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Can't workout, HELP

I'll be getting my wisdom teeth ripped out in about a month and from what I understand, you are NOT to workout for two weeks afterwards. Something to with clotting.

What should I do? Any suggestions? I love working out, and you arent even allowed to go on walks. I'm already planning on moderating my diet but Im bummed. Any suggestions?


Tue. Jul 3, 12:03am

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Wow... I didn't know recovery for wisdom teeth removal was so restrictive. Just know that everyone has setbacks. I can't tell you how many times I've decided to start exercising, only to get the flu or something (hmmm... psychosomatic?). Watch your eating and make plans for how you're going to ease yourself back into it. Sorry you're so frustrated.

Tuesday, July 03, 2007, 12:15 AM

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I've had all my wisdom teeth out and never heard of this 2 weeks thing. I know for the first week you shouldn't be working out because of the clotting but after a week it should be fine if it isn't hard core working out. And by that I mean heavy weight lifting, running long distances, kick boxing, etc... I think after week 1 going on a walk is fine as long as its not a super speed walk that 10 miles.

Tuesday, July 03, 2007, 12:34 AM

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OP here-What do you guys think about swimming?

Tuesday, July 03, 2007, 1:18 AM

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That's so funny... I was going to say swimming could be a good alternative. Is it the high-impact that you're supposed to stay away from? Or is it over-exertion? If it's the latter, depends on how much swimming will exhaust you. Can you check with the dentist/oral surgeon?

Tuesday, July 03, 2007, 1:30 AM

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Over exertion is the problem. Your body is healing from a surgical intervention. With any surgery you need to slow down for a while to allow for healing. The sockets where the teeth were need to close and heal over. Jaw bones need to heal.

You don't want to dislodge the clots in the socket because it is painful...causes dry socket because air gets to the jaw bones. That happens occasionally and you need to see the oral surgeon to pack the socket (really gets you out of pain fast).

Many people have trismis (sore jaw opening) after extractions too. It takes a little while for that to heal.

Many of us just don't have adequate space for wisdom teeth so they have to come out at some point.

Just pace yourself after surgery, get some good books, movies, or magazines to enjoy for a couple of days. Stroll instead of striding. Slow down enough to heal and you will be fine.

Tuesday, July 03, 2007, 7:51 AM

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What? In the Marines, we got a day off after taking out 4 wisdom teeth and then back to regular schedule which included PT (physical training). No rest when you are protecting the country =P

Tuesday, July 03, 2007, 10:59 AM

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That's horrible...but I guess that's the way they do things. Not a great formula for recovering from extracting impacted wisdom teeth. Some extractions are easier than others though too...if the teeth are impacted (partially sideways) in bone and bone needs to be cut to get to the tooth, obviously the healing time is longer. If you are completely knocked out, recovery time is longer. If the extractions are simple and the teeth are fully in the mouth, then you are looking at a much shorter recovery time.

If the oral surgeon is recommending time off, I would take it. You want to heal well and you want an easy recovery. Oral surgeons know their trade...they train for a long time to do the work they do.

Tuesday, July 03, 2007, 12:20 PM

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10:59, gotta love the USMC. LOL. What did you do for PT afterward?

Tuesday, July 03, 2007, 12:29 PM

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Would yoga be an option?

Tuesday, July 03, 2007, 12:44 PM

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I have kind of the same problem, although I won't be getting my wisdom teeth cut out, I'm going to the lake for a vacatin for a week, I know I will be swimming an aweful lot, there won't be any sitting on the couch watchng tv, it will be mostly laying out and swimming and fishing, thers no time to work out what should I do? I'm not not worried about my diet though because my aunt is one a diet as well and she will be there to help motivate me :D

Tuesday, July 03, 2007, 1:55 PM

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If you are camping or staying at a cabin or something don't worry about working out, go for hikes and go swimming and I can bet you will get a really decent workout!

Tuesday, July 03, 2007, 1:59 PM

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Talk to your doctor- none of us are experts. You'll probably find your doc pretty understanding, and he/she will most likely be glad to explain any restrictions- you should be able to ask the doc just what exercise is out and what you can do.

I know when I had my wisdom teeth out I couldn't do anything at all the first week because the painkillers they gave me were really strong...

Tuesday, July 03, 2007, 2:00 PM

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umm... you will not gain any weight because you wont be able to eat anything. so dont sweat it.

Tuesday, July 03, 2007, 2:28 PM

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USMC here, we ran 5-7 miles or hiked 5 miles a day mixed with all other sorts of exercise.

Tuesday, July 03, 2007, 6:04 PM

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Tuesday, July 03, 2007, 11:18 PM

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USMC, if you dont mind me asking, are you male or female?

Tuesday, July 03, 2007, 11:31 PM

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