After transplant surgery, exercise is critical to mental health and physical well-being. It enables a faster recovery and maintains improved health. It helps to control cholesterol level, blood pressure and weight .It helps to de-stress your body, release tension and boost energy. It helps to improve muscle tone, and the functioning of the heart and lungs.
Physical activity :
Physical activity is also very important in helping decrease the effects of prednisone, which causes muscle weakness.
General activity :
General activity may begin once you leave the hospital. Typically, you may initiate gradual progressive activity such as walking 10-20 minutes once or twice daily. You should avoid vigorous exercise such as swimming, weight lifting and high impact aerobics until the surgical wound has sufficiently healed-usually about four to six weeks. After this time, you can begin a routine exercise program three to four times a week. The program should be a progressive one in which you build or increase your level of exercise gradually. In this way, you will obtain the full benefits of exercise without causing strain or serious injury to your body. Before starting on any exercise program, you should remember to check with your physician.
If you experience any of the following symptoms, you should stop or delay exercise until you consults your physician, pain or pressure in the chest, neck, or jaw excessive fatigue that is not related to lack of sleep unusual shortness of breath dizziness or light-headedness during or after exercise persistent rapid or irregular heart rate, new since the transplant, during or after exercise. A large majority of patients who feel extremely well following transplant may engage in activities such as skiing, swimming, golfing, tennis and even professional basketball, or will return to work. Patients appear to be limited only by their imaginations and areas of interest.
Aches & pains :
Paracetamol (Crocin) can be taken for body aches and doctor be consulted as soon as possible. Anti inflammatory drugs like brufen are not usually recommended as they tend to cause gastric upset and reduce kidney function. As time goes by you should have fewer minor complaints and eventually body 18your quality of living will improve.
Alcoholic Beverages :
Medications such as GRAFNOS , PANGRAF , AZORAN & SEPTRAN (Co-trimoxazole) are broken down by the liver and, if combined with alcohol, could harm the liver and eventually lead to abnormal blood levels of these medications. This can compromise the function of the kidney.
You must never have any vaccinations without first talking to your physician. Some vaccines contain live viruses which could be life threatening.