I recently broke my jaw and had to get my jaw wired shut. The doctor suggested I lay off the weight lifting for a good ten days after the surgery to have my jaw wired shut and for good reason. I was highly medicated, and agonizing jaw pain that kept me immobile.
Now the 10 days have passed and I finally went back to the gym. Unfortunately the doctor's knowledge trying to weight lift well having a broken jaw is limited because after trying to a normals' day routine I find myself with more complications than the worry of a weight accidentally hitting my jaw. My teeth and jaw hurts when I lift (maybe from clenching them), and most importantly I can hardly breathe! I don't know about you guys but I get pretty light headed when I'm only able to breathe in 1/3 third of my lung compacity. The reason for this is because when you have your jaw wired shut (wires that connect to your top teeth and lower teeth each connected by two small metal plates than run across your gum line) your teeth get in the way when your body requires you to breathe in more oxygen. Watch next time you lift and try to go breathe grinning your teeth and not allowing your jaw to move.
Workout recovery between rests takes me forever now. And intense cardio, I don't even think about it. I don't want to be known as the guy at the gym that fainted on the treadmill that one time.
I'm thinking I must change to a routine that is low rep and stay away from high rep routines due to the constant breathing needed during high rep routines, and probably drop the weight.
On top of everything not only does my fitness level seems to go down, but my nutritional level as. All I can have is liquids. This all-liquid diet has me going crazy when I see roommates eating on a constant basis. I'm a health freak so my normal diet consisted of two meal replacement protein shakes but who doesn't like eating a T-bone steak once in a while or Pineapple Glazed Chicken? Everything I eat I must blend to a pure liquid. Even soups with noodles must be blended! I've lost ten pounds already due to this all-liquid diet and that's ten pounds of hard dedicated work lost.
Besides the complications of my broken jaw I think I will persevere and gain much knowledge from this experience.
Does anyone have any suggestions on routines I can use, nutritional advise, or anything that will help during my recovery? If so please reply. I would greatly appreciate any advise given.
Thanks for reading
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