Graded Exercise Therapy - Vicky's Experience (via St Barts Hospital)
by Vicky Bareham
(Diss, Norfolk, UK)
I have been diagnosed as having both M.E. / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia. A few years ago I was referred to St Barts hospital, and took part in their Graded Exercise Therapy program.
I increased my exercise by a little bit, and was able to do X amount, but then hit a ceiling, which I could never get through. I should also mention that the only thing I was doing at this time was the graded exercise; I wasn't cooking my own food, etc.
I eventually left the St Barts Graded Exercise Therapy programme because we had a difference of opinion when it came to my fitness levels.
I no longer do Graded Exercise, but manage instead to do a wider range of activities, which is more rewarding. I try and do yoga regularly, as I do notice it makes a difference with maintaining my joint suppleness.