I think I've mentioned on here that exercise is difficult for me because I have fibromyalgia.
Anyhow, for about a month I did really well with exercise. I went from doing about 5 mins a day of lifting very light weights and doing wall push ups to doing 45 mins of dancing and Your Shape Fitness cardio and yoga.
For awhile, I felt like this:
This month has been difficult pain wise and it's hard to say, but I think now that I'm gluten free and not due for my monthly visitor for awhile (low estrogen can cause flares), I might be okay for at least a month. I want to take advantage of that. I am seeing my pain doc in February to discuss my lady time pain flares. I have heard progesterone cream can help. I also need to get on seasonique so it comes less often and lasts a little less time.
After all that I felt a little more like this:
Within a matter of days.
I had to stop exercising entirely, which undid any progress I had made not only with my endurance but also the way it had been helping my day to day pain levels. Flares are flares, they will happen no matter how hard you try to avoid triggers but the day to day constant pain and fatigue was almost non existent when I was exercising. This is a picture of the Pain and Fatigue Rating Scale that I use over at Patients like me:
PFRS from Oct 2010-Jan 2011 - Scale goes from 1-50, 50 being bad:
The high spots are flares. The worst week in the last few months I was a 37, but my day to day pain had gotten as low as a 4 one week.
Anyhow, it's gotten to the point in my weight loss journey where I feel so great and when I see a pic of a sweaty gym girl or a picture of gym equipment, I get all excited. I never thought I'd be that kind of person.
Next month I hope to have my pain under more control, I want to exercise. Because on Sunday, June 19th I plan to join a gym.
As soon as the weather even starts to break I will be out there walking my 5k path on the bridal trail. (My legs are my biggest pain issue but activity really helps.)
I'm doing better though and February is going to be a good month for me. It has to be. :) I plan to start the Couch 2 5k running program this summer. I need summer to be great so next winter is less painful. This winter is already way less painful than last winter.
I will get there.
Anyone else have any experience with exercise and fibromyalgia? What has helped? What has hurt?
I hope that this blog included some new info for anyone who suffers from fibromyalgia or for anyone who has a sufferer in their life.