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You need to remain very hydrated.. so drink tons of water. You do not need to stop your meds. You do need a good diet intake along with a good calcium/magnesium supplement. And if you can take potassium, that is an added bonus. Calcium is stripped from the body entirely through a surgery like this and isn't in the body naturally for long to begin with. And this important mineral is needed for proper contraction of soft tissue. Taking a supplement helped me rid of my legs cramps entirely post op (and they were really bad.)

You are fresh out of surgery. Dont expect to be pain free. Think how long you had been in pain before the surgery. Allow yourself the time to heal and if you need pain meds.. take them. If you are in pain..the healing process will only go slower.

Hang in there. Hope this helps.
I got cut off before finishing my comments. Thank you for you input...it is very helpful. I also have a good multiple vitamin from Gen'l Nutrition that gives me, among other things, 200 IU of D (as Cholecaliferol), Thiamin (50 mg), Riboflavin (50 mg), Niacin (50 mg), B6 (50 mg), Folic Acid (400 mcg), B12 (50 mcg)...also Calcium (200 mg)...and some Iodine (as potassium iodide - 150 mcg), and some additional minerals...magnesium, zinc, selenium, copper, manganese, chromium and molybdenum. Anyway...again thanks for your input.

It appears that you may not have gotten my first reply: I am hydrating a lot with water, plus I have oatmeal or cooked wheat every morning with frozen grapes or plums mixed in (from our vines and trees of last summer), my meat intake is minimal...two or three times a week...ham a couple days ago, roast beef last Sunday. I have looked up food sources rich in potassium. As well as for calcium. Drink a lot of vegetable juice (like tomato and v-8 type drinks).