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Exercise . . . Help or Hindrance?

Friday, September 28, 2012

This week’s RTC for Biggest Loser is a tough one for me, because in reality, I don’t find that exercise is helping me at all. Let me re-phrase that . . . I think that it would help if I could some answers and get past the pain.

Now most people would say . . . she’s kidding herself. She just doesn’t get it . . . but I promise you that I do. At some point over the last year, I developed some muscular pain that is so far “undiagnosed.” For me personally, on a day I feel great I will exercise and pay for it the next two days. It’s not the regular pain that you should feel with exercise. My best description is that it is “flu-like.” And it is not limited to the body part that was exercised. It is something I have to be very careful to balance. When I exercise, it has to be in very small doses. If I do a little exercise, my symptoms are shorter. If I do a lot of exercise, the symptoms are on a larger scale, more intense and last much longer. My recent trip to New York City, which was on a Saturday and included hours and hours of walking did not come without punishment. I paid for it with flu-like symptoms the next two days . . . achy, headache, all over pain for two solid days. This was followed by lighter pain on Tuesday and Wednesday. But were I to exercise again during that time, those symptoms would only hang on longer.

So it’s been discouraging. This is still something that I’m pursuing with my doctor . . . and to be honest, I’ve taken a bit of a break of pushing the pursuit just out of frustration and to take care of some other things. Is it fibromyalgia? Arthritis? MS? What are we talking about here?

The hard thing is that I need to try to come up with a schedule that doesn’t take me out of the game for a day or two . . . and that’s been tough. It definitely holds my weight loss numbers back, so I won’t give it up completely. I just have to balance it better, that that is tough with a full time and part time job. You tend to have to fit the exercise in where you can.

So this week I will try to do things a bit differently. I am going to try to find some segments of time to space things out in the hope it won’t take me out of the game. I’m going to attempt to push through some of the pain, and if I feel it is getting worse, I will take a break. I also have decided to document what I’m doing and the results on a pain level to see if I can pinpoint some trends.

Quite a challenge . . . more daunting then the actual exercise itself, that’s for sure. The reality is that right now it's more of a hindrance than a help, so perhaps a better balance would help. Worth a try.
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    It really sounds like you might have a low iron count ( anemia). I was that way and after a lot of blood work it was determined I had anemia and needed to up my iron. So now I take a multi with extra iron in it, and I try to eat more foods with iron in it. Espeically omega 3 rich foods. I've been doing better the past month than in the previous 3 months as far as energy levels and feeling like crap after exercise. You might mention it to your doctor. It couldn't hurt. emoticon
    2065 days ago
    Debbie, I suffer from fibromyalgia, there are some great low impact exercises that work great for me. I do these regularly, and I find now that I'm sorer when I don't do them. Hope these help, just copy and paste links. The first one is a 12 min cardio, the other 2 are strength training ones. all from spark people. Start at your own ability, I started by doing 10 mins cardio and 10 min st training , now I'm up to 20 mins cardio and 20 mins st training 6 days a week. It is possible. If I can do it anyone can.
    2065 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/28/2012 5:02:14 PM
    I'm going to give you a suggestion that you aren't going to like and most likely won't be willing to try. I had a 4 years battle with chronic fatigue syndrome about 15 years ago. What finally brought me slowly out of it was a whole food eating program - lots of fruits and non-starchy veggies, much of it raw, ONLY whole grains (nothing white) and not too many of them. For me it was something I stumbled on after a ton of online research but that sort of diet is similar to what I'm hearing a lot about now - Wheat Belly, Paleo, Eat to Live.... It might at least be worth some research on your part?? You are most likely dealing with inflammation - the question is how to stop it. Best of luck to you - I TRULY feel your pain!!
    2065 days ago
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