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post surgical fatigue and lightheadedness

Bones, Joints & Muscles | Last Active: Sep 20, 2021 | Replies (32)

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I’ve found that fatigue is super common after any major surgery. Your body is engaged in healing and doesn’t really want to go out and do much else! Listen to it. Be patient with it. In the grand scheme of things, two months isn’t that long. You’d be surprised how quickly stamina is lost and how long it takes to build back up. Investigate the lightheadedness more in terms of exactly when it happens. Is it happening immediately after standing up? Blood pressure changes with body posture and that might play a factor. Also, you could be experiencing side effects from medicine that is new or new side effects from old medicine. Read your medication information pamphlets and see if those side effects are listed on anything.

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Many thanks for the understanding response. I will listen to my body, but also try to push myself a bit. Lightheadedness occurs while walking. No new medicines, but perhaps reactions to the old. Any and all advice welcome! No one warned me of this possible outcome.

Warning patients about outcomes is tricky. If a doctor warns a patient, will the patient come to EXPECT an outcome? Will that expectation in effect create the outcome? I know how you feel though. There were things that happened after my bypass surgery that I was like – why didn’t someone tell me this would happen?! If they had told me, I wouldn’t have been worried. But it is never a bad thing to utter three little words – is this normal?

Pushing yourself a bit is good. It will build back your overall stamina. But get too tired and you’ll crash! Do what your body tells you it can do. Even things like wrist weights around the house are good. Do you have a physical therapy program? Doctors can prescribe general strengthening PT – just don’t blow out that knee again. Water aerobics are great for resistance training in a low impact environment.

Best of luck!

I go to physical therapy for the knee twice a week, and there is also a gym in the basement of my apartment. So that is good. It is the lightheadedness and fatigue that get me down. I think I am a bit better..off for a brief vacation change of scenery. Perhaps that will help.

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