Hi, Emilie, and welcome to the fibromyalgia forum! I'm so glad you joined us. I walk my dog every morning, but I don't walk at that pace and I don't break a sweat. With fibro, you want gentle stretches and exercises. If you overwork the muscles, you'll pay for it...big time. You already found that out! It will get better though.
Be sure to check out the Fibro 101 thread. It's the second thread on the forum. There are links to some good info about fibro. One is a link to gentle stretching exercises and these really do help. They are done sitting in a chair, no less! Once your muscles settle down, I would suggest that you again try walking your dog, but at a decent pace. I don't stroll. I walk briskly but it definitely isn't a power walk! I always feel better when I get home.
Hot showers and moist heat help with fibro. Get a rice bag and heat it in the microwave. It will give off moist heat for about a half and hour and it does feel good on the really sore muscles. We have several people that use the TENS, too. I haven't tried it but some here love it.
You do need to learn how to pace yourself, too. You can't do the same amount of work in the same period of time as you used to. It will just cause you more pain. I do a little and then take a break. It will be difficult since you are moving soon. You have so much to do right now so do the best you can without causing pain.
I live in the Tampa Bay area of Florida and I hope you love Florida as much as I do. Take care and I hope to hear more from you soon.
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