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Return to physical therapy..or not

Jan 03, 2017 5:20 PM

So today was my first day back to physical therapy. It didn't go as well as I would have liked. My incision is still not completely closed. Less then a quarter of an inch so I have to wait to get in the pool. They put me in the gym on a recombinant stepper. OMG!!! I barely made 7 mins befory whoke body felt as if it was set on fire. So they stopped everything gave me a moment to recoupe and said it's a bit to soon still after surgery. They will let me.try again in a day or so and now I feel as if I did a full therapy session. If this is how 7 mins feels wow a full session terrfies me. I knew it was gonna be a bit if a decline in strength but this is awful.

Jan 03, 2017 5:35 PM

I am so sorry hun. PT is really rough after surgery. We don't really understand how much surgery can take out of us. Hopefully once the incisions healed up and you gradually start increasing your activity you will find your strength returning.

Its hard to not push oneself but if during PT you notice something causing more pain then please let your therapist know. They may be able to alter or change that exercise to something where you will still benefit from the work out without it causing you more pain.

This is where an app like this can really help. You may not realize a new exercise is causing troubles until later that night or even the next day. So - if you do something new make sure you chart it in comments. That way if the following day you notice your pain is worse you will be able to look back at the previous day and see that you had done something different and make the connection. :)

Jan 03, 2017 6:16 PM

Give it some time but definately go back.

Jan 03, 2017 9:16 PM

I agree with both Mimikay and gotobef. I know how hard it is to try not to push too hard, too fast, but getting as well as you can get is going to take time. Try not to rush it, you don't want to add a new injury to your already battered body.

Jan 04, 2017 5:04 AM

Sounds like the therapist also didn't realise how much the surgery took it out of you. I would definitely go back but maybe ask to start with something really gentle like slow stretches to start building your strength up before doing any more gym stuff or a slow walk on the treadmill. Hopefully the incision will close up soon then you can do the water therapy as it's more gentle on your body.
I hope things get easier and PT starts to help you soon xx

Jan 05, 2017 11:41 PM

I could never handle pt so my parents don't make me go but I hope once you get back on track you feel better 😀

Jan 06, 2017 4:05 PM

PT is hardest after surgery. My doc waited 4 months before putting me through it. I have next week to finish and I'm so glad I did it. Take a week or two off if need them try again. And take it easy the first few weeks. Hugs love & prayers you can get through it! 🙂💕🙏🌸

Jan 06, 2017 4:10 PM

Thanks flappys.. the PT mentioned that yesterday thst if I need to wait a little more it would ok. Or I came and use the recumbent bikes. Honestly, I don't think, well in fact I'm sure my doctors here never really appropriated nkr understand how bad my case was. Even my surgeon didn't expect to find such an advanced situation brewing in me. They all only looked at my total weight and not taking into account all factors. It makes me more anxious to prove them wrong and show them that I'm not just a fat slob.

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