There are so many million dollar questions with Lyme. To exercise or not is certainly a big one.
Exercise can ruin me for days. And other times it makes me feel great for days.
For me there's just no telling what will happen.
In order to not lose all the progress I made in taking tennis lessons and practicing (tennis is my passion) I try and keep at it-- try to play twice a week.
Tennis is very aerobic and the harder I play the more muscles I stress.
Afterwards-- like I said above-- I can feel invigorated and think that my Lyme is finally letting go of me.
Then, low and behold, I'll be on the couch for several days (after playing) with terrible back pain and my elbows will hurt like heck!
Very frustrating! Back to square one on the bad days.
Now I'm not looking forward to working in my garden or doing any work on my house once the weather breaks. The thought of raking and digging and
cleaning the gutters and painting and, and, and....makes me tired and hurt just thinking about it!
If I just sit around and do nothing I feel okay....but go stirr crazy and seem to get more tired and fatiqued the longer I do nothing just to avoid the pain. It's a vicious cycle of: To exercise or not? To get up off the couch or not? ....and wondering what will happen.
I'm still on ABX-- going on five months now-- Most all symptoms are completely gone, all except for the nagging back and elbow pain.
Brain fog/headache/nasty head feeling does come back too, but only if I don't sleep well the night before. Anything less than a good 7-8 hours of sleep really does me in.
I don't remember what life was like before getting Lyme--- other than nothing hurt! Now.....pfffft ! I'm a different person, as many of us are.
Last week when my head felt pretty crappy, I decided to go play tennis anyway. During an hour of hard play--- which I was amazed I could even do-- the brain fog lifted. Go figure.
And sometimes when I play while my back and elbows are killing me, that pain will go away as well, like a miracle. But it always comes back.
I'm going to continue to push through.....and not let Lyme completely take away all the things I like to do that involve exercise and using muscles and having fun.