"Heavy" cardio suppresses the immune system. Even "conventional medicine" has proven this. Maybe that's why Dr B suggests not doing cardio.
I am one who damaged many muscles by overdoing it before I was diagnosed. Its taking a long time to heal them. One test by Genova pointed toward muscle breakdown in the comments- I dont remember if it were proteins or acids, but it was elevated...................
How did you "damage" your muscles?
Not recovering created many muscle adhesions which felt like crunchy "ripples/knots" in all major muscles as well as tendonosis at attachment points. Yes. This is happening to me. Not recovering/can't recover so actually losing muscle because the body can't rebuild when the fibers are broken down after working them out (this is what I'm hoping my most recent CNS protocol can really address).
And then the ripples and knots in the muscle. I think people with Fibro call them "rope like muscles" and "fibro knots". And we all know fibro is basically undiagnosed lyme.
I'm wondering when I will know that I reached the point of healing where I can exercise again. I miss working out and I'm being impatient. 8-9 months of physical therapy completely went down the drain after this recent relapse and now I have to start from square one.There have been many posts on muscle soreness here, its a monthly topic. But....ropey, crunchy, knoted, muscles are way beyond just being sore.
And you say your getting like that. This is a rare condition that warrants a different approach than everyday soreness. If you realy are experiencing this, just "going for it" is not a good idea. Again, this is nothing like general soreness that many experience.
It can limit range of motion so much that you cant do yoga. Tight knotted muscles in a static contracted condition can not stretch. Tie a knot in a sock, then pull on it. The knot gets tighter and the sock is shorter. **Areas like this need to be manually worked out before yoga or attempted stretching**. Individuals who have not experienced it would not know what its like, thus, do not understand this, including (unfortunately) some fitness instruction professionals. Lots of you-tube vids about
The reason core is so important is everything is linked/attached to it. Its need strength to remain properly aligned when your stronger limb muscles are torquing on it.
Healthy muscle is not only strong, but relaxes tension free when not contracted. Muscle imbalances left in continuous tense state are almost a guarantee for future nerve impingement pain and muscle spasms. At least 50% of low back problems are from overly tense/imbalanced/injured/ knotted(shortened) Quad, hamstring or glute muscles pulling down or twisting the pelvis (weak core adds to it), creating lower vertebra nerve pain. That combination easily creates havoc but can be reversed by healing knots and strengthening the core.
For starters go slow and be consistent with out going overboard. Work on certain muscle groups one at a time so you know the cause and effect of what you did the day before. Like supplements, dont do a bunch of new ones all at once. Once my muscles felt healthier, I then could start cranking up the weights increasing every week.
After two days in a row of rigorous hilly/rocky hiking and then fatbiking a few hours ago, I feel pretty limber and relaxed. This was not possible two to five years ago with out a week of pain and muscle, tendon tension afterward- from lack of proper muscle recovery.Oh trust me I know my nerve/muscle issues are waaay beyond just soreness. Which is why I'm afraid to exercise right now.
As I continue to treat hopefully I can reach a point where my neuro-lyme symptoms really subside and go away before I creep slowly back into working out.
I have to get neuro lyme under control first.