With long lasting implications, how can you get back to “normal”?
Good health can help youThe first rule of thumb is to get moving as best you can. Ask your doctor about your situation and be specific about your usual activities; it may be okay to return to yoga, for example, but rugby may be something to avoid.
Make it a life habit to keep moving. Take the stairs instead of the elevator or get off the bus one stop early to add a bit more movement to your day. If you plan to take a long flight, book an aisle seat so that you feel comfortable roaming around the plane every hour or two. On the other hand, make sure you also give your legs a break as standing or walking for too long can cause swelling.
Whilst on treatment, you may have used prescription-strength compression stockings (or ‘flight socks’) These may help increase blood circulation and may reduce swelling. Most likely, your doctor will not recommend continuing to use these in future. If you are in doubt consult with your doctor.
If you are up for a challenge, other lifestyle changes can also help, like quitting smoking and starting to exercise more frequently. In general, eating healthy and staying fit will help ensure that you can be more active and keep moving.
MAT 50160 updated September 2022