back pain -related to surgery?

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jblue65
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   Posted 3/24/2009 1:45 AM (GMT -6)   
I have been having back pain- like cramps almost. Hard to describe. At first I thought they were menstrual cramps but now I am not sure. I use the heating pad and it helps. Anyway I have had these since the surgery off and on and the pain meds help.

Any thoughts? Because of my 3step surgery I still have rectum which has colitis... so I have had some colitis issues ( not too much though).
Again any thoughts about these two things being related?
Anyone experience this- by the way I had 1step of surgery 10 days ago.


Thanks guys
Jackie, 43
Pancolitis, DX October 06

Lexapro, Synthroid, Protonix,
Tapering prednisone from 40 mg


Surgery March 13th- Total Colectomy
Jpouch surgery to be done in 3 steps


peggy113
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   Posted 3/24/2009 5:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Yep, back pain, discomfort, cramping are all part of the recovery. My back hurt horribly after surgery. I think it is caused by a combination of things... when your belly has had surgery, you tend to overcompensate for the stomach issues and walk, sit, lay differently causing the back muscles to freak out; also the surgery itself can cause back issues due to the hard, cold surgical table. It will get better. Keep using the heat and tylenol or pain killers to get thru it. By no means, do Not stop moving and walking. That really does help to work the soreness out.

I'm sure others have experienced the same thing and will chime in with their thoughts and remedies.

Take care and keep your chin up. You Are Healing. Be patient with yourself and enjoy being disease free and eating again!
Peggy
      
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery 
 


jblue65
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   Posted 3/24/2009 8:16 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Peggy- that makes me feel better. I hate still having part of the disease in me and I know that occasional colitis symptoms will occur until step 2 --- Grin and bear it and yes, thanks for reminding me I am still recovering.

Thanks again....
Jackie, 43
Pancolitis, DX October 06

Lexapro, Synthroid, Protonix,
Tapering prednisone from 40 mg


Surgery March 13th- Total Colectomy
Jpouch surgery to be done in 3 steps


summerstorm
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   Posted 3/24/2009 11:58 AM (GMT -6)   
back pain is normal, its cause we change the way we walk and such after surgery for a while. to me the back pain was worse than the other pain! i just used a heaating pad, like you are doing.

sammies
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   Posted 3/24/2009 2:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Had my surgery 4 weeks ago and still have the back pain. Heating pad definitely helps. Mine has auto-shutoff so I am able to sleep with it. Today my PT showed me how to get up off the floor safely so that I can do my back exercises too. GOOD LUCK with step 2 and 3-- I am sending good vibes.
24+ years with Crohn's/colitis; fistulizing crohn's; ileostomy and proctocolectomy; propranolol and xanax; been on a ton of crohn's meds; praying to get through each day.


jblue65
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Date Joined Jan 2008
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   Posted 3/24/2009 2:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks guys. Makes sense-- I am walking funny ( hunched over) the cramping is a bit better now but still in pain.

Sammies- thanks for sending out the positive vibes :))
Jackie, 43
Pancolitis, DX October 06

Lexapro, Synthroid, Protonix,
Tapering prednisone from 40 mg


Surgery March 13th- Total Colectomy
Jpouch surgery to be done in 3 steps


summerstorm
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   Posted 3/24/2009 3:47 PM (GMT -6)   
i had forgotten until i found some today that they make those heat patch things you can stick on your skin, you might like some of those so you could have it on all the time.
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