Exercise Intolerance vs. PEM/Exertion Intolerance

Pyrrhus

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Exercise Intolerance vs. Exertion Intolerance vs. PEM

A common source of confusion are the terms "exercise intolerance" and "exertion intolerance", and how they relate to PEM. So here's a brief clarification:
  • Exercise Intolerance is a medical term that refers to the inability to perform aerobic exercise. Even though the patient is trying their best to exercise aerobically, a physiological problem is depriving the exercising muscles of sufficient oxygen, resulting in rapid muscle weakness/soreness.
  • Exertion Intolerance, on the other hand, is a general term that can refer to any bad reaction to any type of exertion, physical or cognitive.
  • Post-Exertional Malaise (PEM), also known as Post-Exertional Symptom Exacerbation (PESE), is a type of exertion intolerance where there is an exacerbation of symptoms (and maybe some new symptoms) after minimal exertion.
Hope this helps!
 

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borko2100

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I've always wondered how different people experience "Exercise Intolerance". I think it is safe to say almost everyone with ME experiences it, but how they do probably differs from person to person.

I think there are several possibilities:

- general symptoms, such as dizziness, nausea, etc.
- rapid fatiguability / premature cardiovascular and muscular failure - muscle pains, being out of breath, etc.
- both of the above
- none of the above, but delayed PEM as a reaction to the exercise.

I wonder which one is the most common.
 
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