I have been wanting to get back into a gym routine for some time now. I'm still not feeling great, but wonder if it might help with the fatigue. I started Gleevec about 10 days ago and my WBC & LDH have decreased by more than half. My breathing seems to be getting better some days but I still struggle sometimes. I still have a long ways to go before PCRu, but even my doctor was impressed with the results so far.
Because of lower back problems (DDD & inflammation of discs), I am not able to do any vigorous cardio. I learned this the hard way when I started a Couch-to-5K program last year. I even have to be careful as to how fast I walk because it really doesn't take much to cause a flare up. So I'm limited to walking 2.0-2.5 mph (which is half of what I used to do), using the ARC trainer as I can tolerate it (I had built up to 20 minutes last year before I got sick), some weights and yoga (have to be careful with those because of inflammatory arthritis and tendon-synovitis in my hands and wrists). My gym does not have a pool and I'm not looking to change (and pay more $$$) at this time. Maybe when I'm sure that I can maintain a consistent routine week to week, month to month.
I know exercise releases stress hormones and can increase inflammation, but would it be safe for me to start some mild, low-impact exercise just so I can keep moving? Or should I wait until my CML is under better control (and the RA as well) and focus on resting when I'm not at work ?