Can you stand another Prednisone question from me?

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   Posted 8/8/2009 7:35 AM (GMT -7)   
I've been tapering off of Prednisone and currently on 20mg (for 7 days now and to stay until MD appt. Aug. 20 and see what he says then).  I have been wanting to work with a personal trainer for some time now and with all this energy and feeling better I started last week.  I usually walk or do the Elyptical machine 3-4x a week but now with this trainer, the work out is very extreme.  Think of a "Boot camp" type work out.  I've done it twice now.  Of course I am very sore.  During both sessions I felt like I could pass out.  His goal is to really push me and elevate my heart rate.  It is very intense, alot of weight reps, mixed with cardio.  OK, so I'm wondering if this is the right time?  I've been researching Prednisone on here and online.  It says to avoid stress.  Can you all give me advice if this is safe or not? 
I feel shaky and anxious since going to 20mg or maybe it is b/c I'm on for a longer time now (since end of June).  My resting heart rate pre-prednisone was 60-64 now it is sometimes 100 resting. 
I know this is alot of info, if possible I would very much appreciate some feedback.  Thank you!
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 Currently on Prednisone 40mg. Tapering down, now on 20mg.
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   Posted 8/8/2009 10:57 AM (GMT -7)   
My heart rate is always up when on oral steroids. I haven't worked out as much lately as I used to, but I've done quite a bit of working out on steroids. I know what you mean, though, about the resting heart rate being so high then adding an intense workout... heart rate sky high.

I don't know that I have any answers, but I think it's best to follow your instinct. You know if it's too much for your body. If you're questioning how you feel, why not stick to "normal" workouts and do the boot camp workouts later? Being sore is ok but feeling like you might pass out could be a signal your body is sending. Or, how about talking to your trainer? Explain how your resting rate has been affected and have him check your workout rate to make sure it's within a safe range?
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   Posted 8/10/2009 1:11 PM (GMT -7)   

My heart rate was sometimes elevated when I was on high dosages of steroids due to my lack of sleep (b/c I totally became nocturnal). However, when I was down to 20mg my heart rate returned to normal with the exception of the day or two after I did a really intense workout. My body was steroid dependent for almost three years, so I learned how my body would react after doing a pretty hard workout.

I have to say that I think your trainer may be overworking your body, which in turn will cause your body to "burn out" without adequate sleep and rest. Your continuous elevated heart rate, even while resting, is your body letting you know it's exhausted! I think you should start out with one really hard workout a week with your trainer, and then eventually work your way up (with of course doing "normal" workouts 4-6 times a week. I don't think it is your prednisone that is making you want to pass out, I just think it's your body being worked to it's absolute max.

I am on Remicade and still get dizzy sometimes when I push myself to the max. But, I am now careful to listen to my body (even though I often don't want to) and rest when my heart rate is elevated and my body is telling me to do so. A good coach or trainer designs their workouts based on your previous workouts, rest, and of course, heart rate.

If I were you I would record your resting heart rate before you get out of bed. Once you establish your base, you'll be able to tell what your "new" normal is and know when your body is overworked and fatigued.

What I have learned is that a lot of personal trainers from big "chain" gyms (LA Fitness, etc) really aren't that smart or in tune to what is truly going on in one's body. Nor do they understand the extent or severity of an illness that one may have. Try and find a trainer who has a physical therapy background and has extensive knowledge of anatomy and how your body works (one with a degree is preferable). I have found that private personal training studios are the best. I have had personal training from both a "chain" gym and a private personal training studio and have to tell you, the quality and knowledge of trainer in the private studio was way better.

It's GREAT to push yourself to the max, but you definitely have to work your way up to it. Sometimes you get placed with "meat head" trainers that simply don't understand what is going on with you and your body, nor understand the severity of what your body has been through. It's so frustrating!

Definitely keep working out, but listen to your body. =) Try and get at least 8 hours of sleep a night, eat properly, and make sure you hydrate!

Take care!

-Emma =-)~

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