For the past 10 days I have been recovering from the UFE procedure I told you all about in Uterine Fibroids: Let’s talk about it (Post #2). Today, I feel AWESOME! I feel 100% recovered from the procedure. I won’t know until sometime in March if this procedure worked. However, if how I feel today or yesterday is any indication of success, I’m betting I’m finally going to get relief! YAY!
Anyone who is interested in a “day by day” in depth look at recovery, please let me know, I have this information written down. I figured I’d spare you all the in depth detail and give you a quick summary of recovery post UFE and how I feel today, 10 days post.
I feel AWESOME!!!!AMAZING!!!BEAUTIFUL!!! today and I felt the same yesterday! I think I feel so good because I gave my body rest, exercise and healthy food to heal. The way I approach recovery isn’t for everyone but it works really well for me and I have had great success in healing using fitness and a healthy diet as a supplement to the healing process. I listen to my body and give it what it needs.
Getting a UFE is extremely painful. My doctor always requires his patients to be admitted to the hospital and stay overnight. The overnight stay is recommended because this procedure causes very acute and severe pain almost immediately and the pain lasts for up to 24-48 hours post-op. Anyway, this information aside, I had two requests for the doctor prior to my surgery.
- I asked the doctor to provide me (IV) Tylenol and Motrin while admitted in the hospital and to make sure nobody puts a morphine pump on me. ((This is a personal preference to not take narcotic drugs and not something I would recommend for anyone else unless it’s your own personal preference)).
- I requested to go home the same day of my surgery, even if I didn’t get released until the evening.
Both of my requests were granted by my doctor. I did not take any narcotic drugs after the surgery and I went home the same day at 7:00 PM to sleep in my own bed. I was armed with Tylenol and Motrin (over the counter pills) to use for pain. I managed all of my pain with Tylenol and Motrin and I’m okay, I did it!
Pain after surgery was highest during the first 48 hours. I needed ample rest!
Post Op Recovery: Days 1-10
- The day after surgery I took it pretty easy, watched some movies, I took my dog for a walk to get some fresh air.
- Days 2 and 3 post-op, I went to the gym to walk around the track (2 to 3 miles each day).
- BACK TO WORK! On day 4, I wasn’t feeling the best but went to work and took my dog for a walk. I rested on this day after work because that’s what my body needed.
- Day 5, I went to the gym and lifted weights for my upper body, keeping the weights much lighter than usual. Then I walked on the treadmill for 10 or 15 minutes afterwards.
- Day 6, I subbed for someones spin class but I took it really easy. I kept my heart rate low (115-120 bpm) and the gears low as to not overdo it.
- Day 7, I did not sleep well, I was itching in my sleep and felt very bloated. I had to teach my own spin class on this day in the early AM so I sucked it up and taught the class. I worked a little harder teaching this spin class keeping my heart rate in the 120-140 bpm range. I felt a little better after spin class but came home to shower and realized I had a rash from my abdomen down to my thighs on the front and back of my body. The rash was itchy but I was able to ignore it for most of the day. When I got home I took an antihistamine and felt better.
- Day 8, I had an appointment with my doctor. I still felt slightly bloated. My puncture wound (from surgery) was completely healed and he was happy with the way my recovery is going. The rash and itchiness was gone. I showed the doctor a picture of the rash but he wasn’t sure it had anything to do with the surgery. I went to the gym and lifted weights today. I used weights that were a couple of pounds lighter than usual just to make sure I didn’t overdo it. I basically returned to my “usual” activities.
- Day 9 post-op, I went running!! My mile time was slower than usual but I felt great! The day was beautiful, the sun was shining and I felt marvelous. I am down almost 4 pounds since surgery! My abdomen is starting to shrink, it doesn’t look inflamed or bloated anymore! Woohooo!
- Today is day 10, I feel wonderful today. I am wearing a dress and I feel pretty! I will probably swim at the gym today.
There is a general recommendation after UFE of waiting 2 weeks to go back to all of your usual activities. I feel as though I healed faster than usual. I have had no pain since day 8 (and that was really low level). I have FINALLY found some blogs of what post-op recovery looks like for others who have had a UFE. We are all different. I bet it probably makes a difference where our fibroids are, how many we have, and what size they are. This is just my story and I respect that we are all individual and will have our own experiences.
Physical activity, eating a healthy diet, and ample sleep are key for me when I am healing (and everyday!). I always listen to my body to make sure I am fueling it appropriately. I have found in two instances now that physical activity has provided benefit to my healing process. Thank you for taking the time to learn about my journey. I hope this has been informative and helpful. Listen to your body because our bodies are AMAZING and AWESOME! Stay strong and heal quickly my friends!!!