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chili123
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Date Joined Jan 2007
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   Posted 3/26/2008 6:36 PM (GMT -7)   
I have been under major stress with my mom being in the hospital but then I am unsure if it my surgery a month ago...........I have TERRIBLE lower back pain.  Lots of tension in my neck but just horrible lower back pain.  I know that I am still not standing up totally straight so that may be it but has anyone else had really bad lower back pain and tension in your neck?  If so, how did you fix it?
Pancolitis - July 2006
Surgery - Temporary ilestomy on 2.25.08 at Cleveland Clinic. Next surgery in 6 months
Medications:  Predisone - 5mg (and tapering to zero)
Supplements:  multi-vit, calcium
Reason for surgery: Steriod dependent and allergic reactions to imuran and 6mp. Elected not to try remicade.


peggy113
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   Posted 3/27/2008 2:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Chili - Sorry to hear that you are having so much back pain and tension... stress really sucks. As crazy as this sounds, please think about it. Years ago, long after surgery, I was constantly having lower back discomfort. I went to a chiropractor and she recommended that I stretch my quad muscles - you know, the ones that run up the front of your leg between the knee and the hip/pelvis. Sit in bed and try to do the "runner's stretch" as best you can. You can also do something similar by standing in a doorway. This helps to stretch out the stomach muscles w/o really stretching them and will help you to stand a bit straighter. It really does take pressure off of the lower back. I still do this little stretch occasionally -- don't overdo it, just gently stretch to begin with. I hope this helps you. I didn't believe the chiro when she suggested it, but she was right.
Peggy
      
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery 
 


tbraz
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Total Posts : 280
   Posted 3/27/2008 5:24 PM (GMT -7)   
I had lower back pain too that seemed to last about 8-10 weeks after my first surgery and had it after the 2nd surgery but not as bad for about 6 weeks. I still use a heating pad and notice that if I stand still for longer than 10 minutes my back aches pretty bad. I'm sure it has to do with the surgery and it will just take time to get better. I get a kink in my neck when I am at work (I use computers) but I've had that pain for a couple years now and I'm sure it has to do with my posture (it's awful). Hang in there and I hope your mom is getting better.

Theresa

summerstorm
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   Posted 3/28/2008 4:11 PM (GMT -7)   
backpain is the norm after a surgery like this, cause even though you may not notice it, you are probably walkign a little hunched over, plus you are not able to sleep or sit in the way you usually do. the back pain i had was worse than the surgery pain at times.

chili123
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Date Joined Jan 2007
Total Posts : 300
   Posted 3/31/2008 12:59 PM (GMT -7)   
when does the back pain subside?

Pancolitis - July 2006
Surgery - Temporary ilestomy on 2.25.08 at Cleveland Clinic. Next surgery in 6 months
Medications:  Predisone - 5mg (and tapering to zero)
Supplements:  multi-vit, calcium
Reason for surgery: Steriod dependent and allergic reactions to imuran and 6mp. Elected not to try remicade.


peggy113
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Total Posts : 1998
   Posted 3/31/2008 1:30 PM (GMT -7)   

Are you able to walk at all?  Does the pain get worse after walking?   Or is it worse after sitting and laying?   Have you talked to your surgeon/GI about it? 

 


Peggy
      
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery 
 


chili123
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Date Joined Jan 2007
Total Posts : 300
   Posted 3/31/2008 1:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh, yeah, I can definately walk. I was only in the hospital for like 3 days total and was out and about the next day. It does it get worse when I walk. I do think that it has alot to do with my posture because I know that I am not standing all the way straight......I can tell that I do not have an arch in the bottom of my back. I try to stretch it out but it does not work but I do not stretch to death either. I have also been having discharge/pus out of butt for like the past week or so. The people on jpouch said that it is normal but my back pain has gotten alittle worse (or so it seems) since that pus started. I have not contacted my doctor about the back pain/discomfort and also not about the discharge/pus because I thought that was normal. I really account alot of this due to stress and maybe some to the prednisone withdraw. I was steriod dependent and finally weened off it totally like a week ago. I am just ready to feel good. I felt great after surgery and then when my mom got so sick then everything went haywire. thanks
Pancolitis - July 2006
Surgery - Temporary ilestomy on 2.25.08 at Cleveland Clinic. Next surgery in 6 months
Medications:  Predisone - 5mg (and tapering to zero)
Supplements:  multi-vit, calcium
Reason for surgery: Steriod dependent and allergic reactions to imuran and 6mp. Elected not to try remicade.


peggy113
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Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 1998
   Posted 3/31/2008 2:01 PM (GMT -7)   

Chili -- maybe you should just give your doc a call just to pass on the symptoms and see what he has to say.  Yeh, maybe it is normal, but give a call just to be safe.  

And most definitely, yes, stress does affect your body  - you know that already, but try to work on your posture a bit and see if that doesn't help you.

I wish you the best, and hope that your mom is doing better.


Peggy
      
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery 
 

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