I finished radiotherapy on 27th January like you i wanted to get back to normal as soon as possible.
i have been going to the Gym a couple of times a week including the rowing machine which i believe has been my downfall
Now have shooting pains in my breast and looks like some fliud formimg (seroma) which I had a problem with before my Rads, booked in to see my consultant this week.
A bit gutting really when I thought it was all over, so just be careful with any upper body exercise
bibi i feel your pain & thinking about it your explanation sounds reasonable but my swelling hasnt gone down
Hi Karen I didn't feel that tired during rads but was told no exercise apart from walking during & for 4 weeks after. I'm a bit like you & couldn't wait so did a yoga class 2 weeks after (as soon as I could get a bra on comfortably). No ill effects but was super knackered all afternoon & it was a lie on the floor meditation & gentle stretches type of yoga class. After 3 weeks played tennis for 20 mins with soft balls, a bit of boob swelling which went down after a couple of hours. Played golf 3 1/2 weeks after - BIG mistake - I think rads undoes the healing of your scar inside. Started hurting after 6 holes & should have stopped but didn't (desperate to get back to normal!) anyway it has hurt really badly for a whole week & still does. I'm telling you all that in case you are tempted to overdo it like me. Trust me, it isn't worth it & I wish I had waited the 4 weeks as advised. I would think yoga or Pilates would be ok. All the best xx
You have certainly got a 'get up and go' attitude and continuing to exercise during rads is a way of feeling 'normal' if the gym is already part of your life. You are also being sensible listening to your body.
However, be prepared that, as you complete more radiotherapy sessions, the radiation has a cumulative effect and you may start to have shoulder/arm pain caused by the 'zapping' and also by the 'unusual' position you have to have your arm rested during treatment.
From my own experience, I would strongly recommend that you do the arm exercises given to you by the physiotherapist in the radiotherapy department. These are designed to keep your shoulder joint moving. I was unfortunate to develop a frozen shoulder after radiotherapy (despite doing the exercises) but most ladies are OK. Despite being just unlucky, I feel it is worthwhile to stress to 'radiotherapy' BC ladies the importance of the arm exercises.
You will get back to normal but remember that after 20 sessions of radiotherapy, the cumulative effect of radiation peaks two weeks after radiotherapy finishes. You may then start to feel the effects of fatigue so be kind to yourself if you decide to give the gym a miss for awhile.