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sick of feeling sick

i just started getting into a good exercise routine a few weeks ago when -BAM- i got hit with a cold. it aggrivated my asthma and became pneumonia, which in turn required antibiotics. i finished my antibiotics a few days ago and i'm back to my daily routine now, except for the exercise. i understand that i lost some conditioning from being out for a week. but i'm struggling to get back to my STARTING point from a few weeks ago (when i was just plain-old out of shape). i just feel so weak, both in my cardio and strength exercising. and i'm young and healthy, so what's the deal?

so how long until i'm back to my starting point a month ago? and how long until i'm back to where i was before my illness?

Tue. Aug 29, 4:12pm

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Are you stressed out? Is it emotional?

Tuesday, August 29, 2006, 4:16 PM

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maybe you lost a good amount of iron, which can leave you feeling fatigued. or maybe your electrolytes are low from being so ill. can you request some blood tests from your doctor to check the levels of minerals, etc. in your blood?

Tuesday, August 29, 2006, 4:27 PM

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Do you not think pneumonia is a serious illness? It's not emotional stress, it's recuperation! My experience (I've been "gifted" with pneumonia more than once, unfortunately) is that recovery can take as long as 4 months if the bug is resistant to the antibiotics and as little as 2 weeks from where you are now.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006, 6:40 PM

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yeah pneumonia packs a wallop! don't be so hard on yourself-your body has been through a lot-and especially being an asthmatic (me too!) your lungs are probably all the more exhausted from the bout. rest, and workout lightly as you feel better. a week isn't going to set you back that much. working out too hard too soon will.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006, 11:29 PM

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Exactly what the other posters are saying! When your body has to fight off something like pnemonia it uses all the reserves it's got! It will be needing to build cell counts back up, repair damaged tissue and then build up the reserves it depleted to fight with. Asthmatics can build up scar tissue in the lungs which in turn causes loss of elasticity. Forcing your lungs to work too hard when they have just been stressed can bring on more attacks and really increase the chances of this. Take it easy and build up slowly - your body will thank you. It's not at all odd to need quite a bit of time to build back up after something so serious.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006, 12:59 AM

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