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    Muscles constantly a challenge

    Asked by myb on Saturday, March 9, 2013

    Muscles constantly a challenge

    Does anyone else feel like me when you first get up in the morning or after a much still needed nap, that every muscle is so slow to get going? I am coming up on my 6 month anniversary after chemo and feel like I am still battling the effect of the drugs in my body. I've been doing the Livestrong program since January 3 days a week, but I'm not getting ahead of the curve yet.

    I'm also not quite sure why I take a nap because the after effect is not feeling refreshed, but fighting a fog that comes over me per se. It's just that my body says need a nap.

    Can you tell I just woke up from a nap?

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    • SueRae1's Avatar

      Yep, takes me a long time to get going whenever i wake up. At first it was very frustrating because i use to be one of those "Jump out of bed, bet to the gym by 7:00 AM people" Now I need a min of 15-30 min just to contemplate getting out of bed. I just listen to my body, I stay active, but I do light exercise, mostly walking, Pilates, and Yoga in the late morning or early afternoon. Every once in a while I'll do something in 4-6 pm time frame. Listen to your body, when i don't I really regret it the next few days.

      over 3 years ago
    • myb's Avatar

      Thanks Sue Rae! I used to be a morning person too, not anymore!

      The Livestrong program is great as starts at 1:15pm and goes for an hour or so 3 days a week. I then try to get back to the Y during the week at least 1 day to do another workout on the weight machines along with 10 min of cardio before and after followed by at least 5 min of slow walking. I find after sitting in my car for the 30 min ride home, I struggle to get moving again sometimes. Or I go for a 40 min walk if the weather is nice outside. I can't take the cold with my neuropathy issues.

      My Livestrong class ends mid April and am seriously concerned that I might start to regress if I don't keep that same level of activity. Do you ever get over the hump of chemo effects on your body?

      over 3 years ago
    • bbay65's Avatar

      I'm not in chemo, but other meds leave me exhausted by 2:00. Very foggy after nap. I can't believe I need this much sleep. I'm hoping to start Livestrong soon. I don't really have an answer. But, fatigue is common, and I think you have to listen to your body.

      over 3 years ago
    • CAS1's Avatar

      My muscles are really having a very hard time too. I have joint stifness and in general a harder time moving. Its not exercise as I am doing 45-80 min 5 days aweek on a tread at 12-13 incline with a H/R at 138, speed at 3.2 and I only have one lung from last July. Ended my chemo in December ( adjuvant)

      I have started taking SAM-e for joint support. I have had several personel trainers tell me they use it too.

      But staying focused and on track has been very difficult. And my body takes a long time to get up and moving too. I just don't think i will every be who I was before DX. I certainly won't have the lung capacity I had. I have to accept the new me and learn to work with it.

      Hey, i am grateful to be here.

      I was runnning a few times per week and in excellant shape at time of DX. No symptoms and boom..cancer DX

      over 3 years ago
    • LauraJo's Avatar

      Here I thought it was just old age & creakiness setting in :) I am a year & a half out from last chemo, and am in the gym 3 days a week, but I have noticed that when I am sitting or laying down for a long period, I am stiff getting up...I really thought it was just an age thing, but maybe not. I still have foot neuropathy, so maybe it is chemo related somehow. I don't know which is worse, side effect or old age!!

      over 3 years ago
    • nance's Avatar

      I feel just like that! In fact every morning when I get up I have to take a shower first before I do anytning. If I don't my body does not feel good. I also I wake up at 5;30am rather I want to or not. This is a real difference for me. Then like today even I lose words.....I know what I want to say and I can't remmeber the word. It is crazy! It been almost 3months since my last chemo treatment.

      over 3 years ago
    • dhall's Avatar

      I think we got a bingo! Been little over 6 months since my last chemo and lets just say I'm not the man I used to be....... Always did enjoy good afternoon naps but now a days it's more a part of life. I do think at minimum as mentioned by other question res-ponders - light exercise programs as much as tolerable!!

      over 3 years ago

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