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exercises that don't interfere with a catheter

After being inactive for so long I recently started walking in order to get some exercise. However, to avoid backache I have to hold in my tummy muscles and this causes pain from the catheter. Has anybody found exercises they can do without causing problems?

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swimming, horseback riding, and yoga are three of the lowest impact exercises I've done throughout my life and nothing effected my 2 VP shunts.
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I've had a programmable shunt for about 4 years, and I do fine with track, cross country, and marching band. Basketball is also pretty good.
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Thanks for the suggestions. Unfortunately I find running etc difficult due to having one leg slightly longer than the other, which did lead to me having a surface hip replacement 3 years ago. Financial constraints also rule out any 'paid for' activities at the moment. I will just try to keep up the walking and do some gentle exercises at home to strengthen my core muscles - but thanks anyway guys.
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