Apr 14, 2009 - 1:47 pm
I get very little information from any medical personal about my porta-cath. It is supposed to stay in for 1 more year before it can be removed (in the event of a cancer reocurrance). Part of my recovery deals with getting exercise. I force myself through it, although my body fights it all the way. When distance walking (1/2 hour a day) I get tingling sensations and muscles tightening as if in resistance. Part of my solution is to resume playing tennis, which I did very intensely before cancer (13 months ago). My port is a double wide or "twin" port. Here are the questions: How often can I expect the port tube (that goes to the heart artery) to flex in a repetative motion that stretches it out and then recoils it back to the normal position? (happens during a tennis racket swing) What bad things could possibly happen through doing this? I find it difficult to only walk for exercise, and I must admit that right after my 3rd chemotherapy last July I met with some other players and hit tennis. which felt great, and which I hadn't done for months. My goal is to try and get proper exercise, and also to try and "cut through" the neuropothy and lack of balance that I am left with after months of chemo and radiation. Thank you, Craig.