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   Posted 5/12/2010 8:34 AM (GMT -7)   
I was just wondering if anyone out there who has fibromyalgia is able to run on a regular basis.  If you do run, how often are you able to run and for how long.  Did it take long to buld up to that level?  Did you have setbacks? 

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   Posted 5/12/2010 9:27 AM (GMT -7)   
No, my doctor told me I shouldn't run because I do have some spinal damage. But I have clearance to walk from here to Timbuktu.
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   Posted 5/12/2010 6:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Kim,
I was a runner when I developed fibro - would run 20-25 miles a week, 8-10 mile long run on the weekends. I continued to try and run for a couple of years, but it really bothered my hips.
I finally gave up and just stuck to walking and my hips have been much better. Running is what I miss most! Is it your daughter that wants to start running?
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   Posted 5/12/2010 11:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Run? Only is someone is bleeding or birthing! OK, sorry for the sad stab at humor. It hurts to walk and many days the bottoms of my feat hurt so bad. At least I can keep walking though which for some is more difficult than for others. I too have spine damage and some arthritis in there so even if I wanted to run it probably isn't a great idea.

I guess my suggestion would be to not push yourself into pain. Is it serving any purpose if it makes you worse? There are lots of exercises including water aerobics that you can do in place of running and avoid any more misery.

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   Posted 5/13/2010 6:27 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Upbeat - it is my daughter that has fibromyalgia. She still dreams of running and being as active as she used to be. We aren't there yet. Walking is hard at times for her. She is doing yoga on her own and riding a stationary bike. Her doctor just recently gave her the ok to start exercising slowly. She was told to build up slowly. I have RA and I can't run, but I walk alot and bike ride. She will figure this out in time. Thanks everyone.


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   Posted 5/13/2010 3:37 PM (GMT -7)   

It must be so hard for your daughter to have this at such a young age! Running may never be the best thing for her, but she can get a hard workout on an elliptical when she builds up strength without the pounding.
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   Posted 11/10/2011 7:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi ,
I have been running for about 20 years. I started when I was diagnosed by walking for 10 minutes on a treadmill and then crying in the sauna room afterwards. But I kept going increasing a little more very day. It took a few months of intense agony. Then the pain subsided in a way... where I used to call it buying myself pain free days. If i would exercise for 2 days on the 3rd day I would have a no pain day if i didnt exercise. So I could plan a no pain day if say I had something special to do by going with this plan. I started running after about 4 months and have at times run up to 7 miles. My daughter got married in May and I was running alot but now, in my mid fifties, its time to calm down, my knees are starting to hurt... but I still do a burst of running about a mile in the middle of long walks... probably not such a great idea anymore but I cant resist the feeling of wanting to run..
Anyway, so yes I became a runner with fibromyalgia and it has kept me pretty strong..
I see this post is from a year ago... hopefully she will see it.. or even more hopefully maybe she has been running for the past year.
OH and yes I switch to eliptical when Im in more pain than usual.

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   Posted 11/11/2011 8:05 AM (GMT -7)   
I was reading this thread with interest, adn then noticed that it was from 1 1/2 years ago. Oh well, I still think it's a good subject.

I would love to run! I dream of running a mini marathon, but I doubt that will ever happen.
We have a treadmill and I started trying to run for the last couple years. I haven't been able to work up to anything substantial. Maybe if I kept at it longer?
If I stop the treadmill for even as little as a week or two, I have to work up from the very bottom again. I get foot cramps and pain, and shin splints.
Even doing it every second day or so, I can't run for longer than 5 minutes at a time before my legs start to hurt too much.
I suppose it doesn't help that I have a bum knee and I'm 42.
I can still dream though ;)

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   Posted 11/11/2011 11:15 AM (GMT -7)   
I was 37 when I started... I could barely walk for a few minutes when i did start.. I did work up very very slowly and through incredible amounts of pain. It took a reallly long time, but I did work up to as I said 7 miles at a time... now my knees hurt though so I figure its not such a good idea anymore, but it did wonders for my energy level and pain control over the last 19 years..  It talks a lot of hurt and work to get through it at the beginning but it was worth it!

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   Posted 11/11/2011 7:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you so much, Right Red. I was a competitive swimmer for many years, and had resigned myself to never being athletic again. I will start exercising a little more each day. Right now a walk around the block with my dog is as strenuous as it gets.

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   Posted 11/12/2011 11:59 AM (GMT -7)   
Years ago, I was a runner and loved the sense of freedom it gave....long before fibro.

I get a great sense of freedom with walking too now. My walking ability greatly fluctuates depending on how symptomatic I am...anywhere from a few blocks to a few miles. Even a few blocks, are better than none I is good for the mind and the body.

I'm not that athletic anymore but can play a mean game of competitive croquet :) on good days!

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   Posted 11/14/2011 2:11 PM (GMT -7)   
at 45, to relieve stress and help with my blood sugar levels, I started jogging.  I started slow with a lot of stops to walk, but now I can do 20 minutes with almost no walking.  I can only make time for it about twice a week.  I also try to keep up with doing some light dumbbells a couple of times a week.
I walk everyday.  I love walking it keeps me connected with nature and it is very calming.  And my dog is happy to get out there daily. smilewinkgrin
Keep on keepin' on everyone yeah
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Also have RLS, UARS (like sleep apnea), hypoglycemia and arthritis (neck and knees).
Trying to stay positive and live one day at a time.
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