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3/23/18 5:52 A



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You need to be guided by your Dr re exercise. When you DO start, it is likely best to just have some gentle walks to start with. There is still a lot of healing going on inside your body and for that you need good nutrition. Were you advised what to stay away from at least in the short-term? (Fats and rich meals being two) Try to ensure that you get a good amount of lean protein because this will help your body to heal itself.

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3/21/18 6:56 P

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You don't have to get right back to where you were immediately, but do take time to move each day. Start out with an easy walk, and push yourself a little harder/farther each day as you feel stronger and more able. It will help you feel more like yourself, plus you'll help your body heal itself faster.

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3/20/18 2:34 P

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As a veteran of a few too many abdominal surgeries, including gallbladder removal, I can tell you that my experience (and the strongly voiced opinion of my surgeons) has been that best and fastest recovery includes a LOT of walking!

While you need to adhere to the lifting limitations, and will want to avoid high-impact (such as running, or even jogging) until cleared by your surgeon, you should be able to be up and walking each day. The main things to keep in mind are to NOT be hobbling around all hunched over clutching your belly (even if you're tempted to), but to pay attention to your posture and use your usual stride. You will likely need to go more slowly to start with, and you need to pay attention and stop when you are tired, but you can certainly walk again after a rest! Once you get going and notice how much better you feel with the movement, it will be much easier to get up and get going the next time after you rest ;)

Seriously - nothing will help you heal faster and easier than getting up and moving. My last surgery has an average hospital stay of 10 to 14 days afterwards, and usually at least 6 to 8 months before restrictions are lifted. I hit a total of 7km walking the halls on the day after (my surgery was at midnight), and 10km the next day before my surgeon laughed at me and sent me home. I continued walking on the treadmill at home and had all restrictions lifted in under 3 months. Walking WORKS!

As for the eating - well, that's pretty individual. Your lack of appetite could be from pain, from pain meds, a hang-over from the anesthetic, or even partly a bit of mental aversion from the trauma of the pain from the gallbladder. A few days of limited food won't hurt you, so there is no need to push it. Instead, focus on drinking a lot of water to flush out the anesthetic and pain meds (oh - and quit taking those as soon as you can), and then gradually add in some broth or soups as you start feeling more like having "sustenance". Follow any food instructions given by your doc, but otherwise just gradually add back in healthy foods as you feel like it.

Take care, and hope you feel more like yourself very soon!

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3/20/18 1:39 A

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get back to where i was

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I know. Thanks for the reminder.



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3/18/18 12:31 P

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" Any guidance during this recovery time?"

Yeah.... recover!
Your doctor will let you know when you are healed enough to resume exercise.

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3/18/18 9:57 A

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I had my gallbladder removed last Friday and I am still really sore. I don't want to eat or exercise. Any guidance during this recovery time? I know it will take time, but it still feels like I will get out of my groove.
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