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Old 02-05-2013, 02:19 AM   #1
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Exercise and CFS - please reply


I am having a serious dilemma, I'm paying my gym monthly but I just can't face going to the gym, so I need to decide whether to cancel my membership I always feel worse after exercise and I now truly believe I have CFS.

I have researched and some sites say NO exercise and others say gradual exercise... So which is it?! Should one exercise with CFS or not?


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Old 02-11-2013, 02:22 PM   #2
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Re: Exercise and CFS - please reply

Hello GagaMama,

The only accurate (or at least brief) answer to your question regarding exercise and CFS is "it depends". For patients who are less seriously affected, exercise may be helpful -- as long as it does not increase the number and severity of symptoms. For others (eg. those whose capacity has been reduced to less than 50 percent of their pre-illness activity level), exercise beyond that required for the basic activities of daily living is rarely helpful. If you feel worse after exercising, and especially if it takes you more than a day to recover, you are doing too much.

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Old 02-12-2013, 10:33 PM   #3
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Hi Samz, I have been to the Doctor several times now - have had blood, thyriod and the usual physical check up done. It all comes back normal, started on anti-depressants to rule that out (have been taking Wellbutrin 300 XL for 4 weeks now). It also helped me to stop smoking which I was concerned was causing the fatigue but after 3 weeks of not smoking I still feel the same. I suffer from sinusitis but have been taking anti-histamines and nasal spray to rule that out (even stopped taking them as I was concerned they were making me fatigued but nothing changed).

I felt good on Monday so I went back to gym, I felt fine after gym but then yesterday I didn't feel so great at all but went to gym and then didn't feel so great after gym!

Old 02-17-2013, 09:50 AM   #4
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I have a hard time with calesthenics, but walking is easy for me. I can't do the gym thing, because it involves short bursts of intense activity, which causes me not to be able to breathe, but I can walk for miles with no serious side effects. If you can get a doctor to write you an excuse, you may be able to get refunded some of your gym membership monies.

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