Cajun, you have to move. I know it hurts but the more sedentary you are the worse you will be. Four years ago I could barely move. I would be in tears trying to get out of a chair. My son visited me and we went to an animal park and I had to pay someone to drive me around in a golf cart because I hurt so badly. Well, that really ticked me off! I didn't want this to be my life so I did what I had to to get back on my feet.
I started stretching and then walking daily. When I started out, I could only go four houses down and had to turn around. But, I kept at it and walked a little further each day. I didn't feel like doing anything because if I didn't move, I didn't hurt as much. But, I saw where that was getting me! I was loosing muscle tone too. The saying, "If you don't use it you will loose it" is very true.
Now, I start out the day walking my dog for 1-1 1/2 miles. I walk a lot around the house and with shopping, too. I have more energy and am less fatigued after a walk...usually. My son came this past December and we went to DisneyWorld for the day. As we were entering the park, he asked me if I wanted to get a wheelchair. I said No. Well, Cajun, I walked all through that huge park...Fantasyland...from 9 AM to 6 PM! I was even able to ride the rides...including Splash Mountain with it's 55 foot drop! What a difference four years of moving made for me!
By the way, don't sit in front of the computer for long periods of time. Get up and walk around every 15 minutes or so. As a mod, I know that the time escapes you. I did that this winter and when I went for a massage, she could feel the difference in my legs and said the circulation wasn't as good. So, I'm not on the computer as much now and I had a massage today and my muscles were back to "normal" for me.
Just start moving and try to do a little more each day to slowly build up your strength. The pain should start to go down after a while...unless you are in a flare. I've had bad flares and have had them last up to six months. Not fun, but I kept on walking, even though I was limping some days. I would just focus on the beauty around me and ignore the pain as much as possible and I would make it through the walk and give myself a pat on the back. It can be done.
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