swimming post fundo

New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
[ << Previous Thread | Next Thread >> ]

Worker Bee
Regular Member


Date Joined Aug 2011
Total Posts : 21
   Posted 9/5/2011 11:56 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi All,
 
I am just wondering if anyone has been able to take up swimming sucessfully post fundo ie without aggravating their wrap or reflux symptoms.  I am nearly a year post op, wrap intact (according to a recent endoscopy).  I started swimming as part of a drive to general fitness in the last few days and it seems to be creating some reflux symptoms.  I think it might be the breathing action that's troublesome?  I would be interested to hear if anyone else has experienced problems.  My surgeon didn't caution against swimming and I realise the answer might be " it if hurts, then stop", but I would dearly like to continue as it helps with a variety of joint problems I have. 
 
Many thanks
 

dencha
Forum Moderator


Date Joined Feb 2009
Total Posts : 7188
   Posted 9/5/2011 12:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Worker Bee,
 
Welcome to Healing Well!  I've never heard a question about swimming, but it's possible that many here have experience with it.  I can say this.  You could be getting pain symptoms in your esophagus due to the stretching and movement required by swimming aggressively.  Your esophagus interprets all pain the same way, so any pain you're experiencing will feel exactly like heartburn.
 
I know that those of us who have had this surgery will develop adhesions that may pull when stretched.  Also, it just may create some pull on the wrap itself.  That said, just because it's bothering you now, doesn't mean it will always bother you.  I have noticed that past the year mark I was still getting better.
 
Maybe you could try some different strokes and see if one of those might not cause the same pain.  I'm no doctor, but it sure sounds as if you're pulling on something and it's causing you pain.  Any pain in the esophagus leads it to send the "heartburn" message to the brain.
 
Happy Swimming!  You might have to take it a little slower and see if you can find something that works for you.
Best wishes!
Denise

Worker Bee
Regular Member


Date Joined Aug 2011
Total Posts : 21
   Posted 9/5/2011 12:21 PM (GMT -6)   
thanks Denise.  I don't like the sound of pulling on adhesions much, though you must be right.  Presumably that doesn't jeopardise the wrap though, otherwise we would need to wrap ourselves in cotton wool after this operation!

dencha
Forum Moderator


Date Joined Feb 2009
Total Posts : 7188
   Posted 9/5/2011 12:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Worker Bee,
 
I agree with you.  Our wraps are pretty sturdy...surgeons are comfortable sending us off with very few limitations. Hey, while I was in the first months of healing I had a terrible lung infection and coughed hard and constantly. Even through that, my wrap held.
 
Just experiment with your swimming strokes...maybe if you just modify them a bit you'll feel fine.  Let us know how it works out.
Happy Swimming! yeah yeah yeah
Denise
New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
Forum Information
Currently it is Friday, September 21, 2018 10:11 PM (GMT -6)
There are a total of 3,005,614 posts in 329,243 threads.
View Active Threads


Who's Online
This forum has 161786 registered members. Please welcome our newest member, Wildcat44444.
300 Guest(s), 6 Registered Member(s) are currently online.  Details
Hoagie, Healing98, InTheShop, oregonhay, Stetsonva, noodlesnoodles