgery blind about what I was in for, luckily I stumbled across this website and it has made all the difference.

As for your question about pain subsiding... I was lucky enough to be able to take two weeks off from work...after about 10 days most of the pain was manageable. That hardest part was not sitting up for a while or being able to lie on my back. I can't believe you went to work the day after your surgery... I definitely was in too much pain to do so. I would suggest walking around when you can at work to relieve that pain on your butt. How big is your incision?
 
#3
Thanks Joanna! I'm hoping that the severe pain will subside in the next few days - my main concern is that because I'm working, and sitting, that I'm impeding the healing process - I have a call in today to my surgeon to help clear some things up.

I'm not sure exactly how big the incision is - it looks 1 inch wide by 2 long or so.



Don't feel bad about not being educated about all this. Between my first flare up and surgery there was only a few days so I went into the surgery blind about what I was in for, luckily I stumbled across this website and it has made all the difference.

As for your question about pain subsiding... I was lucky enough to be able to take two weeks off from work...after about 10 days most of the pain was manageable. That hardest part was not sitting up for a while or being able to lie on my back. I can't believe you went to work the day after your surgery... I definitely was in too much pain to do so. I would suggest walking around when you can at work to relieve that pain on your butt. How big is your incision?
 

Joanna

New Member
#4
Did you get the coccyx cushion? That will definitely help. At first I got the donut shaped cushion and that didn't help at all but the coccyx cushion was a lifesaver.
 

Hound

Very Helpful
#5
You are in the best place now for support and sharing experience, welcome and do keep us updated.
 
#7
Here's an update - in day 17 of recovery now, and I feel like a changed man. The healing is going well, and the pain is pretty much all gone. I can sit now with no support, sleep on my back, and just feel better. I think after a full 3 weeks, I may begin running again (slowly) :) Thanks again to you all for this forum, for your stories and support!
 
#8
What a coincidence, I'm also in day 17 post-op, open wound.
I still find it hard to sleep on my back - my favourite position, i sit at work on a U-shaped cushion and except that there's no pain.
What bothers me is the size of the opening, i sweat a lot in the subway and the sweat is keeping my bandate wet!
In this style it will heal in the autumn 2012.
 
#9
Andrej - if you sweat that much, I would recommend getting an antiperspirant powder or stick and use it for that area (i.e., apply around teh wound, not on it!). Also, try wearing loose-fitting clothes. While in recovery, I wore my PJ's, and loose fitting boxers -- at work, I simply wear the dressing and I take precautions to let the area dry out.
 
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