Reply To: exercise

May 9, 2012 at 9:42 am

I basically can’t exercise anymore. Any exertion for more than a minute or two starts making my muscles sore, and my Dr. was very specific that I have to stop immediately if that happens. So although I would like to exercise more, I can’t. Even just standing for like 10-15 minutes starts to get my muscles sore.

But I also have a problem with knee joint pain. This is to be expected, because my leg muscles are weak, which puts a lot of stress on my knees. Swimming is a good exercise if you have joint pain, especially in your knees. But for me that’s a non-starter just due to my muscles getting tired quickly.

The other thing to consider is what’s causing your muscle pain. My Dr. gave me a prescription for Klonopin, which I found helpful on days where I really stressed my muscles. It’s normally given for epilepsy, but one of the side effects is that it will relax your muscles…which is helpful if you’re getting cramps! And it also makes you sleepy, so it’s great if the muscle cramping is preventing you from sleeping.

But ultimately, I stopped taking it because Klonopin is potentially habit-forming, and I didn’t want to take too much of it and risk that. So even though it was helpful, I just would rather not take it.