I had surgery to treat Endometriosis 2.5 years ago. This was a laparoscopic procedure to remove a cyst on my right ovary.
Post surgery, I was in a fair bit of pain for 2 days. I moved like an old lady, I napped multiple times a day and felt totally useless.
But I was fortunate enough to experience a smooth recovery and was slowly able to fall back into my old routine fairly quickly.
The only thing I had trouble readapting to was exercise. It took me many months to start feeling comfortable again to exercise at the level I was at pre-surgery.
I was scared of hurting myself
And as a PT, I’ve seen it in some of my clients. Some of my clients have injuries involving their knees or their backs which have put their lives on hold and are scared to feel that sort of pain again. And I totally get it. Being in pain is horrible, and if we can avoid it, why the hell wouldn’t we?
But it’s so important to push past this mental block of potentially hurting yourself, in order to strengthen and heal your body.
Start with what you’re comfortable doing. If you’re only comfortable going at a slower pace or lifting a lighter weight, do that and eventually build from it. The important thing is to keep your body moving.
You will be surprised at how resilient your body is, and if you exercise correctly, your body will get back to where it was a lot quicker.
Yours in health
PS. If you want more help or advice on this, leave me a comment or send me a message x