For people suffering from Orthostatic Intolerance, Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia, Mast Cell Activtation or EDS. Follow me as I document my struggle towards better health.

Day 63

I am still feeling better! Energy level is still low.  I seem to have just enough power to get through my exercises, get the minimum amount of housework/laundry done (thankless tasks) and drive kids around to their activities.  Anything activities in addition to the routine and I get extremely fatigued and it takes a couple of days to recover.  It's like living on the edge of a knife- it's not difficult to fall off.

My exercises currently consist of cardio, between 35-45 minutes in either the 135bpm or 145bpm zones with 10 minutes warm-up and cool-down.  Almost every other day I have weight training.  I do miss an exercise day here or there because of fatigue but I usually make up for the missed day fairly quickly.

Yesterday was one of THOSE days when I fell off the edge.  It was tiring just to breathe. Too bad we couldn't have an energy indicator on the forehead that turns black when your energy is low and green when you're ok.  Because even when you're dropping dead from fatigue you still look "normal".

Soldier on!

4 comments:

  1. Is the fatigue supposed to get better?
    When you eat salt do you just add 10,000 mgs or do you try to figure out how much is already in your food and then add accordingly?

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  2. Yes, the fatigue is supposed to get better...hopefully soon! Did you see my page "lotsa salt diet"? It gives lots of pointers on eating food with your salt. I also have a post with a sample daily diet.

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  3. I am so intrigued by this approach to POTS. When you say you feel better, but the fatigue is really bad, can you explain in what ways you feel better?

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  4. Hi Lesley - Yes I can explain. When I started the protocol I had difficulty getting up the stairs to the gym floor because of dizziness, brain fog and the real possibility of passing out. After doing my exercises my blood pressure was even more unstable and I would not be able to stand upright.

    Now I can march up the stairs and stand tall after my exercises. The dizziness is much better although I still have moments where it returns. Brain fog only occasionally. The pain in my hands and feet have improved.

    All that said, when I finish my exercises I am bone tired. The fatigue is severe although my hr and bp are more stable. I anticipate that as my body becomes more conditioned the fatigue will be less.

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