3 months out of surgery. Major back/neck pain

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Date Joined Oct 2008
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   Posted 11/22/2008 10:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi All, I had my surgery 3 months ago. Now I am facing a lot of back pain and neck pain. I am seeing a chiropractor who is doing adjustments and ultra-sound treatments to my lower back and neck. I continue to have a limited diet. I recently returned to my teaching position and cramping has increased. My doctor put me on mild pain relievers which help (some days).I am waiting for my body to look normal withput the distention/bloating. I drink a lot of water and I feel like that is really helping to not feel dehydrated. What can I expect for the next 9 months of recovery? I am so blessed to have my entire large intestine removed and connected to my rectum and not have a bag. Depression comes and goes. I am under a doctor's care for anti-depressants. I guess I just wanted to talk with some people that can give me some encouragement on this long journey of recovery. I will take any caring thoughts or words of wisdom! Thanks,   Norton............. cool

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Date Joined Aug 2008
Total Posts : 470
   Posted 11/22/2008 11:46 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Norton,

Things will get easier.  I had my surgery 4 mos. ago.  I didn't have any complications but I had a rough road (6 long years) before my surgery.  I too am on a continuous restricted diet---indefinitely, but I will take this compared to what I have been through.  I do see a kinesiologist biweekly and have changed my diet to include many organic foods and I also use essential oils ---you can look up info on them.  I have never been healthier than I have been since my surgery. I have people--even my other drs. tell me how healthy I look.  it's amazing how being able to go to the bathroom more than once a month can make a difference in your life.  Do not give up,  I too am a teacher so I know how exhausting it is.  I went back to work after just 6 weeks and continue to be extremely tired, especially by the end of the week.  I don't do anything extra like exercise or even go for walks due to the energy it takes, but each week I find myself stronger although there is no pattern to my bowel habits.  I am down to 5-8 a day...  I do drink pure coconut water for dehydration, this works much better than gatorade and other drinks.  Do keep you chin up... things will continue to get better.  Before you know it, this will be just a distant memory and you will be a much healthier person.

You will be in my prayers,


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