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Adhesions and Exercise


Just wondering how many of you are physically active and more specifically if anyone knows if you have deep adhesions which pretty much hurt all the time, whether running would be a good idea? Might sound silly but if i take up running a small part of me is scared that I'll tear something and end up in A&E! I've been totally sloth-like since my lap 7 months ago so I really want to start being healthy again.

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If you are feeling well I would have thought 7 months is enough time to return to exercise after surgery. I had a lap in early Nov and my yoga teacher said usual advice was 6 weeks before doing yoga again so she's told me to wait until after the xmas hols before returning. I've heard similar timing about running. I've not yet tried to run again as only a month has passed but now I'm beginning to feel like I'm missing the mood lifting buzz that exercise gives. :)

If you've not been a regular runner before take it easy and just try a walk/run session for a few minutes to see how you feel.

It's always better to do some exercise if you can manage it.

It would be good to hear how you get on.



Hi Zara19

I've been newly diagnosed with severe endo and I'm a personal trainer. As you can imagine it has impacted on my life and I'm much less physically active than I used to be but mainly due to fatigue (luckily not pain).

The severity of my endo suggests I've been running with it for a few years now and I don't know for sure but I don't think the physical activity itself has caused me any issues and does actually seem to help for moderate cramps.

The closest thing I can use as training knowledge to this condition that's so new to me is my pre and post natal client work and there are some definite guidelines on exercising but the overriding principle is that exercise is better than doing none if you feel ok. So, as your surgery was 7 mths ago, your post-surgery body has had time to heal and my advice would be go and give it a shot with a small circuit of walking and running and see how you feel during and after. Maybe keep a journal of your symptoms so you can directly relate what you do to how you feel.

It's the deep adhesions you're worried about? Well, again, I have no specific endo training knowledge but remember that pregnant ladies can run without any harm coming to their insides or to the baby due to our musculature and skeletal support system. My feeling is that your adhesions would be ok. It's so individual however, you'll have to be vigilant of how you feel and try to get some exercise when you can.

Happy to talk about exercise whenever you want. Let me know how you get on!



Hi Zara,

i used to be really fit and active but had to take a break while the doctors worked out what was causing all my pain. eventually endo was diagnosed and i had multiple surgery's. i started back running and the gym about a year ago and i actually felt like it helped me. i had to take a break in march while i had another lap ( i stupidly went back to the gym a few weeks later and set myself back a while!!) i have started back again in September and am finding the exercise a massive help. there are days when the pain is too bad but you have to listen to your body. i find that regular exercise actually relieves some of the endo symptoms and more importantly it makes me feel good :) you need to listen to your body and do what you can. .. Good Luck xxx


Thank you everyone :-)

I know 7 months is a long time but there were some complications after my lap. Plus my ovary and fallopian tube are stuck to my uterus so sometimes i can feel sharp 'pulling' pains. Another operation was suggested to remove the adhesions making it stick but I can't face another major operation. I've had 2 in 2 years! I've had enough so wanted to see if running would 'loosen' adhesions up a bit.


I had a frozen pelvis from adhesion from infection a peritonitis, had surgery to free some things up but couldn't free it all safely, one ovary is still stuck to the wall and bowel and bladder, pain is worse at ovulation but running really does seem to loosen it up, just seen some adhesion stretching exercises in you tube so gonna try them, good luck with it x


I had similar, several surgeries removing tubes, laps and hysteroscopies finding extensive endo and adhesions with tube stumps adhered to bowel. I initially had relief from last one but pain crept back. I try to do a daily walk on the downs and it is proving essential physcologically! My pain is virtually constant but fluctuates in intensity along with a whole host of symptoms ie bowel, bladder, low back pain and hip pain, fatigue as pain disrupts sleep and is generally exhausting. Im months into menopause so adhesions is thought to now be my gremlin plus Diverculitis. Often I have to take pain meds and various IBS type anti spasmodics, stool softeners but this often barely keeps on top of nerve pain and pinching. I find walking helps me probably due to endorphins released (feel good chemicals) and going out with the dog, looking at nature distracts me from my pain/discomfort.

I really believe that adhesions benefit from exercise as it stretches them out a little thus tethered organs get a bit of a workout and when the body is upright and moving and can loosen that tight pinchey, pulling tension. Many say they benefit from the exercise ball, rolling your pelvis and stomach on it apparently can potentially break some filmy adhesions from their moorings! I think it really depends on how tethered they are and how many, how thick the adhesions are as to whether they might break up easily or even loosen a bit. The bottom line is I find exercise helps but you have to listen to your body and not overdo it. I often sit on my waterproof jacket if I feel uncomfortable, achey in pain and take in the views if I feel I need to. The other good thing is as adhesions often effect the bowel and bladder with pressure,pulling etc you can always nip in the bushes if you suddenly need to! So exercising in the countryside is usually preferable to busy places without conveniences at hand! I attribute my daily walk as essential to keeping me sane

and helping my cope with this horrible condition.


Hello Zara I had extensive surgery in aug 2012 and I returned to exercise four months later,I started running even though some days I was in pain and discomfort it actually helped, sometimes it would help ease my pain but also it helped me stay mentally strong.

I no this reply is a little late but just to let you no exercise helps me loads when I feel well enough to do it.all the best.xx


Hi, I find running really helps, if I don't run my pain and swelling is much worse, being motivated is the hardest thing, the couch to 5k thing is good because it builds up slowly x


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