EXERCISE QUESTION?

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ria123
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   Posted 11/13/2009 8:49 AM (GMT -6)   
Just wondering who exercises and if you do does it help you feel better, especially with joint pain. Also what kind of exercises do you do? Cardo? Weight lifting? Pilates. ETC..
Thanks : )

rcenters
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   Posted 11/13/2009 9:24 AM (GMT -6)   
I have been doing walking and very light weights for the last 6 months. Now, I did not have any very noticeable joint pain that needed to be relieved, however, last week I started trying to ease into jogging. My knees don't like it from the look of it, hopefully that's something that will get better. Also, judging from an ache in my right shin, I wonder if I'm going to get shin splints. I had those when I was in high school and don't really want them again.

Biggest reason I'm concerned about shin splints and joints is not so much lyme but the fact that for the last few years I drank so much soda with caffeine....which is rumored to leach minerals out of your bones. I've cut it back to virtually nothing for the last 6 months, but I don't know if that's long enough to rebuild the damage.

ria123
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   Posted 11/13/2009 9:30 AM (GMT -6)   
rcenters
Before I got sick with Lyme I jogged 5 miles a day. One bit of advice I can give you is make sure you have a good running sneaker, it makes all the difference. It could also stop shin pain.
Also strecth those legs before and after your jog. Good for you on your accomplishment. I think it ia awesome.
Are you still on Lyme meds?

Jeminij
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   Posted 11/13/2009 9:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Exercise is key to getting better from lyme. If you are just starting out, go slow. Do what you can, walking is great exercise to start, yoga. Light weights is also very good. It gets your heart pumping and in time will work to help you feel better, but beware that you may herx when you first start, but keep with it. Do whatever your body willl let you. Don't push too hard and work your way up. I used to exercise every day until I started getting from lyme. Then I ended up bedridden and couldn't even stand up let alone exercise. I started again very slow with walking 2 minutes a day. Yes, just 2 minutes as I was starting from scratch. I slowly worked my up to 20 minutes and weight lifting and then worked continued until I was running 3 miles every morning and spending 2 hours a day at the gym with a trainer and was in the best shape of my life. This was all in a 3 year time span, but I had to start out very slow and gradually work my way up and it def. helped me in getting well and was the key to my staying well.

Good luck.

ria123
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   Posted 11/13/2009 9:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Jeminij
You just made me so happy. So there is hope that I will be able to run again some day... Can you give me some tips on the weight lifting?
You said light weights is good. What if I do 5 lbs in each hand of free weights for triceps and biceps, and I have a weight machine to work the rest, with the machine how much weight would you start out with?
Can I also work out my lower body with weights? Any advice is so appriciated.
Thanks..

rcenters
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   Posted 11/13/2009 11:08 AM (GMT -6)   
Roughly, it works like this, and it's taken from this wikipedia article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strength_training

Sets of one to five repetitions primarily develop strength, with less impact on muscle size and none on endurance.
Sets of six to twelve repetitions develop a balance of strength, muscle size and endurance.
Sets of thirteen to twenty repetitions develop endurance, with some increases to muscle size and limited impact on strength.
Sets of more than twenty repetitions are considered to be focused on aerobic exercise. They do still use the anaerobic system, but usually at a rate through which it can consistently remove the lactic acid generated from it.

The idea is, you will use a weight that will cause you to come close to failing by the last repetition(but not actually failing). Of course, if you are only doing 5 reps, that will be a higher weight than if you are doing 12. Best way to find out is to just pick a weight, do it, and if it wasn't enough, then on your next session increase it until you find the right weight.

Now, "light weight" means different things to different people. Doing 12 rep weight might be considered light weight, if you are comparing to 5 rep weights. On the other hand, some people who only want to do that minimum amount of weight training they can, might use a weight that is intentionally lighter than they could otherwise do, in order to have a very low impact workout, but still get a small benefit.

In my case, I've been doing 1 set of 8, using 24 pound dumbbells, doing about 8 different exercises, about 3 days a week. I've been acclimated to that weight for months, if I had wanted to train harder, I could have added a couple of pounds 3 months ago and by now there's a good chance I'd have worked up to 34 or 39 pounds. I do plan to do that in the future but I'm taking it extremely slowly while I still consider this to be lyme "rehab". By the same token that's why I waited 6 full months of walking before jogging and even now, I'm basically alternating between jogging and walking laps to keep the intensity down. That might sound like a choice, but it's not really, as I am currently incapable of jogging more than a half mile at once anyway.

I haven't been on any medication in a very long time, only herbs and stuff like alpha lipoic acid. I'm thinking that eventually, I might see if I could do a month of something like doxycycline as a sort of coup de grĂ¢ce, but I moved and there's only regular doctors around here, so that means I'm going to have to think hard about how I'll convince a regular doctor to prescribe an antibiotic.

ria123
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   Posted 11/13/2009 11:20 AM (GMT -6)   
rcenters
Thanks for all that information. It was really helpful and uplifting to know it could be done. I have a question for you, why would you want to put Doxy back in your body if you feel well? Is it just to be safe in case something is lingering inside your body?
Are all your symptoms gone?

rcenters
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   Posted 11/13/2009 11:57 AM (GMT -6)   
Symptoms aren't all gone, basically. Everything across the board is better but not 100%

ria123
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   Posted 11/13/2009 12:03 PM (GMT -6)   
I understand. Well I wish you a full recovery and keep up the the great work.
Keep in touch if you want, I would love to know how you are doing with your exercise and all.
Thanks Again

Jeminij
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   Posted 11/14/2009 2:08 PM (GMT -6)   
yes you can lift weights, as much as you body will let you, but I advise to start slow. Light weights even 3 lbs with more reps. If you do 5 lbs do less reps, 8-12. Of course you can do lower body as well as upper body. I used to alternate upper body, then lower body, then take a day off to rest your muscles, and so on. I went from not being able to walk to my mail box to running and lifting weights 2 hours every day so it can be done. Lifting weights is just as aerobic as running so it is great for your heart and for beating lyme.

ria123
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   Posted 11/14/2009 8:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks again for the encouragement I really can not hear to much more negative regarding lymes it is getting me crazy,,,

peacesoul
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   Posted 11/14/2009 8:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Before getting sick, I was lifting weights for 9 yrs 4-5 times a week. When I got sick, I worked out much less, but when I was on ABX I could not work out as much, I had to take 3 months off.

If you can work out, do it, If you can't, it's better to let your body use it's energy to heal.

When I finally got off the dreaded ABX, I was able to work out again and got well much faster

Post Edited (peacesoul) : 11/16/2009 3:47:09 AM (GMT-7)


alone&scared
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   Posted 11/15/2009 12:17 PM (GMT -6)   
I have felt like crap for 7 years. Got the bad joint pain in April of this year. I have been doing NOTHING since because the pain is so bad. Just started antibiotics about a month ago. I don't know if they are working or not. I mean, I do have some new symptoms and do feel a little worse, but this could be herxing or just the lyme getting worse.
But, my point (yes, I do have one!lol) is that I finally decided that if I was going to be in horrible pain anyway, why not make it a little worse, but for a good reason? I mean, I have gained weight, am so out of shape and miserable. Regardless of how you feel, your body needs exercise. So, if you can stand it..then do it! That is what I am doing. I am doing pilates (the moves that I can do) and walking for an hour a day. I am so sore and miserable, and my hips feel soooo terrible. But, I think it will help in the long run? I am rambling today...I hoped this helped someone, somewhere:)

ria123
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   Posted 11/17/2009 10:37 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks guys :)

ria123
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   Posted 11/17/2009 10:50 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks
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