PT's opinion is "weakness"

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   Posted 11/20/2008 4:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Tuesday the PT told the doc that I can go on the treadmill for 30 minutes and I hurt until the next day.  The doc asked what she thinks is causing it and she said it was deconditioning and weakness.  I don't think she is right.  Up until I started having these problems, I could do many of the things I cannot do now.  I was strong and I think I still am.  I would put a big box in the attic without a second thought.  Now I cannot do it.  I have been pretty much in shape physically and am an active person, even though I sit at a desk. I run around the halls so much every day that I average 7,000 to 13,000 steps a day (13,000 is for when I use the elliptical).
Is that what causes our pain?  deconditioning?  I don't think so.  confused

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   Posted 11/20/2008 6:32 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't think "deconditioning" or weakness CAUSES the pain in the first place, but I guess it could make it worse once you already have Fibro? I know they (they being doctors and other folks with Fibro) say exercise can help the pain and inactivity can make it worse. I would definitely say that muscle weakness doesn't cause the pain though because I run (and have for years) up to 25 miles per week, and yet I still have pain and just got dx'd.

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   Posted 11/20/2008 9:31 PM (GMT -7)   
I've been told by multiple people now that the type of exercise is important. For FM, they want us to get 30 minutes of aerobic exercise a day. Aerobic is the important part, I hear. My PT did focus on rebuilding my core strength, though, to build general endurance so that it would be less painful for me to do things. I never had much upper body strength even before FM and my cervical spine is 41mm forward of where it should be so my posture is way off too. I think that conditioning may play a role for some people but not for others. My reaction to the physical therapy is that now I feel like I can carry a box, and I can do it for a little while, and then out of nowhere I get pain shooting down my arm and my wrist or hand will fail. So in the end it didn't accomplish much.

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   Posted 11/21/2008 12:08 AM (GMT -7)   
See I disagree with the PT. Fibro hurts no matter what condition I am in. I swim for two hours every single day. I cannot walk for a block without hurting. I do not even think I would walk much on a treadmill but I will try that out soon.

Why can they not accept that fibro is a pain and it is difficult to build our strength and endurance. I have work out in water for over two years and I am not as strong as I was before full blown fibro hit.

I work out with weights on occasion but they induce too many flares. I use the barbells in the water though. Still I hurt.


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   Posted 11/21/2008 1:48 AM (GMT -7)   
I think the most important thing here is for each of us to understand our own unique challenges in this generalized health issue. I, too, have a doc who thinks it is reasonable for me to go to the gym 5 days a week, when I am comfortably committed to three stable days a week. The #@%&$*&^$%@ whooo originally Dx me insisted that I should walk 3 miles each day, and that if I was not quickly 'addicted' to exercise, then I didn't really want to feel better. I'm not making this up. :) So- listen to what the 'pros' tell you, weigh those expectations against what you are comfy with, find a reasonable, realistic middle ground, and aim for half of that. That, to me, is a realistic goal and one that we should be able to do within a reasonable amount of time, making sure that each day we consult the only expert we know- ourselves. Peace!

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   Posted 11/21/2008 8:10 AM (GMT -7)   
I know that before fibro I used to move the piano to clean behind it... all by myself.  Now, a ten pound bag of potatoes is very heavy for me.  Because of pain I have lost strength.  I do walk about a mile a day and the I do a lot of walking around my home and yard and also when I go shopping.  But, lifting things and moving things is extremely difficult for me now.
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   Posted 11/21/2008 8:49 AM (GMT -7)   
I disagree with your therapist too. I was never fit, but I was gettign there before fibro hit me. Then, on some days lifting my hands overhead was a struggle. I felt very weak, but I never really could figure out if it was perceived or actual weakness. But I can't believe that my muscles deteriorated to that point so fast. When I tried starting up with my aerobics again, I could not go for very long, adn my muscles woudl burn after a few minutes. I felt that my legs coudl hardly carry me. Then I started on the malic acid supplements, and I felt such a difference! Again, I can not believe that I reconditioned my muscles in the space of a week. Now I go 30 minutes on the treadmill (walking and running), even though whiel I run I hurt and i can't sustain it for very long, I don't burn the way I had before the malic acid. Funny that I came across this thread today though. I forgot to take my pills yesterday, adn I'm certainly paying for it now. I feel weak as a kitten adn I ache all over.
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   Posted 11/21/2008 10:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Before all this started I would say I was physically strong. I can't say that now with the fatigue and pain I have lost a lot of muscle mass. I think any exercise program we have to start slow. Anything I do that my body is not use to causes sorness and pain. After the holidays I'm dusting off the treadmill and I'm going to start walking everyday. By spring Krissy will be about 8 mos old and will require lots of walking.
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   Posted 11/21/2008 10:33 AM (GMT -7)   
I have started aerobic two times a day ten minutes each. I cannot handle any more than that. Before, I could walk uphill on the treadmill (steep incline) for 45 minutes without a care. Last night my hip hurt after sitting down with my legs out on the ottoman. When I stood up I nearly fell down because my ankle gave out. Today my leg hurt after driving for 40 minutes. I am in a lot of pain today, but had to come to work to lecture and do some writing.
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