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Date Joined Nov 2008
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   Posted 1/21/2009 5:16 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello everyone. I'm 3-4 weeks post nissen and am mostly doing well -s ticking to a soft diet and have loads more energy than I did a week ago.
On that note I was wondering how long it took people to get back to their normal exercise routines. I'm itching to go back to my spinning classes! but I'm worried that I'lll do some damage to my wrap. whatw ould you recommend. Should I start off really easily and leave it a few more weeks before I go back to an actual class or should i be ok?
Also did anyone else have bands of pain around thier rib cage that sort of set of spasms in their face? I'm getting a few of them at the momnet and they really kil! could it be trapped gas or something - can I take anything for this?
Sorry for all the questions - it's just I;ve moved back to my home which is pretty far from where I had my surgery done (I live in London, uk and had the wrap done near my parents' house) so I can't really go to see my GP or anyone as thy're 4 hours away! I'm feeling pretty alone in all this.
Thanks a lot
Allie xx

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Date Joined Dec 2008
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   Posted 1/21/2009 8:44 AM (GMT -6)   

Glad to hear you are getting more energy. I think I was off work for about 6 weeks.
The only rib pain I can remember was the incision area right below my left ribs. That gave me fits for a few months. Actually it is still quite tender to lean against.


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   Posted 1/21/2009 1:02 PM (GMT -6)   


Hello and I am glad you are doing well post op too.  I know there are a lot of posts from members who have shared their post op stories so hopefully one or more will have answers for you.

Take care and keep posting so we know how your doing.





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Date Joined Dec 2011
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   Posted 1/14/2012 3:32 PM (GMT -6)   
I am three weeks post op and I am going back to the gym on Monday. I just want see what I can do. My Pilates class is Tuesday, and I am going to try that too. I feel like my body is turning to mush.I will let you know how it goes. My surgical pain is at night, I still take my pain medication, but only once at night. The diet is still very challenging for me, but it is what it is. Will we ever feel normal again? The good news is I can breathe again!

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Date Joined Jan 2012
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   Posted 1/14/2012 5:27 PM (GMT -6)   
I was told to not lift over 5 lbs for three months and that walking was the only acceptable exercise for the time being. I am just shy of 2 weeks post-op and see my physician again this Thursday. Maybe each physician has their own guidelines. But you don't want to undo all the good by rushing it.

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Date Joined Feb 2009
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   Posted 1/14/2012 9:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Eloy,
Have you run you plan to try pilates at 3 weeks post op past your surgeon?  Your body has been through a lot, and although your incisions are healed, your insides have a long way to go before they're ready to take much stress. 
You would hate to do something to damage your wrap after you've worked so hard to get to this point.  Exercise is secondary to your recovery. There will be plenty of time to get back to your excercise routine after you've gotten more healing under your belt.
I know it's hard to wait, but the wait will be worth it if it means you'll have a successful wrap and be reflux free for the long-haul.
Be sure to check with your surgeon before doing anything as strenuous as pilates.  You're still having surgical pain.  That should be a message that your body is not ready for strenuous exercise.
Be careful!

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Date Joined Feb 2009
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   Posted 1/14/2012 9:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Allie,
Welcome to the Healing Well yeah yeah yeah Wrapped Club! yeah yeah yeah Glad to hear you're doing well.  Can you give your surgeon's office a call regarding resuming exercise?  I would think spinning would be okay, but who knows, it could pull on something. Your surgeon is the one who should give you the OK to move forward with exercise. 
Walking is always allowed, and as you heal you can go full out walking as long as you're not experiencing any pain. 
There are a lot of nerves in and about the surgical site, and they can refer pain to many different places.  Gas puts pressure on the inflammed nerves, and that is likely the culprit.  It's so strange that the surgery at the stomach/esophagus junction can cause shoulder pain.  When I discussed it with my surgeon, he said just when he thinks he has heard all the possible post-op symptoms, someone comes up with a new one!
Glad you've joined the forum!  Keep those questions coming.
Happy healing,
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