Post Edited (Sulma) : 2/14/2009 12:05:27 PM (GMT-7)
I believe exercise is crucial to recovery. Dr. B. states that you cannot get well without exercise. There are so many benefits to exercise including it increases oxygen levels and body temperature--two things the Lyme bacteria do not like.
Of course it is very important to listen to your body and not push past what you are capable of doing.
nefferdun, your life is definitely not over! I am so happy you are able to take some dance classes. I agree that there is additional benefit because it is fun. And music is also very healing.
How do you like the salsa class?
I've had similar experiences to you guys in that exercise in general has always seemed to help, but I've never done aerobic exercise, so I wasn't prepared for a two-day Herx. I've always lifted weights, which has seemed to help, but it doesn't elevate the heartrate for long periods of time like cardio.
As it turns out, both Saturday and Sunday I had decreased energy, more arthritic pain, some additional deep tissue pain, definitely more brain fog, and unshakeable sadness. On an intensity scale, with 10 being the most severe Herx I've ever had, I'd say it was only a 3-4, but prolonged.