Kind of parallels my peripheral neuropathy from chemo that no one offered hope that I'd ever be free of. And movement, specifically lower body weight machines at the YMCA is what turned the corner. I was pain free after 3 weeks of class for survivors. If I stood still the pain would return. So I'd walk around in circles. I didn't set any records but it was the beginning of walking and trying other things.
Now, as long as I get in the pool and move for about an hour a day, I have no pain. Tonight I did an hour Aqua Zumba and a 45 minute Water Exercise class. I never thought I'd be able to do the things I can do now, a year after that survivor class.
The woohoo here is that you didn't give up. You have kept going in the face of pain and bad advice. Good for you!!
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Congrats on your progress. Wishing you continued success and hoping you get to hiking soon.
My knees were painful because of Osteoarthritis. I was trying to avoid pain thinking I would hurt myself. I was losing mobility. I couldn't even carry my groceries to my car. I had to lean on my grocery cart to walk. Then I got mad. I told my husband that I wasn't going to put up with it anymore. I was going to push myself as far as I could.
He was worried that I would injure myself, so I reassured him that I would not let that happen. Now some of my mobility has returned. I sometimes push too far and have to rest the next day. Some days I can't walk without a cane. Yet, overall I can do more.
Later, I read a study where two sets of people with Osteoarthritis were given two different instructions. One group did limited activity. The other group did as much as they could. The result is that the group that did as much as they could did not wear down their joints more than those who limited their activity.
I regret all the times I did not hike now that I can't. My goal is to one day hike again.
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