DR ELLIE CANNON: My surgeon cut through a nerve.. can I exercise it fit?  

Mail Online | 4/1/2019 | Dr Ellie Cannon for The Mail on Sunday
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I had a varicose vein operation last June and they accidentally severed a nerve in my lower leg called the common peroneal nerve. Now I’m stuck with crutches and a big metal cast. Are there any exercises I can do while I await a repair operation?

The common peroneal nerve controls movement in the knee, the foot and the calf. Damage to this nerve, and an operation to repair it, are bound to affect exercise levels.

Loss - Function - Health - Loss - Fitness

But temporary loss of leg function doesn’t necessarily result in poor health or a loss of fitness. Walking with crutches takes strength and stamina and burns up more energy than walking without them. And if you head uphill it will increase blood flow to the leg, which should help speed up the healing process after the operation.

However, some people end up with aches and pains in the back or upper body as a result of the extra strain, so build up the pace gradually.

Workouts - Strength - Training - Support - Workouts

There are upper-body workouts and strength training which don’t require any leg support. Workouts on the floor such as crunches and half press-ups are easy without applying pressure to the leg wound.

When the wound heals and stitches are removed, swimming can provide a good whole-body exercise.

Months - Bouts - Lights - Stone - Heart

Over the past six months, I’ve experienced bouts of light-headedness and I see flashing lights. I’ve also lost almost a stone. Could this be an oncoming heart attack? I am 55 and otherwise healthy and active.

Losing weight when you don’t intend to is a red flag for doctors. Often, spontaneous weight loss is a sign of serious illness such as bowel disease, cancer or thyroid disease, but not a heart attack.

GPs - Blood - Tests - Examination - Cases

GPs always perform blood tests and an examination in these cases. It is especially troubling in those over 50 as rates of bowel cancer are higher.

If a GP...
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