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Vats surgery and exercise

renee swanzyrrenee swanzy Posts: 20
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:41 AM in Upper Back Pain, Thoracic
I had surgery back in July 09 and was wondering when and if I will be able to exercise again. I was getting better finally and decided to do a light workout and put myself in a lot of misery again. Has anyone had the same problem?


  • Have you tried any kind of aqua therapy? It's best to start out really low key and then gradually build up. Believe me, I've learned this through many set-backs along the way.

    There is a great core exercise I've been doing and it doesn't create any spasms or pain in the thoracic area. It's a simple stair step. You just step up and down on a step with both feet meeting on the step and the floor. You do this until your tummy muscles tell you to stop. Our master bathroom is where I do most of my stretches and exercising. I use one of our towel racks to hold on to and do calf stretches, lunges, leg rotations, hip rotations, etc. Whenever I go to the bathroom, I stop and do a set of stretches. Not in the middle of the night, though. That's a no-no... sleep comes first.

    Hope this helps a little.

    I've been wondering how you are doing. Are you able to do much during the day? What are your days like? Are you still taking pain medication, muscle relaxers, etc.?


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