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Core strength was posted 03/22/2016 01:41 pm by Anonymous
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It's probably normal for people who have Whipple surgery to have problems with core strength for a while after surgery. I had to concentrate on posture after surgery. I was very weak at first, and tended to slump a little, giving in to the weakness in my abdomen. Once I realized I was getting into the bad habit, I concentrated on standing erect and that simple act helped my core strength (shoulders open, tummy tucked). The serious weakness in my core muscles lasted a year or so, but it did not in any way disable me. I was able to work, and take walks, worked on flexibility. After the first few months, I did not have any issues with sitting up, reclining or otherwise.

The first two years after surgery, I had little stamina, but year three was a big difference, and I felt I was getting stronger. I have not however been able to regain full strength and stamina. Good energy levels and very active, just not like before. When gardening, I have to be careful about bending too much, or lifting or carrying moderately heavy items. If I overdo bending, or lifting items, I have the pain around the surgical incision. Plus I will be sore in my core muscles. I have not been able to get my core muscles toned enough to prevent this. I am also 14 years older, and so should take normal wear into consideration :~).

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