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Exercise and fibromyalgia
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stephanie - June 18

Between already having some weight and early arthiritis issues I exercise seemed painful at the gym, not knowing I had FMS. Were the personal trainers who were trying to help me lose weight with traditional endurance and weight machines doing me more harm than good?


cappy - February 4



Sok - June 18

No, they shouldn't harm you, but lower impact exercises will be less painful. try the stationary bike instead of the treadmill and use tubing and bands instead of weights for your resistance training. Exercise in water is a good workout people with Fibro. Good luck and keep exercising!


katrinalove_1 - October 15

I do walk aerobic exercise at home five to six days a week. I am loosing weight. My rheumatoloist said water aerobics are very good, but I have to drive to far so that wouldn't last long. I did have pressure point injections in my hips and knees so I can exercise. I also take fish oil supplements. They are good for taking away inflamation. I take the Nature brand from Walmart omega 3,6 and 9. God Bless and good luck.


bernie - October 26

well my hubby read a leaf let about it saying to exercise i have tryed so much to do light exercise but i am in so much pain i cant so now he will not talk i have cryded all weekend i thought he understood but he does not...i have only been told i have fma...sorry if this does not make sence bernie


Fantod - October 26

Bernie - I am really sorry to hear about your weekend. I can not imagine that you would do the same thing to your husband if the tables were turned and he had just been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia (FMS).

Exercise is fine and recommended for FMS. Particularly Tai Chi or a water aerobics class for arthitics. But, you have just been diagnosed and any medication that you have been prescribed is certainly not established in your system. And even when it is, there will still be bad days. when you will have trouble doing even simple tasks.

Shame on him for taking such a narrow view of how to "fix' the problem. You should be furious. Take some time to throughly read all of the information in the blue boxes on the lefthand side of this page. Knowledge is power. The better educated you are about this syndrome the better able you will be to deflect this sort of nonsense.

Share this site with him. If you don't want to do that, than go to the National Arthitis Foundation website and use the "search" function to find the information on FMS. Order him the "Fibromyalgia for Dummies" book. Take him to a doctor's appointment with you. This is not a simple problem with a simple fix like exercise. You'll need a combination of prescribed medication and a lot of rest to manage it. What you are experiencing is very common among people with FMS. We all have or had family members and friends who just refused to accept FMS as part of our lives. You are not alone.

Take care and keep in touch. God Bless.


bmcgovern - November 13

I go to the gym 3 times a week. I do cardio and some weights to get my muscles stronger. I made my own routine up and it is helping. Instead of having a personal trainer try making your own routine. It is helping with my leg pain and arm. My legs feel like i am having growing pains all the time so when i go workout i stretch before and after and working the muscles helps relieve that pain. I hope this helped.
Good Luck


Canada17 - November 13

Perhaps bringing your hubby with you to a doctor appointment may help him understand a bit more. You can also go out and buy the book "Fibromyalgia For Dummies" I know it sounds like a silly title but it has a lot of helpful information in it.

The reason we have such difficulty with exercise, and this is a newly discovered thing, is because our muscles do not utilize oxygen the way they should. Instead they utilize carbon dioxide which results in excess lactic acid (the stuff that makes your muscles ache and burn after a workout) so even the lightest of exercises can cause us a lot of pain.

My husband is having a lot of trouble accepting this disease. I am only 26 and he is so afraid that in 10 years I'll be so far gone that I won't be able to do anything on my own. I am taking him with me to my next doctor's appointment and will allow him to ask as many questions as he wants.

It is just as important for us to understand our spouses' frustrations with this disease as it is for them to understand ours. It is not an easy thing to do. We want them to just realize that we didn't choose this and be sensitive to the fact that we can't control it. But that just compounds the feelings they have; if we can't control it, then they can't control it, and that leaves them feeling helpless. It is far easier said than done to be accepting though and will present challenges in our lives. Anything worth having is worth working for though and love really does conquer all. I don't know about you, but no one ever promised me that it would be easy.



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