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Muscle weakness and getting relief

Dec 03, 2015 5:40 PM

I'm suffering from a horrible flare up from my fibromyalgia. New symptom is muscle weakness. Feels like I worked out for hours! I didn't obviously, but my question is, how can I get relief from the weakness and pain that comes with it?

Dec 03, 2015 6:33 PM

Unfortunately the only thing to do for muscle weakness is to exercise it and try to gain strength back.
I like resistance bands, you can change the resistance by changing where you hold them.
Muscle weakness falls in to the adage 'you don't use it, you lose it'. Once you lose it and dont weight/resistance train to get it back it hurts more so you do less and lose more and so on until you completely lose any independence you might have.
Personally I don't want someone to have to wipe my ass for me and spoon feed me.
Just remember to start low and go slow so you dont burn out. And alternate muscle groups. Legs one day arms the next core after that and repeat.
Good luck

Dec 03, 2015 6:39 PM

Yoga also helps and depending on what you do it is resistance training and stretching all rolled into one.

Dec 05, 2015 11:57 AM

Deana, did the weakness start with the flare up, or was it present before? If it was present before the flare up, follow the advice Gotobef have you to start regaining strength. I've lost a lot of strength in the five years my health has snowballed. I just finished a 8 week, mild strength & balance training in PT. I can tell a major difference in my legs and arms. They had me warm up 10 minutes on a machine, a cross between a bike and a seated stepper, where my feet pushed against peddles in front of me & my arms were pulling the handles in the opposite direction of my feet. After that I did front, side & backwards leg lifts. Then I raised up on my toes 30x. After that I did (at first) 3 different band exercises with my arms. The last 3 weeks I was doing 5 exercises. The last thing I did was a machine like a leg pressed, similar to squats but lying on your back. The therapist told me to march in place with 2 lb leg/wrist weights for the warm up, or walk my treadmill. She warned me if I don't continue I will lose my strength again. I still struggle to lift a gallon of milk but that's due to my neck discs.

If your weaknesses came after the flare started I'd suggest resting. My rheumy doc said when I'm in a flare I should not exercise, but only walk the treadmill. She said that weakness during a flare is part of the body's way of altering me to rest. Exercises have helped me have less aggressive flares. Good luck on strength training, and I pray your flare is short lived! 🙏🌼

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