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   Posted 4/25/2011 11:07 AM (GMT -6)   
I have my surgeon's OK to go to a yoga class. I'm excited, but cautious. I used to go to classes all the time, but I haven't had the energy to go much in the last few years (I do about ten minutes at home most days). I kept up swimming, more or less, before I got so, so sick this year, but I'm not allowed to swim (or take a bath) yet because my butt wound is not healed, still draining etc. (it's two months out of surgery, but I've had complications). I am just so stiff in my neck, shoulders, etc, and I think a class (or ten, plus some massages) will help.

I'll go to a gentle class, but I know I have to be super careful and probably won't be able to do a lot of the poses yet. I'm assuming it should be fairly obvious what I shouldn't do (or my body will tell me when I try), but wondering if anyone has any thoughts, tips, etc.

I have a wrap to wear over my pouch.


ps -- Funny story. In my first hospitalization of the year, before the surgery, I was starting to feel better and was off an IV for a bit, so I went to the patient/family room to stretch, because it's carpeted. I was alone there and doing the plow pose, which from the back kind of looked like I was passed out on my stomach (with one knee tucked under). I had a very good nurse, and she walked by, was very alarmed, and started to call a code on me! I felt awful when I realized what was going on, because she really was shaken up, but it sure was funny afterward.

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   Posted 4/25/2011 11:17 AM (GMT -6)   
I just had my ileostomy on March 25th, so I am a little over 4 weeks out. I used to do yoga and loved it and wondered about when I could go back. I have so much tension and my back hurts. I know it would help. (along with that ileostomy I had a colectomy, hysterectomy, and a diagnosis of ovarian cancer, WOW!)
I also loved to get massages...I wondered if I can lay on my stomach now, or how others handle that...
Thanks, and have a wonderful day!

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   Posted 4/25/2011 12:42 PM (GMT -6)   
I get massages every two weeks. A good massage person will have pillows that they put under you so your ostomy isn't ever squished. They use the same pillows for pregnant ladies. Oh it was so good to get that first massages after about 12-15 weeks of missing it.

I started doing yoga again after a very long break after the ileostomy surgery. I found so many things that felt funny after the surgery that I had to take it very slow.

With bum cheek now stitched shut from rectal cancer removal It was hard to sit, and gluets always felt tight in sitting positions.

You use your core way more than I had ever realized before because I had never been so out of shape as after the surgery. Everything was way beginner positions.

Head down below heart was not comfortable for quite a while. All that blood pumping around was hard on whole body.

Bending from hips to stretch hamstrings and twist for hips stretches often squished my appliance and I left a number of classes with leaks when I tried too hard.

Yeah make sure you tell the instructor, even though most of them don't have a clue what to do with your special circumstances.

Glad to hear you are feeling better. I love walking and swimming too. was sooo happy to be back in water after stitches and staples were gone and things healed up. Just go slow, if I learned anything, that was it.

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   Posted 4/25/2011 7:43 PM (GMT -6)   
I saw that a place near me has started a restorative yoga class, that meets once a week, tonight. So I went. It was great. Mostly lying on pillows and using all kinds of props (tennis balls under the back muscles for "self massage" etc). I pretty much couldn't do anything sitting or stomach down, but there wasn't too much of that. I did the neck stretches standing up while everyone else was sitting -- teacher was very good about it, suggested that as an option for everyone, not that anyone took her up on it.

I realized I meant the pigeon pose not the plow in my story about the hospital....very different things.

I had trouble doing a knee to chest thing near the end of class, even though it was lying down..... just a high output time of the day, and the bag was too full to get too far w/that.... oh well.

Who cares if I can't do all the poses if I can actually make it to a class now? I think I've been to about two classes in the last two or three years, because of flaring and/or fatigue and trying to keep up at my job. Lot of sadness, but some of that was that happy kind, if you know what I mean....
48 years old, female.
2004 dx indeterminate colitis. Back and forth between Crohn's and UC dx. Many drugs, minimal success.
2010-11 Crazy skin and eye complications, high fevers, bad flaring. Out of good drug options, tired of scary drugs.
Feb 2011 -- proctocolectomy with permanent ileolostomy; abscess, blood clot. Still healing, still glad for the surgery

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   Posted 4/25/2011 8:23 PM (GMT -6)   
i did the yoga on the wii fit for a while, which i know isnt really the same thing, but i didn't have any trouble, just did it like it said
UC for 8 years, before finally kicking its butt and having a permanent ileostomy April 17 2007!
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