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   Posted 2/26/2010 4:03 PM (GMT -6)   
went to my new doctor yesterday, things are starting to move, im being put on a new medicine and getting all these blood tests done, im really excited things are looking up with my fibro! also, my doctor told me to start yoga, has anyone done yoga to help with there pain?
depression/anxiety/fibromyalgia - diagnosed - 2008

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   Posted 2/26/2010 5:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Ashphobiax,

I personally don't do yoga, but a friend of mine with fibromyalgia does and says it really does help. I am more into walking, but I do meditation and that helps too. I think you should try it. But as always remember to go slowly. Good luck!!!

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   Posted 2/26/2010 8:26 PM (GMT -6)   
I found yoga to be one of the best things I ever did for fibro. I very strongly suggest you take classes rather than learn on your own from a DVD. A good instructor will make sure you are doing the poses properly and can help you adapt poses based on any physical problems you may have.

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   Posted 2/27/2010 11:29 AM (GMT -6)   
I took a yoga flexibility class at Michigan State University and it was specifically for arthritics and fibros. Always take a pain med before class, even if it's just ibuprophen. Also be sure that the instructor knows you have fibro. If possible, sign up for a class that's specific to people with joint/mobility problems.

There's a short description of movements and how they are done on this website. Very simple stuff. No weird poses or pretzel bends.

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   Posted 2/27/2010 1:44 PM (GMT -6)   
I try and do at LEAST 5 minutes of yoga a day-which, I know seems like an impossible feat during a flare-up-but believe me, it has taken down my pain levels so, so much. What I recommend for everyone is finding a partner/buddy to do it with-that way you can keep each other motivated. I used to not even be able to lift my purse for more than a few minutes, but since I've had the light exercise/stretches, I feel like the Incredible Hulk in comparison, hahah.

Also, y'all should try the Wii fit, it's fun-its a very amusing way to help yourself, though I admit when I'm having a "good" day it's difficult to not want to go overboard and work out the way you used to pre-FM..

Hope that helps, good luck and keep us posted on how it works for you!

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   Posted 2/28/2010 2:22 AM (GMT -6)   
I took a yoga class in the fall, it was called "gentle yoga" and was for people with difficulties or injuries. I really enjoyed it but I think it was better for my head than for my pain. It was nice to relax once a week and get away from all my stresses. This semester I have a class at college during that time slot, so I had to stop going. It's definitely something I would recommend trying, though.

I have a WiiFit! It's a lot of fun but I don't always feel up to it. The cute little animated balance board motivates me, though.

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   Posted 3/1/2010 11:54 AM (GMT -6)   
I love yoga and have been doing it for years. I started with a trainer for several years and now I do almost everyday at home or at the gym. I know it helps me with my pain. I do it after walking or using the elliptical machine to warm up first. I do it slow and easy--listen to your body. Some days I can't do a lot, other days I can.
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