I have terrible pain from walking. It is actually what made me insist to my doctor that "you must find out what is wrong!" I went to Italy for two weeks and after the first day I was in tears and could barely walk. And what do you do when in Italy? Walk! I just got some sketcher shoes that are for walking, running, etc. They are sturdy and I think that I feel better when walking. I've only worn them once, so far. I have all kinds of expensive shoes and my feet hurt a lot. I don't like to walk across the parking lot or across campus.
One thing my pt thinks might be making it worse is inflexibility in my ankles. She said to stretch my ankles by hanging my heels off a step and stretching up and down. Ha ha, I am too flexible in my hips and hands and not flexible enough in my ankles. Anyway, you should try it. It couldn't hurt.
Post Edited (mamanan) : 11/4/2008 7:44:46 PM (GMT-7)
Hi, Menopausefibro, and welcome! If you haven't been walking a lot and then started, this could cause pain like that. You haven't been using those muscles that much. I remember when I moved to my present home. It is a lot larger than the home I had lived in for 28 years. Anyway, by the end of the day, I was limping and my hips were killing me because of all the extra walking I was doing in this house! I was concerned that I had made a mistake in purchasing it but the pain got less and less as I used the muscles and now I can walk all over the place with no pain. Walking is one good exercise for fibro.
I also wear Birkenstock shoes. I had plantar faciitis and could barely put any weight on my feet. I needed a wheelchair in airports, too. But, since I started wearing these shoes, the pain has completely gone away. I recommended them to a friend that also had this problem and now she doesn't have the pain either. Just a thought....
Meanwhile, check out the Fibro 101 thread...the second thread on the forum. There are links to good info about fibro. Also read posts and ask questions. We are here to help you.
I am so glad that you found us. You have come to a good place. We have wonderful people here that have great idea in how to live a full and enjoyable life with fibro. AND, we really do care about each other! Our fibro family keeps growing and that makes us all very happy.
Hi MF and Welcome!
Yes, "just" walking can cause pain. Yesterday I walked across a church parking lot to go in to vote, went to Hallmark to get a couple cards, into Wal-Mart for a few things (not the whole store) and by the time I got home I could barely stand up. Onto the couch I went and layed down to rest my body and I was in more pain than usual. I love to walk and most days it feels good to walk, but not yesterday!
Yes that stretch is nice, isn't it. I notice the pull more in the side where my hip and ankle hurt the most. So maybe it is all related.
I too have birkenstocks, just one pair bought in Italy because of the pain from walking. But I am not wearing them now because it is cold and rainy. But I am going to buy a pair of danskos. I just can't decide red or black - hmmm. They are $130, so I cannot afford both, that's for sure!
Sandy, what type of sketchers did you buy? I had the bikers and I also had Eccos, but they were sort of dressy Eccos.
How do you like the Danskos? I want to get the Danielle or the Desiree ones. The Danielles are $130 on Amazon, so I am not sure if I should. But I have to find something. My most comfortable shoes are sandles and my toes are getting cold!
Hi, All--I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia about 18yrs ago. For a while, I read everything I could find on the subject. I saw chiropractors and physical therapists and I always ended up hurting MORE. I worked with a personal trainer for a short time and suffered a muscle injury. I did yoga years ago, but now can't seem to do it without hurting. And, yes, walking hurts, too. My worst spot is my right hip. I just had 5 months of pt for it and I can't say it's any better.
What HAS helped is deep muscle massage. I know it's painful for a lot of fibro sufferers, though. But that's the only therapy I can say has really given me positive results. I paid for a "package" of 6 massages--problem is, I rarely have the energy to get up to go have one! That's just sad...
As for those of you who take or are considering taking Lyrica--yikes!! Look out. I took one dose and felt like a zombie. It's an anti-convulsive--it's used "off label" as a pain med. Just be careful.
Best wishes to all.