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RE: Successful surgical recoveries? Are there any?

Albert wrote:

Well Surf..

I think Hockey Player is waaaaay ahead of schedule and is running again.

Also Tiff despite having a monster RA tear is walking 5 miles a day fast.

JC had a 2 RA's, 2 adductors and a hernia and is walking steep hills 2x per day and is 10 days out.

also go to This gentleman is pre-med and had a mesh re-do as well as bilateral addcutor release and bilataeral AP repair. His name is Dan and he was putting in serious mileage at 9 weeks. He also snowboarded 25 days in a row and is back playing soccer. He was kind enough to e-mail me before surgery.

All of these people were injured. Each of them got the facts and made educated decisions and are back on the path of health. Is it pleasant. NOPE.....This rehab was worse than my knee surgery. Worse than my ankle surgery. Worse than my hand surgery. But all those parts can be rested. This is the center of our bodies.

It is exciting to rehab as well, because muscles i had given up on were coming back to life after 5 years and others that were in distress were now relaxed.

My glutes immediately turned back on and alot of my rehab is centered around my minimus/medius as to not overload my adductors. Maximus is firing but the others still get tired.

All though this injury was hell (5 years...18 months in bed mostly) the rehab has taught me more about my body and self than anything else in my life. I was always in shape as a boxer and wrestler. However, i was imbalanced. I was freakishly strong in the chest and legs but even though i had a flatter stomach my core was weak...I mean real weak.

So now i am taking this OPPORTUNITY to balance my body and be healthy in the future. I do not fear this happening again because I was an accident waiting to happen. I fought way too long (to age 41). Not from trauma but because of the training was so severe and is designed for younger men.

However, I intend on playing softball again or just working out hard. These are thoughts i gave up on. So to me Meyers was a godsend sent to me by JC.

I'm only hitting the three-week mark tomorrow but I feel like I am doing very well and the physical therapist I saw last week echoed that sentiment.

Quick update on my progress:

I began jogging on the treadmill a few days ago. First very light and each day picked up both the pace and the distance, hitting one mile yesterday. It felt great. Continuing with the pool running, cariocas, side slides, jumping jacks, scissors as called for in Meyers protocol. Also the hip adduction/abduction/flexion/extension with weights -- using a standing rotary hip machine in my gym. My walking between my office and the train station has picked up significantly in pace over the past 4-5 days -- to the point where i no longer feel like i am holding back because of pain/stiffness and am walking just like i used to (fast and weaving in and out of the slower pedestrians). Doing lunges (3 sets of 10 on each side, with 5 lb dumbell in each hand). Combining all of this with lots of stretching and pelvic tilts. Nothing further like bridges/planks on the strengthening side yet. Tried swimming (freestyle stroke) but that was a bit too painful in the abs. Am going to try some light skating and perhaps the sprinting called for in the Meyers protocol in a few days. Also continuing the twice daily adductor massage.

My pain: at rest I am mostly pain-free. With activity I feel stiffness and some soreness but it is getting much better. Yesterday morning I woke up with a sore left hip. It is tender to the touch and also hurts with movement like walking. I think this was related primarily to sleeping the whole night on my right side. It hurt a bit during my workout yesterday afternoon, but I iced it when I got home and slept on my back last night and I feel much better today.

In general, I feel like my body is telling me to do more, not less, so I have been pushing a bit harder the past 2-3 days than I thought I'd be going at this point. I'm probably 4-5 days behind the Meyers protocol (technically this is day 20 and I am still not doing swimming and sprinting or ab crunches or 'considering game participation' as recommended) but I figured it would probably take me at least 6 weeks, not 3, before I felt like I could go back to doing everything I did before AP sidelined me. And, best of all, I have dropped almost 10 lbs as a result of 3 weeks of daily workouts after being largely inactive (as well as watching what I eat and drink while getting back into shape).

Anything can happen but right now I feel like surgery was definitely the right decision for me and I am confident that I will be able to resume all my activities in a relatively short time horizon.

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