Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Post Exertional Malaise

I spent Saturday teaching a class at Whole Lotta Scrap in Norman.  The students were making a complicated chipboard book and I was really stressing over the class and looking back I wish I had just gone ahead and cut everything for them so I wouldn't have had to stress that everyone got their cuts correctly done!

We had scheduled the class to coincide with the crop that night so everyone would have adequate time to work on the book and that I would be available to all for questions and assistance.  The book was not a book for first timers to attempt but out of 8 students 4 were first timers which added to my stress.  I was on my feet most of the 11 hours and I  have been in misery ever since.  I knew that stress and exercise were not my friends with the CFS/ME and FM but I also felt so much stronger then I have in a long time and I figured I would handle it.  NOT!  I have been in and out of bed the past 3 days and nothing seems to alleviate the back and leg pains except laying down.  My neck, hips, back, and ribs are a hot bed...literally warm to the touch and tender.  I have taken Lortab to help with my arthritic pain and ibuprofen to help with the other but it is still a trial.

I got up a few minutes ago to read emails and get something to drink and ran across this post by Research 1st regarding Post Exertianal Malaise (PEM) and it defines for me what is going on in my body.  If you get a chance check it out...Post-Exertional Malaise: Perception and Reality. or if that link doesn't work plug this into your brower...


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