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Running not recommended post transplant

Hi

My French hep specialist said that aqua gym and exercising in the gym were great ways to get/keep fit but he didn’t want me running. He says it causes too much vibration for the liver. I understand the logic but has aanyone else been given similar advice? Looks like no couch to 5 k for me 😅

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I wasn’t given it as advice, but it does make sense to me. Whenever I tried running in the early years after transplant it always made me feel very nauseous. Now with my situation I just haven’t got the energy and my knees are knackered. The gym is good, swimming is always recommend after the first year or cycling.

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Hi

I just checked on the British transplant games and they have 3km marathon and 100m races just as 2 examples.

I don't know how long post tx you have to be but this event is closely monitored.

Rita xx

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Hi,

I had a liver transplant in March 2016.

Since then playing table tennis, I have competed twice at the annual British Transplant Games. Won bronze both times ( I'll keep going until I get gold ! )

Table tennis is a pretty energetic sport and definitely not a problem for my transplant team as they have to sign a form declaring me fit to compete.

However, one member of our team is Ellie Lacey who is an example for anyone considering what life can be following a transplant. She was competing as a runner in the British Transplant Games within months of her liver transplant.

Here is a link to her website.

runbecauseyoucan.co.uk/

Jim

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Wow

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Thanks for sharing that Jim. The post about writing to the donor family has given me a clear idea of what to write as I've been postponing it for so long now due to not knowing how to express my gratitude without somehow upsetting them.

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Right then. It must be that my dr realises lm no Good anyway😂

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I was never given that advice. When I tried jogging at 10 months post tx, was getting sharp chest pains each time not to mention running out of breath in less than a minute. No more chest pain now (22 months post) but I still struggle to catch my breath especially after sprinting on the treadmill.

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Hi Isabelle, for me running wasn't possible for a good 6 months posts transplant as the jarring made everything a bit too sore. However, once that settled down running was no problem. I suspect early after transplant its probably not ideal but I don't see any reason why after 6/9/12 months there would be any problem. You just have to take it at your own pace. Try it and see how you get on. May be do a double check with your consultant too. It does seem a bit strange advice given the number of competitors at the various transplant games in the running events that have had liver transplants.

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I don’t know why. It mus5 be said that I still sometimes get pain from the area around the scar. Not the liver but the tissue.

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I took part in the 5k at the games this year and I was 1year post, no issues or anything mentioned by transplant team and they had to complete the medical form, apart from contact sports go for it girl!

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