Atrophy/Chronic Fatigue

If you have a "patient" who has suffered from extreme long term illness, comparable to wasting, and the illness enhances exhaustion. If said patient unwillingly spends twelve-sixteen hours sleeping per day (sometimes more), and the time spent awake is virtually devoid of exertion. If simple activities (without weight) can leave them feeling further exhausted, sleeping more, and lead to malnutrition (simply on the basis of an inability to eat while they're spending 2/3rds or more out of a day unconscious). If weight training isn't possible, as even minimal exertion leads to further if not immediate physical illness. What kind of 'exercise' regime is possible to assist them in developing some semblance of muscle tone/strength, if only to keep them from sliding further into atrophy? Yet, hopefully to help regain some physical ability to help stave off such deep fatigue (since muscle tone/strength may help to prevent overexertion from simple daily activities).

Posted By Micheal on April 15, 2008 at 23:56:05:

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