I'm a new mother and I'm finding it hard to cope because of the pain from down below and now swelling in my legs and feet. I'm on day 5 and I can always feel my stitches, they constantly feel like they are being ripped apart and it causes a lot of pain. I only have paracetamol and ibuprofen but I feel like they dont even touch the edge. Is there anything stronger I can ask the doctor for because i feel like I'm just popping pills for nothing. Also I lost a lot of blood which resulted in me having 3 blood transfusions. I need to take 2 blood thinner injections a day and 3 iron tablets. I was also given TED stockings (absolute pain). I took them off and I had ankles the size of the moon. I decided to take them off as they are such a hassle and I had read that other women took them off after they left the hospital. However my feet and legs are swollen and I'm starting to get worried that I've done something dangerous. The stockings are back on and they're staying on. I would love to know peoples experiences with this as it's quite worrying. I have my last midwife appointment tomorrow where she'll check to see if I'm healing well which I have on the last two checks but a part of me just feels like tomorrow she'll say something different.