I'm 15 days post lap (was an extensive procedure) and am starting to wonder if everything is alright. Since surgery, I have been in pretty much constant pain and nausea - from the moment I wake up to the last thing I experience before sleep: pain. The type of pain does fluctuate though, between stinging, burning, stabbing and cramping pains. Currently it's stinging and burning and I've been up all night with the pain (again). I'm taking codeine, paracetamol and ipuprofen religiously every six hours every day, with mixed results. Been using hot water bottle too. My swelling post surgery did go down quite a lot in the last few days, but I feel bloated and uncomfortable again.
One key change is that one of my glue-scabs fell off last night. I freaked out about it, as it was stinging like mad immediately and the wound looks very red-raw and deep. It is weeping clear liquid profusely and smells cheesy. I'll spare you the photo of it, I think you get the idea! I don't know how to care for wounds as the surgeon said the glue would come off when healed over, but it definitely does not look healed over to me! I don't have a fever and the skin around the incisions are red but not weird looking. I've just put a melinin strip over it to protect it.
My post-op follow up with the consultant is in three week's time still, feels like a lifetime away! Do you think any of this sounds concerning, or is it all normal? Any advice on how to feel more comfortable? Do you think I should go see a nurse or something? Also I'm meant to be returning to work one week from today, I've already extended the return and won't be able to do that again. I really thought I'd be back on my feet by now, but that isn't my experience at all.