Stairs can be a blessing

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Jeannie143
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   Posted 3/20/2010 11:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Journey On noted what a trial her stairs were for her each day and I have to tell her and all of you that maybe stairs are a blessing in disguise. I injured my ankle last year and had so much difficulty with the stairs that I quit doing them. Family all ran my stairs errands. What I didn't realize was that the muscles in my legs got very much weaker over the time I wasn't going to the basement... So much weaker that when I resumed the stairs I could barely go down without holding the railing because my legs were trembling so.

Stairs hurt. Walking hurts. Scrubbing the tub hurts. Raking leaves hurts. Vacuuming hurts. What we all have to remember is that the pain is not a warning of injury- just some whacked out nerves sending a false alarm. Stretches under the warm covers in the morning can help loosen up those tight tendons while they are at rest. Might look weird but it does work. We can take an over the counter pain med before we get out of bed or maybe just grit it out till we get that first cup of coffee.

Gotta keep going, people, or we will just curl up and become cripples. Not trying to be Suzie Sunshine and say just work thru the pain, but we must keep going. The alternative is scary.
~ Jeannie
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   Posted 3/20/2010 11:52 AM (GMT -7)   
I agree with you 100% If you don't use it, you lose it.
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   Posted 3/20/2010 11:56 AM (GMT -7)   
I know that stairs can sometimes be a challenge for me because I live in a ranch home.  I've lost that tone.  It is so very important to keep doing what you are able to do.
 
Today, I spent four hours trimming my pygmy palms.  I'm not done but that's all I could possibly do today. Now, if I had known it was going to take me that long, I would have either put it off or gotten help.  But, I didn't and I managed it all by myself.  I'm tired now, but happy.
 
So, as Jeannie always says, keep on keeping on!
 
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   Posted 3/20/2010 12:59 PM (GMT -7)   
I totally agree, I think we need to continue challenging ourselves all of the time. Like was stated above, Use it or Lose it. And we don't want the latter. I take stairs instead of an elevator when I can. And when I go shopping, I park far away from the store so that I get a little exercise there. What I didn't realize though is that it is an uphill gradual slope going back with the shopping cart, but it does me good.

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   Posted 3/20/2010 1:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Jeannie I agree with you. I exercise everyday, flare or no flare. Yesterday, I walked
my 1.6 route around in my neighborhood. Today I'm flaring and have done some gentle
stretching. It is raining today, so later on I'll do some stretches with my hand weights.

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Jeannie143
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   Posted 3/20/2010 10:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Ok, I wanna see Robin stretch hand weights.... tongue
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   Posted 3/21/2010 7:19 AM (GMT -7)   
Once again you are so very right Jeannie. I have not lived in a house with stairs for over five years now, sold two story house, moved in rental house that had no stairs and then moved here. Stairs are a real challenge for me now where I use to do them everyday a couple times a day at least. Now when I go up stairs I have to pull myself up with the rail and I can tell the difference in my tush muscles too since I don't do stairs very often.
 
When I started working on my family gallery in the living room going up the little two step stool I use made me sore but the more I did it the less sore I got. My hands have gotten very weak cause I don't use them like I use to but that has more to do with the arthritis than fibro.
 
I keep plugging along and it may take me a week to do what I use to do in a day but I'm not going to give up the decorating projects I want to do cause of fibro. Okay, I do have a problem on high step ladders cause I lose my balance very easy and get light headed and the last thing I need is to fall and break a bone so I am cautious in what I do.
 
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   Posted 3/21/2010 8:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Jeannie, you didn't know I could stretch my hand weights? You should see what I
can do with my workout resistance bands! turn
 
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PS I have to admit I don't like stairs, but put me on level ground and watch me go!!!!!!

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   Posted 3/21/2010 9:24 PM (GMT -7)   
I park in a structure that is about 10 mins from my car. I started going the long way around and it takes 12 minutes, now. Some days I go out to my car to drive to a meeting, so I get 4 12-minute walks a day. then I walk to the bakery or some other place. Before fibro, I used to do more than this, but I have to get used to the fact that things are different now. I am stronger than I was, but I still have bad days where I have to park close by. I have sort of learned how to pace myself - if I am going to be doing a lot of walking, I will not push myself because then the end of the day will be very difficult. I hope the walking and strengthening will help with the bursitis and hyper mobile joints. It is supposed to, but it is hard to build up strength fast enough with the fibro fighting me all the way. Some days are still better than others. But I am glad I have the opportunity to walk 10 minutes a few times a day.
Sue

Jeannie143
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   Posted 3/21/2010 9:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Sue - You go girl!!!
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