I am a sissy when it comes to pain.
I had a resection of my colon in May. I was in the hospital for a total of 11 days. 1 week after the op I had an infection at my drain site that brought me back for another 4 days. I'd say by the 2nd or 3rd day after surgery I was getting myself levered up/down in/out of the bed. I used my arms and the rails so I wouldn't use my abdominal muscles.
I was a full 2 months before I felt comfortable lifting an unopened gallon of milk. The first month my Mother flew out to care for me and our home. Hubby did a lot too, but he was working most of the time. My sister flew out to help for the second month, but by the 5th week post-op, I was feeling pretty good and I was even able to mow half of the front yard by the 6th week using the riding mower and a very slow speed.
I was given some sort of codeine after the removal of the epidural and I must have been allergic because it made me horribly nauseous. I was begging for an N/G tube and they wouldn't give me one. I was trying to vomit but every time my abdomen tensed up to help relieve my stomach the pain stopped it cold. I knew I would feel better if I could just empty my stomach but I could not, and I had to wait until it had worked its' way out of my system. Worst night of my life.
I was opened from just above my pubic bone to two inches above my belly-button. My surgery was sort of 'exploratory' as they didn't know what they would find and wanted a good view of it, regardless. If your surgery is going after a known entity, they may not have to open such a large hole and your recovery should be quicker and less traumatic.
I was able to sneeze (holding my belly tightly) about 2 weeks after my surgery. Laughing, coughing and sneezing should all be done very carefully until you know what you can tolerate.
Overall, I wish I'd had my surgery sooner as afterwards it relieved most of my symptoms considerably and took away the pain completely.
Sending good luck wishes your way!
I have the ability of single-minded determination and accurate project focu....Hey, look, a cat!
Crohn's and UC are pretty darn crappy, but if you can't laugh at yourself, you'll cry.
I'd much rather laugh.
2001 Dx'd with UC. No remission. 5/2008 surgery, removal of 6" of left side colon. Dx changed to Crohn's. Remission for 8-9wks after surgery, symptoms returning after resuming 6MP.