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A 31-year-old female asked:

Starting an excercise program after ms diagnosis. what's safe? i like the stationary bike. doing this alone enough? i'm often very fatigued.

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Dr. Daniela Tank
Family Medicine 19 years experience
Good job: Exercise is good with any chronic illness, it increases your stamina, builds your muscle, oxygenates your body, helps immune system. Make sure you exercise to the point of very light fatigue. Don't push, listen to your body. It is better to build gradually.
Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
Complex: You need to get fatigue under control. A potent disease modifying agent such as Tysabri (natalizumab) or Gilenya may help, and meds to assist symptoms are available. Exercise does cause increased body temperature, so need to pace yourself. A physical therapist trainer may help. Aerobic exercise does suppress the immune system, and your stationary bike is stable and safe. All the best.
Dr. Olav Jaren
Neurology 19 years experience
Exercise helps MS: The stationary bike is good. The key is aerobic exercise, 3 times a week for 20 each is good. Try to elevate your heart rate to a safe level. 120 beats per minute is a good place to start. Walking is also good, but it does not elevate the heart rate as well. Some people with MS cannot jog or swim, the exercise bike though can be used by most people.

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