I just started physical therapy after 5 months of being on antibiotics. My LLMD had a very specific guideline for my non-Lyme informed PT to follow.
You have to start slow! And only on days you have "some" energy. Never exercise two days in a row, your heart rate should remain between 90-100max, and DON'T swim. Unless you're going to swim in a hot tub. Cold pool water will bring your core temperature too low which helps the Lyme bug to grow well. Burrascana's guidelines is for non-aerobic exercise until you have near normal energy back. Now I've read some people have done well with running, but they were runners before the infection. I don't know if that had anything to do with it or not?
But if you are overweight, you should definetly consult with your LLMD before you start any exercise program. Especially if your taking Cipro or other meds that cause arhythmia are palpatations. And if you're already having SOB, shortness of breath, you really need to watch that heart rate.
It feels good to have PT and learn helpful streatching! It helps me feel like things are progressing in the right direction. Some days I'm in too much pain to do the exercises, but the physical therapist will do more muscle work which helps with lymph drainage and it feels really good.
good luck and my best wishes and thoughts are with you- Lisa
11/07 symptoms start
7/4/08 IGenX LD positive,gluten sensitivity,low magn, low WBC's,+yeast/bacteria/tapeworm/roundworm, EBV,HHV,CMV,Parvo,
7/25/08 started on Biaxin
9/08 IGenX co-infections neg, but probable Bart, Bab, Erhl
11/08 Biaxin,Plaquenil,Cipro, Artemisinin,3 probiotics,Transfer Immune, Bcomplex,MultiVit,omega3,magnesium,