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Manage your energy envelope and avoid crashes

When you're recovering from Covid, you may experience a sudden worsening of symptoms. Many of us call them "crashes."

When a crash happens, stop and think about what you've done in the last few hours, and in the last couple of days. Crashes may happen as a delayed consequence of increased activity.

If you encounter a crash, here are some things you can do to manage through it.

This post needs some updating. I'll post more here when I can.

Below are two really good articles about managing POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome) and PEM (Post Exertional Malaise).

My Experience:

I used the formula to calculate my first estimated "ceiling." From then on, I started paying very close attention to how I felt and would check my pulse when I started to feel something "coming on."

This gave me a better picture of when to stop and rest.

It's worth noting that there are triggers besides exercise, including stress, sun, and many others.

For patients who also have POTS, keep in mind that your heart rate may jump erratically when you change position, use the stairs, etc. Don't panic when this happens. This type of fluctuation is expected (at least for now) and isn't necessarily a sign of impending crash.