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Exercise

The following are just ideas that some members have found to be especially helpful for dealing with the problems encountered in withdrawal.

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" Some people seem to tolerate exercise well during withdrawal, while others find it over stimulating and/or have such a pronounced shortness of breath or muscle tightness/pain that they can't exercise effectively, or without worsening symptoms.

It's helped me to see where my limit is during any given month by pushing it once or twice, then backing way off and staying within those boundaries. Exercise can help with anxiety, but during withdrawal, it can also hurt. I've, unfortunately, found it to be over stimulating, and have had great difficulties breathing, so I've had to start from scratch -- short walks, going very slowly, and building up from there.

The main thing is to listen to, and respect, your body. Go slowly, and don't let pride over what you "used to be able to do" lead to unrealistically high expectations, then the inevitable dashed hopes."

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Disclaimer:  The information contained in this website was not compiled by a doctor or anyone with medical training. The advice contained herein should not be substituted for the advice of a physician who is well-informed in the subject matter discussed. Before making any decisions about your health or treatment you should always confer with your physician and it is always assumed that you will do so.

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Last updated 22 July 2015