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a dysautonomiac exercises at home…

a dysautonomiac exercises at home…

Because I have dragged you all through numerous posts about exercise, like this and this, I kind of feel like you’re along for the entire journey, and I owe you status reports. You’re like my spotters, and I owe you a thick, goopy protein shake for keeping me motivated. So, drink up, friends. I have a Fitbit. I know…..who doesn’t, right? When I first quit the gym and  began working out at home, I set a daily “steps” goal. I…

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so this is what pride feels like…

so this is what pride feels like…

Ever since I was diagnosed with postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS), I have experienced an array of emotions: fear, contentment, embarrassment, disappointment…and certainly happiness. However, it is not often that I feel proud of myself. There just aren’t many opportunities for pride. My limited hours at work and my cognitive and memory issues aren’t exactly winning me any “lawyer of the year” awards. Other than to head to my office and the occasional tedious store stop, I do not leave home often.  I…

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a dysautonomiac walks into a gym…

a dysautonomiac walks into a gym…

I have talked about the difficulties of exercising in a previous post, and as it’s a constant battle, will probably post many more.  I have put on some weight since my dysautonomia diagnosis from a combination of inactivity and medication.  In fact, when I stepped on the scale just a few weeks ago, I weighed more than I ever had in my life.  Besides feeling like it wasn’t helping at all, weight gain was one of my motivations for stopping…

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exercising like a(n elderly) boss…

exercising like a(n elderly) boss…

I’ve been tai chi’ing like a grandma. Wait…..let me back up. As you may remember from a post earlier this year, my goal for 2013 is to find an exercise program that works for my illnesses. Exercise intolerance is a primary symptom of both dysautonomia and ME/CFS. Even the simplest exercises are very difficult. Last summer I tried swimming therapy for exercise and really enjoyed it.  Because the hydrostatic pressure from the water promotes circulation, I actually feel fairly “normal”…

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exercise (in)tolerant…

exercise (in)tolerant…

After my last two posts, you are no doubt now very familiar with my exercise plight.  In this post I will finally share my formulated plan to address my exercise intolerance, and perhaps begin to tolerate it. But first, because this post involves information that could be misinterpreted as medical advice, I must issue a disclaimer: The information in this post, including any information available through links, is provided for information purposes only and is not intended as medical advice….

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spaceman’s disease…

spaceman’s disease…

This is Part 1 of what will probably be a two part post about deconditioning and exercise. Hope you’re in the mood for a science lesson 🙂 —– “POTS” is kind of a stupid name for an illness. There, I said it. I’m sure you were all thinking it. I’ve noticed that when I comment on Twitter about having POTS, I get at least a few followers whose profile contains a picture of a big fat marijuana leaf. My condition…

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