Multiple Myeloma an incurable disease, but I have spent the last 25 years in remission using a blend of conventional oncology and evidence-based nutrition, supplementation, and lifestyle therapies from peer-reviewed studies that your oncologist probably hasn't told you about.
Click the orange button to the right to learn more about what you can start doing today.
When I say exercise during multiple myeloma (MM) treatment, I allow for treatment in the hospital or treatment at home.
In my former life I was a salesperson- one of the primary goals of client management was to “adjust expectations.” You are not my client but I will try to adjust your expectations anyhow.
During therapy, whatever kind of MM therapy you undergo, surgery, radiation, or chemotherapy, you are not going to want to exercise. At all. Get used to this idea.
Since numerous studies show how and why exercise during therapy will improve your healing and improve your overall survival, you should try to be active somehow during therapy- walking, swimming, sitting in a sauna.
Think of your goal being to increase your heart rate daily.
The six tips below may help you exercise during therapy. The “tips” are in bold face. My comments and experience during my own MM therapy is in itallics.
To learn more about nutritional supplementation that can increase the efficacy of radiation, reduce the toxicity of chemotherapy and may also speed your recovery, scroll down the page, post a question or comment and I will reply ASAP.
“If you feel like you’ve been run over by a steam roller, if you’ve got mouth sores that make it painful just to breathe, if you have muscle and bone pain, if you’re recovering from surgery, if you have zero lung capacity because you have lung cancer, you’re not exactly pumped up to exercise….”
1) Make your goals realistic.
My definition of “realistic” after my ASCT was to walk as far as I could, (1/2 a block…) turn around, and walk home. Seriously. One half a block.
2) Adjust your activity depending on where you are in treatment.
I could ride a stationary bike for awhile in my hospital room during my ASCT. I felt okay. But post ASCT? Walking was all I could do.
3) Don’t get frustrated.
You’re going to feel awful. You’re not going to want to exercise. Expect it and simply set you sites on going for a walk around the hospital. You might even be hooked up with an I.V. of some sort. Try to relax…
4) Don’t go crazy. Make sure to talk to your doctor about what you can safely do.
I don’t care how good you feel. Steroids like dexamethasone and prednisone will make you feel up. Seriously. Don’t overdo it. Don’t go crazy.
5) Think simple.
Walking and swimming simple exercises that work.
6) Remember that exercise can’t erase a bad diet.
I am currently writing a blog post about food for the newly diagnosed multiple myeloma patient. Smoothies, angiogenic-inhibiting foods, fruits, veggies, things like that.