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Aug 27, 2017 3:59 PM

I was wondering what other people do for exercise. I walk a lot myself. I wanted to find some other exercises I could do but have not figured out what would work. Besides fibro I also messed up my neck really bad (badly healed fracture and herniated disk) and I'm not supposed to do anything that would put any strain at all on my neck or shoulders. I asked both my family dr and the specialist for my neck and they only would tell me what I could not do.. no suggestions on what I can. I really feel like I need to do more then just walking but between my neck and the fibro everything seems to be just too much. Does anyone have any suggestions?

Aug 27, 2017 4:07 PM

I also have a bad neck with herniated and bulging discs and fibro. It bothers my neck, shoulders and arms the most. All I can do is walk. Anything over my head isn't good and bending or lifting too much isn't either. I'm
Sorry I'm not more help. I would be careful though. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. 🙏

Aug 27, 2017 4:24 PM

Hey there...

I do yoga every single morning and it has helped me so much with pain management as well as peacefulness.

If you check on Youtube, Yoga with Adriene is a great one to start with because she goes slow and doesn't strain you. She also gives you lots of space to be yourself and to do what feels good for you.

I hope that helps😃 I know some people do water exercises as well😀😜

Aug 27, 2017 4:29 PM

Tai Chi is good for stretching

Aug 27, 2017 4:59 PM

Hi I can't exercise at all due to my illness but I find stretching or a little bit of yoga helps, I find "yoga my bed and me" on YouTube is good 💕

Aug 28, 2017 12:01 PM

I walk 20-30 minutes daily. I break it down into 5-10 minutes of activity at a time so I do not overdo it. After doing 15 squats and barely being able to walk for a week after that, I’m pretty careful. Ocassionally I do Qigong (similar to tai chi but I find it less rigid and more fun and relaxing). Sit and Be Fit is a modified exercise class that is done sitting. It’s on PBS and YouTube.

I went to physical and occupational therapy and they taught me safe exercises and stretch to do daily. See if your doctor will refer you for PT. PT way better than doctor suggestions because that is all PT does. Even in just one eval session, they can get a home exercise program set up for you.

I really think the key is staying consistent with something that works for you, even if it is just walking.

Aug 28, 2017 2:12 PM

Thank you for the suggestions everyone. I can't afford physical therapy and I have tried yoga before but had a hard time finding moves I could do. You seem to need a lot of arm and neck movement with many of them. I will look into the tai chi and Qigong and see what they will be like. Maybe I can find more stretches to do also.

Aug 28, 2017 2:17 PM

"Yoga my bed and me" on YouTube Is done by a women with chronic illnesses and all the moves are done sat on your bed, Some of them you don't need to move your arms at all 💕

Aug 28, 2017 2:46 PM

I only do Lee Holden Qigong. I found him to be best as far as gentleness. Here’s a quick video for neck and stress. He has a ton more free ones on YouTube. You never push yourself past your comfort zone. If you can’t lift arms over your head, then you don’t. It’s more of relaxing into something than pushing.


Aug 29, 2017 8:47 AM

Nightsong, my doc told me to just move. Do whatever you can on that given day. I know it's not much advice but, there it is.

Aug 29, 2017 11:50 AM

I just found this DVD it's called Body Groove. It's dancing but you do what you're comfortable with. Just Google "body groove" and watch a video. It's VERY joint friendly

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