Surprise - it's possible to overdo exercise after surgery

Saturday, January 15, 2011

I'm up and around after my surgery, and the doctor has cleared me to be more active as long as I "don't overdo it". Whatever that means. (Her clarification was "be reasonable", which is not really my strong suit.)

I've been walking 5K under her old limitations, so yesterday I thought I'd try running part of it. Like, half a kilometer (though I was bored with walking, and ended up running a whole kilometer.) It felt great at the time ...

But today I'm having more pain than I've had for days. (This is not, I should emphasize, agony; more like sharp jabs even with the level of painkillers I've been taking for a bit.) Google suggests that most people wait 6-8 weeks to start jogging after this surgery, instead of, uh, four and a half.

So my husband has wagged his finger at me, and today I tried a shorter stint on the stairstepper. I'm wondering if all the bouncing around is what's getting to me, rather than the higher heart rate.

Sadly, the stairstepper doesn't add up to much in the way of Rivendell miles. Ah well.
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  • MORGAN!!
    The problem with healing is it's SO boring! But take it easy, the last thing you want to do is prolong the recovery process! And maybe get your doctor to define the parameters of "reasonable" activity :)
    2622 days ago
    Bouncing may be fun at the time... but really, don't push too hard sweetie! I's hate to sprain my finger by wagging it at you? ;)
    2622 days ago
    Don't overdo it! I think you may be right about the bouncing part.
    2622 days ago
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