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JamieAnn
06-20-2010, 09:16 AM
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Hey Everyone,

I have been starting to think of what I need to do to physically prepare for my surgery on 9/28. Mentally it's already been a battle! But obviously this forum helps with the emotional/mental preparation which is why I'm here!

JenM, I read that you worked out intensely before surgery (congrats, btw, that's amazing - 40 pounds!!). It made me wonder if I'm doing enough though!

I am 29, thin but not "in shape" with regards to muscles being tone. I work long hours in NYC and really do not have time lately to squeeze in any workouts. I started working out on the weekends, understanding that this limited working out won't really get me into crazy good shape but maybe help on a cardio level. I really do not know if I should be doing more though..

My biggest question is how does working out affect the surgery and recovery? When I asked my doctor he said just take care of yourself, get your core strong and take vitamins. But he was super laid back about it, not really concerned.

I am already off the birth control pill (now my hubby and I just have to avoid getting pregnant!), and do not take any other meds. I don't smoke, either. I feel like I'm in relatively good health.

Any thoughts are welcome, especially with how working our prior to surgery helped you in the long run (or didn't matter?).

Thank you!!:)

Davis
06-20-2010, 09:35 AM
hi JamieAnne, I was wondering the same thing. I work some descent hours too, 50 hours a week or so and have three kids and a fiance' so there's not a whole lot of "me" time to go around. I have slowed my drinking pace, I really like a few beers in the evening after work, or a couple rum and cokes to relax. I've cut that all out completely and have started taking a multivitamin. Was wondering what would be good as far as supplements and exercise too.

JenM
06-20-2010, 01:27 PM
Hi Jamie Ann-

I took the following supplements: 2000 Units Vitamim D (since i have a vitamin D deficiency), a Women's One a Day vitamin tablet, folic acid, and for a while I took Coenzyme Q10 which gave me a boost of energy in order to work out. I discontinued the Co enzyme Q10 about 4 months before surgery. My overall workout strategy was to work out as soon as I woke up every morning. The later in the day that I tried to work out, the later I was and felt very unmotivated.. It is much easier working out earlier in the morning. I have a 2 and a 5 year old so even though I didn't like to do this, I just plopped them in front of the tv while I worked out on my treadmill. I wasn't letting anything get in the way of my working out. For the past 5 years, the kids always came first, but I needed to do this type of workout schedule from Sept to June 7, 2010 so that I would be successful with my surgery. I have to tell you, I feel really great after my surgery, which was on Jun 8. Even my pre-op visits to my doctors really impressed them. My resting heart rate was a 50, and it was all because I had worked out religiously from Sept - through June7. I felt like a fine tuned instrument going into the surgery. Which is really funny because I haven't workred out for over 8 years plus. I was so out of shape before Sept 2009 so if I could do it, anyone can!!!! You just have to believe in yourself!!!!!!!

JenM

JamieAnn
06-20-2010, 02:21 PM
Thank you both!

I'm with Davis on the no time at all to work out - but I'm going to try my best as far as waking up even earlier and squeezing in workouts before work. I find that physically I'm just tired a lot and I am not strong like I used to be when I worked out regularly. I do believe this alone will help me recover faster, I just need to really motivate myself and keep at it.

JenniferG
06-20-2010, 04:03 PM
My surgeon didn't make any recommendations about preparation but I thought it made sense to get as fit as I could, depending on my pain. But I found my pain lessened, the fitter I became so in the end I was fast-walking every day, and kayaking 1-3 times a week. I was running short distances, and I hadn't done any running in 15-20 years. We went interstate for the last two weeks and I exercised 4-5 hours a day right up to the day before surgery.

My motivation was to strengthen my heart because of my age. The best part of getting fit for me though, was the mental benefit. I had been stressed to the max about the surgery initially, but that gradually eased, until I realised the terrible fear was being replaced by excitement. The people of this forum answered all my questions and gave me a mental picture of what was going to happen which was very important to me. But my fitness made me think I could face anything.

My diet has always been good so I didn't take supplements, apart from calcium which I'd been taking since menopause.

It's anyone's guess how much difference it made to my recovery. But apart from 6 weeks of dizziness, I consider my recovery went well.

debbei
06-20-2010, 09:17 PM
Hi Jamie Ann-

I took the following supplements: 2000 Units Vitamim D (since i have a vitamin D deficiency), a Women's One a Day vitamin tablet, folic acid, and for a while I took Coenzyme Q10 which gave me a boost of energy in order to work out. I discontinued the Co enzyme Q10 about 4 months before surgery. My overall workout strategy was to work out as soon as I woke up every morning. The later in the day that I tried to work out, the later I was and felt very unmotivated.. It is much easier working out earlier in the morning. I have a 2 and a 5 year old so even though I didn't like to do this, I just plopped them in front of the tv while I worked out on my treadmill. I wasn't letting anything get in the way of my working out. For the past 5 years, the kids always came first, but I needed to do this type of workout schedule from Sept to June 7, 2010 so that I would be successful with my surgery. I have to tell you, I feel really great after my surgery, which was on Jun 8. Even my pre-op visits to my doctors really impressed them. My resting heart rate was a 50, and it was all because I had worked out religiously from Sept - through June7. I felt like a fine tuned instrument going into the surgery. Which is really funny because I haven't workred out for over 8 years plus. I was so out of shape before Sept 2009 so if I could do it, anyone can!!!! You just have to believe in yourself!!!!!!!

JenM

I'm so proud of you!!!

Confusedmom
06-22-2010, 03:28 PM
JenniferG,

What caused the dizziness, and what made it go away?

Evelyn

JenniferG
06-22-2010, 05:56 PM
Hi Evelyn. Well, my surgeon told me it was caused by the antibiotics given during surgery. I already knew I was allergic to penicillin and since then, I was given Erythromycin (I think it was) for a recurring sore throat and it made me ill...so I don't think antibiotics and I get on very well.

However, the dizziness didn't start until (and my memory of this period isn't great) about 7 weeks post-op when I was starting to reduce my oxycontin. I had other withdrawal symptoms such as stomach cramps and depression (I dropped like a stone) and the dizziness began at the same time. So MY theory is that it was part of the withdrawals I was undergoing. Except it continued long after the withdrawal symptoms stopped.

So I am really unsure what caused the dizziness.

I've read a few posters mention dizziness so I don't think it's terribly unusual.