I was just curious how many of you that have chronic pain have found ways to exercise?
I have been really into exercising for the last 10 years or so. I lost 30 pounds from doing cardio (cycling/spinning classes, step aerobics, treadmill walking and running) and doing weights. I even went to a weight training class for an hour two days a week. I was in the best shape of my life. Then I got pregnant and ended up spending the last couple of months on bedrest. After that, I had severe post partum depression and then my pain condition started. (Pain from my neck, through my shoulder all the way down to numbness in my pinky and ring finger). I've yet to recieve an official diagnosis. I have another neurologist appt this week. I was referred by an orthopedic doctor who thinks I have some sort of ulnar nerve injury and he thinks it's either being pinched in my elbow my wrist or both. The orthopedic doctor does not think it's thoracic outlet syndrome, but hopefully my upcoming nerve conduction test with the neurologist will find something. I also went to a naturopath that has talked to me about the benefits of prolotherapy injections. He feels that I have multiple problems with tendons, muscles and he also feels I have thoracic outlet sydnrome. Isn't it great how no one can ever agree on your diagnosis?? I'd just like to get diagnosed with something at this point!! Sounds funny saying that, but you know what I mean.
Anyhow, I'm currently on a decent pain medication regimen that incluldes oxycodone, klonopin, and antidepressant and ambien to help me sleep. My pain is under control for the most part with the meds. I still have bad days where I have to sit around with an ice pack and/or heating pad.
I really want to exercise again. I was thinking about walking. I may never be able to lift weights again or do the higher impact working out...but I am hoping that starting a daily walking plan might help me feel better. I also have an on demand cable station that has all sorts of gentle cardio workouts that I could do for the days I am home with my daughter (she isn't keen on stroller rides anymore and she walks very slowly since she is only 2)
Anyhow, just wanted to hear back from those of you that have tried to incorporate exercise, if it helped, if it made it worse...etc.
I know losing the weight I've gained over the last couple of years would probably help with the pain. Then the endorphins I'm sure would also help. I'm just scared though. I'm scared to cause more pain. But my pain is in my arm, not my legs...so I should be able to start a walking program at the very least. Right? I sure hope so. Not exercising after years of exercising really sucks. Especially when I lost so much weight and it was such a great stress reducer....