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CAOUTCHOUC
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7/16/12 10:25 P

I feel you -- I have chronic pain problems as well. Being told to do more by people who do not understand how you are feeling is one of the more frustrating things I have encountered.

What has worked for me is starting slowly in both time and effort and increasing from there. I have made the mistake of doing too much too quickly. And people constantly telling me, 'Doing exercise will help with pain! Itll make you happier!" just pissed me off, haha. I can tell you, however, that it does. As silly as it sounds.

The greatest thing about walking is you can do it anywhere. Walk from one end of the house to the other while you are on the phone or during commercials. Walk to the end of the block and back several times a day, then graduate to around the block, and so on.

Best of luck to you!

Edited by: CAOUTCHOUC at: 7/16/2012 (22:26)


KORCEI
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7/16/12 9:53 P

Hi All,

Thank you for your words of advice.



MAGGIEMURPHY4
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7/16/12 12:07 P

water exercise will help you feel better and will actually increase you mobility for a couple hours after. I know this for a fact. I have had both my hips replaced this year and the only thing that gave me relief was swimming and water exercise before they were replaced..Feeling better and and having more mobility afterward should help motivate you...but start slow and best of luck to you!



SPARK_COACH_JEN
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7/16/12 11:29 A

If your doctor is recommending water exercise and walking, then just start slow. Even 5-10 minutes of regular activity can help get you used to moving more. I've worked with people in the past who have fibro, and typically they find their symptoms get better with regular activity.

Hang in there! You can do it!

Coach Jen



STLCARDSFANS05
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7/16/12 9:29 A

my mom is 61 and has the fibro and chronic fatigue and i get into her behind about moveing her body and the more she moves the better she actually feels. she even sleeps better. one of her favorite things is anything that involves water. walking in the water or swimming easy laps.



KORCEI
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7/16/12 7:15 A

Hi Everyone,

I have fibromyalgia, hypermobility of the joints, Dercum disease, IBS, arthritis and chronic fatigue. Any movement or stretching increases the pain for the rest of the day and into the days that follow. This includes even non-exercise type stuff like, cooking, doing laundry, dishes and so on.

My doctors are encouraging me to lose weight and exercise. Their recommendation is water exercises and walking.

So I am trying find motivation to get up and exercise.



MAGGIEMURPHY4
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7/15/12 7:41 P

small steps, small changes..."little by slow" Don't overwhelm yourself with doing everything right away. Do what you can and set small obtainable goals when you reach those goals add new ones. Not everybody can go gun ho with healthy eating and exercise all at once. The trick is not to set yourself up for failure. Take it easy this is a lifestyle change, it will take as long as it takes as long as you don't quit. Just make sure that you are ok to start an exercise program and ask your doctor to recommend one. Swimming is one of the better ones for people in pain, especially if it is joint pain.



DREAVG
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7/15/12 7:16 P

Hi,

If you are in pain, please see your doc. Make sure to ask what you can and cannot do. Ask about general exercises (walking, swimming, pilates, Yoga) and specific exercises (sit ups, pushups, side kicks in kickboxing). Please made sure it isn't something more serious and then decide what is reasonable for where you are.

andrea



CUSH1932
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7/15/12 11:54 A

I have actually found moderate exercise eases the pain of arthritis.



DRAGONCHILDE
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7/15/12 11:36 A

Why are you in pain?

The source is important... you may need to be focusing on getting better, rather than losing weight.



KORCEI
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7/15/12 11:18 A

I find it very hard to be motivated to eat right and I just can't even think about exercising. Any suggestions?



 
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