First, welcome, we all feel your pain. I to tried yoga and it did not work for me, I had to much pain. I also relate to the weight loss, I know that if I lost a little weight I would feel a little better but what exercise program will work. I have tried many but walking is pretty much it, I can pace my self according to how I feel that day. I am going to attempt to start doing some light weight training for my lower body. I am a little nervous about it but if I take it slow maybe I will get somewhere. Like you I would love to do water aerobics but a cold pool is out of the question.
Do you have access to a hot tub, I know that that helps me when I'm in a lot of pain and having spasms; I use our local YMCA. I also heard that icing helps but I have not tried that, the thought of cold makes me hurt. I am really sensitive to temperature extremes.
I hope you feel better soon and take it easy on yourself. Baby steps until you find what works for you.
Hi Lauren and welcome!
I go to Physical Therapy and my therapist is teaching me yoga exercises. I'm sure it is modified for fibro. She states that gentle stretching exercises do the fibro body wonders. Do you have a "YMCA" near you? I know at the Y they have gentle water aerobics with a heated swimming pool. That I would like to try next.
Taking something for the pain will help too. I don't like to take meds but I'm learning quickly that I don't like to suffer!
Don't feel sorry about ranting- that's what we are here for. This can get very frustrating! I'm just figuring out an exercise routine that works for me also. GamJill
Everyone here understands your pain. I had a yoga tape here at my home, and I tried to do it, and it almost killed me. It was way too intense. My dad suggested Tai Chi (I think that is the one...) It's very low impact, but it helps with stretching and releasing stress.
Do you have insurance? Because it may cover a little while of PT. Water exercises are very helpful. You may hurt some afterwards, but you would be surprised at how much it strengthens your muscles without killing you. I did it. I had too much pain to do a whole lot, but it did help to strengthen my muscles. Even if you can just get in a pool (I know you said that you don't like them cold) and just stretch your legs and ankles. Walk around in the water with 2lb weights on each of your ankles. It does help. Anyways. I hope this helps...I am just learning how to deal with all of this myself...