Well I am finally 6 months post-op and continuing down the road of recovery! It is great to not constantly be in pain like I was before having LPAO surgery but I still feel like I have a ways to go. I was a very active person prior to surgery. I typically ran about 20-30 miles a week and mixed in P90X a few days a week for upper body and ab workouts. The pain before the surgery was there whether I was sitting at my desk at work or riding in the car and I remember constantly trying to reposition myself or shift around to get comfortable. I could not wear high heel shoes without being in pain. Then when I would complete an intense workout I was usually hurting and sore for several days after that it was painful to even lay on my left side in bed.
I do not have any pain when sitting at my desk or riding in the car today. We recently went to see a movie and I was comfortable where as before I looked like I had ants in my pants moving around in the seat. I am riding my spin bike on most days for 45 minutes. I have completed some P90X workouts over the past few weeks. I have made it through the first half of the Chest and Back and have completed the Ab Ripper a few times. In completing the ab workout, I discovered how far my muscles on my left side still have to go…it was so hard to keep my left leg up during the workout. Then I was waddling like a penguin the day after I did abs the first time. I can walk a mile or two miles and be okay but trying to do anymore than that I find myself hurting in the area near my “butt” bone or sit bone. I decided to walk 4 miles about a month ago and by that evening I could not take a step without hurting then I limped for two days 🙁
I got a rebounder/small trampoline with bar to get my body used to the bouncing back and forth motion in hopes to maybe be able to run a few mile clips in the future but I think that is still a ways off.
The past few days have been the best I have felt so far. This past Monday I walked 1 mile, rode my spin bike for 10 minutes and then completed the Ab Ripper workout. This was the first time I completed the ab workout and felt like I was not struggling. Then on Tuesday I walked 2 miles, rode my spin bike for 10 minutes and spent a few minutes bouncing back and forth on the rebounder. “Knock on wood” I have had not had the “butt” bone pain since Monday morning! Maybe I will high heel shoes a try again in the next few weeks 🙂
I am still stretching everyday. I do the cross over hip stretch and a few different stretches for my hamstring muscles. I am good with putting on my shoes now but putting on tights can still be a little uncomfortable.
Since the weather is warming up and summer approaching I just wanted to share with others out there that have had PAO surgery and are trying to find a swimsuit to cover the scar that Athleta has a really cute sporty suit that I ordered and was very pleased that it covered my entire scar! It is the Plumeria Sportify Dolphin Short bottom and Plumeria Sportify Reversible Bikini top. I love that the top is reversible and the swimsuit comes in two different colors. I am also planning on going to start looking at bikes so that I can get outside again to be able to get some fresh area while exercising. We have penciled in a trip to the bike store for this weekend!
The past few months have been like a roll coaster…lots of up and downs but I am starting to feel like with each new thing I try to do or add in order to get back to being the active person I was that the first few times might cause a little discomfort or pain due to everything in there that was moved around during surgery but I do finally feel like things are improving and getting better! I have to keep in mind that we are all different and have to be patient and give our bodies time to heal. It was a major surgery and I have to keep that in mind!