trying to do abit more everyday!

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   Posted 1/9/2012 5:16 PM (GMT -6)   
I did not think recovering from surgery ,getting off pain meds  was going to take so long!I also have had a huge IBS flare .Iam now taking pro biotics and being careful what I eat. I have been so drained of energy latley.I spent too many days laying inbed ,in pain.I have been trying to exercise ,but Iam so out of shape Ican only do short exercise.I  still have pain in the shoulder and neck ,but I expect that too be gone soon .I am still on 10mgs of Oxycontin aday,I think intill the pain is gone totaly being on alow dose of pain meds is okay.I try to do alittle more everyday and hopefully soon I will be back in shape.This  has been a hard  recovery process ,but Iam getting there! take care

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   Posted 1/9/2012 5:33 PM (GMT -6)   
How long out of surgery are you???
it takes time to heal, are you giving yourself that time?
sorry about the questions, but we need more info, sure sending you lots of prayers...
Maybe call your doctor and see if you can start slowly with physical therapy...
and doing a little each day to start at home is good, but maybe call
your doctor...many well wishes for a more speedy recovery...
others will come by with better advise...
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   Posted 1/9/2012 6:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Sore,

I'm sorry that you're still feeling so drained. Like Chart said, it does take time - even just the stresses of things like an anaesthetic can take a big toll on the body, never mind the fact that you've been put through surgery, your body is throwing a lot of energy into healing, and so on.

I think just concentrate on looking after YOU. Eating healthy foods, gentle exercise as you're allowed (are you able to do something like hydrotherapy?), resting when your body tells you you need...

Best wishes,

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   Posted 1/9/2012 6:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Didnt you have a rib removed? Or was that someone else? I have trouble remembering things.

Please start your exercise routine as a low impact exercise. I hope your not overdoing!

hydrotherapy would be great for you.
Please keep in touch with us.

Soft Hugs

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   Posted 1/10/2012 12:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Sore, well I think you are selling yourself too short and have set your expectations too high for a speedy recovery. You had a major surgery and honestly, I have seen this surgery done before and the recovery time is not fast. Try to be a little more patient with yourself, and listen to your body. Your body is telling you not so fast. You really are doing well considering it all. If you push yourself to much your body will rebel and set you back and then you have to start all over again, its just not worth it. I know you suffered a great deal before surgery and you were just sick of the whole mess and wanting so badly to get better and that is the attitude needed for a full recovery, but it just takes time.

What has your dr said about exercise or physical therapy? Talk this over with your dr and see if he will let you do water therapy when its time to start PT. Did you do a slow taper to come off your pain medication and was it done at the direction of your dr?

Take care and keep us posted on how you are doing.
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   Posted 1/10/2012 1:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Don't forget that it can take up to a year for your body to get over surgery and back to normal. Its a big deal for it, and a lot of stress. Keep up with a well balanced diet and every day you should be moving a little more, a little less exhausted. Good luck.
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