5 months since wrap, still haven't recovered

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   Posted 4/30/2014 4:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all, sorry if I sound despondent, I've had 5 months of physical weakness, pain and no exercise.
My stomach feels a lot better but I'm still getting slight reflux, and I'm getting crazy pain in my abs.
My lower abs (around / below belly button) and groin keep going into spasm and leaving me unable to stand up straight, and I'm getting a lot of pain in the muscle around the ribs and just below the sternum.
My walking is pretty perfect but if I try and run the pain of everything bouncing around is too great.
Is all this normal? Any help appreciated.

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   Posted 4/30/2014 6:36 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm almost nine months out. I had the weakness, lack of exercise, but not a ton of pain.

I was getting better around that five or six month mark, but regressed.

Really watch your diet even when you start to feel better.

My stomach has been giving me issues for the last month or so.

80 percent of the healing takes place early on. That last 20 percent can be the toughest I hear.
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   Posted 5/1/2014 8:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi ldrunner,

Everyone experiences this recovery differently. Are you walking, if you can't run? That could help you increase you strength, and can help with stress. I know you prefer running, but you're still in the recovery phase, and you have additional healing.

Picking back up pre-op exercise is a trial and error thing. Everyone is different. I've heard of people mountain biking twenty miles at two weeks (not recommended), and others still feel pain/discomfort at ten months.

While there are certain universal experiences, there is a great deal of variation during this recovery. It truly does take a year (and more) for full healing. I had certain things that bothered me for a couple of years, then resolved.

Have you discussed these issues with your surgeon or GI doc? What did they say?

Hang in there!

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   Posted 5/2/2014 4:50 AM (GMT -6)   
You could try something like cycling, then you can get a bit of exercise without the pounding up and down that running causes. Also I find it much more enjoyable!

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   Posted 5/7/2014 4:18 PM (GMT -6)   
20 mile mounting biking at 2 weeks??????? Wow! I went on my bike for the first time this weekend, on a VERY smooth surface, and I could feel every atom in the road. I didn't last long.

Thanks for the advice all.

1039smooth - thanks for the advice about watching the diet. Now that I can actually eat a little, the temptation to go crazy is almost overpowering.
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