I am a long distance runner in the process of being diagnosed with MS. My doctor told me to continue running and doing yoga but it's getting very difficult because of the cramping, balance, pain and fatigue. Especially after running. It takes days to recover from a 5K race when I used to run 10 miles on Saturdays. I have run a full marathon (26.2 miles) 2 halfs, 2 15K and many, many 5K races. I understand I need to change my goals, and I have, but I don't want to give up running completely since MS goes into remmission eventually. I was very active at my gym (I even work there). I have dropped yoga, spin classes and core exercise classes when I realized I could no longer do it all, but I miss the classes and my friends there. I try to run 2-3 times a week for 3-5 miles if I am able. It's getting harder to maintain. Instead of that adrenaline rush after races and exercising, I feel so drained and tired. The nausea and pain in my legs and feet after what used to leave me feeling wonderful makes me wonder if it's worth continuing.
This has been going on since June. Aren't the symptoms only supposed to last a couple months and then kind of go away? Remmission?? AM I making the symptoms last longer when I push myself to run and exercise? There have been times where I couldn't do any of it for a couple weeks at a time, so I have taken breaks. I wish I could find a pattern to this most frustrating thing! I have things to do!!