Extreme aerobic exercise and improvement in symptoms

Using exercise and physical therapy for recovery from the effects of MS, and for maintaining physical function.
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Extreme aerobic exercise and improvement in symptoms

Post by Butter76 » Wed Oct 10, 2012 7:43 pm

Like many people with MS, I have been told by my physicians not to exercise to exhaustion. I did that anyway because I am a passionate amatuer athlete (marathons, triathlons, figure skating, skiing, etc.), and I was willing to pay the price to do what I love.
I have heard that patients with MS who get exhausted can have fatigue that wipes them out for hours or even days.
That's not what happened to me. I have been doing spin classes and really pushing myself. What happened is that feeling started to return to my legs and my walking distance improved dramatically. My cognition improved. The effect was both temporary and cumulative.
I do wonder if this effect is similar to that of Parkinson's patients who experience forced exercise (http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/10/1 ... the-brain/ )

My question for you: has anyone else had this kind of benefit from extreme aerobic exercise or is it just me?


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Re: Extreme aerobic exercise and improvement in symptoms

Post by Pesho » Thu Oct 11, 2012 12:18 pm

I have some improvements from weightlifting. Not for walking, which is not that bad at the moment. But for mental health and general condition. I'm not pushing myself to the limits, at least not for now, I've just started working out a month ago :). We will see in the future how it goes, planing to include a lot of running, just too lazy now :).

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