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upbeat
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   Posted 10/9/2009 3:14 PM (GMT -7)   
I have never felt like I have had flares - my pain seems to stay pretty consistent. I started a class in a heated therapy pool about three weeks ago and have felt worse ever since. It is not sore muscles - it is an increase in the all over aching. Does this sound like a flare? 
 
I like the class a lot and it feels good in the warm pool so I want to stick it out. I know I have seen posts here about the benefits of pool exercise, does anyone remember if they felt worse for a while when they started?
 
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   Posted 10/9/2009 7:46 PM (GMT -7)   
It might be working toxins out like massage does. But I think it is a good idea to try to stick it out. Because it sounds like a good thing for fibro.

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   Posted 10/9/2009 11:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Just a thought...I have no idea why you are feeling more pain but if it were me I think I'd ask my doctor, just to make sure that nothing else is going on. Doubtful since it's all over but it would be worth bringing it up with him/her.

Hope you start to feel a bit less pain soon! We'll take any improvement we can get.
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Littleneck
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   Posted 10/10/2009 1:34 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm about to start a gentle exercise class in a warm pool as well, a class 2x a week for people with arthritis and fibro, and was told by the group leader that it might be uncomfortable for the first few weeks because our muscles are so tight and drawn in everyday life, which makes for a lot of lactic acid buildup, which needs extra time to work itself out. She advised me to drink a lot of water, an extra glass or two a day, and if it persisted to get a massage. I would keep trying for another couple of weeks and then see if it is not better. Will you let us know what happens then? Thanks!

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upbeat
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   Posted 10/10/2009 5:58 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you all! I hadn't thought about toxins Karen, that makes sense with what littleneck said about having to drink a lot of water the first few weeks of class. Chutz - I wasn't supposed to see my doctor until Nov, but was thinking about getting in earlier if this continued - I know I should since I am just assuming it is a flare.

Littleneck - your class sounds exactly like mine - it is for arthritis and fibromyalgia and is called a range of motion class. My teacher does not know a lot about fibro so she has been asking me questions about how I feel. Most of the people in the class are older and the teacher knows a lot about arthritis. Let me know how you like your class - when do you start?
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   Posted 10/10/2009 7:08 AM (GMT -7)   
Make sure the pool is warm enough. I can't remember off the top of my head what the Arthritis Ass standard is. My niece teaches classes at a YWCA and it is not warm enough. I can't imagine getting in that water, I would tighten up all over.
 
I think the water therapy would be good and would do it myself if I lived close to a pool that offers the therapy and was warm enough.
 
I hope it gets better with time.
 
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Sherrine
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   Posted 10/10/2009 7:51 AM (GMT -7)   
Anything that we start to do that we don't do on a daily basis can make us ache more.  I remember when I started walking.  I could only go about four doors down and had to turn around because I hurt too much.  But, I continued and it got easier and easier and the pain got less and less.  Now I walk my dog for one mile each morning, along with walking other places.  I don't have the pain from walking now.
 
Water exercise is good for you.  It doesn't put stress on the joints but you are still moving muscles that haven't been moved in a while.  I bet you will start to feel better if  you continue.  Maybe pace yourself.  If you hurt when doing something, then don't do it as long as the rest of the class.  Work yourself into it...kind of like what I described with my walking.  I do hope this works out for you.  It's so good for you!
 
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upbeat
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   Posted 10/10/2009 10:16 AM (GMT -7)   

Thank you Marlee and Sherrine. The pool is heated to 90 degrees, so it feels good. They have a regular lap pool that is only 80 - 84 degrees and I stuck my foot in it the other day and got right back out! Cold water has always made me ache.

It is weird because I can walk 2 miles of hills in my neighborhood and it doesn't bother me, but this class, that doesn't feel hard while I am doing it, hurts.  I may try to take it a little easier in the class this week. This place also has a hot tub, steam room and sauna - I am going to be in heaven this winter. I love heat.

 


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Sherrine
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   Posted 10/10/2009 2:47 PM (GMT -7)   

Upbeat, you are using a different set of muscles when you are walking.  Pretty soon, I think, you will be walking AND enjoying water exercise!

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upbeat
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   Posted 10/10/2009 4:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you Sherrine!
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