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Escalador
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   Posted 5/22/2010 5:53 AM (GMT -7)   
so, it's been 2 and a half weeks from my surgery (open resection.. lost a 1/4 of my colon, and small part of the small intestine) and I feel great ... no pain, eat normaly, have regular and stool (once a day) ...
so, my question is... how do you know when you can do something phisicaly? excercise? prior to my surgery I was training climbing 5 times a week for 3 hours and I'm really itching to start that part of my recovery but I am unsure if that is wise... how do you know when you are ready? (for starting it slow of course :) )

Nanners
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   Posted 5/22/2010 6:29 AM (GMT -7)   

What orders did your doctor give you?  Usually its no lifting anything over 10 lbs for 6 weeks.  No pushing things like vacuum cleaners etc.  What I did when recovering was to try to walk a little farther everyday.  I know that you are feeling better and want to get back to life, but you have to remember that you just had major surgery and you don't want to hurt yourself and slow back down your recovery.  So I would just take it lightly and slowly for awhile longer. JMHO

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Escalador
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   Posted 5/22/2010 6:58 AM (GMT -7)   
the surgeon said, be carefull for a month...
I plan on doing that but I still interested what after that :)
I'm interested in peoples personal experience with physical activity after surgery... whats normal and what not? :) how do you know how hard can you push it?

Nanners
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   Posted 5/22/2010 7:08 AM (GMT -7)   
I wouldn't push it too much at this point. I tried to do a little bit more everyday. Walking was a gentle exercise for me to help build my strength up. I think if you push yourself too hard, you are really gonna feel it. I know that if I pushed too hard I would just get so exhausted. It helped to remind me that I had to take it slow and easy for awhile. Just be careful you may think you are feeling better than you are and do too much and set your self back. I can't stress that enough. Hugs!
Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Crohns Disease 
Crohn's Disease for over 34 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium, Vit D, and Xanax prn. Resections in 2002 & 2005. Also diagnosed w/ Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, & Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*

debilitated
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   Posted 5/22/2010 7:09 AM (GMT -7)   
Never had surgery... yet. but your not suppose to lift anything heavier than a gallon of milk, push things that automatically flex your abs, stuff like that. Anything that causes resistence, your honestly shouldn't do.

The better the diet / vitamins / minerals etc.. speeds up recovery time.
Male, 22. Diagnosed with Crohn's officially since 2001.. Osteoporosis, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Chronic Anemia.

Medications Used: Remicade, Humira, Cimzia, 6-mp, Pentasa, Flagyl, Prednisone, Zifaxan, Entocort,
TPN (Total Parenteral Nutrition), The whole nine.

Currently:, Entocort EC, Vitamin D, Fentanyl 12mcg / 72hrs, TPN, Cardizem
Currently On SSDI


Escalador
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   Posted 5/22/2010 7:23 AM (GMT -7)   
yeah, walking is not enough for me now :D I dont get tired from it, although I didnt try to walk more than a mile or 2 :)))
I tried driving and it was ok.. no problems there ... I dont plan on doing it often, but its nice to know I can
I have 2 weeks to my next consult with my doc... I plan to take it slow by then
on monday I plan a visit to a physiotherapist to ask him what he thinks would be a suitable excercise for me now and to show me some (and try it out with him) so I can do it at home
one of the reasons I want to start to work out is the weigth gain :D I've gained 10 pounds since the surgery and although I'm happy about it (i'm very skinny), it's going in my gut :))) If it continues, I'll be the skinniest fat person ever :)))))

Post Edited (Escalador) : 5/22/2010 8:26:50 AM (GMT-6)


spookyh
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   Posted 5/22/2010 1:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Be careful, you don't want to overdo it and end up with an incisional hernia: http://surgery.about.com/od/proceduresaz/a/IncisionalHerni.htm .
34 years old, Crohn's disease for 15 of them
Resection of ileocecal valve on 09/22/09
Current Meds: LDN, Pentasa, Effexor XR, Zyrtec
Supplements: 3 kinds of Fish Oil, Multi-Vitamin, Vitamin D, Calcium, Magnesium, Coconut Oil, Garlic Oil, CoQ10, Enzymes
SCD since 12/01/08 - eating Stage 3 foods

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