Firstly, my situation is not chiari, but it is neurological.
I must admit exercise as a hobby is not my thing. Not at all. When I was working I was getting enough physical activity to burn up all of the energy I had. I was ‘on-call’ 24/7, so if someone needed, I got to and did whatever was required. If I got the call at 2am I was up and on the go. I had a bit of a motto ‘Fulfil the need’. If my clients had a need it was my role to meet it or find someone who could. And I enjoyed it my role.
Then I had neurosurgery, I thought I’d just continue as before. BAD IDEA. Thought I just needed to build up stamina, so I pushed myself harder, EVEN WORSE IDEA.
Post surgery all of my tolerances had altered, my energy levels had evaporated and as for stamina it simply vanished, 2hrs of ‘normal’ activity and my head was ready to explode. Slowly and I mean very S.L.O.W.L.Y. I have increased some physical activity, but nothing like previously. I’ve had to reset all off my normal limits, all of my normal rest limits. I now have a real issue with bright daylight, never had that before, now I have to limit my ‘daylight hours’. I’ve truly had to change everything to sit within the ‘new me’ and I hate it. But that’s my new reality.
For me, it’s all been a learning. Learning my new limits. Learning what I can and cannot manage and cope with, but I soon learnt that I have to listen to my body. If I ignore it I pay and if I ignore it even further I can end up bedbound in agony.
Ahhh, don’t do that. Listen to your own body, it will give you signs, it will tell you. You just have to listen. I know this 'cos I didn’t listen and that was BAD.
Merl from the Moderators Support Team