After surgery: How long until you could stand up straight?

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Aimee =)
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   Posted 2/15/2010 3:41 PM (GMT -6)   
I can walk... but I have a hard time standing up straight. It hurts. I am going stir-crazy but obviously can't leave the house until I can walk right, LOL.
Surgery was 2 weeks ago Wednesday.
I even sleep with a pillow under my knees because it hurts to stretch out flat. That's normal, right?

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   Posted 2/15/2010 4:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Aimee, Be patient it takes time. Its been a long time since I had surgery.
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I was diagnosed with crohns disease when i was admitted to the hospital

in 1992, in Jan of 1993 I was back in the hospital for surgery for my crohns. I had part of my right colon resectioned with ilecolonstomy.

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   Posted 2/15/2010 5:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Have your stitches been removed? If they have, it won't be long before you feel confident enough to stand up straight. I could never stand up straight until the stitches were removed. My doc told me it takes 6 mos to a year to complete the healing process, so take it slow with lifting anything heavy. I wish you a speedy recovery.
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Aimee =)
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   Posted 2/15/2010 6:38 PM (GMT -6)   
He said he did internal stitches with this glue stuff over the top - I can't see any stitches but evidently they will dissolve over time.

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   Posted 2/15/2010 6:45 PM (GMT -6)   
It took me a while for all my surgeries to stand up straight, I started getting back pains because I was always slumped over. It took about a month or so until I was standing straight.

Dianogsed with Crohns: At 16 years old. 23 years old now.
Surgeries:3 Bowel Resections, Gallbladder Removed, 3 Abscess Cleanings, Fistula Repair
Current Meds: Methorexate, Vitamin B12 (injections), Nexium.
Next Surgery: None.

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   Posted 2/15/2010 7:14 PM (GMT -6)   
I made a point to stand up straight as soon as I stood up after my last three surgeries. After my first ab surgery, I slouched and I ended up with a lot of pain in my neck, shoulders, and upper back. The short term pain of standing straight was easier to tolerate than the long term pain from slouching. Well, for me anyway.

Practice standing as straight as possible several times a day but don't arch back. Hold it for a bit, even if it's just seconds.

Good luck.

Aimee =)
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   Posted 2/15/2010 10:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, guys. Yeah my back and shoulders are killing me! =) I am going to try to stand up for short periods of time and see if I can stretch things back. DH says I look like I'm 112 years old...

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   Posted 2/16/2010 5:02 AM (GMT -6)   
Try to make yourself stand just a little more upright, or stretching a little bit to straighten your back and gradually you'll get there. It doesn't happen on it's own though...if you continue to walk bent forward your body won't get used to be standing straight. You have to stretch yourself a little until it's normal again.

I'm really stubborn, so after my surgeries, I was walking regularly within a week, but everyone's different.

Sounds like you're progressing!!! Yippie!

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   Posted 2/16/2010 7:01 AM (GMT -6)   
I was back to work after 2-1/2 weeks, and my job is physical. I knew that i was going to go crazy sitting at home so while at home I walked on my treadmill 3 times a day to build my strength up.
My opinion is to walk,walk, and walk some more.
Good luck on your recovery.
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   Posted 2/16/2010 9:06 AM (GMT -6)   
I had major surgery, this was in 1970, it had been third time within 7 months they opened up at the same area, so my scar is huge,  they used wires with rubber type tubbing around the wires, so the wires wouldn't cut into me, 10" long cut. I made it a pont to stand up straight, I was back riding horses for my living in 101/2 weeks. try really hard to stand up straight, very important

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   Posted 2/16/2010 9:27 AM (GMT -6)   
Amy when my back got messed up the physical therapist said that to gently start with wegde pillows on the bed. (couch cushion work ok but you cannot decline them) Please be very gentle with yourself. It could be a long time, since you have internal stiches it could be around 3-6 weeks...etc One thing my PT said as well with women who have large breasts that we do not always realize how much that tissue and weight pull on the abs/back and effects healing time.
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   Posted 2/16/2010 10:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Aimee, I'm a couple of weeks ahead of you on recovery. I actually found it easier to straighten out if I was laying down. I gradually straightened my legs out, only going as far as I was comfortable with. It got easier after my staples were removed and my incision healed up a bit more. I'm with you on the stir crazy part, especially with all the snow we've had here I'm practically house bound. Good think I'm going back to work soon.
Take care!

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   Posted 2/16/2010 11:10 AM (GMT -6)   
 Hey girl, I've had 2 c-sections, hyster, re-section and multiple abdominal surgerys. I'm surprised they didn't have you standing straight before you left the hospital. Anyway, it will come with time...lots of time. Everytime you get up try to stretch your self a little further. Best to do it when you on pain meds. Give you a little courage. You don't want to stay hunched over it's bad for your lungs too. Try and stand straight and take deep breaths.
I did alot of sudoko's after surgery to keep me from going stir crzy...i'd time myself. Hope this helps. Good Luck!
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   Posted 2/16/2010 12:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Aimee, sometimes if you hold your tummy with both hands, it'll help you to straighten up. It has only been 2 weeks,
it takes time. A lot of the time it's fear that keeps us in that bent position. Once you get over that hurdle, you should be just fine.
Good Luck.

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   Posted 2/16/2010 4:13 PM (GMT -6)   
It took at least a few weeks for me. Even after it didn't hurt anymore, I still was walking a bit bent over. But I'm pretty much normal now, almost 2 months later.
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