Dr. Says Exercise, Exercise, Exercise.....How When I Have So Many Other Health Issues

By witsend79 Latest Reply 2013-05-12 18:10:15 -0500
Started 2013-05-10 17:35:36 -0500

Hello everyone. I'm new to this site so let me get the basic intro out of the way: as you can tell from my screen name I'm at my wits end…trying to understand the whole diet, medicines, portion sizes, etc. ya'll know how it is. My biggest problem right now is my drs. keep saying exercise, exercise, exercise…(shaking my head) I know, I know but what types of exercise can I do (that will actually do some good). I have other health issues I have to consider. I have spontaneous disintegration of popliteal artery in left leg (f.y.i. it's extremely painful and prevents walking or standing for any length of time). I also have an issue with a leaking mitral valve. Any suggestions on what types of exercises I could do????

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wandergurl 2013-05-12 16:08:02 -0500 Report

swimming is good, so is going to a PT, I use a recumbent bike and while it was hard at first (since my knees also hurt) it's gotten easier over time - on my knees I use a product called Biofreeze - it gives me the few minutes of relief I need to even get on the bike

jENNjENNtheRN 2013-05-12 03:24:04 -0500 Report

Along with a physical therapist, you might try to find a cardiac rehab or exercise class for people with heart issues. They might cater to your special questions and help steer you in a good direction.

Copperchef 2013-05-11 08:55:44 -0500 Report

There are opportunities for low impact exercise in a swimming pool. You need to be in water at least shoulder deep. the neutral buoyancy provided by the water will give you the opportunity to start exercising. Ask your Doctor. There are even some physical therapy places that have deep tank exercise facilities where you are monitored. Exercise can correct a lot of illness.

Laurene 2013-05-10 21:45:18 -0500 Report

Hi, your doctor is right. The first and foremost prescription is EXERCISE. Ask your doctor what exercise could you be doing because of your of your situation. Try to exercise 5 to 10 minutes a day then increase the time as you build stamina. I have trouble walking any distance but I can do it with the help of a walker that I can sit on when I need to rest. It helps me go further than I normally can. I have 3 pound weights by my chair and I do weight training for my shoulders, arms, back and chest. These muscles are very important to make them strong because they help take the stress off our legs when we stand. Losing weight helps take stress off my knees. If you plan to eat healthy start slow. We can't change everything all at once. It is overwhelming and we do nothing. A small step is a great step. The first of many. I hope this helps and you can do this. Start small. I am type 2 and I have had diabetes for 13 years. I am still learning new things about diabetes so remember YOU DON'T HAVE TO KNOW EVERYTHING ALL AT ONCE!

GabbyPA 2013-05-10 18:17:23 -0500 Report

How about swimming? It is one that helps me the most because I actually like it and it allows me to exercise with less stress on my joints.

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Just Joyce 2013-05-10 18:13:06 -0500 Report

Welcome to DC. If you have these other medical problems, did you ask your doctor to refer you to a physical therapist who can help you? Did you ask him what kinds of exercises you can do with the additional medical problems you have? When you have the issues you have the only person you can get the proper answer from is you physician. Asking people for medical advice and using that advice could cause you harm in the end. Diabetes and exercise are not one size fits all. This means that the medications I take and how I take them may not work for you. The exercises I do won't help you at all because I don't have the other medical problems you have. If your doctor keeps telling you to exercise he may be doing this because you have not asked.

It is very important to communicate with your doctor. If you can't figure out your medications again talk to the doctor or your pharmacist. Look in the Recipe Section and the Understanding Diabetes section on this site to better learn how to portion out your meals. The easiest thing I did was to measure everything based on the carbs per serving. If you don't know how many carbs you can eat per meal, ask your doctor. I do hope things work out for you and you can figure all of this out. Educating yourself is important. Write down your questions and take them to your doctors visit ask the questions and get answers. I hope everything works out for you.