Muscular atrophy

on 1/22/18 9:41 am
RNY on 08/02/17

so I will preface this with the fact that I had this surgery with pre-existing issues with my muscles. These issues occurred after a surgery in 2014 that resulted in me being bed ridden for over 2 months. As a result I experienced some muscle deterioration. Over the years I have struggled with a lot of things but was still able to open a bottle of water or lift a laundry basket. Ever since getting my RNY done in August I have noticed it progressively getting worse. Physical therapy is no possible as I lack the transportation to get to and from if it isn't close enough. That being said I am now unable to even open a bottle of water. I struggle just to lift 10lbs with my right arm and can't even budge a 10lb weight with my left. I am right hand dominant so it's no Suprise my left deteriorated quicker. I am hopping someone could recommend some exercises I can do at home to help. While I do go to the gym I am unable to utilize their equipment as it is all to heavy even on the lowest setting. I have reached a point that my left arm is in an almost constant state of pain. Any exercise you can recommend for at home would be greatly appreciated.

on 1/22/18 10:00 am - PA
VSG on 08/23/16

You need to find a way to meet with a physical therapist at least once, to give you some home exercises you can work on. This is a serious medical issue which must be addressed by a medical professional. See your doctor first because the muscular pain and issues may be a symptom of something else. If you can't open a bottle of water, your ADLs (activities of daily living) are compromised which is very serious.

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on 1/22/18 12:46 pm
RNY on 08/02/17

I called my dr and I go in at 3:30 today. I will be seeing what he says and requesting a referral because I agree going to at least one tsesaion to get at home exercise is nessacary. I am sure more than one session will be recommended at this point though which is my conflict as I lack regular transportation.

on 1/22/18 12:00 pm

I think some level of this is common as you get older but not to the point you describe. The arches in our feet give out due to muscular atrophy which is why so many people eventually need orthotics in our shoes.

I feel like I have more trouble than I should with hand strength especially since I exercise but again nothing like your describing.

The PT sounds like a good idea.

Gwen M.
on 1/23/18 4:16 pm
VSG on 03/13/14

How much protein are you getting?

Definitely get with a PT at least once for a home exercise program. Also, call your insurance because you might have access to home physical therapy or occupational therapy.

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