• Medi-port & exercise

    Asked by Joachima on Wednesday, February 13, 2013

    Medi-port & exercise

    Hi Everyone! I just began an exercise program at a local gym that is affiliated with a hospital. My husband and I joined together as he is recovering from a heart attack / brain hemorrhaging in May 2012, and I completed chemo/radiation in July 2012. My question is this: I have a media-port on my left side of my upper chest and was wondering if I should be avoiding working that side. I will be asking my oncologist, but my next appointment isn't for 3 weeks and just thought that someone here might have faced the same situation.

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    • nancyjac's Avatar

      Yes, I also still have a port and per my oncologist it poses no restrictions for exercise, including lifting weights..

      over 4 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      I have a port on the right side of my chest which was inserted in August of this year. Except for two weeks after the procedure I was given the OK to continue with my Pilates and Yoga which involve upper body work on both sides.

      over 4 years ago
    • alivenwell's Avatar

      I also have a Mediport in the right side and avoid lifting weights with the right arm. Otherwise, I do crunches, lunges, stretching exercises and any other exercise that strengthens my muscles. I skipped workouts and can really feel a difference right now. When the Mediport is removed, I'll give it a week or two before resuming heavy duty exercise again.

      over 4 years ago
    • Joachima's Avatar

      Thanks, everyone ... I always thought that exercise probably won't hurt the port, but I thought I felt a little "pull" when I was at the gym - it was probably just me feeling muscles that haven't had much use in a long while ... so glad to hear all of your experiences. Enjoy your Thursday, and Happy Valentines Day !!!

      over 4 years ago
    • gwendolyn's Avatar

      I've been doing strength training with a port on the left side of my chest. For the first few months it bothered me in certain stretching/yoga positions. It felt like the port itself and the tube that comes up and does a u-turn at the base of my neck were "pulling" but eventually that passed. I guess the port got settled in or else I just became less aware of sensations from it. Doesn't bother me at all any more.

      over 4 years ago
    • DaveWaz's Avatar

      Thank you for the question. Sounds like all is well.

      If any of you WhatNexters are looking for more information on chemo ports, this question reminded me of two pieces of content you might want to check out:

      Beginner's Guide on Chemo Ports

      Blog Article - To port or not to port? - WhatNexters Weigh in On Chemo Ports

      Thank you for your comments!

      about 4 years ago

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