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I have recently been diagnosed with CFS. I used to be very active at the gym - especially cycling and swimming, I tried swimming a couple of times this week - just half a mile a time, which is a fraction of what I used to do, and it has completely wiped me out. Does anyone have a good phased exercise plan?
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If you have a diagnosis of CFS has your doctor referred you to a ME/CFS clinic?!
Graded Exercise Therapy(GET) has been used to treat people with CFS with very mixed results, with many patients getting worse rather than better.
Exercise that wipes you out will probably make your symptoms worse and you will relapse.
you need to read up on "Pacing" the term is used to describe how to pace yourself
without making your symptoms worse.
This can be a really difficult process to get your head around especially when you have always been so athletic.
If you have been fortunate enough to be diagnosed early, i.e. within 6months of your first symptoms and you rest for long periods and cut back on exercise you may recover.
The major problem with this condition is if you push yourself too hard you can get stuck in a cycle of relapsing!
Research CFS on the internet there are various associations with good info
and good luck
The trouble with things like swimming is that just getting there/getting changed/etc can take a lot of energy. Exercises at home can be easier to do in small bursts and let you avoid muscles you've already been using more than normal. Walking can be fitted into people's days easily. Good luck finding what works best for you.
Exercise is important but ALWAYS do a minimal amount, NEVER over exert yourself.
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