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I can't imagine anything more beneficent than qigong--it is gentle, moderate in pace, flowing, energy-moving.  I love the idea of it--it just feels healing.  But recently I have begun to suspect it is actually exacerbating my dysautonomia.  There is, of course, the standing in one place that isn't good at all.  But I have had a massive crash--bad enough to nearly send me to the ER--just a few days after re-starting a qigong practice.  Seems kind of crazy, but as I am sure you all understand--when things go bad we have to comb through everything we have done, not done, eaten, drunk, thought....

When I google all I find are celebrations of how good it is for people in our situation.  I was wondering if anyone here has any experiences with it--good, bad, indifferent--that they would care to share?

Thanks!

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@Jyoti - I have POTS and my sister has an unknown dysautonomia, most likely SFN. We both have orthostatic and exercise intolerance. She does Qigong, actually teaches it. I would love to do it too but I cannot tolerate the being upright. I think the mediation part and the calmness of the exercise would be very beneficial for me to tone down the ANS, but the simple act of being upright sends me soaring. So - yes, I can see how it could cause a flare. 

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8 hours ago, Pistol said:

@Jyoti - I have POTS and my sister has an unknown dysautonomia, most likely SFN. We both have orthostatic and exercise intolerance. She does Qigong, actually teaches it. I would love to do it too but I cannot tolerate the being upright. I think the mediation part and the calmness of the exercise would be very beneficial for me to tone down the ANS, but the simple act of being upright sends me soaring. So - yes, I can see how it could cause a flare. 

I think you could do it laying down as well even if that is not typical

 

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16 hours ago, Jyoti said:

When I google all I find are celebrations of how good it is for people in our situation.  I was wondering if anyone here has any experiences with it--good, bad, indifferent--that they would care to share?

I tried it for a number of months but could not tolerate either the standing or the arm movements. The teacher even had me practice in a chair, but I could not tolerate it. Responses to it will be individual, but it didn’t work for me. 

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Thanks all for sharing your observations on this subject.   It was affirming in that weird way we all recognize to know that something seen as universally good can be otherwise in our experience.  Arm movements, arms over the head--yes @Pistol,  @Sushi--these are definitely not good for me.  And you are right @RichGotsPots, it can be done lying down.  I think it can even be done mentally alone.  If one wishes to.  

I think I was just feeling crazy--why would three days of 20 minute gentle and loving movement cause me to be considering the ER?  So...thank you!

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On 3/13/2021 at 7:20 AM, Jyoti said:

Thanks all for sharing your observations on this subject.   It was affirming in that weird way we all recognize to know that something seen as universally good can be otherwise in our experience.  Arm movements, arms over the head--yes @Pistol,  @Sushi--these are definitely not good for me.  And you are right @RichGotsPots, it can be done lying down.  I think it can even be done mentally alone.  If one wishes to.  

I think I was just feeling crazy--why would three days of 20 minute gentle and loving movement cause me to be considering the ER?  So...thank you!

Honestly I’m not a doctor but it seems unlikely that three days of doing this would send you to the ER, unless something else was already going on in your body.  If y are already in a flare, then yes, anything can cause it to become much worse. Exercise and wellness activities are all about what works for your particular body and mind.  There is no particular activity that’s benificent for all people. Personally floor yoga exercises worked very well for me, and I started with only 5 minutes.  Starting small doesn’t hurt and if your symptoms aren’t triggered you can quickly build up. 

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