Been in so much pain that I've literally been almost bedridden for the past year, muscles are so weak from not using them and now I have to build those muscles up doing a lot of physical therapy. Dr said pain will get better. I'm committing to it cuz i need to get better and see it if helps any.
Hi! I'm also needed to get back into some kind of conditioning program as I've done very little activity in the last several years due to pain issues also. I have gotten so out of shape as I battle with extreme fatigue also and Fibro flare ups. I'm not sure how to start. A little afraid. I do thing PT is a good way to go about it but a little afraid. From my PT experience in last bunch of years, I think regular pt doesn't work well for people with fibromyalgia ( and CFS, chronic pain etc). It seems to be too strenuous and I have had a lot of trouble progressing. I felt like I would take one step forward and two back. Think the PT needs to be knowledge with above illnesses and make a super gentle and super slow program. Let us know how it goes for you.
Fibro is quite the beast! I've been actively dealing with mine for over 20 years & I've learned a few things. Since you didn't list your diagnosis but it sounds like fibro, I'm going to list some things that will work with fibro. I am apologizing in advance if I start to ramble.
1. When your muscles are sore & achy, heat, especially wet heat, will help to relax your body. A heating pad, hot water bottle, or one of my favs, a long, hot, bath work wonders. None of those will take ALL the pain away, but it does help relax you.
2. Exercise is not just something your doctor says because that's what he's been taught to say. Fibromyalgia gets better when you exercise. A leisurely walk around the neighborhood (take your dog with you & you will also have a happy pooch), or exercising in a warm water pool can work wonders. Utilizing a WARM water pool will help loosen you up & begin to control your pain. Light strength training, dancing, roller skating/blading, jumping on a trampoline, the list goes on & on. I suggest doing something you enjoy because you will WANT to do the activity. I love playing in the pool so I do so whenever I can.
When you first start exercising you won't be able to do much & you will be extra sore. But I promise that it will get better.
3. Eating healthier if you can is a great idea. I just gained a ton of weight because of poor eating, no exercising & bad attitudes. So now not only do I have to exercise my body to contain the fibro, I now have all this weight to loose. Boo.
4. A positive attitude will help you do all of the above. I just got out of a very negative relationship with a very negative man & I'm having to clean up the mess that negativity created. I'm usually a very vocal optimist & drive others batty with my happy, happy, joy, joy attitude.
5. If you're an animal lover a pet can be a wonderful thing. Though they drive me nuts, I love my dogs & they give me a reason to extract my fat butt from the couch. Research has shown that petting an animal for even a few moments lowers blood pressure.
6. Faith/prayer....If you are an atheist, I'm sorry. But a study done some 20 years ago at a hospital not far from me raised some eyebrows when it more than strongly suggested that prayer works. A group of surgeons, nurses & staff would pray for patients before they went into surgery. The patients were unaware of any of this but what was found was that those prayed for before surgery healed faster & with less pain medication than those not prayed for. So if you are a person of faith (or if you want to be), pray. It can't hurt you.
The only other thing I can suggest is to surround yourself with people who love you. If you are lucky enough to be a grandparent, call those grandbabies! But, having people who love you can help get & keep you motivated to do something about your pain. Tell them what you need & I'm sure they will help you.
That's pretty much it. I hope something in this thing helps. I've tested all of it & recommend whatever will work for you. Oh, one more thing - laughter. It really is the best medicine. In the meantime, good luck & I will pray for you. I hope you find relief.
Deena is exactly spot on. Swimming in a heated pool helps me. The warm water is soothing to my muscles and water exercise is easier on the joints. Nutrition and attitude are huge. You are what you think. The mind is really powerful.