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post #1 of 5 Old 11-10-2010, 06:07 AM Thread Starter
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Horseback riding+illness :S

Ehh, I'm back for a little bit. :( Finally given my diasnosis. I've been struggling a lot recently with being really tired and flu like symptoms and after numerous blood tests I now have chronic fatigue syndrome. In my eyes, its not even serious. Just means I'm really tired and that I spend a lot of time in bed. Sure, I feel like crap but nothing some Red Bull and loud music won't fix.

According to the doctors, I'm not supposed to ride for the next 3 months, and then after that not do anything strenous or if I don't feel up to it.
That just isn't going to work!

I'm working 6 horses! I can't just stop for 3 months. Thats how I earn money and working with horses is really getting me a name for myself in the hack ring.

Would walk/trot count as gentle exercise?
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post #2 of 5 Old 11-10-2010, 06:16 AM
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haha I love it that you have been diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrone and yet you still want to ride.

I would probs do the same thing actually, but I think you should take a step back and maybe work a few less horses or just take it easy.
If it were me cos I only have the one horse, I would ride walk and trot nothing more. and only once a week or something you don't want to over do yourself and make your self sicker for longer.

I'm a stong believer in take a break then you will feel better sooner
:) Hope you do get better soon
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post #3 of 5 Old 11-10-2010, 06:21 AM
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How old are you? I'm 39 and was diagnosed with somewhat the same. Narcolepsy. Mild but enough to affect my life. I'm surprised your doc asked you not to work with the horses. You'd think the more you do the better your feeling. Anyway I am on a med called provigil. It helps to keep me going thru out the day. Without it I would be sleeping all day. You should see if you can try that med.?
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post #4 of 5 Old 11-10-2010, 09:38 AM
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Sorry to hear that Gidji. While I'm vaguely familiar with CFS, I don't know the finer particulars about it. Perhaps a very frank discussion with your doctor would help with what you can do to continue your work?

I do know that while I was undergoing chemo treatments this past spring/summer, I would have days that just feeding my horses was about it. It was like hitting a wall at times, and believe me, I usually don't stop or give in. Was very humbling for me. The days I had energy I did what I wanted and relished every moment.

I wish I had some advice to give you other than talk with your doctor, but I don't. Please know I'll keep you in my thoughts.

Is your doctor concerned that if you overdo it will take longer to recover?

Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the floor each morning the devil says, "Oh crap, she's up!".
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post #5 of 5 Old 11-11-2010, 12:12 AM Thread Starter
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CFS, most people think it just means your extremly tired, but it also leaves your immune system weaker and making you more vulnerable. Thats why my doc wants me to take it easy, so I don't get sicker. I was pretty adamant that I have to ride the horses, but I'm not meant to ride for the next 3 months and then nothing strenous.

I can't just stop riding though. I'm being paid to work these horses, they got a new saddle for one of these horses on my recommendation and I think stopping completely, I may lose their business. Sure I'm still young, but I need to keep my income coming in. I'm scared though if I'm riding one of the younger ponies, that I may pass out from exhaustion and injure myself.
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