I lost so much weight (25 pounds in 6 weeks) following ovarian cancer surgery from lack of appetite and directions to limit exercise to short walks during recovery. During chemo I have regained my appetite, have regained 15 pounds and feel much better, however I have muscle weakness in my legs and arms. Are there specific exercises that will help. My fatigue will not allow me to lift weights for long or with any regularity. This seems like an impossible answer, I still hope you can help. Thank you.
Muscle weakness is common side effect of rapid weight loss and regaining weight does not naturally mean you will regain the muscle. All exercises are graded andsince you don't have the energy and endurance tostart an aggressive program, a good option for you would be to get a Physical Therapy referral to learn a home exercise program. A Physical Therapist will be able to test your strength and endurance and start you off at the right phase of strengthening exercises with advice on how to progress. This requires no more than 2 to 3 sessions and if you are a good student, maybe less.Remember, strengthening can be done in many ways. If you are medically allowed, pool therapyor water aerobics is a great way to start your journey. Another option is yoga, where you can begin the process of stretching and strengthening. If you like gyms, they have a wide variety of classes at many levels. Here, you can do as much as you can and just sit out the rest.
Hope this helps.
Posted: 06 Feb 2009 01:04 PM Originally Posted: 06 Feb 2009 01:02 PM