Exercise has always been really tiring for me. but I’m having a bad problem with it right now. Because of the amount of pain I’m in all the time, especially with my headaches, and the heart palpitations and breathing troubles I’ve been having from the solu-medrol, exercise has been nearly impossible for me. It gets so bad sometimes I can’t even go for a walk without some sort of consequences afterward.
This has caused my muscles to atrophy pretty badly. I still try really hard to do some sort of exercise, but I always end up paying for it, no matter how small the activity is. On Monday, I did a five-minute Tai Chi routine, and I’m still sore from it. Not just regular sore, but like “my legs shake and burn when I go up some stairs” sore. It’s fucking ridiculous. I come from an athletic family and was athletic before I was dealing with all this stuff so it’s really hard for me to be a “sit on the couch” person.
Rather than get frustrated, I’m going to be productive about it. I’m going to talk to my doctors about exercise rehabilitation and physical therapy. I’ve lost so much strength to the point where it’s hard to do everyday things like “use a can-opener” and I think this level of muscle fatigue could be contributing to my pain. It sucks because exercise also causes a lot of pain and soreness, to the point where I lose sleep because I hurt too much. I don’t know how I’m going to get through it but I don’t have a choice. I need my muscle back. No buts about it.