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Does my fatigue last forever and will I be able to excercise with one kidney.

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fluffylove
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Had my kidney removed early July, hopefully back to work by November. Just wanted to know the following; will this fatigue last forever, will I be able to swim and get fit with one kidney. Ok no jumping out of planes etc; any advice would be appreciated.

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icemantoo
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Fluffy,

 

You just had major surgery last month, not a procedure. You will be in recovery mode for at least another month. Without knowing yor pathology and age I would suspect without hiding something that you should be back to work in November and doing moderate exercise by then as well.

 

My surgery was at age 59, 11 years ago.

Six weeks after surgery I flew out to Seattle to see family and did the hike down to Seqhuamie Falls and back up. Eleven months after surgery for my 60th birthday I went water skiing, staying up the whole run while dropping a ski at the edd and landing with only one ski and one kidney. I plan to try that again now that I am 70. I read that people as old as 90 can waterski with only 1 ski, but I want to be the first to do it with only 1 Kidney as well.

 

I expect nothing less from you.

 

Icemantoo

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TillieSOK
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I made a 3000 miles round trip by car a little less than 3 weeks after my surgery.  Don't recommend it except or very special occasions. ;) Our son got his first military command appointment and I couldn't miss it.  Incision came open, had to tape myelf back together, and I was exhausted, but seeing the change of command ceremony and feeling so proud of my son, & seeing the grandkids ( two of them adopted from China, so I've also climbed and walked part of the Great Wall, Shaolin Temple and Tianamin Square) made up for it in spades!. I'm now a little over three months post surgery and still fatigue easily, but it's getting better.  I'm going to "attempt" to start riding my bike again this month.  

I couldn't do an ironman triathlon if my life depended on it...pun intended.

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fluffylove
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Ok no more wrapping myself up in cotton wool for me then. Cannot believe you did that I would as well if it was that important. But wrapping yourself up with tape ok maybe a step too far. Love your logo 'Kidney cancer messed with wrong chick' definately applies to you I think x

I will on the back of the two replies I have start to be a little braver with care and excuse the pun 'get back on my bike' HA! GO GIRL.

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fluffylove
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Thank you for your post; Ok maybe a bit in denial on the getting better thing. You definately made the point that life goes on for me. I am a healthy 51 this month which in itself was a bit of a shock. Six months before getting to 50 I had worked very hard to be enough and had achieved so much. However, approaching 50 made me think god how did that happen. Looking around my office suddenly realizing younger people doing things I either couldn't do or not have energy for and felt well suddenly for the first time ever 'old'. Despite myself as I had not noticed or been bothered by my age before. Then this Feb the cancer stuff happened and to be honest kinda thought 50 sucks.

That said I am fortunate they found it in time, my Doctor told me if they found it next year I would not be here so blessings indeed.

I am a very positive person always looking forward and having personal goals, I guess sometimes definately now I needed reminding of who I am and not to loose my spark. Also to not to expect too much from myself too soon.

thank you for your post it has reminded me to maintain who I am and carry on living my life when I am able to do so. Blessings to you x

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fluffylove
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The comment your amazing was for you by the way. My husband bless him whilst I was in hospital in March told me he would take his car off the road and use mine to save money and as I would not be needing it.

I have not driven since Feb and going stir crazy is a under exageration!! I am seeing my consultant this Friday and will be asking about driving again. I live in Devon in the UK in a lovey valley small village although lovely you can feel isolated at times.

Thank you for your straight talking, makes sense to me I am feeling more optimistic than when I made the post.

Onwards and upwards.... I will keep you posted excuse the pun x

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foxhd
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We all respond differently. The better shape and more athletic you were before surgery makes it a bit easier. You have had a major insult to your body. You can't make the "adjustment" period move faster. It takes time to assume that this new you is now the normal you. Hang in there.

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dhs1963
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Everyone is different with different circumstances.  I can not tell you when you will be feeling 100%.  For me, the energy started comming back after two months.  So I over did it.  In the end, I am still reduced functionality 14 months out.  However, I have had other issues, which compound the problem.  I had a metastisis to deal with in my six month scans -- another surgery, which damaged a nerve.  Then, at as I was almost better from that, I found that I was having chest pain, probably cardiac.  That should be dealt with later this week.

 

FWIW, I am 49 yo.

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fluffylove
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Thanks for the post, seems you have been going through it. was the metastisis due to overdoing things? I get moments when I have energy start something then have to lie down very frustrating, will try to be patient. Like you said we are all different and our hopes are that we don't have any further complications after all we have gone through. Hope all goes well with your next consultation and take care.

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dhs1963
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i do not know why i had the met, but it was not because of anything i did. it dies explain why it has taken me 14 months to feel decent

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fluffylove
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I had no symptoms prior to being diagnosed and they found cancer by chance all a bit of a shock, or should I say inconvience really. Annoying cancer no warning comes out right in the middle of your life plan.... I fortunately a year before had started going swimming, gym walking and although not thin was pretty healthy and I do believe in some ways it was mean't to be, like my body was preparing me or something.

Onwards and upwards, will try to be patient and am as you say hanging in there. Regards.

sbaron
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Hi,

I had a 9cm malignant tumor and my left kidney removed in 2011, and I seem to be doing great.  I did feel fatique early on, but I think some of my lethargy was due to anxiety, fear, a little depression, and lack of movement.  When you're physically able to, take walks, exercise, and really watch your diet.  Try your best to get rid of the complex proteins (regular meat) from your diet, add fruits and veggies, limit salt, alcohol, and sugars, and drink water. When I behave with my diet, I really feel better.  Also, try to stay away from negative, high-maintenance people, avoid things you despise doing, and go find sunshine and giggles wherever possible. Volunteer and make someone else feel better, and you'll feel better, too.

Best,

Sophie

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Galrim
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...person to person when and if you willo get back to full speed. You dont mention anything about your surgery (open vs lap), general health or your age, which are factors that play a big part considering recovery.

If you recover fully however, there is no limitations to what you can do physically in terms of exercising etc.

/G

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