Spring Training

Lately, I have found myself fixated on the fact that I just can’t work out. Because I fractured the wire on my first sacral nerve stimulator while engaging in aqua aerobics, I am worried, actually terrified, that something like that will happen again.  Since my “go to” when my emotions run high is food, I am gaining weight.  Gaining weight, mixed with an inability to exercise effectively, is a very wrong combination for me.

Prior to having my daughter, I always was an active person.  I enjoyed training, competing, and reaping the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.  After having my daughter, and extensive therapy, I was once again enjoying the benefits of going to the gym, being a reasonable weight, and a healthy person.  I even found that I could exercise carefully and effectively with my first Interstim placement.  Once pregnant with my son, and having my pelvic floor slip, being on bed-rest for 19 weeks, fracturing my Interstim wire, and recovering from another surgery, I have continued to lose that overall wellness I used to enjoy.

And I want it back.  But, I’m afraid.  I don’t want to fracture another wire.  I cannot afford the type of trainer I would need that would be able to look at my x-rays, determine wire placement, and recommend safe and effective exercises.  I cannot afford to spend weeks/months/years back in physical therapy.  I need something, but, I don’t know how to access it or afford it. I really would LOVE to be able to get something in place for “spring training.” Any suggestions?

Thanks for reading,



  1. Marlene G. Said:

    Lauren, I can’t imagine all you’ve gone through–it does help, however, to minimize my experiences of incontinence, InterStim implant and surgeries. It is always a concern when there are such reasons to be unable to exercise. Taking walks and working up to longer and faster-paced ones is a very good way
    to begin, and then add any other forms of exercise that fit your capabilities. As for the eating, start by cutting back just a little each day to get your metabolism adjusted to accept lesser amounts. Not easy, of course, but doable. Best wishes in all of your endeavors.

  2. Sarah Said:

    Hello! I just stumbled across your website today as I was researching Interstim and pregnancy. I also broke my interstim last September and just had the lead replaced 3 weeks ago. I am terrified of working out and keep gaining weight (comfort food is my thing, lol). I have no way to even know what exercises are acceptable with interstim. My husband and I want to have a baby but I am also terrified of what will happen to my body and interstim during that 9 months and after. Don’t worry, you are not alone. Thanks for sharing your story! -Sarah

    • peace4lauren Said:

      Hello Sarah-Thank you for this comment! For some reason, I just saw it! I would love to talk with you more, if you would like to e-mail me at peace4Lauren@gmail.com, I would be able to share more of my stories and hear more of your personal concerns. -Lauren

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