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menopausefibro
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   Posted 11/4/2008 7:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Has anyone had a fibro episode brought on just by walking and/or running a few errands?
 
I came home last weekend after running some errands and later that evening my legs, feet, ankles, and calves ached so bad I was in tears.
 
I was recently diagnosed with fibro after 2 years of the pain gradually getting worse.
 
The doctor thinks my fibro was brought on by menopause that I just recently entered.
 
I'm wondering if there is something else structurally wrong with me or if this could just be fibro?

Statgeek
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   Posted 11/4/2008 7:34 PM (GMT -7)   

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.


menopausefibro
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   Posted 11/4/2008 7:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks - I just started aquatherapy 2 weeks ago and that is about all I can handle now.

Boy, am I in pain afterwards!

I told my physical therapist about the pain after walking and he said it can happen. He said my pelvis was a little out of alignment and put it back. I still wonder how fibro can cause so much pain after walking.

mamanan
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   Posted 11/4/2008 7:41 PM (GMT -7)   
I get a lot of shin splints, especially if I don't wear good shoes or walk too fast. Foot pain is also very common from what I've read on here. Mine started in the heels, now my whole feet and ankles hurt too. Would a foot bath help? Heat feels so good on aches. You might also be going through a flare right now, that is making things worse.

BTW, nice to meet you, and welcome to the boards! There is a wealth of information and support on here. It has really helped me make some sense out of this very strange DD.

statgeek, I just read your reply, and I had to try that stretch. Did it ever feel good! That's the best stretch I've ever had on my calves. Great tip!
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Leeriesan
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   Posted 11/4/2008 8:50 PM (GMT -7)   
I remember after I got put on my Lyrica I went on tour to Florida with my college choir and we got a free day in disney world - I was in tears by the end of the day but it was actually from happiness because it was the first time in my entire life that I wasn't having to stop every half hour to an hour to sit down or take a break - I was actually able to keep up with my friends and I didn't have to tell any of them that something was wrong with me. It was an amazing day.

So yeah - definately pain from walking - that was only a few months after I got put on Lyrica - I can't say the same would happen now. I have a lot of pain just from walking so I can't imagine its anything too unusual.
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   Posted 11/5/2008 6:31 AM (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. 

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GamJill
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   Posted 11/5/2008 7:14 AM (GMT -7)   

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!

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Marlee2
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   Posted 11/5/2008 8:11 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi menopausefibro and welcome. All these DDs hit me about the time I started peri-menopause too. Just recently the fibro has moved into my legs. I've had foot burning and pain for awhile but now it's my whole legs. This has been a bad pain week for me and it feels like fibro pain. So I guess after awhile you do learn to recognize what is fibro to some degree. Usually fibro is on both sides of the body although one side can be worse than the other. So yes a trip to run errands can put us in a lot of pain sometimes.
 
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Statgeek
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   Posted 11/5/2008 10:47 AM (GMT -7)   

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!

Sue


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   Posted 11/5/2008 12:36 PM (GMT -7)   
I always had pain from walking for distances (I hurt much sooner than anyone else my age) and going up and down steps. I found out when I was sixteen that I was flatfooted, so I got inserts for my shoes that force my foot into an arch. This keeps my ankles from rotating, which stops my knees and therefore hips from getting messed up. I could not believe what a difference they made! Unfortunately, they only fit in my sneakers and boots so I don't wear them in the summer (I usually just go barefoot anyway, it feels so nice).

It had never occurred to me before that I was flatfooted, and the woman that told me was surprised that she was the first to point it out. By the way, the same problems can be caused by high arches, if they aren't being properly supported. Good foot support is crucial.

When I went to Italy I bought a pair of skechers shoes that were kind of sneaker-y but still cute six weeks before the trip. I wore them constantly, even though they hurt like hell, and by the time I got to Italy my feet knew them so well that I was amazed at how far I could walk without pain. I wore them again in Spain, but have since put a hole in them. I ordered a new pair but haven't had the time to break them in yet. I should get on that though, because I'm going to Greece in March.

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ivy6
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   Posted 11/5/2008 2:37 PM (GMT -7)   
You could also be having Achilles tendon problems - quite common with fibro, apparently.

If you Google "Achilles tendon" you should be able to find some stretches and strengthening exercises that might help. If you don't get some relief soon, I'd consider having another chat with the doctor - they may be able to help, or refer you to someone who can.

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   Posted 11/5/2008 2:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Menopausefibro,

I would just like to welcome you to the forum. You will be glad that you joined, there is a great group of people here. And they all care about oneanother.

So keep posting, and as was stated above, checkout the fibro101 thread. There is a lot of good information there.

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Statgeek
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   Posted 11/5/2008 10:23 PM (GMT -7)   

Sandy, what type of sketchers did you buy?  I had the bikers and I also had Eccos, but they were sort of dressy Eccos. 

Sue


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   Posted 11/6/2008 1:59 AM (GMT -7)   
I get a lot of pain in me knees lately too... I'll look into more supportive shoes to see if it improves things.

How much does the average doctor know abou feet? Who do you suggest I see if I wanted to get my feet assesed - because if I can find even one thing that makes my life even a bit better I want to try it...

I think if I work on a bunch of little things to improve my overall health + getting regular and increasing exersise (depending if things get better or worst lol!) I might be able to make things a bit better :)

But I'm still so new at this too!
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Corrie_1
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   Posted 11/6/2008 3:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Sorry I was re-reading through this thread and I read something I must have missed the last time I posted.

I have always had problems with my achile tendons... my father had to have his surgically stretched when he was younger and i've always had a problem with walking on my toes.

I've been experiencing a lot of pain in my knees after walking I should look into those stretches!
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   Posted 11/6/2008 3:25 PM (GMT -7)   
I think having your feet checked out by a podiatrist might be a good thing. I have lots of leg problems that were helped a great deal by good orthotics. Actually, after years of paying alot for orthotics, I found that the "Walk Fit" orthotics you can find in some stores work really well for me.
Last fall, I began having aching legs something horrible. I went through lots of PT, and seeing the doc, and nothing really helped........except those Walk Fit orthotics!
I have had lots of leg pains since developing fibro. One thing you might do before your water water therapy is to take some NSAIDS or Tylenol before hand. Good luck to you. We all know what you're going through and empathize!

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   Posted 11/6/2008 4:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the advice... lol this place is a place of so much good information I would otherwise be clueless about.
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menopausefibro
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   Posted 11/6/2008 5:43 PM (GMT -7)   
It is so good to know I am not alone with the foot/ankle pain. I have been to a podiatrist who prescribed $400 inserts - they made my pain worse. I went to therapy for plantar fasciitis for 4 months and thought that was all I had.

That is why I asked my physical therapist if there could be something structurally wrong with me as well as fibro. He said it is possible but couldn't find anything. I've already had an MRI of my lower back.

Well, it turns out since I am now in menopause, the pains have gotten worse and spread all over my body (but mostly on my right side).

So, I have also seen various doctors (rheumotologists, etc) probably like most of you have, and since all the other tests are normal (except for vitamin D and hormone deficiency due to menopause).

Is anyone out there on hormone replacement therapy or have fibro due to menopause hormonal changes? I understand it can happen, but some women make it through menopause fine.

So, I guess I can conclude the pain in my ankles/foot is fibro pain - how does one accept they can't even run simple errands without getting worn out? I'm at least able to still work full-time.

menopausefibro
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   Posted 11/6/2008 5:45 PM (GMT -7)   
I've heard alot about Lyrica but I don't want to just take pain medication until I've tried all options to get to what is causing the fibro.

I don't blame anyone for being on pain medicine - I'm going to look in to natural pain creams or something for pain as it is getting unbearable sometimes. I don't want to go on Lyrica because of the weight gain and other side effects.

I'm glad it is helping some!

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   Posted 11/6/2008 6:33 PM (GMT -7)   
My hips hurt when I walk. It was getting so bad that I needed to use a wheelchair outside of my home.

I swim everyday and a few weeks ago decided to start using zoomer training fins in the water to improve my flutter kick. Low and behold my hips are hurting less. I just spend between 15 minutes to 1 hour of my 2 hour routine in the water doing a legs only swim.

It is hard but it forces me to kick in the water using my hips as a starting point.

So, I am improving the muscle strength in the area. I figure it helps replace the time I should be walking but cannot, because of the pain.

I have Dansko shoes and recently bought some comfy North Face snow boots. I guess I will by a pair of Birkenstocks soon. I love reading about the different solutions everyone has come up with on this board. Whatever works folks.

Donnaeil

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   Posted 11/6/2008 7:32 PM (GMT -7)   

Donnaeil,

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!

Sue


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   Posted 11/6/2008 8:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Okay, the Danskos are comfortable but I wish I purchased the clogs instead of the closed shoes. I am still having difficulty walking. They are not a complete solution for me.

Donnaeil

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   Posted 11/7/2008 1:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, I'm new to this section of the fourm. I have pain when walking sometimes. I had to stop jogging due to my UC and fibro pain. I tried getting back into a strength training routine this week and my right shoulder is STILL killing me from my Tuesday AM workout. I'm very discouraged as I was a very active person prior to my IBD/Fibro/Anxiety issues. I had lots of pain in teh trigger points today. Its 2am and I'm on this board b/c I cant sleep. I woke up w/severe GERD pains about 2hrs ago. sad
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   Posted 11/7/2008 3:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Walking is horrible for me. My family and I go on walks and it has gotten that I hurt so bad I can't go very far anymore. My hips hurt profusely after walking excessively or sitting too long. Expecially after I sit in the floor to play board games with my kids.
 
This came on for me less than 6 months after my hysterectomy. Hmm.
 
I was just diagnosed by a rheumy a week ago although I have had these same symptoms since 2003. My Neuro has been treating it as Neuritis since then. He recently told me I was going to have to see the rheumy because neuritis does not progress like this.
 
I'm new to the knowledge but not the pain.
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   Posted 11/7/2008 8:44 PM (GMT -7)   

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.

 
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