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Exercise Testing at Dr Klimas' private clinic -- completely painless (!!!)

Discussion in 'ME/CFS Doctors' started by SOC, Mar 4, 2012.

  1. SOC

    SOC

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    I saw Dr Rey and the exercise physiologist at Dr Klimas' private clinic. Both are highly intelligent, kind, and sympathetic. :D

    I did the exercise testing 6-7 years ago at The Hunter-Hopkins Clinic. It killed me. Well, okay, not quite. :D But it was painful in the moment and gave me a crash in the longer term. It was worth it to find out my anaerobic threshold (AT) though, because I soon discovered that nearly everything I did exceeded my AT, so I was continuously overdoing, even when I though I was taking it very easy. I had to completely retrain myself in order not to overdo.

    The exercise testing at Dr Klimas' private clinic was not physically stressful at all. Yes, I had to ride the bike, but at no time was the effort beyond what I considered very easy. I was hardly pushing the pedals at all -- very little effort. I'm not bedbound these days unless I have an extra stressor -- an infection, overdoing -- but I'm severely limited in how much activity I can do. For example, I can't even do light housework without exceeding my AT. Even 6 mins of the most basic yoga exceeds my AT. So for me to say this was easy means it really was super easy. The whole bike ride was 3 minutes of very, very easy pedaling.

    I'm not sure this testing would work for disability assessments because we didn't do the VOmax bit. You'd have to ask about that.

    I don't have the "exercise" program, yet, but from everything I understood, it sounds completely manageable. I was something of a skeptic at first, but I've been won over (for the moment, anyway). I'll keep you posted on how it works for me.
     
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    So this testing is so you know how much exercsie to do for yourself?

    GG

    PS What did they monitor? Blood pressure? EKG?
     
  3. SOC

    SOC

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    Yes, I believe the information will allow me to manage my activity better. To be honest, I was sick with food poisoning at the time, so my attention was not fully on what was going on. :D When I get my written evaluation and activity plan -- some time this week, I hope -- I'll update this thread with better info.
     
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    SpecialK82 Ohio, USA

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    very interesting SOC, I didn't know that the tests were different dependent of the doctor office performing it. I had the test at Hunter Hopkins and I agree with you, it was a bear. I'll be curious to hear what info was ascertained with the method employed at Dr. Klimas office. I suppose then they didn't do a repeat test the day after which, as I understand, is done at HHC now.
     
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    I'm keen to hear what they recommend too. And if you're willing to post the results of your exercise test, that would be really interesting. Didn't Dr Klimas do a couple of exercise videos at some point?
     

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