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   Posted 4/20/2010 3:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Just wondering if anyone was athletically active in their younger years.  I had a college scholarship in the Fall semester with the dance team during football season.  I then obtained another scholarship during the Spring semesters for cheering/dancing during basketball season.  We were constantly having to workout, run, etc.  I also was on competition dance teams during high school.  After college, I played co-ed softball with the corporation that I worked for.  Then................what happened???  I feel as though someone has stolen my body and gave me this old broken-down one.  Hate to vent, but I'm sure most of you can relate.  Its really bad when you know what it feels like to FEEL GOOD and can't seem to get your ole self back.  I've also gained weight on different meds they put me on, so my self-esteem is pretty much gone.  I don't eat that much and even try my best to walk and work in the yard.  My husband (no matter what I give him to read) just doesn't understand.  He is a very driven person and can work nonstop - I can't keep up anymore which makes me feel lazy. 
When I read what others are going through on this site, it makes me feel like I'm not crazy.  There are actually other people going through the same thing.  Thanks to everyone who helps me when I'm down.  I really try to do the same for others.  Oh, my mother has the same thing and played high school basketball.  She used to be very active also.  I wonder if there is a correlation - maybe we pushed our bodies too hard when we were younger.  Who knows!!
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   Posted 4/20/2010 5:03 PM (GMT -7)   
You know, I've wondered the same thing many times.  I used to be naturally strong in my arms, did track in high school, absolutely loved to go out dancing   I was never very competitive, but I loved the feeling of being toned and active, and have always been very much into health in general.  I loved going to the gym and doing Nautilus, and it was while I was doing it that my really bad pain started.  shakehead 
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   Posted 4/21/2010 11:44 AM (GMT -7)   
Once upon a time....M-A-N-Y years ago I was into gymnastics.  I spent a lot of time practicing for programs and I loved the trampoline.  I was also on the tennis team.  I was soooo strong that I would move the spinet piano, by myself, to clean behind it for spring cleaning.  (Talk about Type A personality!)  Now, carrying in a ten pound bag of potatoes is a struggle. 
I do miss my strength and unbounding energy but actually my life is less stressful now.  I'm actually starting to become "laid back."  I don't worry about what I've lost because of fibro because I've been "losing" things all of my life.  Doctors started dismantling my body years ago!  smilewinkgrin  I just enjoy the life I have with the parts that are still working and am very thankful for that!  You've got to keep that sense of humor.  It sure helps getting through this life.
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   Posted 4/21/2010 12:06 PM (GMT -7)   
I can definitely relate! I played soccer up through college and then ran all the time until just a few years ago. I could carry a child on each hip and run up stairs with no problem. I used to run and push them in a baby jogger 3 - 4 miles a day!

This just really hit me today because for the last 5 months I have not been able to walk like I usually do because of the neuroma in my foot. I have been water walking and doing my water class. Today I decided I would use my step machine that I have not been on in three years:) - I even took my book with me like I used to - don't know what I was thinking - I was so tired after 3 minutes I thought I would die! My legs feel so weak - I have decided that I am going to try and add an extra minute every couple of days and see if I can regain a little strength in my legs without killing my foot.

Coaches wife - don't feel lazy - that will just make you do something you will regret later ;)!!
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   Posted 4/22/2010 11:25 AM (GMT -7)   
Oh can I relate!!!  Years & years ago I had horses & mine didn't li8ke to be caught so there was a lot of running just about every day LOL.  I waitressed for about 10ish years and was constantly on the move.  For the last 15 years I have been working with my German Shepherd Dogs.  I have been sick a lot in the last 3 years but I am really hoping that this is "My summer"!!  I really want / need to get my new boy trained and titled.  Even taking him upstairs for a few hours in the evening wears me out, I forgot how active a 3 month old pup was.
Gettin' by, How's your pup doin'?  My hands are a scratched up mess but the boy sits on command tongue
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   Posted 4/23/2010 11:48 AM (GMT -7)   
I know what you mean, I grew up working on our cattle property. Then after I married I was still very active then having 4 children to run after plus the livestock too look after while my DH worked. Then I had a wonderful garden and a beautiful lawn as well. I enjoyed being active and hated to be indoors. Now just getting into the garden the little that is left is a blessing. Now it is hard work just to think about being active and a day out shopping ith friends just does not happen.

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   Posted 4/23/2010 12:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Yeah, now a "day" of shopping now means an hour and a half, tops! eyes
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    Meds: Nortriptyline, Clonazepam, Darvocet as needed
    Multivitamins, l-lysine, probiotics, magnesium, malic acid, calcium + vit. D, vit. C
    Chiropractic adjustments
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   Posted 4/24/2010 10:17 AM (GMT -7)   
I've had symptoms of fibro for my entire life so I don't know what it's like to get slammed with this disorder... I just did everything everyone else did in school gym and thought that they were just a lot braver than I was in hiding their pain. I've always been able to work thru the pain until my arthritis joined the party. This put my pain level over the top and makes life a lot more interesting. Degenerative joint disease in my spine, osteoporosis and bad ankle and knee problems have just about made me immobile so I hobble around like an old lady at 58 and use the little carts in the store. Wish it weren't so.
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   Posted 4/25/2010 12:46 PM (GMT -7)   
I am 23 years young and i used to play basketball since 11, used to be on a swim team, played tennis. I also used to run ALOT and did step aerobics. Then i joined military at 19, so i was very active as well. After 2 years in military i caught mono virus working with a patient and then it all went downhill from there. i have never thought i would b sick that young. I did everything to be healthy and everyone from my family played sports, some professionally, and has been healthy. I guess i just had too much stress and things to deal with at young age which triggered fibro. I was recently in a car accident and my back is messed up.
Anyways im slowly getting back, going to PT and aquatic therapy wich seems to help quite a bit. Also hot tub jacuzzi after aquatics feels amazing.
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