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exercise exacerbates symptoms

Nov 16, 2016 10:22 AM

So my doc wants me to exercise more, thirty minute walks everyday is all she required. I knew from previous experience that when I exercise I get very fatigued, I eek like my legs are disappearing, I literally look for them and repeat to myself my legs are there, I am in pain as if I lifted weights, my muscles cramp, spasm, and I become really slow and sluggish. My legs also become very restless like a two year old that has to pee!

So I created a new schedule, three days a week, the first day went fairly OK, I started to have pain, in my legs. I begin to feel worn out and tired. I started to sigh a lot.

Second day, my trigeminal neuralgia is increased in pain, I can't talk much today, my back is having spasms, I had restless legs so much so that I could not sleep! I'm so tired and drained. I do not feel good at all.

Because I'm overweight I think the doctors think I don't want to exercise. They continue to stress to me their plan for me even when I explain that somehow I'm sicker when I exercise.

I weighed less than I do now before I started medications etc. I'm forty lbs heavier than I was two years ago. I'm not sure how to convince them that I don't sit around and eat bun buns all day!

Nov 16, 2016 11:16 AM

Don't start with 30 minutes. Start with about 5 minutes of dedicated walk time and slowly work your way up. When that doesn't cause problems then either increase a minute or so or add another time slot of dedicated walk time in the day.
The 30 minutes doesn't have to be all at once and it doesn't have to happen right away.
When you start to feel worse stop, take a rest and continue later that day.
Also look at what you are walking on and your shoes. I can't walk on hard surfaces even if im wearing good shoes. Some tracks are softer, the elliptical or bike are low impact, some treadmills are ok some are bad, walking around the block is a no go for me unless i stay on the grass.
The point of exercising isn't too make the pain go away, although sometimes that's a side benefit. It's to keep your muscles from atrophy and keep your joints moving. If your muscles are strong your joints are properly supported they won't wear down so fast.
The key is to start low and go slow. It's taken me years (6ish) but I'm up to an hour on the elliptical.

Nov 16, 2016 11:23 AM

MrsInvisiBell, I have vein issues in my legs and pelvis, which makes it very difficult for me to exercise, even a gentle slow walk, for 30 minute stints. Instead i do the 10-minute or two 15-minute walks. Some days I just can't walk at all, and I notate it in my diary of why. Slow & steady. Hugs love & prayers! 🙂💕🙏🌸

Nov 16, 2016 12:05 PM

Just make sure you PACE yourself....exactly as said above... and try getting some Hydrotherapy!!

Nov 16, 2016 1:26 PM

Hydrotherapy is water based therapy which will be so much easier on your joints and muscles. If you have a swimming pool near and they do an easy aqua aerobics to start with, that might be easier and more gentle for you.

Sending you positive vibes xx

Nov 17, 2016 12:06 AM

Hydrotherapy pools are heated to around 34-36 celcius, because it's so much warmer you become mire buoyant because the water pressure is greater, this means everything is lighter so it's easier to exercise because you don't have to put as much effort in. Dunno what Country you're in but here in the U.K. You can ask your GP if they can refer you, other countries I'm not sure

Nov 17, 2016 2:05 PM

Gotobef - excellent advise. Or if you have a gym where you can get a membership walking in an indoor heated pool also helps.

Nov 17, 2016 2:37 PM

I know it sounds crazy but put any bar of soap under your sheets at the foot of your bed. It's stops restless legs. I used to get it a lot. I haven't had the problem since I did that.

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