Yes, before Lyme I used to run 365 days a week. Not an easy task here in Chicago with its cold winters and sizzling summers. I would do charity 5k and 10k runs on weekends and the marathons here and there. I was also doing a lot of biking in between.
Something happened to me after the infection that when I do anything more than a slow-normal walk I get very weak, dizzy and feel like I am going to collapse. This also happens whenever I use any amount of strength such as trying to
open a jar, carrying groceries, or running across the street.
I had a stress test done and my heart is fine. It almost feels like as if my body doesn't have enough sugar to feed my muscles and I go into a diabetic shock. however, I tested by blood glucose, blood pressure and heart rate when this happens and they are normal. MRI have not shown any inflammation and blood work has also been normal.
my muscles, I had muscular legs, a rock solid gluteus maximus (per my wife) which filled my jeans quite nicely. but after Lyme, my muscles began to shrink and get soft. I had a test done where they ran electrical current through your muscles to check their condition and that was also normal. My muscles are also abnormally sensitive where if I get punched (birthday) or if it gets rubbed too hard it hurts like as if the muscle is being pulled away from the bone.
The strange thing is that as long as I walk slow-normal I can walk long distances. I have a pedometer app on my smartphone and I reach my daily walking goal of three miles a day without a problem. I was hoping that walking three miles a day would bring back some of that muscle or at least give me more strength but that has not been the case. Almost as if my muscles are being starved of something. It is not magnesium since I take magnesium malate every day. I eat lots chicken and eggs and vegetables and plenty of water (4-5 water bottles daily) so I doubt that it is my diet.
So, I unfortunately don't have an answer for you as to why it happens. I have a feeling that it might be due to a hormonal, cortisol or testosterone imbalance due to the adrenals or thyroid or perhaps to my blood cells not being able to carry enough oxygen due to my Bartonella infection. I have spoken to a number of Endocrinologists and they can't figure it out.
I am so delighted to hear of what you are up to. I also envy you because being out there with all the other bikers out there in the fresh air is so much fun. You feel so invigorated after a run and so full of energy. I hope to one day do it again.
I almost forgot... get the best gel bike shorts that you can afford. and use plenty of lubrication where the sun don't shine, otherwise you are going to be in lots of pain after the bikeathon
Post Edited (Healing98) : 4/18/2015 7:49:52 AM (GMT-6)