I've posted on here before
my battles with fatigue, and while I thought I'd gotten to the bottom of it, the root issues are still there.
October last year, I've been having terrible fatigue in various forms. Earlier this year, when it was far worse, I decided I'd focus on one aspect of it - the diet-related component. I was being smashed around by what I now believe was carb addiction, causing terrible lethargy and lightheadedness when I was hungry, and a 'carb flu' (feeling completely wiped out, incapable of doing much other than lying down) after I had fulfilled my hunger. I managed to get rid of that by reducing my carb and sugar intake, and replacing with more whole foods, fats, and proteins. The improvements were pretty quick initially, but then I went back to where I'd come from for a while. Eventually, my body adjusted and has come away a lot better as a result.
However, I'm continuing to experience fatigue and brain fog after most kinds of physical exertion.
Pretend you've been sick with a heavy cold or flu. Now imagine how it feels when you start exercising too soon. You have way less energy, very little stamina, you heat up prematurely, you sweat a lot, your brain turns to mush, and afterward you're left feeling far worse than when you began. Ok... THAT is how I feel after I exercise. I've read in a few places people suggesting 'just dig in and do it, you'll feel better eventually'.
The problem is, I don't. I feel worse eventually. If I do even moderate exercise every week day, by Friday morning I'll be struggling to get out of bed.
My doctor ran a lot of bloods but found nothing. Thyroid, B12, Cortisol, Electrolytes, Iron, CRP, liver function, creatinine, Calcium//Phosphorus and screening for Type 2 Diabetes, and there was no cause for concern anywhere.
I'm not even sure this is anything to do with UC. It all started last year after I had two really bad illnesses over winter, and never went away. I've thought about
getting something to help boost my immune system, but looking at the science on that, all that's really proven is Vit D, sleep, eat healthy, reduce stress, and exercise (the last one's ironic).
Does my exercise experience sound familiar to anyone else with UC?
Post Edited (Gitch) : 6/18/2017 3:20:17 PM (GMT-6)