I woke up because every muscle in my body is on fire.
I did ten minutes of light yoga and walked 9k steps yesterday. The day before, I completed four exercises with 6lb weights or body weights.
This isn’t DOMS. This is an autoimmune flare.
Sunday, I felt great. Good enough to do some light exercise. I had no pain and decided to get back on the strength training wagon. On my best weeks, I can strength train once a week.
Because this happens every. Time.
I can walk fifteen miles, no problem, and tread water for days. But God Forbid I throw around a 6lb weight.
I just want to keep my body healthy. I want to move my body in ways that gently strengthen it. Is that so much to ask?
I don’t know if I’m doing more harm than good when my body aches in the stillness. I am clinging to stories from other people with my illness who claim that exercise makes them feel better, not worse. Perhaps this is just the initial shock.
Heat isn’t helping and neither is ibuprofen. I’m going to try a supplement (Betaine) that some friends with other autoimmune illnesses have mentioned help. Some limited studies seem to support the idea that I may hurt less with it, but I remain skeptical.
This is so frustrating. I just want to sleep.
I wonder how long I have until merely walking and swimming might do this to me, and then I both miss and better understand my mother.
Still fighting the good fight today. I’m tired.