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DollyR
09-08-2012, 09:11 PM
This August I almost died. Why?? I was diagnosed with a Pulmonary Embolism.

I could not breathe after walking up one flight of stairs. It was so bad I scared my colleague who I share an office with. In the following days, I went to the doctor and he thought maybe it was anxiety because I have a very stressful job. He prescribed xanax and an asthma inhaler told me it I should feel better. After a day of trying just the inhaler it was no better. I called him back and he had me come in for a chest X-ray with the pulmonology department. The intern who was working that Friday afternoon did not see anything on the X-ray so he ordered a CT scan Monday morning and told me to go home and rest. I followed orders and had the CT scan Monday morning. At 11 PM that night my primary care doctor called me and told me to pack a bag and come to the emergency room immediately. I had a large blot clot in the pulmonary artery between my lungs and heart. I was scared beyond belief. The doctor kept saying how lucky I was that they found it and I was very stable in vitals. Thank God for that intern!!

In the days that followed I was placed on an IV of Heparin (blood thinner) and Warafin (oral blood thinner) along with my high blood pressure meds. They did a large amount of tests and 9 days later I was released from the hospital. The clot is still there but with the meds my blood pumps normally and there is supposed to be no chance of it getting bigger. I have no other clots in my body and now they just check to see if the clot will dissolve on its own.

Scary days ahead. I have to lose weight for sure. I cannot exercise because of my condition for now. I can take walks unless I feel uncomfortable then I stop. I hope all goes well and wish I had lost the weight before this all happened.

What caused it? They think it was the meds I was on for another issue. I do fly long flights and just did two 14 hour flights in June and July. They just know for sure there are no other clots which is pretty much another lucky break.

I am back here because I want support as I try to deal with weight loss and this problem. I know time will tell if the clot is gone but it varies with different people how long it can take.

So I am back here……and yes….I am lucky to be alive. It is like a surreal dream.


Arctic Mama
09-08-2012, 09:13 PM
That's very scary, Darlene, but it's good to fix it now while you're still alive than have your family wishing it had been done when you've passed. You can do this, just take it one choice at a time!

Justwant2Bhealthy
09-08-2012, 09:23 PM
:welcome2: Back, DOLLY ~ am sending up some ^prayers^ that clot will dissolve for you; and for your re-newed WL journey back to good health. I had a similar thing happen when I broke my left calf several years ago; and yes, it can be very, very scary. Indeed, thank GOD for that observant medical worker ... :hug:


bargoo
09-08-2012, 09:29 PM
Welcome, Darlene, praying that health will be restored.

HealthyMeWannabe
09-08-2012, 10:20 PM
:hug: Welcome back. Holy cow I would have been scared too! I'm glad they found it and you will be able to recover.

Tai
09-08-2012, 11:05 PM
Welcome back Darlene; that must have been so frightening.

Beck
09-08-2012, 11:16 PM
Glad to hear it was caught early and treated! I had a PE scare 7 years ago when I was pregnant with my twin girls; one of the scariest days of my life, but it turned out to be something other than a PE.

Wishing you good health!

Rainbowgirl
09-09-2012, 12:17 AM
Darlene,
I suffered a massive pulmonary embolism in November 2009. That one almost killed me. My clot was large enough to break in half and nearly totally plug both of my pulmonary arteries, just as they exit the heart (which sounds like where yours was, too). That area, for a size comparison, is about the diameter of a US quarter. I (and you) had a 75% chance of dying (don't mean to scare you). Unlike you, I was released from hospital (at my request) only 2 days later, but I did have daily injections of warfarin at the hospital for a week, followed by 6 months of oral therapy.

I know exactly what you have gone through and what you are going to go through.

Be prepared for some shock in the coming weeks. It took me about 4 months before I stopped breaking down at the weirdest things just b/c I could have been dead instead but survived. Be prepared to feel like CRAP for a while. It took me a YEAR to recover, when the doctors said it should only take 6 months. The clots were gone by then, but it's just your body trying to recover from a massive injury.

My clot was caused by the birth control pill Yasmin. Because of it, I'm no longer allowed on ANY hormonal birth control (pills, patch, or injection) and I cannot take Plan B if I ever -need- to. If I ever become pregnant, I will be high risk for another clot and for miscarriage and for increased bleeding. I am involved in the Canadian class action lawsuit against the makers of Yasmin.

One thing, do not push yourself. For the first 3 weeks, I got out of breath walking 10 feet. So I did everything much more slowly. My friend joked that it was like I was 80 years old and I felt like it. Push yourself, but don't OVER push yourself. Don't try to go out and walk 2 km (like I did, a week later) lol

If you need anyone to talk to or vent or ask questions, let me know. I am here for you.

DollyR
09-09-2012, 05:59 PM
Thanks Everyone.

@Rainbow:
I feel exhausted everyday but I try to walk some each day...yesterday however I did almost 3/4 of a mile and it was way too much. I was dizzy and light headed by the last 1/4 and wish I had not gone. My sister said I did well but I think I would of done better with just a couple of short walks.

I am supposed to go back to work this morning for a 1/2 day and then have one of my weekly warafin blood checks this afternoon. I will probably keep the 1/2 day schedule this week.

Yes like you they think it was from birth control pills. Not Yasmin but another one I was taking.

I am wondering how old you were when you went through this? I am 48. How long did it take for the clot to dissolve? How did they know it was gone? I know it varies with each patient but I am curious. I want this "thing" gone.
Did everyone assume you were back to normal after you left the hospital? I have people thinking it is all gone and I am back in action. Seriously??

Martine
09-09-2012, 06:48 PM
DollyR, very sorry to hear that you've had to go through this. Please take good care of yourself and follow medical advice closely.

I too suffered a major pulmonary embolism 2 years ago, most likely due to a combination of being bed-ridden after a surgery and being on birth control pill. It started as a deep vein thrombosis (I thought I had twisted my calf muscle and did not have it checked out) and one week later while doing the dishes, I felt a sharp pain in my chest, became short of breath and passed out. Thankfully my husband was there and I was rushed to the hospital where they diagnosed me. Both lungs were severely affected. I was discharged after 7 days and for the first week at home, had to inject myself with Lovenox to stabilize anti-cloth agents in my blood and then was put on warfarin for a year.

The first year, I can say that my energy level was not the same. I especially felt it when I went back to work or when I wanted/ had to walk for certain lengths of time. I am now feeling normal, but cannot go back on birth control. All I know is that if I have to undergo surgery or want to go on a long plane trip, I should inform my doctor ahead of time to be prepared. Funny thing is that I never panicked or felt any fear, I think I was overcompensating for my husband feeling so helpless. To this day, though logically I realize how serious the situation was, emotionally I've worked through it and am fine now.

healthyginger
09-10-2012, 12:15 AM
Welcome Darlene! Wow that was a wakeup call wasn't it? We are all here to help eachother get healthy and not only stay alive , but thrive.:hug:

Strawberry Blond
09-10-2012, 11:10 AM
Welcome back, Darlene! I hope you get better soon. Some family members have had your experience, and it is scary. Take care of yourself.

Goddess Jessica
09-10-2012, 02:22 PM
A good friend of mine had the same issue. She was in her late 20's when it happened and obese. They think her's was related to a injury she sustained on her calf (giant bruise from falling during a paint ball game) and perhaps birth control.

Health issues sure give us wake up calls, don't they?

Rainbowgirl
09-10-2012, 03:45 PM
Thanks Everyone.

@Rainbow:
I feel exhausted everyday but I try to walk some each day...yesterday however I did almost 3/4 of a mile and it was way too much. I was dizzy and light headed by the last 1/4 and wish I had not gone. My sister said I did well but I think I would of done better with just a couple of short walks.

I am supposed to go back to work this morning for a 1/2 day and then have one of my weekly warafin blood checks this afternoon. I will probably keep the 1/2 day schedule this week.

Yes like you they think it was from birth control pills. Not Yasmin but another one I was taking.

I am wondering how old you were when you went through this? I am 48. How long did it take for the clot to dissolve? How did they know it was gone? I know it varies with each patient but I am curious. I want this "thing" gone.
Did everyone assume you were back to normal after you left the hospital? I have people thinking it is all gone and I am back in action. Seriously??

Hi Darlene!
Yes, 3/4 of a mile still so soon after your injury was probably too far. Mine happened on November 19/20, and still by Christmas that year I was unable to even walk a flight of stairs. I went Christmas shopping with a friend of mine who had a good time making fun (all in good fun) at me for walking like a 90-year-old, but I really couldn't go any faster! A week after my event, I went on a 2 km walk, and that night was back in the hospital unable to breathe, thinking it was another clot. All night and all day wasted for them to tell me I overdid it. Take it very easy, you don't want to overtax your recovering respiratory system. Since I worked in the hospital, I saw some of the doctors that treated me and I usually got harped at when they thought I was walking too fast, even to the coffee shop! (lol)

The half-way sounds like a plan. I'm not sure what type of job you have, but if it's a sit-down job like mine is, make it a priority from now on to get up once an hour and walk around, even if it's in place, for a few minutes. Point your toes, as this causes the blood to rush faster through the veins (that's what the ultrasound tech told me when she was doing my ultrasound, that didn't find any clot!). If you're on your feet a lot, maybe consider having yourself fitted for compression stockings. If you fly a lot, those would probably be a good idea anyway. You can get them in but the really good ones need to be professionally fitted. I'm not sure what the health care is like in S. Korea, but here in Canada we can get them prescribed to us, so the cost is covered. They're about $80-90 here.

When I had my clot, I was 24, which is what they believe contributed to me surviving it. I have a strong, healthy heart (even though I'm overweight) and that was probably my only saving grace. My heart was able to handle the massive clot pass through it without sending me into cardiac arrest (for which they had me on a monitored bed all night because they were scared I was still at risk for suffering a heart attack). If you have no heart problems, that's also probably why yours managed to keep going through the injury.

The clot is MOSTLY dissolved after they start you on IV therapy. Because you had a much longer run of IV therapy than I did, who chose 2 days of IV and then 7 days of injections, your clot is probably almost completely gone. The reason for the 'blood thinners' now is to stop a recurrence of the incident. It's so you don't get another clot. The clot you have is likely nearly completely dissolved. The problems you have now with breathing and fatigue, are the after-effects. They're signs your body is trying to heal. A blood clot like ours is a MASSIVE injury and both the heart and lungs are trying to recover, which causes the fatigue as they use a lot of energy doing so. The blood clot though, is likely nearly gone. You should have another x-ray, though, in 3-6 months which may reveal how dissolved the clot is (it should be VERY VERY tiny at that point).

My boss didn't seem to understand the severity of my incident. In January (after having the clot in November, taking 3 weeks off on sick leave, coming back to work for a week, then having a week and a half vacation time over Christmas) hauled me into her office to discuss my "dismal" performance over the previous 2 months. My productivity (I'm a medical transcriptionist, so we really had to produce, produce, produce) was way down (in like the 57 minutes/average when I should have been around 80 minutes/average a night) and my quality had dropped from 97% accuracy to 89% accuracy. Huge cause for concern (lol). I had to re-explain to her everything that I had told her in November, and everything the doctor had told her in my sick note. She figured I would have been over it by then, even going so far as to tell me she would be quality checking my recent work and asked if I believed I had improved (I told her I had) because she wasn't convinced that the dip was caused by this event(!). It was all I could do to keep from snarking at her 2 weeks later when she e-mailed the results of the recent quality check and my minutes were up to 82/average and my accuracy was at 98%.

I was lucky though. Because I worked in a hospital, my coworkers understood what happened and that I was recovering. They knew recovery doesn't happen overnight. My parents, who lived 400 km away from me, didn't realize how badly I was affected until around Christmas when I was still having trouble moving about quickly. My mom was more upset that I refused to have her drive the 400 km the night my event took place (because it was storming and blowing snow through the mountain pass she'd have to drive through AND because my younger sister had had dental surgery that same day).

My advice for you regarding people who think you're 'raring' to go is to maybe have a small, 1 page sheet of what a pulmonary embolism is and how severe it can be. Most people not involved in health care and who have never experienced (either personally or through family) a PE can't understand how it can affect you.

Have you been scheduled to see a hematologist to have a genetic work-up done? Because my clot was a 'what the **** happened' case, they sent me to one for genetic testing to check for clotting disorders. I came back with nothing, which is why they figure it was the Yasmin I was on for only 28 days (yep, had only finished 1 package of pills before the clot happened).

Sorry for the insanely long post!

DollyR
09-10-2012, 05:55 PM
DollyR, very sorry to hear that you've had to go through this. Please take good care of yourself and follow medical advice closely.

I too suffered a major pulmonary embolism 2 years ago, most likely due to a combination of being bed-ridden after a surgery and being on birth control pill. It started as a deep vein thrombosis (I thought I had twisted my calf muscle and did not have it checked out) and one week later while doing the dishes, I felt a sharp pain in my chest, became short of breath and passed out. Thankfully my husband was there and I was rushed to the hospital where they diagnosed me. Both lungs were severely affected. I was discharged after 7 days and for the first week at home, had to inject myself with Lovenox to stabilize anti-cloth agents in my blood and then was put on warfarin for a year.

The first year, I can say that my energy level was not the same. I especially felt it when I went back to work or when I wanted/ had to walk for certain lengths of time. I am now feeling normal, but cannot go back on birth control. All I know is that if I have to undergo surgery or want to go on a long plane trip, I should inform my doctor ahead of time to be prepared. Funny thing is that I never panicked or felt any fear, I think I was overcompensating for my husband feeling so helpless. To this day, though logically I realize how serious the situation was, emotionally I've worked through it and am fine now.

Wow Martine....Thank God your husband was there! I figure my energy is going to be shot for awhile. I hope I can get back to the gym by January with just some treadmill walking. I wonder what they have to give you if you are planning on a long plane ride? The next one for me 100% is in June as I travel to the states every summer. It's a long way off and really today is all I am focused on. Thanks for the information. It really helps there are people out there who "get" what this is like.

DollyR
09-10-2012, 06:14 PM
Hi Darlene!
Yes, 3/4 of a mile still so soon after your injury was probably too far. Mine happened on November 19/20, and still by Christmas that year I was unable to even walk a flight of stairs. I went Christmas shopping with a friend of mine who had a good time making fun (all in good fun) at me for walking like a 90-year-old, but I really couldn't go any faster! A week after my event, I went on a 2 km walk, and that night was back in the hospital unable to breathe, thinking it was another clot. All night and all day wasted for them to tell me I overdid it. Take it very easy, you don't want to overtax your recovering respiratory system. Since I worked in the hospital, I saw some of the doctors that treated me and I usually got harped at when they thought I was walking too fast, even to the coffee shop! (lol)

The half-way sounds like a plan. I'm not sure what type of job you have, but if it's a sit-down job like mine is, make it a priority from now on to get up once an hour and walk around, even if it's in place, for a few minutes. Point your toes, as this causes the blood to rush faster through the veins (that's what the ultrasound tech told me when she was doing my ultrasound, that didn't find any clot!). If you're on your feet a lot, maybe consider having yourself fitted for compression stockings. If you fly a lot, those would probably be a good idea anyway. You can get them in but the really good ones need to be professionally fitted. I'm not sure what the health care is like in S. Korea, but here in Canada we can get them prescribed to us, so the cost is covered. They're about $80-90 here.

When I had my clot, I was 24, which is what they believe contributed to me surviving it. I have a strong, healthy heart (even though I'm overweight) and that was probably my only saving grace. My heart was able to handle the massive clot pass through it without sending me into cardiac arrest (for which they had me on a monitored bed all night because they were scared I was still at risk for suffering a heart attack). If you have no heart problems, that's also probably why yours managed to keep going through the injury.

The clot is MOSTLY dissolved after they start you on IV therapy. Because you had a much longer run of IV therapy than I did, who chose 2 days of IV and then 7 days of injections, your clot is probably almost completely gone. The reason for the 'blood thinners' now is to stop a recurrence of the incident. It's so you don't get another clot. The clot you have is likely nearly completely dissolved. The problems you have now with breathing and fatigue, are the after-effects. They're signs your body is trying to heal. A blood clot like ours is a MASSIVE injury and both the heart and lungs are trying to recover, which causes the fatigue as they use a lot of energy doing so. The blood clot though, is likely nearly gone. You should have another x-ray, though, in 3-6 months which may reveal how dissolved the clot is (it should be VERY VERY tiny at that point).

My boss didn't seem to understand the severity of my incident. In January (after having the clot in November, taking 3 weeks off on sick leave, coming back to work for a week, then having a week and a half vacation time over Christmas) hauled me into her office to discuss my "dismal" performance over the previous 2 months. My productivity (I'm a medical transcriptionist, so we really had to produce, produce, produce) was way down (in like the 57 minutes/average when I should have been around 80 minutes/average a night) and my quality had dropped from 97% accuracy to 89% accuracy. Huge cause for concern (lol). I had to re-explain to her everything that I had told her in November, and everything the doctor had told her in my sick note. She figured I would have been over it by then, even going so far as to tell me she would be quality checking my recent work and asked if I believed I had improved (I told her I had) because she wasn't convinced that the dip was caused by this event(!). It was all I could do to keep from snarking at her 2 weeks later when she e-mailed the results of the recent quality check and my minutes were up to 82/average and my accuracy was at 98%.

I was lucky though. Because I worked in a hospital, my coworkers understood what happened and that I was recovering. They knew recovery doesn't happen overnight. My parents, who lived 400 km away from me, didn't realize how badly I was affected until around Christmas when I was still having trouble moving about quickly. My mom was more upset that I refused to have her drive the 400 km the night my event took place (because it was storming and blowing snow through the mountain pass she'd have to drive through AND because my younger sister had had dental surgery that same day).

My advice for you regarding people who think you're 'raring' to go is to maybe have a small, 1 page sheet of what a pulmonary embolism is and how severe it can be. Most people not involved in health care and who have never experienced (either personally or through family) a PE can't understand how it can affect you.

Have you been scheduled to see a hematologist to have a genetic work-up done? Because my clot was a 'what the **** happened' case, they sent me to one for genetic testing to check for clotting disorders. I came back with nothing, which is why they figure it was the Yasmin I was on for only 28 days (yep, had only finished 1 package of pills before the clot happened).

Sorry for the insanely long post!

I is so helpful to hear from other people who have gone through this. I was at work yesterday and I compared it to having the flu with out the runny nose and upset stomach. They got it then. They also got it when I said the clot is still in there and they are waiting for it to dissolve. Like you....the doctor said I was so stable that I am very lucky to be alive. i had no real signs except for the breathlessness. I sleep like a rock at night but I like I said earlier.....I just want to know the clot is gone 100%. Hopefully they will give me a date for a final CT. Did you eventually have one? They say they did not see it on the x-rays only with a CT.

My medical care here in Korea was excellent. I cannot say enough about the nurses and armies of doctors that came and went. It made me feel really safe in the hospital. They were so careful with me even taking a walk on the floor. Other patients could do laps and be around the corner. Not me they made me do a horse shoe walk in front of the desk unless I had a buddy. If I had a buddy I could walk to the elevator. Every time I buzzed they were there in less than two minutes.

@ Martine and Rainbow......Can I ask what were your blood levels while on warafin? I am at 1.96 right now. Does it go up as you progress?

Martine
09-10-2012, 07:24 PM
DollyR, I remember never getting above 2 for about a week after leaving the hospital, which is why I continued having to use Lovenox for a while. It took me a good two weeks of daily blood tests to start seeing some stabilizing above 2, but on the odd day I would dip back down below 2 and had to give myself a shot of Lovenox (I hated that part, it left me with huge bruises on my abdomen for weeks). They finally figured out the right dosage after about 3 weeks and the blood tests became less and less frequent and eventually stopped altogether when they were satisfied that the warfarin was working well.

I too had some genetic testing done, I agreed to take part in a study on deep vein thrombosis (my doctor was a specialist in the field), and all tests came back negative, it really was because of the birth control pill and that I being sedentary post-op that I developped a blood clot.

Rainbowgirl
09-10-2012, 10:46 PM
I wasn't given another CT scan because during my event, I found out I'm allergic to the CT contrast (it felt like SCALDING oil being poured into my veins. I have never screamed that loudly in my life. Even with saline mixed in, I was still writhing in agony) so they did chest x-rays at the 3 month and 6 month marks.

My INR was kept between 2 and 3. It's not supposed to go up - when you go up (higher than 3) you risk easy bruising (more so than already when you're on warfarin) and potentially increased bleeding (bleeding out). There was a mix-up with my warfarin one time. I thought I was getting the 1 mg pills with my renewal but they gave me 3 mg tablets instead. So I took 6 of them, as was usual, for like 3 days before going for my blood work, and my INR had shot up to 5.

I think the universal numbers for INR with clot prevention is between 2 and 3. :)

gailr42
09-10-2012, 11:58 PM
This has been fascinating to read. I feel like I have been educated and if I ever have anyone with PE or DVT, I will be an understanding friend.

A few years ago, I had a simple case of food poisoning or stomach flu that nearly killed me. You sure do have a more serious respect for life after an experience like that.

apparentlynothing
09-11-2012, 01:30 AM
I had a PE in 2005 at the age of 22. That spurred my first big weight loss. This last one was incited due to obesity induced hypotension. My BP was dropping dramatically and I would get light headed or black out. In early August 2011 I blacked out going about 45 mph and drove into a brick and glass building. Took 2 hours for them to cut me from a F150 Supercrew. After a helicopter ride and 5 days in the trauma unit with a big new scar across my forehead and then a 7 day stay 2 weeks later from the MRSA I got from the first stay, I really just wanted to die. Around November I took a turn and had my strength back. I was at 270. Today, I'm 197 lbs with a 3.5 GPA. If I can do this with my schedule, you can Darlene. Best of luck and many wishes for you!

ICUwishing
09-11-2012, 01:58 PM
Read the whole thread - thanks for adding to my arsenal of info! My dad (now 70) is on lifetime Coumadin after three blood clots. In the process of recovering from the 3rd one, he was tested and found heterozygous for Factor V Leiden, which makes one 30% more likely to suffer DVT than the general population. After he turned up positive, I was tested - I've got it too. This did inspire me to get and stay healthy! No blood clots so far, thank God, but I'm always reading and grateful to those willing to tell their stories.

DollyR
09-11-2012, 05:32 PM
Read the whole thread - thanks for adding to my arsenal of info! My dad (now 70) is on lifetime Coumadin after three blood clots. In the process of recovering from the 3rd one, he was tested and found heterozygous for Factor V Leiden, which makes one 30% more likely to suffer DVT than the general population. After he turned up positive, I was tested - I've got it too. This did inspire me to get and stay healthy! No blood clots so far, thank God, but I'm always reading and grateful to those willing to tell their stories.

I have read there are some people born with that issue. When I go back at the end of the month I will ask one of the doctors if they tested me for it. I had so much blood work I was getting sore in my hands and arms from it.

Below is a link to the Mayo Clinic for a description Factor V Leiden:

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/factor-v-leiden/DS01083

My father had a type of anemia which people who come from the Mediterranean can have. (His was a mild form) I believe it was thalassemia anemia (sp)? The doctors however did not seem to think this had anything to do with my issue.

A carbie
09-11-2012, 11:54 PM
My Goodness Darlene, My heart was in my throat just reading your post. I can't imagine how frightened you must have been, and probably still are!
I wish you all good luck with this. You sure have me thinking! I have gotten into the bad habit of watching certain TV programs since I retired. Between that and the PC I'm living dangerously.
Now I'm determined to get to the Senior Friendship Center and use the wellness (exercise equipment) room. I'm going to be sure to keep reading your progress. Best of luck to you! ..... Carbie

DollyR
09-12-2012, 06:01 PM
Thanks for the support and advice ladies. Does anyone know if there is there a thread for 100 pounds to lose with medical issues or something like that?

dgramie
09-13-2012, 08:27 AM
My husband is diabetic and had a PE in 2009. I woke up to him hitting the floor by our bed. I called 911 and the ER thought maybe it was heart related, sent him for stress test and it came back showing something.They called us into the office the next morning and he was still complaining of shortness of breath so they did some labs and found his blood clots. He had 4 small ones lined up in a row. He spent 3 days in the hospital and is on warafin for life.
His energy has never returned to normal. They didnt do a follow up ct scan. I was told that the clots kinda harden not really dissolve. That a chest xray will always show the area where they were. They said to always tell your dr when having a chest xray that you have had PEs. His heart was fine thank God! The dr told us that 2/3 of people who have PE dont make it!!

DollyR
09-19-2012, 06:03 PM
How long before you started exercising during recovery? I have to exercise to lose weight and I know it is a slow process after this but I want to get started. FYI.....the fatigue is getting to me.

Rainbowgirl
09-22-2012, 07:32 AM
How long before you started exercising during recovery? I have to exercise to lose weight and I know it is a slow process after this but I want to get started. FYI.....the fatigue is getting to me.

I would definitely ask your physician when they thought it was safe, but if I remember correctly, mine told me that as long as I didn't over-exert myself, the best thing would be to start exercising. She recommended water aerobics, since they're gentle on the body while still providing a good work out.

Maybe do a little bit of walking, but focus more on diet while you recover rather than physical activity?

DollyR
09-25-2012, 07:17 PM
I will see the doctor today and ask about walking and swimming. We have a nice pool at the health club and I think just getting in the water will be a good start.