Thanks, again, guys. LymieMom, I recently got a heart rate monitor--just too tired to use it. Lol.
Bmoberg, for some reason I'm one of the folks who feels a million times better when I do aerobic activity. I have been wiped out in 2015 and have gotten very little exercise, but I was a runner all my life before the last couple of years of really bad lyme symptoms. In fact, my lyme only kicked in hard-core when I moved to cold-weather country and stopped taking my 4Xs/week outdoor runs; add unbearable stress to the mix & here I am today. Never thought I'd be a couch potato... But every now and then I can run or do light weights at the gym and it feels amazing, without the debilitating effects that others may experience.
However, I have noticed for years and years that when I have tons of energy and do a killer workout with many sprints or do heavy weights I do get SOOOO sick 48 hours later. I used to think it was lactic acid buildup in the muscles. Once I realized I had lyme and read about
post-exertional malaise it all made so much sense. But I don't get it from minor exercise, thank God!
The other thing I've identified is that the more I lie around the weaker and sicker I get. I need to do some kind of light exercise at least every 2 days to keep my energy up--even just stretching, a light walk or jog, or the 7-minute workout in my living room. If I let 3 days go by without exercise I'm like a lifeless ragdoll on my couch, the lyme symptoms get worse, and I have a very hard time getting back into exercise.
Right now I'm detoxing from 4 months of antibiotics to get my immune system back up. I felt better for about
10 days and then have been pretty sick the last 10 days. I've begun taking beach walks in my hometown and added a tiny bit of sand jogging the other day. It's the only thing that clears the headaches and nausea. I'm not strong enough to run hard yet, and really don't want to bring on the 48-hour-later flu symptoms anyway. Slow and steady.....
I'm definitely going to ask for a stress test when I get back to my real life in a couple of weeks. Thaks again!
Post Edited (mauihawaii) : 3/13/2015 1:01:01 PM (GMT-6)