I had a low anterior resection (5-inch incision below my navel), and it took a good 5 weeks before I felt consistently good. As to pain, the worst part, after the first week or two, was riding in a car. I have a 70-minute drive to work (one way) and I felt every bump in the road for a few weeks. It gets better, but it takes time. That said, I was back on my bicycle at 6 weeks and riding pain-free, 20-50 miles per ride.
Dx: 3/09, Stage 4 RC
Recurrences: (ongoing, lung, bronchial cavity, ribs)
Major Ops: 6/ RFA: 3 /bronchoscopies: 8
Pelvic radiation: 5 wks. Bronchial radiation—brachytheray: 3 treatments
Chemo Rounds (career):136
Current Chemo Cocktail: Xeloda & Erbitux & Irinotecan biweekly
Current Cocktail; On the Wagon (mostly)
Bicycle miles post-dx 10,477
Motto: Live your life like it's going to be a long one, because it just might, and then you'll be glad you did.