My resection was almost a year ago (2 days to go: May 8, 2008) and I just stretched my arms overhead to guage my abdominal resistance, and I am *still* feeling a 'tightness' at the very top of my abdomen. I suspect this is mostly nerve damage and some crossed/mixed signals, but it is something that does cause me to avoid certain moves, only because I do not like the sensation I feel.
I used to *always* read on my stomach at home.
I liked to sprawl out on the floor to read the newspaper as a child and even as a 40+yr old adult, that is still how I prefer to read a newspaper. Part of my bedtime routine is to read for 10-60min before turning out the light to sleep. I'd prop the book against the headboard and lay over a pillow propping up my chest a bit to elevate my upperbody so my arms had a little bit of 'downward angle' to hold the book. I do NOT like the *pull* I feel in my abdominal muscles if I try to lay that way now, so I have been reading on my side this past year.
I wonder, though...if some exercise could help those twinging sensations go away...? Definitely something for me to think about.
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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. No improvement with Remicade. 5/2008 surgery, removal of 6" of left side colon. Dx changed to Crohn's. Remission for 8-9wks after surgery, symptoms returned after resuming 6MP. Changed maintenance med to Methotrexate (MTX) and had great results with IM injections. Nausea and symptoms returning with oral MTX. Switched back to IM injections and am slowly improving.