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Exercise and autoimmune diseases
Hola,
I have asked my Dr these questions but he has no idea what is going on with me let alone how to advise me...yes I am seeking a second opinion..However I am sure there are some people out there who have similar issues and maybe they can help. I have been diagnosed with Lupus, a Connective tissue disease, and they are thinking of adding MS and Lyme disease to the mix..they are also pretty sure they shot my thyroid with all their guess work medication. Most of my symptoms are under control..the one symptom I cannot tolerate very well is the pain, numbness and tingling in my hands. I cannot put pressure on my hands without extreme pain..numbness I can work through..pain beyond belief I cannot (and I have had kids before so pain is rated differently now a days)..I cannot be in the push up position because my hands hurt too much. I was in the Army..I am used to push ups!!! but I cannot seem to get my hands to work. I have no idea what to do and neither does my Dr..does anyone have any advice other than seek a second opinion...which I have that appointment on the 5th of Jan.
Thank you.
AFrancke
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RE: Exercise and autoimmune diseases
12/28/11 5:52 PM as a reply to AFrancke.
Hi AFrancke,

First...welcome to our community! It's nice to have you here.

I certainly don't profess to be an expert on autoimmune disease, but your question certainly hits close to home for me - my brother suffers from Myasthenia Gravis, which is an autoimmune disease that attacks the chemical between neurons and the muscle fibers.

You may have already scoured the internet for various nutritional resources, but there appears to be a movement afoot to remedy autoimmune disease through superior nutrition. Crohn's Disease comes to mind in this instance (although some describe it as a disease of immune deficiency, rather than an autoimmune disease). Jordan Rubin wrote extensively about his experience with severe Crohn's Disease and how he fought his way back to health through his years-long quest to heal through nutrition. If you haven't done a lot of research thus far, you can google his name for more information. I know Crohn's isn't what you're facing, but reading his story may send you down a productive path along this line. Also, Shakeology is an excellent, nutrient-rich shake - it may help in your situation.

For what it's worth, I certainly hope this helps...and I hope that your appointment on the 5th gives you some more insight and progress into treating your hand function.

Just wanted to let you know that we're rooting for you out here in the Team Beachbody community - keep us posted on your progress and if there is anything we can do to help, just let us know - even if it's just to listen.

Jennifer
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12/29/11 9:23 AM as a reply to AFrancke.
I'm really sorry to hear about your troubles. These kinds of conditions are very difficult. I have no expertise to share about autoimmune diseases but I'd encourage you to keep doing whatever exercise you are able to manage. It really will help head off the mental burden that comes with dealing with a difficult medical condition and your body will continue generating endorphins that will help with the chronic pain.
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12/29/11 1:04 PM as a reply to HolosFitness.
Thank you so very much for your kind words and your advice. I will definitely be doing more research. I will keep you posted. Thank you again for your kind words and encouragement.
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12/29/11 1:06 PM as a reply to AdStaffAndrew.
I appreciate the encouragement. I am sure we all have our struggles and as long as we can encourage and motivate each other I am sure we can over come many obstacles.
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1/14/12 6:24 AM as a reply to AFrancke.
Auto Immune diseases are tricky because the symptoms can be very similar in them. I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's (thyroid diseases) and have the symptoms of MS. My sister also has MS, she actually went blind temporarily but I have to wonder if it was due to the new medicines they had her on ( a side affect) or was it really the disease. I REFUSE to be a test agent for doctors so as long as I can bare with the symptoms I am all good. I do have relapses still, the headaches that last for days as a time, the cold hands and feet, numbness and tingling, heart palpitations, trouble breathing at times, and loss of balance (almost smacked my face into a brick wall yesterday walking into the store), and of course the fatigue.

I have no advise for you except to listen to you body. You know when you need to rest and take it easy, you know if you REALLY can't do push ups today.

Let us know what they find out. Oh, that was another think I was told was that once yo have one auto immune diseases you are more susceptible to get others...isn't that nice? NOT! Take care of you..do what is best for you and your body, exercise when you can, eat right, and keep taking the Shakeology!
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1/23/12 8:39 AM as a reply to AFrancke.
Hi,
I too have Lupus.. I have had it for 19 years. I m also a family nurse practitioner. In addition I just ordered Shakeology and the Brazilian butt workout. Have they tarted you on any disease modifiers to calm down the ymtoms..like methotrexate or plaqenil? Unfortunately the discomfort and fatigue from lupus ont go away. I look at it this way..there are worse things I could have wrng with me. I also have Celiac disease, and I have found that gluten really aggravates my lupus symptoms..so try cutting out gluten. Also know that by doing these workouts you are doing great things for your body..it should help with the arthritis pain. Like the others said, listen to your body. Alo avoid sodas including diet ones . Drink plenty of water. You may have to mdiy the workouts for your comfort level. You can do it!
I am starting training for an ultra marathon in October, and I thought that these workouts would be a good start during these winter months.
Zazzi
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12/19/12 8:17 AM as a reply to JenniWhip.
I would like to speak with you Jenny. I am going through something similar now and am a workout freak and eat clean lol. Honestly, I am trying to get into body building and get back to boxing comps. but to think that all my working out and supplements could cause this to happen? I have heard that years of hard working out and taking OTC supplements caused this to happen to me because of high stress on my body. I do a lot of beachbody programs and love it...but did I over do it? Am I causing my body to slowly die off due to the amount of stress I put on it with say...Asylum hybrids and body beast...not to mention my supplemtents to help me boost my workouts? This sucks. And now I am having to look at elimination gluten, dairy, and go Paleo (again..sigh.
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12/19/12 9:22 AM as a reply to littleowl.
since this topic is almost a year old now you'll probably have better luck by sending Jenni a friend request and private messaging her. Good luck with your search for information.
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