• Exercise vs Tiredness

    Asked by delia323 on Friday, March 30, 2012

    Exercise vs Tiredness

    I would like to know if anyone can recommend any exercise or activities I can/should do. I am currently on pain meds that make me tired after the littlest of activities. My problem is that my boyfriend is feeling helpless and his way of helping is by feeding me non stop. I only eat what I can (nausea and vomiting see to that) but I do make an effort to sample at least a bite ( my way of helping him cope). My problem is that as a result I am starting to gain weight quickly. Any suggestion?

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    • Irishsurvivor's Avatar

      During my chemo,radiation and after I would set a daily or weekly goal of riding my reclining stationary bike for exercise. This bike puts less strain on the legs & feet. I started out riding 10 minutes a day. Yoga was helpful. I listened to my body,if my fatigue was too much I did not exercise that day. I also slept in and took naps,when I could. I took walks outside,some days walking only 1/4 of a block,but the sunshine and fresh air lightened my mood. I also went to Walmart/Pamida and would just walk around window showing, getting out and just seeing people was helpful. Hope this helps!

      about 9 years ago
    • Bashiemn's Avatar

      I have also gained quite a bit of weight during chemo - about 25lbs! I read somewhere that people who struggled with their weight before treatment can gain this much, so at least I knew I wasn't alone.

      At first with the pain and fatigue I was doing almost nothing most days. Now I try to at least get out and walk, even if it's only a few blocks and back, or walking through a store.

      I also have done for short bike rides, but only when I know my mind was sharp enough, since my reflexes are slow. Don't want to fall and get hurt during chemo.

      Other suggestions: keep hand weights next to where you are sitting and lift them as you watch tv. If you don't have hand weight, use soup cans. If you have stairs, walk up and down them several times a day just because.

      You don't have to have a work out routine or do it all day long, just do what you can, when you can, and rest your body when you need it.

      For those of you that swim during chemo... do you change public fitness centers? There is no way I would go there during treatment with the germs. I've been prone to infection. I agree swimming would be a fantastic exercise and wish I had access to a more private pool. I think I'll reserve this for when I'm done with treatment.

      about 9 years ago
    • WVgirl2424's Avatar

      I am 8 months post stem cell transplant. I was overweight when diagnosed and have lost 50 pounds and at his point I have to watch what I eat or gain weight. I attempted running on treadmill, I had done this for 2 years before getting sick but ended up injuring my left knee. My doc was upset, he said walk no running. I control my weight. I have told my family that God gifted me with life and I want it to be healthy. Therefore, I use olive oil, I make big bowls of mixed fruit like watermelon, , and grapes mixed and eat it when I am hungry between meals. I eat small meals. Most important tell loved ones you want to be healthy and work together to make menus or look up low fat dinners. I graduated nursing school exactly 5 years to the day of my transplant and I weigh less now. I am almost bikini ready, I am lifting small hand weights and doing squats to tighten muscles. I am also 45 yrs old, and just had to have my teeth surgically removed due to chemo ruining from inside out. Dentures are another adventure along with chemo putting me through menopause, but I'm alive. I'm going to live life the way I want and make it count, put nothing off. That's as soon as doc let's me go places... Germs everywhere! Good luck! I mean that with hope and love to all of you.

      about 9 years ago

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