Unfortunately, whilst you may have had to endure surgery to overcome a major health problem, the “getting better” process tends to be a long and exhaustive one. However, if you want to get back to full strength as soon as possible, then it is a good idea that you do everything you can to help your recovery along. If you don’t, well, you could be making a mistake that prolongs your boredom and aggravates your health woes.
So, to keep your recovery on track and bring you back to that fighting fitness you may have taken for granted before, here is a list of costly mistakes you need to avoid making.
Overdoing It Too Early
One of the most common mistakes is thinking you can do everything too quickly. You need to just accept that the recovery period is what it is, do everything the doctor asks you to do and find ways to survive your bed rest. If you don’t, and you decide to jump the gun a couple of weeks early, you could end up back at square one, or worse. Your doctor gave you do’s and don’ts based on an educated decision; it is wise to pay attention to them, no matter how great you may be feeling.
Not Doing Enough
The other side of that coin is not doing enough. If your doctor told you to stay in bed for a week and then start doing some light activities, make sure you follow-up on that advice. Getting mobile is one of the most important things you can do after surgery. Even if you are feeling fatigued or fragile; try your best to shake that feeling off. Resting can make you surprisingly sleepy, so make sure you counter this by being proactive.
Deciding You Don’t Need Rehab
You may well feel like you are tough enough to manage on your own and that your rehabilitation course is a waste of their time and yours, but it isn’t. Physical therapy, whether it be orthopedic rehabilitation or Mist therapy, is key to making you recover to your full strength in a safe and timely manner. So, please, take it seriously. Go to your scheduled appointments, don’t cancel and don’t skip the exercises they’ve set as homework; they are for your benefit, not theirs.
The Meds Don’t Work
This is another extremely common mistake people make because they fear the side-effects, but not taking your medicine because it makes you a little nauseous or constipated is not advisable. Yes, pain medication can come with warnings of addiction, but not taking them can result is sleep deprivation, loss of appetite and mobility; all of which are extremely important to your recovery process. You don’t want to be on medication forever, but in order to make your body heal to the level required, you need to keep up with what was prescribed.
Going Back to Work
The pressure to return to work is the most overruling one of all, especially if you are one of the fifteen million people that work as self-employed. However, we advise you to take it steady for the duration of the doctor’s recommendation. It could be your lifestyle that caused all this in the first place. So, if you must work, try and find a way that you can do so remotely, or even contract your needs out to someone else.