No running?

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Just back from my post OP check up all looking great and the usual chat from consultant about not thinking I'm superwoman and gradually resuming normal activity etc. when I asked if there was anything I should aviod completely going forward he said no heavy lifting and no RUNNING - now I'm no Paula Radcliffe I would maybe head out for a 6k plod a couple of times a week and perhaps a couple of 10k races a year but not beingable to run EVER ! I'm ashamed to say that I pretty much burst into tears in front him - for Christ sake I'm a grown woman of 44 - 

anyway what advice have others had on this not so much in the 8 to 12 weeks post op but for the longer term

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    Hi Deborah, I have heard no running from several of the women on this site and a few brochures I've seen online. I went to my post op appointment last week (6 weeks after posterior repair) and she said I am able to do whatever I want! Such conflicting advice!! I was distracted by some other information provided during my appointment, so I didn't question her about the exercise. I really do want to go running again but I also don't want to ruin my surgery. I only plan on having this surgery once in my life if I can help it! I haven't gone running yet but did join my softball team in a game last week. I felt fine...I don't know what to do.
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    Some women can run after this surgery but it does depend on a few things and this is why I always say no 2 people are the same. Your consultant will have had to take into consideration the extent of the surgery and the condition of your pelvic floor. 
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    Deborah, have you seen a specialist physio?  If not, see if you can get a referral.  They are the experts in safe exercise and can advise on running and other things.
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      It would be a brave physio who disputed or went against a Urogynaecologist's advice. They wouldn't because if the Urogynaecologist became aware it would not go down well at all. His advice will be documented.
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    I was also told no running and I equally was quite upset !!! I did do further research and it does sound a bad idea !! :-(
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      I'm not into running, don't seem to have the time but I can imagine how upsetting it can be not to do something you enjoy. This advice does cause a lot of ladies to be upset. I've just Emailed a friend of mine who is a research nurse in urogynaecology to ask her the most up to date advice in view of deborah's post and she said this advice is being given to ladies in my health trust which I hadn't realised. I thought it was given to ladies for the reasons I mentioned earlier.
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    Hi Deborah i wash told I can do whatever I want except from heavy weight lifting. In fact he operated a dancer of the Royal Theatre in Madrid and she continues dancing after surgery as he told me... the reality is that I love running but I don't feel comfortable doing it so I started cycling and he said no problem with that.
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