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Exercise Helping

PostPosted: May 31st, 2010, 11:26 pm
by Amicus
Hi everyone,

I have had BFS along with muscle cramping for about 7 years. I have a certain amount of exercise intolerance -- I feel sore after anything that is mildly strenuous, like a brisk walk. A friend of mine introduced me to this strength training site, going on and on about how easy the program was, and how it makes strength training doable for even the most out of shape person. Having allowed myself to become really deconditioned, in addition to putting on a bit of weight, I figured I'd give it a go, not having high hopes.

Well, it's been 4 weeks, and even though I started off on wimp level for two of the programs (pushup and crunches), I have noticed a marked improvement in strength, without much discomfort. But the most curious thing I've noticed, is a reduction in my cramping, and the amount of fasciculations. I never expected that! I've had this hot spot on the left side of my back, near my underarm, which has twitched and ached for years, often waking me from a sound sleep, and killing me if I sit for any extensive period of time without the support of a chair. Well, I'm pleased to say it's about 85% better. The cramping is pretty much gone, with occasional twitching. Also, my lats are a lot looser -- there was a period where my sides would get very stiff, and cramp right up, mostly on the left side. I have really bad cramping problems with my quads too, again, mostly on the left, and am starting week three of the squats -- even though I've been really sore, the cramping seems to be abating too. It will be interesting to see what happens the further I get along.

Anyway, I figured I'd drop the link to see if anyone else notices the same. Hope it helps.