defining strenuous!

I am Hyper with Graves - until my T4 levels come right down [ they were 64 originally] I've been advised not to do anything stenuous. Yesterday I walked [slowly] to town, had lunch with friends and then pottered round the shops before walking back [even more slowly]. Today I feel awful - shaky again, upset stomach, weak and tearful - it didn't feel that strenuous so does this mean realistically I shouldn't be doing anything much for now? I'm getting so frustrated at not being able to do quite simple things Ju x

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  • Sorry I'm not qualified to answer your question and don't have any experience of Graves, but would have thought what you have described is not overly strenuous. Maybe take it easy for a couple of days, see how you are and then try something similar again and see what happens. Sorry you feel so awful though, hopefully you will start to feel better soon. xxx

  • thank you - that's a good idea, I'll start noting how I feel after light exercise and hopefully it was a one-off - have so much I want to get on with! xx

  • Hi! I have Graves, my level was 37 on diagnosis so not as high as yours. I am now around the 16 mark, having gone down to about 9 and then back up again (not fun to go hypo I can tell you). I play netball and before I was diagnosed I was experiencing terrible shortness of breath and feeling like I was going to have a heart attack. I thought I was just unfit and ironically kept trying to do more exercise to get fitter. I now know this was very dangerous and I actually was at risk of a heart attack. My Endo said not to do any exercise as well until my levels were normal, but I'm pretty sure walking was OK. However, I believe you should listen to your body, to heal you need to rest, so I would say put your feet up and enjoy a cup of tea (maybe decaf) and a biscuit as often as you can. Give yourself a break.

  • Thank you - I did the same before diagnosis, went running to try and get fitter, really not a good idea, endo was very chilling on the risk I'd taken :[

    I think it was just the amount of time I was walking about knocked me a bit because I rested yesterday and feel much morehuman today - I'm going to have to start listening to my body and not pushing it for now I guess - thank you for sharing your story, tea and biscuits it is! :] xx

  • Hi

    As another fellow hyper some days I feel for you. Some days I feel quite good and rush around doing housework and ironing and nipping to the shops. Then the following day I pay for it. I then have a set of days when I can hardly get our of bed and ache and feel about 90.

    I used to go to the gym and swim regularly but find that this just makes my body pay in the long run.

    With your still high levels of T4 your heart will be working very hard already and your body is hyper and burning through stuff anyhow so you really don't need to worry about exercise right now. What you described would wipe me out for a few days. I am going to a wedding weekend in September without the kids and I am dreading it. All that chatting and standing and booze ( which many hypers cannot tolerate) and late night. I just know I will be ill or have to lie down and be a party pooper. I am only 43. Very sad!

  • Oh how I long for a drink! Gave up completely last July, actually before I knew I was hyper, because it makes me so very very ill, can't even have one or two. I actually can't really be bothered to go out anymore, and I'm only 42 :( My poor long suffering husband has the most boring (and sometimes psychotic!) wife in the world!!!

  • I know my hubby probably feels the same. We have 3 kids age 3, 4 and 9 so I have an excuse for not going out. Plus with the weight gain and death like pallor and scraggy hair and none of my clothes fitting, to be honest I can't be bothered. Plus if someone looked at me sideways I would probably just say what I think to them. Oops!

    Plus booze makes me so ill these days. Heres wishing you all the best. x

  • And you :-) My kids are 10 and 8, thank god they're at an age where they have some self sufficiency. I really feel for you with a 3 and 4 year old.

  • Thankfully the 4 year old is at school full time and my 3 year old is very laid back and starts school nursery in September. :)

  • Oh dear - its not fair at all, do hope it goes ok for you, will you be able to snatch rest-breaks to help? I'm 45 so not best pleased to be less active than my nan who is 89! I haven't attempted any booze cos was worried about the tablets but have to say I'm a wimpy drinker at best of times, I tell my hubby I'm a very cheap date, lol. :] xx

  • I hate my 40's it truly seems a crappy time for women. :(

  • I thought mine were going quite well, kids just about grown-up, getting back into education...ah well :[

  • If only...........

  • It must be even harder managing with small 'uns, hopefully better days ahead xxx

  • I hope so for all of us. Good luck and all the best :)

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