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   Posted 1/16/2009 7:03 PM (GMT -6)   
My husband and I have been doing a walking and firming routine for a while now. I have always walked a couple of miles a day but just started the firming with stretch bands. Today my leg muscles were weak and I didn't know if I should not exercise today or just 'work through the pain'. Being newly diagnosed I just am not sure now what to do. Prior to my diagnosis I would just work through it but now wonder if doing so could cause a flare up...Anyone have any ideas?
It will be interesting if I find that what I so enjoy doing my in fact be hurting me.
Breast cancer survivor-finished chemo February 2007. Diagnosed with fibromyalgia January 14 2009. Am attempting to manage the pain with over the counter medications.

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   Posted 1/16/2009 7:49 PM (GMT -6)   
i wish i could give you the perfect answer about what is okay and what isn't... but i've learned everyone has different limits.
i definitely feel that walking is the best thing. walking kicks in your endorphins and helps relax your mind... we all know stress is the WORST thing for us!! what kind of stretch bands are you using? i have some from when i was dancing and they come in like three different resistance types- light, medium, and hard. you also will learn through this journey when the pain is related to fibro, or just regular ole pain. definitely keep doing something, whether it be walking or yoga or a "gentle" exercise for the next couple of days.... your body will tense up more if you just quit. i hope this helped a little! my brain is kinda fried from my first full week of working!

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   Posted 1/16/2009 7:54 PM (GMT -6)   

I swim daily. Every once in a while I become exhausted. However, it is very easy for me to feel muscular pain that is not damaging. Fibro just hurts and when I exercise I p;robably feel pain more than other people.

I took a deep water aerobics class yesterday that was taught by a man who was a drill sargent. Everybody hurt after class, I of course, felt worse.

It is hard to judge whether I should keep going. I used to be able to take a breakthrough medication to get through my exercise sessions, Now, it is not an option, my doctor stopped prescribing narcotics to his patients.

I do take zanaflex and voltaren about 45 minutes before I enter the pool. This helps.

Since I hurt anyway I usually keep swimming. The reason being is that i have never damaged my body by continuing. I am pretty careful about technique so that I can stay safe.

Whenever I am away from the pool for several days, I find htat getting back into the swing of things is hard. It is easier to swim daily than to take days off. Swimming requires daily work anyway and it is a great way to lose weight. I gained so much weight with medications and being bed ridden at one time that I have a long way to go to regain a semblence of my real body. lol

Just observe what is fibro pain and what is exercise pain. Both hurt but pain from working out might be a good thing.

Just try hard to continue exercising because with fibro we have to keep our bodies in good condition.


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   Posted 1/16/2009 11:05 PM (GMT -6)   
I wish I knew. Not only does it vary from person to person, it seems to vary day to day. Sometimes working through it helps and other times it does more harm. It drives me crazy.

I can never tell how much is too much. Some days I can walk for hours without pain or muscle fatigue and feel fine for days afterward. Other days, I walk for 15 minutes and feel like I got hit by a freight train the next few days. I've spoken to doctors, personal trainers, exercise physiologists, chiropractors, any one I could find. They all stay start slow, walk everyday, and slowly increase the pace and/or distance. They don't understand that doesn't work for me. I can go at the same pace and distance for weeks and be fine, then suddenly it's too much. And I never have a clue until the next day.

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   Posted 1/17/2009 7:56 AM (GMT -6)   
That seems to be how it works for me as well Dagger. Water aerobics would be wonderful and I wish I had a pool close. I woke up this morning in such pain and I wonder if I am feeling it more now that I know what the heck it is?
Thanks for your suggestions and words of wisdom. I will continue to walk and stretch and I guess will rest when I need to. For me I think the frustration will be feeling weak during my walks etc as I so enjoy walking especially outdoors in the woods. Ah such is life.
Breast cancer survivor-finished chemo February 2007. Diagnosed with fibromyalgia January 14 2009. Am attempting to manage the pain with over the counter medications.

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   Posted 1/17/2009 9:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Walking for me is ok in moderation, if I walk to long I start to drag my legs. Shopping is no fun. So for me it is yoga that helps. I learned the difference between good pain from exercise and fibro pain.
Fibro, interstitial cystitis, migraines, rotated femur, bunion on rt ft, hiatal hernia, for just a few.

reglan, prilosec otc, nadol, citrilipram, flexeril, and peroxicam, and Tylenol.

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   Posted 1/17/2009 1:01 PM (GMT -6)   
I agree with Dagger, I can do 30 min on my stationary (recumbent) bike for a week and then the next day or week I can barely get the peddles around. When I stretch some days it seems to aggravate the pain in some areas of my body. For some reason that really annoys me. Gggrrr! I wonder if working full time and trying to squeeze in my exercise time is to much some days. Oh, well I guess its all trial and error.

Keep movin' hun.......Let us know how ya doin' with your routine.


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   Posted 1/17/2009 5:18 PM (GMT -6)   
I would love to do Yoga...how come I dislike it so danged much! I have tried it but just don't like it although I know it is good for you fibro or not! Shopping is also no longer fun for me and that is a drag. However the husband says it is one of the good side affects....funny funny husband! He is actually very supportive thank goodness.
Thanks everyone and hugs back at ya.
Breast cancer survivor-finished chemo February 2007. Diagnosed with fibromyalgia January 14 2009. Am attempting to manage the pain with over the counter medications.

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