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A question for the Doctors Update

Old 04-18-2019, 02:58 PM
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I'm not interested in going into the details of my previous operation, but my question pertains to it.

Yesterday, almost a year after my major surgery (50 wks ago) I was slugging firewood (20"D x 18"L Red Oak) by hand out of the swamp and up a small hill to my trailer.

I have always been a very physically fit individual that could move mountains with my hands and body. But yesterday I was so whooped I had envisions of keeling over in the swamp and dying. I have NEVER come Remotely close to emptying my gas tank as I did yesterday. Today my body is so drained I feel like I have been run over by a steamroller!

My question is: I can see one's cardiovascular system not being up to speed after surgery, but once that gets back into the game what is it in the body that doesn't allow one to perform like they used to .....without wanting to die? What is it that some will say you'll never fully recover, why? What do I have to focus on to help restore myself?

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My guess, not a doctor is you need a lot of conditioning. Get used to the fact that age and trauma may leave you never getting to where you were. Last spring I had some pretty extensive surgery (out for 4.5 hours) and it took a couple of months to get back close to where I was.
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Not a doctor.

2 years ago, major surgery. 9 hours. 3 more minor after that. 30 days in hospital.

Still not back to pre surgery condition. Asked doctor and he said "you will never be back to normal".

Get used to your "new normal" he said.

Hope it gets better for you.
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So much depends on the surgery and what happened to you. You are asking for a generalization, but that would only pertain to anesthesia. Some people react differently to general anesthesia than others.
So many things..... really have to give us some info to help...
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Nonsense in = nonsense out. You need to see a primary care doctor (I'm assuming you don't have a long term relationship with any physician whom you would call "my doctor") who will sit down with you and review your complete history along with a complete review of systems followed by a thorough physical examination. Only then can you expect a doctor to begin to formulate a reasonable set of differential diagnoses. Did I mention lab/imaging studies based on findings in the aforementioned history and physical as well? The information you provide is both incomplete and useless if you expect a physician to be able to give you a well formulated answer. Surgery 50 weeks ago - circumcision or heart and lung transplant? Close the thread. Make an appointment with a primary care doc. If you don't know how to find one PM me.
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Could be something as simple as maybe you were dehydrated or at least not well hydrated.
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Not to derail, but I had my my truck in the shop a while back. Not gonna get into details about what work was done. Now it’s making this noise when I’m driving. Are there any mechanics on here that can diagnose it?
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Dude - you are 50 weeks post op, and I'm thinking that your routine is whacked, so your physical conditioning level is low and your endurance is ca ca.
Can you walk 5 miles in 90 minutes? Can you swim half a mile? Climb about 20 flights of stairs?

Have you talked to your doctor about physical therapy ?
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Not a doctor and your post contains almost no information. My SWAG is conditioning. But if I had a concern I would be talking to my doctor.
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Could be something as simple as maybe you were dehydrated or at least not well hydrated.
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Do a few more laps around Russ's place.
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See a doctor. This happened to me about 15 years ago. I was shoveling the driveway. It was very heavy wet snow. By the time I was done, I was really, really out of gas. I simply though the same as many others that I was further out of shape than I had thought. But the following day, my wife talked me into going to get checked out. I had a heart blockage and minor heart attack. I had none of the typical symptoms. No chest pain, no numbness in my left arm. I did have what I felt was a gas bubble that just did not want to go away. It may be nothing, but it might be serious. Better to have the doctor tell you it was nothing, than to have it be too late.
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first thought that comes to my mind is cardiac! you need to see primary care and get the ol ticker checked out!
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Will echo the "See a doctor" comments. I'm 36 and have been on BP meds for 9 years. I felt that way last summer after just scrubbing the bow of the boat. My dockmate convinced me to see a cardiologist. The echo and stress test came out fine but my BP was 180/120!!! I needed an adjustment in bp meds. He said it isn't always a silent killer; high BP can give warning signs. In my case - exhaustion, light headedness, and shortness of breath.

Glad I saw a doctor. My future five years from now might have depended on it!
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What was the problem?
What was the surgery?
How long were you "down" for?
How old are you?
Smoke? Drink/drugs?
Other medical history?
Family medical history?
Eating properly/sleeping/hydrated?

As previously stated, your post is lacking a ton of info. We can try to help if you fill in all the blanks but you're better off seeing a doctor to go over all of it with you.
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Hopefully is just dehydration or the flu or a bug.

Take it easy man. Let the Pols clean out the swamp.

take care
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Low blood sugar?
I am T2 and lows are usually not a problem but every once in a while low blood sugar knocks me on my ass .
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Do a few more laps around Russ's place.
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