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Unread 11-23-2009, 04:41 PM
post op: how much walking

Hello all!

I was told to walk as much as I can to avoid gases. I had a full hysterectomy w/ovaries on NOv. 19; i have walked a little but don't have the energy to walk much....any suggestions?
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Unread 11-23-2009, 04:46 PM
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I can remember when I had my surgery and some members were taking actual "walks", like up the street or .5 miles, etc. I was doing well but didn't have a lot of energy, so I just walked around my house. I didn't map out a route but I just tried to get up and walk around as much as possible. I think that you'll be fine as long as you're up and moving off and on throughout the day.
Unread 11-23-2009, 04:48 PM
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I had my TVH-BSO on November 19th too. My husband and I went walking in the neighborhood on the 21st and 23rd so far (only 1-2 miles). Take it slow, then come home and take a nap whenever you need to. The walking is good for constipation, insomnia and overall healing, but you do need to rest as well.
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Unread 11-23-2009, 05:11 PM
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I had TAH/BSO on Nov 11th (horizontal incision) and started walking the next day in the hospital every time I had to get up for the bathroom (practically every 2 hrs as I was on an IV the entire stay), it was very slow and not very far, but each time able to go a bit farther. Since I've been home I've tried to continued that by taking a couple of laps around the downstairs each time I get up for something and after every nap. It's a bit chilly out plus stairs for me to go outside, so I'm just walking around my house. It does help a bunch - especially when I start to get gas pains. Nice thing about walking around the house is I don't have to worry about walking too far and not being able to get back!

Yes, it's tiring but anything is tiring right now! LOL! Just keep at it, keep drinking lots of water and don't over do it. Good luck with your recovery.
Unread 11-23-2009, 05:15 PM
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HI saigarr just listen to your body everyone is different i had TAH on November 2nd so far i've only been outside twice for 10 min walk in my 2nd week post op i decided to get up from chair every hour and just walk around house for a couple of minutes just remember you may feel ok at the time but come night time you will feel it, bloating , tired achy. I have had problems with burning tearing pain in groin pelvic area since day one that s why i'm taking it easy no point in trying to rush healing, your body will decide when thats going to happen
Unread 11-23-2009, 05:17 PM
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About a week after my total lap. hyst. I walked around the block; if it is 3/10s of a mile I would be surprised. The longer I walked the slower I walked. After a while I wondered if people watching me were wondering if I was moving at all! I got home exhausted and had to lay down most of the afternoon.

I did not try again until 2 weeks later (so 3 weeks after surgery). Again, I slowed down as I walked and got home tired.

I just had my post-op check up with my doc and plan to try to push myself a bit more over this coming week. I need to get my stamina back! I am hoping to set out for a walk every day, but not stray too far from home so I can return easily!

Each of us seems to be different. I have talked to someone locally who was ready to get back on her running routine after 10 days! I will not be moving that fast! Walking around inside the house is good, too!
Unread 11-23-2009, 05:39 PM
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I started out walking to the end of my street and back; then worked up to circling the entire cul de sac - then up to the school and back (about 20-30 minutes) I'm finally to the point where I can actually walk through the mall without feeling like I need to pass out!! Make a goal to walk 'at least' a little every day then gradually work up to more. Your body will let you know when enough is enough. It definitely helps with the gas - even for me, here at 5 weeks post-op!
Unread 11-23-2009, 06:25 PM
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I had mine on the 18th and was up and about pretty soon after I got out of recovery. Since we have snow on the ground, I have used the treadmill the 2nd day I got home. I am careful, I don't want to overdo, but I'm feeling fine on it. My days started out right after like lazy super slow sundays and are now just sundays. I'm out of princess mode unless I need something heavy.
Unread 11-23-2009, 07:20 PM
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Walk as much as your body can handle. In the first week I made it a point to get up about every hour because I was drinking so much water. Then I would walk as much as I felt comfy. First week was maybe a few laps around the downstairs at a time. In week 2 I did go to the grocery store to get out and that was about 15 min & thought I would pass out when I got home. It really depends on you. I have always worked out so I was and am still surprised at how my body reacts. Don't feel bad, just do your best. This is in no way a put down on any person doing the treadmill, but when I read posts like that when I was in my first few of weeks I felt a wimp for feeling like I was. I soon came to realize that we all heal differently. Good for the people who can do a lot and good for the people who are making laps around the house.Follow the checkpoints on the homepage.........I think they are a great guide.
Unread 11-23-2009, 07:47 PM
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Thank you all for the information. I have been walking little by little; let me ask you can i go downstairs already?
I have not come downstairs since saturday when i got home
To confess I don't work out, I do WALK quite a bit so I hope it won't hurt me. I will confess .... I will try tomorrow to walk a little more.

I am so thankful ....that so far everything is OK!!!

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