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Hernia surgery - what's next?

Thursday, November 08, 2018

It's been about two weeks since I came home from the hospital.

First I'd had hernia surgery and then I had to have a blood clot removed that remained from surgery No.1. There has also been nerve damage so my right leg is hurting and the feeling is totally different from the left leg (the right leg feels much heavier and sometimes tingly). The nerve is supposed to restore itself but no one knows how long it will take.

Everyone who has experienced something similar, or knows someone: how do I come to terms with the fact that I have limited mobility (I hope only temporarily, but I can't be certain) - and that I can't do certain things that I loved to do prior to this ordeal: like Turbo Jam exercise, or any type of high-impact aerobics. Is there even a chance that I'll be able to do something like that again? Currently I can't even dry my calves with a towel, or shave my legs, or put on the right sock. I know it could be worse but at 33, I feel like I should be able to do those things.

You'll be seeing me on here more often, I really need to lose weight but there are limits to what I can do at the moment. Pain medications require that I eat often, and the calories add up quickly. Plus like I said, no high-impact exercise.

I am trying to take on a positive attitude, and it's true that I've made considerable progress both when it comes to physical, and mental strength in the last couple of weeks. I'm just hoping for some input from people that have been in a similar situation. Thank you!
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  • AQUAGIRL08
    That is indeed scary stuff! I've had mobility issues for the last 10 years or so. What I've had to do is change my thinking. It isn't easy when you've been able to do very active forms of exercise and now suddenly you can't do most things. When that happens to me, I try to get creative. I take an inventory of which body part I can move and start by working that body part. Doing physical therapy also counts as movement. With surgeries, you whole body movement can be limited due to your own particular healing process. In that case, I try to concentrate on working my mind. Changing the focus to what you can do and not what you can't do takes back the power in your life. I hope this helps!
    615 days ago
  • GOALCXXV
    I'm sorry you are having problems after surgery. I have gone through surgeries, too, and I think the meds can have an effect on your emotions as well, so I'm hoping as you go off meds, your optimism will return. I had numbness on the side of my leg after knee surgery, and it did go away. I can't remember how long, but be patient. It will happen. While you may not be able to do high impact exercise, there are lots of exercises, like recumbent bike, that can be done. If you concentrate on what you can do, rather than what you can't do, I think you will feel a lot better. Exercise is known to elevate moods, so it will be good to start back into an exercise program. Good luck to you.
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    748 days ago
  • JIBBIE49
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    I fell and broke my femur last year in June and I still have nerve damage. I'm still using an ultrasound stimulator daily as the bone hasn't healed. (I'm 69). "eating often" to take medicine doesn't mean you have to eat much. I found a endocrinologist who put me on a weekly shot of Bydureon, Metformin 3x a day, acarbose with food, Armour Thyroid that I take at night, and Vitamin K concentrated. I dropped 36# before I broke my leg and since I've kept the weight off. I need to drop another 20#. My blood sugar was 115 and the other doctor said "Diabetes starts at 126 so you don't need Metformin." But this doctor said "He's right, but read the insert and it says you are close enough." This morning my Blood Sugar was 100 and I have no more night cravings.
    I'd say to get an exercise bike as it is the easiest exercise when you have leg problems.
    749 days ago
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