I am an avid runner and am wondering how long I should wait before I start to run again. It has been 10 weeks since my surgery (total abdominal hysterectomy). Any experience with this is greatly appreciated.
I had a LAVH 3 weeks ago. My doctors told me that I could run in 6 weeks. I am sticking to that advice, but I am exercising daily. I have done the elliptical, yoga, TurboJam, and walked. 18 days post-op I walked 5 miles. I felt great while I was walking, but was tired and a little sore the next day. Rested that day, and then did yoga and the elliptical the next. I am meeting with my doctor next week to see if at 6 weeks I can train for a half marathon that is about 12 weeks after my surgery. I realize that I will likely have to walk some, but would really like to try it. I feel much better when I exercise, and I strongly feel that being in good shape has aided in a quicker-than-usual recovery. The best advice my doctor gave me was if it hurts, don't do it.
After 3 months post op, I started my training for a half marathon I have run for the last 2 years. Was active before surgery so I assumed I could get into my running by 3 months. I was very disappointed to find that running brought major cramping. Called and spoke to gyn nurse who said it could take closer to six months and that I had done too much too soon. I am going on 4 months post op and still have no energy and now feeling the "blues" since I am not able to run. Everything I have seen online says you should be able to run after 8 weeks. Just be careful and listen to your body. I would say 12 weeks post op is too soon. My running has set me back to how I felt at 3 weeks after surgery. I would just suggest you take it slowly.
i also did to much to fast and now have been living with discomforting pain with no support it has been four months and im even starting to notice hormone craziness ,sharp pains,sleeping problems and cant figure it out they left one ovary so it would be easier on me since im only 38 years old .All we could do is hope and pray that our bodies will heel internally and we will go back to having normal lives
Just pay attention to how you feel. I am also addicted to running, but don't want to overdo it. I had my surgery exactly 2 weeks ago and feel amazing (had everything taken out because I had endometriosis). I'm 40 and typically run half marathons, but haven't sunce all of the pain i had (6 months of fighting it). My doctor let me go downhill skiing. I went yesterday and felt great, but I slept 12 hrs to recover. So, that's a major wake up call that although you may feel up to it, your body is still healing. I will take it easy from now on and ease into it.
Good luck to you all.
I had a total laparoscopic hysterectomy and even though I feel good I know that my recovery time is in progress. I'm on day 19 and even though I want to jog on my treadmill, I'm not stupid. Been a nurse I've seen what intense exercising can do because the inside is not completely healed. I started walking about a week after surgery slowly and increase my time but I know that if I over do it, I can experience adhesions and God knows one surgery is enough for me. I will begin bike riding this week but to me that's a low intensity workout. I must say that I miss working out in the gym but I can wait until,cleared by my doctor. My advice to all women out there, take care of you, love you now and don't rush to get out there. Activity will come in due time.
I am surprised to read how quickly you all expect to resume running after such a major operation. I have had a partial hysterectomy now for 8 years and I had only started running again after a year and with caution. You have to appreciate that every persons body is different but the complexity of the operation requires us to be extra, extra careful not to dislodge any healing tissue. Please just do a little walking and yoga exercises until your body is strong enough to withstand more pressure. Also use a lot of vegetables, fruits, bean, and fish meals and very, very little red meat. This reduces any strain on the body to digest complex foods while it is healing delicate tissues. Also use one-a-day multivitamins, cod-liver oil, and lots of water. Rest and relaxation is also key to better healing.