This thread is SO interesting! Just like how our symptoms are different and the treatments that work for some don't work for others, the impact from exercise is so varied.
I totally identify with Pirouette and Marigold33:
March, I think exercise is great but you've got to find the right kind and amount. Reading the description of yours made my joints hurt! I think at the very least you've got to find something that doesn't add much lactic acid to the body, since our joints are already so inflamed. I'd stay away from weights. Personally I like jogging cause I sweat, breath a lot, and it helps me clear my head. And yoga, I find it medicinal. And then post-exercise, go for electrolytes, an epsom salt bath.. I think the post-exercise regimen is as crucial as the exercise itself.
Marchcat, all your exercises except for the high knees involve weight (the resistance is like weight too). I wonder if that has something to do with your post-exercise discomfort?...
I've always been a runner. I now remember that after cross-country meets in high school and college my feet would be on fire and I'd tear my sneakers off just beyond the finish line to cool them off. But the rest of my body never felt hot--I sweat as soon as I start to work out and I feel cool throughout all my workouts. I'd have a headache after races but no lingering muscle soreness. I still feel great when I take a light run, although I'm much slower than before and instead of feeling light and free on some days I have to "pull" my heavy-feeling body along.
Unlike the advice from the docs, I'm great with aerobic exercise but now realize it's the anaerobic that makes me very ill. Anything with heavy weight is a no-no: after a great workout at the gym that involves heavy weights I can guarantee that I will be hit by a truck/intense flu symptoms 48 hours later. I've always thought it was too much lactic acid buildup in the muscles. Now I know it's the Lyme and didn't know about
the connection until Marigold33 just posted.
I find that light workouts that also involve the muscles, such as pilates, yoga, or light weights at the gym don't make me ill. It's only when I purposely tear the muscles with weights to build them (to fight the atrophy) that I get sick 48 hours later. It lasts a few days.
I've also noticed that if I go 3 days without exercise I've broken my streak, feel exhausted, and find it very difficult to get off the couch and start again. If I only let 2 days go by, maximum, I'm ok and keep my energy up. Exercise is definitly crucial to my physical and mental well-being, and I'm now thinking that adding a post-exercise detox routine is in order. Thanks for this question, Marchcat!
Post Edited (mauihawaii) : 11/26/2014 10:10:58 AM (GMT-7)