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   Posted 1/26/2009 7:17 AM (GMT -6)   
yeah   yeah yeah I am starting to gain weight.I lost a lot of weight when I was in the hospital last year and I keep it off for a while.After I first hurt myself my body went in to temporary menopause.I keep all of the weight off tell I started to have periods again(I did not miss them at all)but as soon as they started back up I started to gain weight again.I hate being fat.I use to walk a lot(6 to 12 miles a day 3 or 4 times a week) about 10 years ago.I really like to walk but I can no longer walk that much.I do not think that I could even do a 1/2 mile.First off it would hurt to much and second we have a lot of snow and ice this winter.What I would like to know is if anyone has found a form of exercise that they can do when there body is as broken up as most of ours are???????I know that my back and my leg feel not as bad if I weigh less so if any one has a idea I would really like to hear it.I am sure that there or others on here that would like some ideas to. yeah yeah yeah
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   Posted 1/26/2009 8:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Swimming is about the only I can do that does not hurt like hades but that is pretty impractical cause I don't have a pool anywhere near me.

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   Posted 1/26/2009 9:14 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Mom9mom,
Swimming is the best exercise! Rebounding is also great, you don't want to get one from the sports stores or walmart....get a Needak or Urban rebounder, they are softer. You can do marching, health bounce or even jump on these, this exercise is highly recommended by most Physical Therapists. The WII fit is another favorite and they are actually using this in Physical Therapy offices. The initial cost is expensive but way cheaper then joining a gym or going for PT. Even the games that you can get for this system are all forms of exercise!
Most of us who have chronic pain have fried Adrenal glands, therefore, its easy to gain but almost impossible to lose weight. Get a supplement that supports the adrenals!
I do as much as my body allows and still carry the 35 lbs I gained after Cervical fusion makes me feel so great (NOT) when Dr.s repeat over and over if you'd lose weight you would feel much better...duh!

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   Posted 1/26/2009 9:56 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi Mom,

Yes swimming is the best if you can find a place to do it. I used to swim in the ocean a couple time a week, I think the salt water also has a healing effect on your body. I can't anymore except in summer when it flattens out as I can't handle getting in and out when it's rough. If it knocks me down, I'm screwed! I used to be a member of the local YMCA here but I let it laps as I just didn't use it enough. I just work to much and get too tired, drive right past the Y to get home for a nap! I wish I still had the energy, I'd join again. I also have a couple outdoor pools around here that I can use but they are not heated and my old broken body just can't handle that cold water anymore so I'll b waiting for summer to get back in the swim! Goo dluck!

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   Posted 1/26/2009 1:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Have you tried gentle yoga or Pilates? There is a thread on Pilates over on the fibro forum I've recently found. I have a Pilates machine and love it but have used it very little since my back fusion. I think for many of us it's a question of what we can do that doesn't cause more injury, etc. I think we have to take some guidance first from our docs or PT's, but like you I've put on a good 20 lbs. in the past year or so that I had kept off for many years when I was working more regularly. Before my fusion surgery I used my Pilates to strengthen my core muslces and legs so I wouldn't have to bend, but now I'm losing muscle tone. I bought a Pilates machine on ebay from a woman who lived close by.

Of course with anything you need to check with your doc first. Oddly, my PT says swimming isn't a good exercise for my back the way things are with me now, but that's just me. Besides, I'm don't have any pools nearby nor any money to join them!


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   Posted 1/26/2009 5:39 PM (GMT -6)   
WOW PA no swimming for you??? I do have a pool and of course its not heated. If it was my behind would be out there in it. If I ever consider a heater for it I will go w/propane as electric heat would have my already off the scale electric bill totally out of site. I do have a jacuzzi outside that I get in and it feels wonderful. But, I can not get up near the jets that work on the back because of the catheter in my spine. Sure don't need that thing screwed up. One thing I do, do is I have jets on the sides down low and since our nerves are in our feet, I let my feet get a good massage. I can get this old hip near a jet if I work it right,lol. I just sit out there with the jets on high swirling the water around me and it helps even tho it temp. When I am good and pruned then I come

We have a new "Y" just built & now open and I have considered calling and seeing what it costs to join and how much the monthly dues are. Probably out of my range but you never know.

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