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Need help. Running and fibromyalgia
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cojack - February 8

Hi all,
I was recently diagnosed w/this and has had an active lifestyle. I am a 36 year old mother to 3 yr old twin boys and a runner. I always felt achy and have had insomnia for the past 2 years. Blood tests came back clear and this is what I am diagnosed with. I am wondering if there are any runners out there that got diagnosed with this and how you cope. I ran a half marathon in October and noticed the aches never went away and got worse to the point that I am having a hard time running again or any exercise. Also having pain in my arms, hips, neck etc. I could use any advice about diet, running and coping. The idea of always feeling like I have the flu (body aches) is not something I want to live with. It takes every effort to get up and run say 3 miles due to the aches but also the fatigue. I truly do not want to give the running up but having a hard time getting back to it. Again any advice would be helpful.. Thanks!

 

JJ1 - February 11

I am not a runner, so I can't be much help there, but I do know exercise is important for keeping fibromyalgia symptoms at bay. My doctor has advised me to excerise but wants me to keep it low impact. I am not very good with formal exercise routines, but I did try a spin class once and it seemed to do some good. Mostly now I walk or I swim. I feel sort of unsteady on my feet at times and think even if I could get myself up to running, I would be a good candidate for injury (twisting an ankle, tripping). Not much comfort, I know, but just do what you feel most comfortable doing. You may have to cut back but I wouldn't think you would have to give it up.

 

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