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How much and how often are you all walking post op? How much and how often are you all walking post op?

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Unread 03-03-2008, 08:31 AM
How much and how often are you all walking post op?

I am wondering if I am walking and getting up enough. I had a TAH on 2/26 and still hurt terribly especially when getting up.

I walk a little extra everytime I get up to go bathroom.

Thanks...
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Unread 03-03-2008, 08:52 AM
How much and how often are you all walking post op?

Hi ladyblue-eyes,

I had my surgery Feb 19th, came home from the hospital on Feb 23rd. I started walking around the block that day a couple times per day. I gently increased my time each day and as of this morning had my first 75 minute walk. I stopped taking medication Feb 25th and found the walking was what made me feel 'normal' for lack of a better term.

I'm an extremely active gal and for me walking has always been my sanity...I couldn't walk around the house there wasn't anywhere to go and it got really boring really quick..now I'm adding select pieces of my sub-division...be careful of your footing if your outside..we had another huge snowstorm this weekend, so I rested Sat/Sun and it felt GLORIOUS out there today..

Have a GREAT day.
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Unread 03-03-2008, 09:08 AM
How much and how often are you all walking post op?

Hi LadyBlueEyes. I had my surgery on the 20th, so I'm 12 days post op. I honestly haven't been walking all that much. On day 6 (about where you are) I was walking around the house during potty breaks, about 5 minutes every 90 minutes. If you don't feel up to walking don't push yourself ! Everyone is individual and will heal at different rates. The worst thing you can do is push yourself too soon.
My post op instructions were very few - the most important one was "listen to your body". As my doctor said, nature gave us a wonderful meter to determine what we should / shouldn't do.
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Unread 03-03-2008, 09:42 AM
How much and how often are you all walking post op?

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My post op instructions were very few - the most important one was "listen to your body". As my doctor said, nature gave us a wonderful meter to determine what we should / shouldn't do.
Somedays I feel like walking alot and some days I don't. Like JoAnnDe said, listen to your body. I have found that is my best meter right now. Just because someone else is walking 2 miles a day, you don't need to pressure yourself to do that. We are all different and we all had different activity levels before surgery. Most importantly, don't push yourself - just pay attention to what your body tells you and you will be fine. We've had lots of snow and ice so I created a lap inside the house that I do when I can't get out.
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Unread 03-03-2008, 12:34 PM
How much and how often are you all walking post op?

I started walking at wk 3. I'm now 4 1/2. I use the treadmill because I'm afraid of slipping and falling outside. I go 2 to 3 MPH for only 1/2 mile. It depends how I feel and how much walking I'll be doing the rest of the day. I don't want to do anymore distance or increase my speed until my Dr. Appt. this Thursday.
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Unread 03-03-2008, 03:16 PM
How much and how often are you all walking post op?

I'm just 5 days post op and have only been walking around the house. I'm not in a lot of pain, but I don't have much energy. So I've been getting up to go to the bathroom, get a drink, use the computer, or go through the mail. I'm hoping by the end of the week I can begin accompanying my husband when he walks our dog. Since he (the dog) sniffs every tree, I wouldn't have any trouble keeping up.
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Unread 03-03-2008, 04:28 PM
How much and how often are you all walking post op?

This subject is one I spoke with my Dr about this morning at my 2 week post op appt. I had a TAH on 2/18. I have not been outside to walk, only walking inside as I move like a turtle according to my children
My Dr said walking is very important in aiding our bodies to heal inside. It gets the blood flowing and the muscles moving. Taking a small, slow paced walk for 5 minutes every hour is great she said. Eventually building up to 10 minutes and so on. She told me to listen to my body as it will tell me when it has had enough. So, listen to your body and remember, you will be in pain for a while so just take a slow paced jaunt around the house when you feel you can and build up to taking a longer walk. Since each of us are unique, I strongly urge you to listen to your own body first & foremost. Take it easy on yourself physically and mentally....the "shoulds" could drive us nutty and we are already dealing with enough right
Take good care & I hope you are feeling better with each passing day
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Unread 03-03-2008, 04:47 PM
How much and how often are you all walking post op?

I find it helpful to set a time for my walks. Even though walking around the house is kind of a drag, it's better than going out at first. That way, if you get a pain or feel weak or woozy, you can sit down right away. If you were outside, you might have to worry about walking back to your house.

I walked back and forth down my halway for the first three weeks. I walked three or four times a day, starting at 10 minutes an working my way up tp 20 minutes at three weeks. I found it helpful to set a timer so I would be consistent. If it was too much I would stop, but if I was feeling good it woul keep me from overdoing it. Also, when I was five minutes from completing my walk, I'd put a cup of tea in the microwave. When I was done, I'd have a nice hot cup of tea to sit and relax with!

Keep it at your own pace, but I think the key is to take several shorter walks thoughout the day instead of one lon walk.
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Unread 03-04-2008, 09:00 AM
How much and how often are you all walking post op?

Ladyblue-eyes,

During the 1st 3 weeks, I walked in the my house often. My house is small so I was not going very far and my Dr. did not allow me outside until the end of my 3rd week. After I was allowed to drive, I walked around the mall or the grocery store at least once a week. I am now walking 2 - 4 miles per day. I wish I had begun walking longer distances sooner as I feel walking has had a tremendous positive impact on my energy level.
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Unread 03-04-2008, 09:12 AM
How much and how often are you all walking post op?

Hi
I started out walking laps several times a day--trying for 1000 steps at a time (I used a pedometer, because I had one.) Then by week 2 I was walking outside, with someone for company, and started pretty small, by now (completing week 4) I am just starting to walk 4 miles.
Among other things it helps my aches and pains, lets me sleep better, and reduces constipation. Some days it wipes me out, but my doc said that was ok--that I shoudln't do anything else like lift weights, but I should walk as much as I could and it was ok to walk and nap...
Deb
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