• How long after chemo and radiation did it take for you to stop having pain in the abdomen?

    Asked by HardyGirl on Thursday, July 18, 2019

    How long after chemo and radiation did it take for you to stop having pain in the abdomen?

    I was told that it will gradually stop, but it's still hurting and I don't think it's getting any better. Am I stuck with this for good?

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      Phoenix76

      As I recall, it took about 6-8 weeks. There have been some lingering twinges, but not discomfort. Did you get a binder to wear after surgery? That helped a lot for me. There is such a thing as "adhesions" - part of the "joys of surgery" - where scar tissue adheres to your internal organs, and can create tension and some pain. From what I've read, surgery to remove the scar tissue isn't very effective.

      What I found helpful were exercises to strengthen both my abdomen and back (they work together) - for example, a pelvic bridge exercise, pelvic floor exercises, the "dead bug" exercise and the "swimmers" exercise. The key idea is to exercise *gently*.

      I also found Tai Chi to be excellent for overall wellness and regaining balance/coordination (after chemo).

      If it really bothers you, please do check in with your oncologist and/or surgeon.

      5 months ago

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