crazy abs pain, 10 weeks after surgery

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ldrunner
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   Posted 2/16/2014 3:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, I had my surgery about 10 weeks ago (standard laproscopic hiatus hernia repair / wrap).
 
During the last three weeks I've started to get crazy pain in the main abdominal muscle - below my surgery scars and around / below my belly button.
 
Does anyone else have this?
 
I'm walking a couple of miles a day (in total) and swimming the occasional few lengths but certainly nothing excessive that would cause damage. BUT I'm sure the pain is "provoked" by movement. ie, too much movement and the pain eventually starts.
 
Thanks for any advice,
 
LD.

Post Edited (ldrunner) : 2/16/2014 2:31:29 PM (GMT-7)


Alcie
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   Posted 2/16/2014 5:06 PM (GMT -6)   
ldrunner, welcome to the forum.

10 weeks is awfully soon for any serious exercise (yours isn't too serious) when you've had not only the "lap" but also hernia repair. It's major surgery! It takes 3 months for the stitching and pieces parts that were moved and sewed to be fairly safe for coughing and such. Then most of the healing is done at 6 months. But a year for everything to be completely healed.

Are you sure it's the muscle and not just some gas or constipation? The colon comes up and across and back down and is very sensitive. They didn't do any surgery down there, but they did blow you up like a balloon with gas so they could see the surgery area. But you should call your surgeon and ask his opinion.

While you're waiting to get a call back, I would stick with a healthy diet, whatever you were told to eat, and dialing down the exercise.

Best wishes.

dencha
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   Posted 2/16/2014 8:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi ldrunner,

I agree with Alcie...you've had major surgery, and although the laproscopic surgery hides the extent of what has been done, believe it! It takes six months for most of the healing and a year for the rest.

If you're getting pain when exercising, your body is telling you something. Back off and give yourself a chance to heal. Reduce the strenuousness of your workouts.

Have you called your surgeon's office about this? If not, please do. If your pain is that severe, they should know.

Good luck!
Denise

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ldrunner
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   Posted 2/17/2014 4:39 PM (GMT -6)   
dencha said...
Hi ldrunner,

I agree with Alcie...you've had major surgery, and although the laproscopic surgery hides the extent of what has been done, believe it! It takes six months for most of the healing and a year for the rest.

If you're getting pain when exercising, your body is telling you something. Back off and give yourself a chance to heal. Reduce the strenuousness of your workouts.

Have you called your surgeon's office about this? If not, please do. If your pain is that severe, they should know.

Good luck!
Denise


I had a very disappointing meeting with the surgeon last week. Basically his attitude was "everything is fine", and when I told him things are worse than before he didn't seem to care. This is the same person who before the op told me laproscopic hiatus hernia repair is "simple", I'd be myself within a few days, and I could lift weights at the gym after 2 weeks.

In Britain we have this pile of **** called the NHS. The rest of the world thinks it's great but it's actually 3rd world healthcare. Unfortunately, and I must have been crazy, I used them thinking it was "free".

Post Edited (ldrunner) : 2/17/2014 3:46:40 PM (GMT-7)


dencha
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   Posted 2/17/2014 6:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi ldrunner,

Your surgeon isn't alone in providing unrealistic expectations to a patient. I'm not sure why they do it, but it's very common. I'm very often amazed at how little a surgeon who does the Nissen procedure knows about the recovery.

I'm often trying to run interference with patients who think they can start lifting, or running, or whatever, shortly after surgery, then worry about the negative effects of those strenuous activities early in the recovery.

Bottom line...if you're getting pain with the exercise you're doing, it's too soon to do it. That doesn't mean you'll never be able to do it!! Just back off to a level of activity that you can do without pain. Over time, you can gradually increase the intensity, but always listening to your body and reacting if you get pain again. It'll happen. Just be patient.

You're just two and a half months into a recovery that takes six months for most of the healing and a year for the rest. It'll happen. You'll heal, and you'll be able to get back to the routines you enjoy. Just make some accommodations for your healing right now. Find an exercise level that allows you to feel comfortable.

Hang in there! You'll heal, and be able to get back to your exercise routines!
Happy healing,
Denise

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Nissen Fundoplication 2/09
Allergy/Asthma

"Whatever you fight, you strengthen, and what you resist, persists.”

“Worry pretends to be necessary but serves no useful purpose”

“Accept - then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it.”
Eckhart Tolle

ldrunner
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   Posted 2/18/2014 4:08 PM (GMT -6)   
dencha said...
Hi ldrunner,

Your surgeon isn't alone in providing unrealistic expectations to a patient. I'm not sure why they do it, but it's very common. I'm very often amazed at how little a surgeon who does the Nissen procedure knows about the recovery.

I'm often trying to run interference with patients who think they can start lifting, or running, or whatever, shortly after surgery, then worry about the negative effects of those strenuous activities early in the recovery.

Bottom line...if you're getting pain with the exercise you're doing, it's too soon to do it. That doesn't mean you'll never be able to do it!! Just back off to a level of activity that you can do without pain. Over time, you can gradually increase the intensity, but always listening to your body and reacting if you get pain again. It'll happen. Just be patient.

You're just two and a half months into a recovery that takes six months for most of the healing and a year for the rest. It'll happen. You'll heal, and you'll be able to get back to the routines you enjoy. Just make some accommodations for your healing right now. Find an exercise level that allows you to feel comfortable.

Hang in there! You'll heal, and be able to get back to your exercise routines!
Happy healing,
Denise


Hi Denise,

Thanks for the nice words and advice. Sorry I sounded (was) down - like everyone else I'm paying a very high price for this surgery.

I'm furious about the bad advice from the surgeon. It has cost me a fortune in lost earnings and a lack of quality time with my family. Also if there was any manual component to my work then I would have lost my job.

It's amazing they behave this way.

LD.
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