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Repeat Test Reveals Dramatic Drop in ME/CFS Exercise Capacity

Discussion in 'Phoenix Rising Articles' started by Mark, Jul 29, 2013.

  1. Valentijn

    Valentijn Activity Level: 3

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    I've been using Yohimbe Fuel from Twinlab, and it seems to work quite well.

    I also tried Yohimbe Bark from Gaia Herbs, which my mom thinks is a good brand, and that also seemed to work. But it's an extract with an alcohol base, which might have been causing me some problems until I switched to Twinlab (headache and feeling a bit hung over).
    Twinlab says 400mg of bark per capsule, twice per day, which they claim is 8mg of Yohimbine (the active part of the yohimbe bark) per capsule. I do 1/4 of a capsule twice per day, so that's about 100mg of bark and 2mg of Yohimbine twice per day. Which gives me a daily total of 200mg of bark and 4mg of Yohimbine.

    A smaller dose might work, but I haven't tried it yet. Basically the 100mg dose isn't causing me any problems, and the stuff is dirt cheap, so I'm not worried saving cash. 4 bottles will last me over a year :D
    In the US, it shouldn't be too hard to find a doctor who is somewhat willing to investigate things. It might help to check websites for someone who likes to treat complex and chronic disease . . . autism, IBS, fibromyalgia, etc. Even if you can't find someone who knows much about ME/CFS, you might be able to find a doctor who isn't afraid of a challenge.
     
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  2. Valentijn

    Valentijn Activity Level: 3

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    Actually I would say:
    EP-in-EF-rin
    nor-EP-in-EF-rin

    But maybe that's more of an American thing. I'd have trouble putting the emphasis just on a single vowel.
     
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  3. peggy-sue

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    I would stress the E s. pronounced "eh" as in enjoy.

    I never say epinephrin(e) or norepinephrin(e).

    :confused: I do have a slightly Scottish accent - I also rrr-oll my rrr-s :p
     
  4. Little Bluestem

    Little Bluestem Senescent on the Illinois prairie, USA

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    In which case yohimbe is unlikely to be helpful?
     
  5. Valentijn

    Valentijn Activity Level: 3

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    Maybe unhelpful, maybe with harmful side effects from BP getting too high. If unsure, getting norepinephrine tested might be the way to go.
     
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    Conversely, or at least some have interpreted it that way, here is Nancy Klimas (hint: I suggest you watch the trailer and interpret it for yourselves):

     
  8. MeSci

    MeSci ME/CFS since 1995; activity level 6

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    Really? Then how have I improved so much without 'exercise'? And re the previous message, how have I improved in strength (don't know what 'functional strength' means) without exercise?

    I have been active, in my essential daily tasks, as usual, but not 'exercised' because there is no energy to spare after the essentials.
     
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  9. Bob

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    Thanks for posting both bits of info, Firestormm.

    Whenever I've seen Nancy Klimas talk about exercise, her emphasis is always on what is 'safe' for patients to do. She uses CPET tests and heart rate to determine what she considers to be safe for individual patients. So perhaps Klimas' exercise prescription is not so different to what VanNess recommends, but I don't know enough about either's recommendations to be able to compare them.

    I don't approve of the suggestion in Klimas' video that exercise is therapeutic, and leads to improvement, for obvious reasons.

    All the power walking and squats etc seen in the video are utterly inappropriate for an ME patient. (I think most of us would expect that level of activity to provoke a post-exertional flare-up.)
    Many of us participate in gentle activity, but if a 'patient' can do power-walking and squats etc, then I question if they actually have ME. (They don't seem to have much disability.)
    In my opinion, the level of exercise that is shown in the video is way out of proportion, in terms of what patients can be expected to do.

    Is it a promotional video for Klimas' clinic?
     
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    The Klimas approach is at least extremely useless for severe illness. If not dangerous even with the safeguards.
    I don't know how the ill patients managed exercise and daily living too.
    I have found brushing my teeth, getting dressed and feeding myself challenging.
    Showing people out power walking seems ridiculous to me.
    It would seem that they really don't have any idea of the symptoms we face and their severity.
     
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    Snowdrop, did you see the chap who was talking at the end, I can't remember his name. I actually remember speaking very similarly to him when I was at my worst, but I don't do that any longer, and it isn't through exercise specifically.

    I don't know what it is - but I think slowly building up again, and learning to manage, being able to sweep things aside and rest when I need to etc. all have helped me to improve over time. I think speech is one of more noticeable improvements commented on by others like my family.

    I have worked hard to regain some of my ability to function mentally again I think, through reading, writing (well typing really) and stuff, and I do take walks now, but I don't have any rigidity in my life really, I have routines but they are flexible of necessity.

    I think acceptance has finally paid dividends as well. Learning not to fight but not to surrender to it either. Of course I can't always avoid a crash but I can be more aware of when one is likely, and be prepared for it.

    Actually I am overdue a shower... been waiting for a phone call but better have one now before bed I think. Good luck to you :)
     
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  12. Snowdrop

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    I really am not wanting to be over critical of someone wanting to help our community.
    But I confess to being really sceptical about this.

    As well as what I said above I forgot (ironically) to mention the cognitive aspect of this illness as it pertains to draining my energy resources. I have been astounded to realise just how much I've been affected. It's taken me a long time to realise that I tire not just from physical effort and even cognitive effort but also from emotional effort. I have become emotionally flat simply because I don't have the energy to produce an emotional response.
    Physical exercise works well for the healthy in maintaining their overall function but I'm not sure about how well it works for us.

    I would like more information. More transparency. How did these two people get to Dr Klimas' clinic if they were so ill/bedbound.
    Then after getting there how did they manage to do anything on the bike never mind coming back the next day.

    And I'm not accusing anyone here but I'd like to know what kind of financial compensation the patients had for doing this advertising of the treatment. I'd also like to know if they were doing other treatments at the same time.

    I'd be very happy if this worked as brilliantly as it seems to do but I have reservations until I know more.
    Perhaps there are some brave souls who will give it a go and report back.

    And regarding my own illness/recovery. I spent a great deal of time resting. Many months. I couldn't consider any other treatment including supplements because I didn't have the energy or even ability to organise my mind to deal with that. I am now a little better cognitively and physically and am able to try simplified methylation. This has made a small improvement.
    One of my cognitive measures involves being able to do a single Sudoku without tiring.

    It seems to me that there are other things going on that are wrong eg the hippocampus low N-acetylaspatate. Does simply exercising solve all these other findings?
     
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    Videos from the event at Bristol are now on YouTube (Courtesy of Tate Mitchell via Co-cure). I don't know if this has been posted before:

     
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  15. Valentijn

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    Except for ME/CFS patients and anyone who's actually listened to them :rolleyes:
     
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    In case anyone is unaware of the type of protocol Workwell uses for treatment (not testing) exercise, the VanNess video gives an example. First, exercise does not last for more than thirty seconds at a time. Second, there is at least a threefold break before doing any more, which in this case is about ninety seconds I guess. Third, the exercise is light strength improving calisthenics, without any aerobic component. As he stresses, the aerobic system is broken, it cannot be retrained. Those who have tried have failed.
     
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  17. peggy-sue

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    Do folk watch all these videos and can they take in what is being said?
    I might be odd, but I detest having to watch videos on youtubey things, I don't bother any more.:(

    You have to spend ages and ages, paying close attention to a load of introductory waffle, then when a point of interest is made - it's gone in a flash and you've missed it.

    I like information in the written form. I can skip the bits I don't need to pay attention to, and spend time on the bits that are important, I can go back to the beginning bit if it does turn out to be relevant...
     
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    I saw all three tonight, while the sound does fade for a second here and there if the speaker turns their face from the microphone, the sound was fine otherwise. I found myself pausing the videos on key slides ... there is good written info, some of which I was interested in, including Speight on fallacies, my pet topic.
     
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  19. Valentijn

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    I watched that one too, though like @peggy-sue I really hate videos and audio things :p

    In addition to what @alex3619 mentioned (30 second intervals, anaerobic activities only, 3 times as much rest as activity), he listed 4 stages (starting at 30:45 into the video):
    Stage 1: Stretching and Strengthening
    Stage 2: Stretching with Resistance Training
    Stage 3: Dose-Controlled Interval Training (short, anaerobic)
    Stage 4: Maintenance

    He mentioned that it might take someone a year to progress from one stage to another, and based on the example it looks like it's normal to take months. He also said this activity would have to be compensated for by cutting out other activities.

    An example of the Interval Training -
    Goal: 1x4 reps increased to 2x8 reps
    Activities: Breathing, step-ups, wall push-ups, modified chair dips, toe raises

    Then for maintenance, the patient would maintain that level of activity and add stair intervals. For the example given, the woman wanted to be able to walk downstairs and then upstairs so she could go shopping without crashing, and she could use a heart rate monitor and rest on the landing to help accomplish that.

    All in all I think it was pretty reasonable and realistic, both regarding the activities and the expectations (get down a flight of stairs without becoming extremely ill, versus "recovery"). He was almost derisive about GET, or any other deliberate aerobic activities.

    There's also a nice chart he shows at 13:15, which describes how disabled someone is based on their VO2max results, according to the American Medical Association. Mine's 11.9 mL/kg/min which puts me right in the middle of the "severe" group :p
     
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    This is just what Connie Sol (at Dr Klimas' office) told me about how to exercise. No aerobic, less than 2 mins (for me, based on testing), 5-10 mins supine rest between sets, no more than 3 sets per session. Only stretching and strengthening.

    My problem with it, to be honest, was that it drove me nuts to do 1 min of exercise, rest 5 mins three times. That's about 20 mins for 3 mins of wimpy exercise -- besides having to get up and down off the floor. Life was hard enough at the time and I gave up on that particular "annoyance". It might help in the long run, but my personality rebelled. :oops:
     
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