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Old 01-13-2004, 09:26 AM   #1
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Question feel 'bad' and weak after any exercise

Hello. I am writing because of my husband who is 44. He has seen many doc's with no answer.....but not a neurologist. Any time he exercises, he feels 'bad' and overall fatigued for hours. It is not specific to one muscle group; and he has a hard time describing the symptoms. He just has to sit or lie down for hours. It is worse after weight training, which he stopped. But also happens after walking on the treadmill, and sometimes after yard work.
Does anyone know what this could be?
What kind of specialist should he see?
His Primary Care doc has no answers.....his blood pressure is good.
He does suffer from GERD.
He also has upper back pain along the spine....but could be from years of heavy weight lifting.
Thanks for your help.

 
Old 01-25-2004, 08:32 AM   #2
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Hi, I start by having him go in for a stress test. THe tests where they measure his heart activity while on a treadmill.

 
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Old 01-27-2004, 07:55 AM   #3
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Re: feel 'bad' and weak after any exercise

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Hi, I start by having him go in for a stress test. THe tests where they measure his heart activity while on a treadmill.
Thanks for your input.
He has had two stress tests with the cardiologist. Each was normal.

It's wierd because he feels fine while he is exercising. It's not until afterward that he starts to feel fatigue and light-headedness. I thought maybe it was just because he was 'out of shape' but you would think that would affect him during the exercise, not later. So I had him start walking on the treadmill regularly for a couple weeks thinking the symptoms would go away if he got in 'better shape.' But they didn't. And he doesn't want to exercise because it makes him feel so bad for hours. Not exactly incentive to exercise.

This has been so frustrating.
I don't know what kind of doctor he needs to see.

 
Old 03-16-2004, 09:42 PM   #4
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Thanks for your input.
He has had two stress tests with the cardiologist. Each was normal.

It's wierd because he feels fine while he is exercising. It's not until afterward that he starts to feel fatigue and light-headedness. I thought maybe it was just because he was 'out of shape' but you would think that would affect him during the exercise, not later. So I had him start walking on the treadmill regularly for a couple weeks thinking the symptoms would go away if he got in 'better shape.' But they didn't. And he doesn't want to exercise because it makes him feel so bad for hours. Not exactly incentive to exercise.

This has been so frustrating.
I don't know what kind of doctor he needs to see.
I am not sure if you will ever read this, I hope you do. I don't have any answers, but I can tell you that I have similar problems. I am 33 years old and workout 4 days a week. I often feel really tired and run down, even sick after working out. I started having strange health problems about 5 years ago and these health problems started right after a really stressful period in my life. It is frustrating, but I would recommend that your husband go to a neurologist and do low impact excercises. God bless!

 
Old 04-21-2004, 07:31 PM   #5
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Re: feel 'bad' and weak after any exercise

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Hello. I am writing because of my husband who is 44. He has seen many doc's with no answer.....but not a neurologist. Any time he exercises, he feels 'bad' and overall fatigued for hours. It is not specific to one muscle group; and he has a hard time describing the symptoms. He just has to sit or lie down for hours. It is worse after weight training, which he stopped. But also happens after walking on the treadmill, and sometimes after yard work.
Does anyone know what this could be?
What kind of specialist should he see?
His Primary Care doc has no answers.....his blood pressure is good.
He does suffer from GERD.
He also has upper back pain along the spine....but could be from years of heavy weight lifting.
Thanks for your help.

He should see a neurologist (preferrably specializing in neuromuscular disorders). They should be able to rule out any muscle disease and may be able to diagnose him.

I have a rare neuromuscular disorder and these symptoms sound familiar.

 
Old 04-26-2004, 06:11 PM   #6
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I had the same symptoms 5 years ago fatigue with exercise and after weight lifting it would get worst. after 3 years I was diagnosed with CFIDS. But it all started with fatigue after exercise. Get tested for epstein bar virus. I wish if some one would have detected all that 3 years ago. I would have been much better. My stress test was perfect. Malic Acid can realy help for the muscles to recover faster. Hope he feels better.

 
Old 05-08-2004, 01:18 PM   #7
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I'm a male age 50 and have had the same symptoms for about 3yrs. now. It seemed to start after the company i worked at for 23 yrs. closed and i also got divorsed the same year. In other word i was very stressed out. I get weak while even mowing my small yard and it even hit me after 9 holes of golf. I was in pretty good shape before this, i'm six feet tall and weigh 180 and walk all the time. I too have had every test done including a stress/echo and full blood and urinalisis. Everything is perfect and my Doctor doesn't know what else to do for me. I hate feeling like this and miss golfing with my buddies. We used to golf 27 holes somedays carrying our bags!!!

 
Old 05-13-2004, 05:14 PM   #8
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Interestingly, when I saw the first message in this thread, I thought of my own health issues, which happened to be brought on by stress as well as the writer of this response! Run, don't walk, to buy Adrenal Fatigue, 21st Century Syndrome (I think that's the subtitle). I read Dr. Lee's book, What Your Dr. May Not Tell You About Premenopause and began to understand how many factors in our life effects hormone levels--not just reproductive hormones--but the entire endocrine system can be thrown off. I found a great Dr. (this is rare for this one) who does saliva testing for detecting hormone levels and has a good understanding of natural hormone balance and the intricate connections between endocrine and reproductive hormones, etc.. She recommended the Adrenal Fatigue book (can't remember the author, as it's on lend right now). I believe this is a fairly common problem but hasn't been recognized by the conventional medical community yet. You may want to see a naturopath if you can't find a Dr. in your area who understands this issue. Also hypoglycemia can cause the symptoms--interestingly, adrenal hormone imbalance can also cause hypoglycemia as well. Check it out. If this is the case for you, diet, lifestyle, stress management, and herbal support as well as possibly natural progesterone cream can do wonders over time. Bless you.

 
Old 05-13-2004, 05:33 PM   #9
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I mentioned this in response to another post on this thread, but I'll mention it again here in case you don't see it. In my personal experience, I've discovered that both hypoglycemia as well as adrenal fatigue (imbalance in adrenal hormone levels) can cause these symptoms (adrenal fatigue can also cause hypoglycemia). There is a book called Adrenal Fatigue, 21st Century Syndrome (can't remember the author because it's on lend at the moment) that talks about this issue in depth. I believe this is fairly common--I know a few people with these symptoms and for me and the other people I know with this, the recommendations in the book are helpful. Lifestyle, diet, stress management, and herbal support (as well as natural hormone replacement--if you can find a naturopath or Dr. who understands how to test acurately for this and uses a compound pharmacy to provide a personalized natural hormone therapy for your husband) can make a big difference over time. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is thought to be also related to Adrenal Fatigue. Adrenal fatigue can occur after a bout of chronic stress or illness, or just over-doing life for a time--the adrenals just can't keep up with the demand placed on them and they lose the ability to regulate cortisol and other hormone levels, resulting in fatigue as well as other symptoms (inability to cope with stress, insomnia, hypoglycemia--the whole endocrine system can be effected, reproducive hormone imbalance for women, and others are possible symptoms). It would be worth checking out the possibility. I believe that someday this will be a commonly diagnosed syndrome with well know treatment protocols as awareness grows. My understanding (from the book mentioned before) is that it was actually a common medical diagnosis early in the 20th century after a dangerous flu epidemic devestated many people and left them with these type of symptoms. There was also standard treatment protocols until the pharmaceutical industry began manufacturing synthetic drugs and hormones (cortisone)--then the natural method was abandoned and eventually the understanding of adrenal fatigue became pretty much lost to the medical community. Even now most endocrinologists don't recognize this unless a person has diagnosable addisons disease (and by then the adrenals are destroyed). A naturopath may be the best option if you seek professional treatment.

 
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