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ria123
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   Posted 3/4/2009 9:10 AM (GMT -6)   
I have a question for you regarding exercise. I worked out 2 x last week 30 min on my elliptical machine each time, Monday and Wednesday, by Friday I herxed so bad I thought I was getting the flu but no fever just really bad body aches. It also brought back some of the symptoms that totally went away like numbness in my face, and my shins hurt my feet hurt all things that were gone. In fact before I exercised I felt good.My question is this, should I continue on my work out schedule even if I am herxing or do I have to wait until the Herx is over and then exercise again?
Thanks
Maria

ticker
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   Posted 3/4/2009 8:53 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Maria.  I am sorry you felt so bad after exercising.  How long have you been getting treated?

I know Dr. B. does not recommend aerobic exercise.  You can read his suggestions starting on page 32 at http://www.ilads.org/lyme_disease/B_guidelines_12_17_08.pdf  Even though he recommends no aerobic, I think it depends on the person and their tolerance level.  The elliptical is not an easy machine!  I don't think you should feel horrible after working out.

Have you tried doing any strength training, yoga, or pilates?  I have found these to be very beneficial.  Yoga and pilates look very easy, but they are harder than they look and they do provide a very good workout.  If you have not done them recently, be sure to start off slowly and build up over time.

Even though exercise is important, I don't think it is good to push past your limitations.  It is important to listen to your body, even when you don't like what it is saying!


wwac
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   Posted 3/5/2009 12:51 AM (GMT -6)   
I've found Tai Chi helpful in restoring circulation, and helping to restore a bit of concentration. With Youtube, you can learn it online. I can't do aerobic exercise either, I get symptoms almost immediately.

ria123
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   Posted 3/11/2009 12:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Ticker and WWAC.
Ticker I read Dr. B and he has some good advice so thank you again..

janem
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   Posted 3/11/2009 3:10 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Ria

 

Just thought I would share some experiences on exercise. I think exercise is fundamentally important to getting you to a point where you are asymptomatic...BUT must be embarked upon very slowly and preferably under some supervision : either a very good personal trainer or a PT if possible.

I was a triathlete , avid horse rider , and general all round outdoorsy type when I got sick ...months later , finally diagnosed , it was as much as I could do to crawl off the couch if I dropped the remote : and sometimes I couldn't even summon the energy to do that ( watched some real carp as a consequence ) . about six months into treatment , started to feel a little better : and jumped back into an exercise regime that would have been a breeze for me before I was sick.

I immediately relapsed : and it took several months before I felt like trying again. This time , under supervision , I did Yoga , Pilates , and Water Aerobics and gently built up to some aerobic exercise , with great results. Four years into therapy , I am back on my horses , back swimming and riding my bike : but don't feel I will ever run well again because my knees are shot unfortunately . Exercise now makes me feel great !

So , in a nutshell : take it very slowly , ease into all over motion , aim for suppleness and strength and gently build up stamina : and stay with a slight elevation on heart rate until you feel up to adding exertion !

 

Best Wishes !


ria123
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   Posted 3/12/2009 7:26 AM (GMT -6)   
janem
Thank so much for that encouragement. I was an avid runner myself 5 miles a day. Plus dance classes. Now my knees are also shot, and I am going to physical therapy for them. But I will take the advice from you and the others to go slow and build myself back up. Hopefully with the Help of God I will be able to do my dance classes again some day.
Thanks Again,
Maria

ticker
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   Posted 3/13/2009 3:08 PM (GMT -6)   

Maria, I agree that Dr. B. has good advice.

Don't worry, you WILL get back to your dance classes again!


ria123
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   Posted 3/16/2009 7:01 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Ticker : )
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