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   Posted 5/1/2007 1:21 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi all,
Since I joined the forum awhile ago, my recent flare-up has not gotten any better.  As a result my rheumy put me back on Prednisone (dang!  Haven't been on this stuff since 2002, but at least I can buy it really cheap here in Thailand!).  Although the Pred is helping me feel and move A LOT better, I was wondering if it's okay to exercise (my exercise of choice is running) now that I'm feeling "good" or will it just do more harm to my body?  I don't think I'll be running anytime soon, but I was thinking that when I get back from my trip (August) I'd like to start back running, health permitting of course.  What do you think?
25, currently backpacking SE Asia
Diagnosed with Lupus: 1999
Daily meds: 400mg Plaquenil, 150mg Voltaren, 15mg Prednisone

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   Posted 5/1/2007 7:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jen,
If you can do it and your doc gives you the okay, I would say go for it. I can't run anymore unfortunately because it does a number on my joints but I try to walk outside or on the treadmill or get on the epiliptical because there is no shock impact to my joints. I would not overdo it though because it may not creep up on you until days later (I learned the hard way :(

I used to see BAH to excercise when I first got sick because I thought there is no way but it actually does something for me mentally as well as physically. Granted I can't do all the things that I used to do but I'm making an effort :-)
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   Posted 5/1/2007 9:43 AM (GMT -6)   
my exercise of choice is weight training. Been doing it for 8 1/2 years and I feel this has been a benefit to my health.
Running is hard on the joints.

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   Posted 5/1/2007 9:55 AM (GMT -6)   
I ran before lupus and I have to agree -- if/when you try to go back to it do it REALLY slowly. Like start w/walking every other day for 15 minutes & see how that treats you & build up slowly from there.

I've tried to start back now that I'm feeling some better with not very good results -- you really need to UNDER do it & see how the body reacts before increasing .... when I start w/what I think I can do its always been TOO MUCH!

Good luck,

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   Posted 5/1/2007 1:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Jen, I agree with the others. I used to be a runner too and was able to do it in great moderation when I first got sick, but have not been able to do any kind of exercise on a regular basis for the last 2 years. I still dream of running someday again (or at least some very slow jogging).

Let us know how the exercising is going for you. Just don't push it - anytime I push myself I get set WAY back.
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