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   Posted 3/8/2011 11:28 AM (GMT -6)   
I just had an ilestomie last Wednesday.  I guess I didn't realize just how sore I would be.  If I cough, I feel like my mid section is going to explode.  Standing for a little while or walking is also extremely painful..  How long before this eases and is this normal???  Thanks everyone.  Uggg

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   Posted 3/8/2011 12:18 PM (GMT -6)   
When you cough, make sure you hold something like a pillow against your belly!
Are you taking any pain meds? I was kept quite comfortable most of the time with meds.
Diagnosed with UC in 2007
Flare in 2007 causing anemia requiring blood transfusions, eventually controlled by asacol and 6-MP.
Flared again in 2009 as 6-MP lost effectiveness, went on TPN and received more blood. Started Remicade, which induced remission.
Flared 2010; Remicade no longer effective.
Had 1st surgery of 3 step j-pouch at CC on 1/19/11. 2nd slated for April, and j-pouch in July!

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   Posted 3/8/2011 12:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, it does hurt to cough or sneeze. I tried to hold myself so it didn't hurt so bad. You are still very soon after surgery. After a few weeks I started to feel better, but it wasn't until 6 weeks that I started to feel normal again. Don't feel bad about using your pain medication. That's what it's for. Good luck and take it easy.

Keep walking, it will help with the healing process.
Diagnosed 2006. 1st step of 2 step j-pouch 1/3/11. 2nd step will be in April! So done with this disease.

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   Posted 3/8/2011 1:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Agree with the suggestion to hold pillow or cushion over your stomach when coughing, sneezing or laughing. My Dad very knidly bought me a copy of Naked Gun 2 1/2 when I came out of hospital after first op as he knew I loved the first one. Brilliant film but I had tears of laughter and pain running down my face by the end of it, thanks Dad! lol

Also take pain meds regularly to ensure constant dose even if you don't feel too bad and then the more you move around the quicker you will heal. But take it gently and steadily. Gentle strolls around the house and garden every hour or so, not far but enough to keep you moving. It you stay static, when you do go to move it will hurt as muscles and soft tissue get used to being in static position.

I also used arnica tablets after surgery as they reduce swelling and bruising, they work well for me but don't know if anyone else has tried them.
Crohn's dx 1989, loop ileo 1992, end ileo 1992. Arthritis developed 1990 Stoma abcess 1995. Azathioprine started 1995. Panprocolorectomy 1999. Stillbirth 2000, antiphospholipid syndrome dx 2000. Flare up 2004, stoma abcess and strictoplasty 2004. Low blood pressure dx with impaired kidney function 2006, fludrocortisone pres. flare up 2010, steroids, Humira, codeine.

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   Posted 3/8/2011 1:27 PM (GMT -6)   
hi, sounds like your abdomen is just right - getting in & out of bed of rolling in bed was a delicate manouver (?spelling) for me too - this will get better as the days go by - i thought it felt as if a jeep had rolled over my tummy - remember not only is there the visible scar to heal but the inside bits have also been messed about with & stitched up as well

wishing you continued good progress
UC since 1990, not a lot of fun
Qualified as ileostomate May 2010, a much happier boy now
panproctocolectomy, abdomino perineal resection, perm ileostomy
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   Posted 3/8/2011 1:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Definitely keep ahead of the pain and manage it so you will want to get out of bed and walk as much as you can. Protein is VERY important while helps you heal faster too. If you don't want to eat too too much then have a protein shake or two each day to get the protein in you or protein bars.

If you are walking and a sneeze comes on you support the abdomen area but also lift one leg just to take some strain off things and your back. Your back might become weak or out of whack (happened to hubby) due to lying differently or whatever so be on the watch for that so it doesn't intensify on you. He needed muscle relaxers and it plagued him for a few weeks.

Each and every day you will notice improvements here and there.
64 yr old male suffered with UC & in May 06 had a severe flare & hospitalized 6 days...various prednisone treatments leading to steroid dependence and osteopenia, 12 asacol, 200 mg Imuran, failed remicade infusions Jan-May 2010 Dependence on pain meds. Made decision 6/10 to have surgery which was on 12/17/10 (total proctocolectomy & ileostomy - unable to have the j-pouch) and no longer in pain.

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   Posted 3/8/2011 6:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you everyone!! I love this forum!

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   Posted 3/8/2011 7:24 PM (GMT -6)   
also, watch while you are walking, you are probably hunching forward, it's normal to keep the strain off your stomach, but while that helps for a minute, it ends up with horrible back pain later! that was the worst for me was the back pain and when i asked the surgeon, he said, i watched you walk in you are hunched over, everyone does that!

i slept with a body pillow on the bed and i leaned up against it so i could kind of sleep on my side, that helped my back a lot.
UC for 8 years, before finally kicking its butt and having a permanent ileostomy April 17 2007!
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