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Suggestions for Coping after major surgery: meds, etc

I'll be having major surgery next month. The doctors say I will be on opioid painkillers for 2-4 weeks. I'm worried they will give me digestive problems, as I have a sensitive stomach. My other issue is staying in shape while recovering. It has taken me a year to get to my current fitness level. Doctor says no workouts besides walking and physical therapy for 1-2 months. I'm very concerned I will lose the muscle I have worked hard for, and gain fat. Any advice on either issue?
posted by CancerSucks on Aug 23, 2016 - 14 answers

Advice on Moving and Starting a New Job After Knee Surgery

I’m recovering from knee surgery and using crutches, and I need to move across the country and start a new job on Saturday. Any tips, tricks, or advice, that might make this process easier? [more inside]
posted by crocodiletsunami on Sep 10, 2015 - 5 answers

shoulder separation: surgery vs. doing nothing, or is there third way?

Asking for a friend: he fell off a motorscooter while riding it and fell on his left side. The main injury was "AC separation" [a type of shoulder separation -- damage to the acromioclavicular joint -- which is _not_ the same thing as shoulder _dislocation_], type 3;means that surgery is optional but worth considering. Is there some other choices beside surgery, or doing nothing? [more inside]
posted by Oli D. on Aug 28, 2015 - 4 answers

How can my father regain his mobility?

My father, 57 years old, recently had C3 C4 spinal surgery to correct spinal stenosis. As I understand it, there was a narrowing of his spinal cord which prevented spinal fluid and motorneurons from moving freely so before the surgery, he was experiencing loss of feeling in his hand, had an uneven gate, began to have trouble moving his legs and fingers, especially after periods of rest. He was told that some patients regain almost all of their previous ability, but that most experience an end to the decline and regain some percentage of their prior ability. [more inside]
posted by sb3 on Feb 27, 2015 - 4 answers

Help me reorder my after-hours life?

I recently had knee replacement surgery and it went fabulously! I have not been active in years and years due to the knee pain, and the set up of my home and habits reflect this. [more inside]
posted by harrietthespy on Dec 22, 2014 - 12 answers

Advice on getting a Benefit Exception from our healthcare insurer?

Husband needs open heart surgery. Our preferred surgeon is not on our healthcare plan. We're going to request a benefit exception. We are in Washington state. We are on an individual plan, not with an employer. I called the insurer and requested a case worker. Any suggestions on my approach? Feeling overwhelmed already. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 20, 2014 - 1 answer

Those with Postcholecystectomy Syndrome - Coping, Eating, Vitamins, Etc?

I'm likely to have my gallbladder removed in upcoming months, and I have a few questions for those who ended up with a temporary or longer-lasting intolerance to fatty foods. (And I wonder if any of you ever had it improve your digestion -- excluding the no-doubt wonderful absence of attacks?) [more inside]
posted by WCityMike on May 7, 2014 - 19 answers

Fat-Free/Low-Fat Suggestions for Post-Gallbladder Removal Recovery?

I think my gallbladder’s coming out in the months to come. I seek guidance about fat-free/low-fat foods that would be safe to eat afterwards -- any advice appreciated, but I would find non-cooking options (frozen foods/delivery/restaurant) particularly useful. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike on Apr 17, 2014 - 12 answers

It's so hard to say goodbye.

Please help me plan a retirement party for my friend's uterus. [more inside]
posted by mcbeth on Oct 24, 2012 - 14 answers

Cubital Tunnel of Hate!!!

Ulnar nerve anterior transposition surgery experiences. Have one? Please share! [more inside]
posted by littleredwagon on Oct 18, 2012 - 3 answers

Best practices for post-op family support?

My husband will be having major surgery next week. As far as I can tell, I was born without normal sick-person-wrangling instincts. What helpful or comforting things should I be planning to do to support him through recovery, at the hospital and afterwards at home? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 16, 2012 - 21 answers

I worry alot and it shows...

I'm thinking of getting an endoscopic brow lift and I'd like to hear from anyone who's had one. Specifically - what was your experience like? Were you happy with the results? Would you do it again? Was the cost vs results ratio worth it?.
posted by anonymous on Aug 9, 2011 - 0 answers

Need Foot Surgery Advice

Needing re-constructive foot surgery, what type of doctor is best for this type of surgery, a podiatrist or an orthopedic surgeon? [more inside]
posted by johnd101 on Jul 30, 2011 - 5 answers

Help me hack my post-shoulder surgery recuperation!

What are some things I can do before my upcoming shoulder surgery to make life a little easier afterwards? [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A on Jul 1, 2011 - 20 answers

What can you suggest for chronic internal hemorrhoids?

Those who suffer long-term from internal hemorrhoids: do you have any suggestions for me? (what I have is not your run-of-the-mill flare up) [more inside]
posted by cbecker333 on Jun 2, 2011 - 11 answers

Experiences with sinus surgery?

What have your experiences been with (endoscopic) sinus surgery? [more inside]
posted by altopower on Nov 30, 2010 - 28 answers

I need surgery and don't have insurance. What are my options?

I need surgery and don't have insurance. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by christonabike on Oct 7, 2010 - 21 answers

YANMD/PT: How to maintain push-up-related fitness while recovering from hand surgery?

You are not my doctor or physical therapist. I am getting some minor surgery on my hand in a few weeks. (And I'll repeat the surgery on the other this coming year.) The surgeon stated it would be about 10 days before I could put my full weight on the hand to do things like push-ups (and probably, to get up from a seated position on the floor). [more inside]
posted by mccn on Dec 3, 2009 - 8 answers

How to manage my debt and life as a whole

How do I get my life on track with high debt and a chronic medical condition? [more inside]
posted by thegreatcokeolympics on Sep 19, 2009 - 9 answers

How do I get a medical loan for upcoming brain surgery?

I'm having brain surgery and need to get a medical loan for about 150k. Help? [more inside]
posted by sickinthehead on Apr 27, 2009 - 20 answers

What are the Best books that list Best cosmtic surgery clinics or hospitals only in Bangkok, Thailand?

Where can I buy book(s) that list best hospitals/clinics for cosmetic surgeries in Bangkok, Thailand? [more inside]
posted by omaralarifi on Jul 14, 2008 - 1 answer

Building up my shoulder after a dislocation

How do I build up the muscle strength required to allow me to keep using my shoulder without surgery, after a dislocation? [more inside]
posted by ChrisR on Jan 4, 2007 - 14 answers

Does exercise reduce your ability to recover from surgery?

Does exercise reduce your ability to recover from surgery? [more inside]
posted by b_thinky on May 25, 2006 - 8 answers

Advice on dealing with a large ovarian cyst

I have a large cyst on one of my ovaries but I have to wait until the beginning of the week to find out if I have to have surgery and the waiting is killing me! I am wondering if some of you could throw some educated guesses my way on what I may be in for? [more inside]
posted by LeeJay on Apr 22, 2006 - 37 answers

Bone Hardware Contractor

What should I do, in the way of homework, before elective surgery? [more inside]
posted by teece on Mar 23, 2006 - 9 answers

New year, new nose?

Experiences with rhinoplasty (nose job)? And, can anyone recommend a good plastic surgeon? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 4, 2006 - 6 answers

Should I have these metal plates removed from my forearm?

I recently had a pretty nasty bicycle accident and had to have two metal plates put in my forearm. I've been given the option of having another surgery around the end of the year to have them taken out, but I really want to get back to work, and to be able to ride again, so I'm seriously considering just leaving them in. Are there any downsides to that? Or conversely, if anyones chosen to have them removed, why?
posted by atom128 on Sep 19, 2005 - 30 answers

Is there any hope for someone with a lazy eye to eventually achieve full binocularity?

Is there any hope for someone with a lazy eye to eventually achieve full binocularity?
[MI] [more inside]
posted by Evstar on Sep 21, 2004 - 16 answers


LASIK - I'd love to ditch both my glasses and contacts. Have any of you had the procedure performed? In particular, I'm wondering if you have experienced any adverse or unexpected effects, and how much it cost.
posted by shoos on Sep 16, 2004 - 24 answers

Is it worth having surgery for my deviated septum?

Surgery for a Deviated Septum? Is it worth it? What are your experiences? [more inside]
posted by internal on Aug 26, 2004 - 9 answers

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