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Date Joined Oct 2008
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   Posted 8/23/2009 8:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Another question.

My back is sore. It really needs to be cracked, but since Im only 2 weeks post surgery with the full cut down my chest, I dont think its wise to lay on my stomach and have my wife press down on my back.

Any other ideas on how to crack your back in this condition?


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   Posted 8/23/2009 10:34 PM (GMT -6)   
you could try sitting in a chair and twisting, but i think that will hurt too.

Your back is gonna hurt, you probably dont notice it but you are most likely slumping forward when you walk to comepensate for the pain in your stomach. If you try really really hard to make sure you keep good posture it will help.
Also puta heating pad on it.

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   Posted 8/25/2009 10:16 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi John,

I had major back pains post-op. They didn't start until I started regaining my strength about a month after surgery. But OMG, it was horrible! I even went to my chiropractor, but there wasn't much he could do because of the incision.

What ended up working for me was pain meds (obviously) combined with putting Biofreeze on my back. Biofreeze is similar to icy-hot I suppose. It works great!
Diagnosed w/IBS: Oct. 2006  Diagnosed w/UC: Jan. 2007 (proctitis), July 2008 (pancolitis)
1st Surgery for J-Pouch: May 22, 2009 - need 2 more surgeries, dates TBD
Medications: Canasa Rowasa enemas; Lialda; Prednisone; Protonix; Remicade; Zyrtec-D; Toprolvarious pain meds post-surgery;
Supplements: Women's One-a-day multi-vitamin; Super B-complex
Current Status: Aug, 2009 - Recovering from the 1st stage of J-Pouch surgery; temp ileostomy; 2 more surgeries to go as there was too much damage to create a J-pouch

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   Posted 8/25/2009 11:46 AM (GMT -6)   
I am 3 weeks post-op and my back is the worse part of my pains. It is killing me slowly.

Heating pad works short term.

I rolled on my side and had acupuncture which helped for a few days.

I have a great massage guys who does pregnant women and has a special set up to help people who can't be on their stomach well. I haven't tried this yet because he is on vacation for 2 more weeks. Ugh.

Don't have a chiropractor I trust enough to fool with my spine at this point.

Yeah, pain meds help the most so far.

I agree with summerstorm about watching posture. I am trying to SLOWLY work on just moving the front and back muscles around the mid section.

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   Posted 8/25/2009 10:59 PM (GMT -6)   
it gets better! use your pain meds.
28 yrs. old. married with one beautiful daughter (born 11/20/07)
-diagnosed with severe pancolitis u/c 2002 had total colectomy 12/19/08; emergency surgery due to abscess-had to redo ileostomy and switch to left side 12/25/08; 2/15/09 found blood clot in superior mesenteric vein (prob. from inf. and surgery inflammation)
coumadin, prenatal vit.
(temporary ileostomy....maybe)

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