Post open sigmoid colectomy pain

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Approximately I'm about 8 weeks post surgery. The incision pain is pretty much gone, now I'm getting muscle pain like Charlie horses in the muscles surrounding the incision, is this normal? Still having to take 1 painkiller a day, exercise (walking only) everyday after eating and keep myself busy during the day. Being extra cautious though from lifting and bending. Still have to wear the binder, not all the time though. How long does it take the cut muscles and nerves to completely heal? Actually been able to eat foods (in small moderation) I haven't had in 2 years with no repercussions which is wonderful. My main question is for open cut patients, how long did you have to be on painkillers.

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    I had mine done 7 days ago no painkillers needed
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      Did you do lapriscopic or open? They did mine open because of the multiple attacks and family history of colon cancer for which I'm in the clear, thank God. However when he opened me up there was so much (not to be gross) ,pus, blood, infection which had also inflamed and infected my surrounding organs. Basically had to flush out my insides before he could proceed with the colon resection. I was put on major antibiotics and drains for the whole 6 days I was in the hospital, hence the painkillers. But am feeling so much better and now I'm having to look for a smaller waist binder because the swelling is going down.

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    I’m so glad your feeling better. GOD is good. Yes they started laparoscopic but ended up opening me up. What’s a waist binder? And did you deal with constipation at first how did you deal with that?
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      Wow, you hit the jackpot with both. Everyone I know that has gone through any kind of abdominal surgery has a waist binder put on them right after surgery. It holds the cut & stitched muscles and nerves together until they heal. It's recommended to wear at home during the healing process but give it a break once in a while so your other muscles don't become dependent on it. At first my incision site hurt, now that's gone but any wrong move and you pull your newly stitched muscles and that's where the waist binder comes in handy.

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      As to constipation I used milk of magnesium. Because of extensive scarring and blockage I was both. Weight should really be piling off because even baby food triggered attacks

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