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12/19/10 11:41 A

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Thanks Carol...I have to see the surgeon for my 6 month follow-up In January so I thought I would ask her but I was going to start with biceps and triceps, nothing overhead with 2 lbs and slowly go from there....

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12/18/10 4:31 P

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I had my lumpectomy in August and finished up radiation the end of September. All three of my docs (surgeon, oncologist, radiologist) told me to limit upper body weights and definitely nothing raised over my head (including swimming)for a month. As of November, I was told I could gradually work into a regular upper body routine, just being careful when increasing weight and reps (feeling a little pull was okay, pain meant stop NOW). I'm now back almost to my pre-tumor upper body program and on my last follow-up with my surgeon, she said that at 3 months my healing was comparable to normal (non-working out) 6 month progress. I also do an hour of recovery yoga every week - non pretzel bending, but opening/stretching poses and practice T'ai Chi Chih which helps with stress, balance, and just slowing down.

Edited by: CARPROTH at: 12/18/2010 (16:32)

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12/18/10 12:20 P

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Dee: I am glad you asked this question because I had a lumpectomy and was told intitially not to do overhead exercises after surgery and rads..because they took the sential node which was clean but now I am wondering if it would be okay..I have not had any swelling in the arm....anyone else in my position that could shed some light that would be great...thanks !! Chris

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12/18/10 10:18 A

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Maybe if you use less wts and work up it will be helpful. Or do you have some bands to change it up. I take those elastic bands w/me in RV for space & less weight and use on the road. That might be helpful.


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12/17/10 10:43 P

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Hello SP Family!

I have been stepping up my workouts (mostly cardio) and this week I started back on my weight training (I used to do weight training 3 days a week and had the best results with that!) ... my trouble is ... I am having a difficult time with the upper body weights. It just feels weird doing the same exercises I used to ~ plus after I do use weights ... I am much more sore in the chest (and sides) ~ ?? Any suggestions? Is it too soon for me to be doing upper body weights? (My surgeon said I could do whatever I wanted in terms of workouts). ~

and how about YOGA? boy, that is really different for me too (my boobs are alittle bigger than they were so they sort of get in my way!!) ~ one of the positions they have you lay on your stomach - and I can't do that with my boobs right now. I also can't do push ups. Will this change? I wonder.

Any words of wisdom about upper body workouts would be greatly appreciated!!


It is not enough to simply show up. You need to step up for results.... keep on stepping! Dee

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