|sport always followed by light fever/illness
Nov 12, 2008
Hi I am 30 yo male. cell count around 600, VL 60K also stable at least in the last year. Not on medications for now, and generally healthy. I used to exercise a lot before being diagnosed, but in the last couple of years, approximately around the time I got diagnosed, every time I do even light/moderate exercise, the following day I feel feverish or with light flu-like symptoms. Every single time. Often I end up taking pain killers the day after (like aulin or aspirin). I started with running (~20-30 min) and always the day after I feel sick. In the last month I went back to swimming and similarly the day after I wake up with low fever/flu-like symptoms and lately with cold symptoms (running nose, sneezing, sore throat). Everything generally resolves in a couple of days. I am trying my best to keep doing physical activity as I always did in my life, knowing how good that is supposed to be for my health, but this is becoming really annoying. I talked with two doctors (one is my specialist) and they keep saying that I should be fine, but can't explain the "post-exercise illness". I wonder if this is common too. Thank you very much for your continuous effort - you are GREAT.
| Response from Mr. Vergel
I would be very interested in seeing what would happen if you started medications. At a viral load of 60,000 copies/ml, who knows what cytokines and inflammatory issues are present after you exercise? But, of course, this would be your decision and own pilot study of one patient.
You probably should also consider that you may be overtraining. Is there any way that you can lower your exercise intensity?
Additionally, there are some limited data on the use of carnitine and antioxidants to decrease inflammation-induced exercise intolerance with some limited success. Are you taking any supplements?
These are just a few thoughts. Talk to your doctor about any changes that you may want to try. Exercise is great for your body and mind, but if it ends up making you feel sick frequently, there is definitely something just not right about how your body is handling it.
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