Return to physical activity post NF - what is realistic?

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Brianala
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   Posted 4/11/2014 3:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello, I'm new here and looking at needing a NF sooner or later after a long journey of chronic illness, including many years of GERD. I've exhausted every medication available, and still dealing with large volume reflux, chronic esophagitis and chronic gastritis.

I'm pretty physically active and I'd like to return to that after surgery. I lift weights and exercise regularly, I recently ran a half marathon, I used to play roller derby, and I've completed many obstacle races (Tough Mudders - approx 11-15 miles, 20+ military style obstacles).

I realize I may not be able to get back to some of the more strenuous activities like weight lifting and contact sports, but what is a reasonable expectation for return to activity?

Thanks!
Briana

Altair
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   Posted 4/11/2014 3:57 PM (GMT -6)   
I was advised that 8 weeks after surgery was the minimum waiting time for getting back to regular exercise, and from there, to take it at your own pace. Lifting was definitely discouraged.

opnwhl4
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   Posted 4/11/2014 8:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Brianala

Welcome to Healing Well.

Yep 6 to 8 weeks and then just listen to your body. I'm a mechanic and coach travel softball as well as climb trees and shoot bows. I do anything I want to. Just have to gradually add things back as it takes about 6 months for about 80% of the healing to occur.

Oh, I also was racing Dirt Track cars until a few years ago. Had to give it up due to money.

Take care,
Bill
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YinYanger
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   Posted 4/12/2014 12:30 PM (GMT -6)   
So Bill - do you do any weight lifting? There seems to be mixed opinion on this!

Thanks.

opnwhl4
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   Posted 4/12/2014 5:31 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't anymore, but that's due to nerve damage in my ribs not from the nissen. I never power lifted, but did press close to 200lbs.

Take care,
Bill
opnwhl4
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Brianala
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   Posted 4/14/2014 9:06 AM (GMT -6)   
Awesome! It's good to hear that it's not completely out of the picture. I'm a little less scared now, thanks!

I do want to get back to some weight training and I don't want to fear that I wouldn't be able to enjoy being active. It's good to hear that with careful training I could get back to a similar level of fitness.

:)
Hiatal Hernia, Esophagitis, Gastritis, Dysautonomia

1039smooth
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   Posted 4/17/2014 4:09 PM (GMT -6)   
I've personally struggled to get back in the swing of things, but that's just fear. Be cautious, but not overly so like me. Things i struggled with at first became easier. ...something as simple s opening a door.
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