Exercise and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
There is a school of thought that says if people with CFS would exercise more they wouldn’t be as sick. They are probably underconditioned so the theory goes. Recent research has proven what people with CFS have known all along — exercise makes them significantly sicker. It can cause crashes that leave them bedridden for days if not weeks.
Some organizations are promoting graded exercise therapy, or GET, as a treatment for CFS. It is my contention that insurance companies and those with a vested money interest are involved in keeping that idea alive. If a person with CFS can get better from exercise, then insurance companies can force them to exercise and not have to pay out disability. But for every press release that goes out telling those with CFS they should exercise, you can find a scientific study proving just the opposite.
People suffering from CFS may feel great while they are exercising, but within 24 to 48 hours the pay back begins. The chart below shows what happens to different protein levels in healthy individuals and those with CFS when they exercise. At the top of the chart you see the healthy controls. At the bottom of the chart, you see what happens to people with CFS.
This chart speaks volumes about exercise and CFS. You don’t need to be a scientist to figure out there is a big difference between the control group and the CFS group.
Testing ~ Day 2 Tells the Story
Cort Johnson has a great explanation of what goes on in the body of people with CFS during exercise. It’s not the first bout of exercise that tells the story ~it’s what happens afterwards. People with CFS have a dramatic reduction in their ability to exercise on the second day. You can read Cort’s explanation by following the link below.