SparkPeople EXERCISE FOR FIBRO AND DEPRESSION Team Messageboard Exercise and activity are essential to the well being of people with fibromyalgia. This is the place to learn about exercises that will help and not hurt. Join us and share what works for you! SparkPeople EXERCISE FOR FIBRO AND DEPRESSION Team Messageboard Do-It-Yourself Physical Therapy This website has a some good info for taking care of yourself. I like the page I have linked to because it helps clarify what the goal of exercise should be for fibromyalgia patients in particular. <BR> <BR> <link>www.home-health-care-physical-therap<BR><BR>gia.html </link> Fri, 13 Jan 2017 11:49:17 EST Hi! I am new to the site and this group. I've had fibro since 2004 and I'm still trying to figure out the best exercise regimen for me. I realize lately that I need more physical activity. Wed, 21 Dec 2016 15:25:29 EST Hello from NC Hi, my name is Kendall and I have been diagnosed with fibro for about 11 years. I think I have it better than most, but still have the pain and fatigue. I guess I don't know about having it better I am just really stubborn and determined to do what I can as often as I can. I follow the suggestions about stretching, cardio, and strength training and I find it does make a difference. I sleep better and have less pain than previously. Still I have plenty of bad days. I try to make it to the gym ... Mon, 12 Sep 2016 07:01:28 EST Study on Benefits of Tai Chi for Fibro Patients Tai Chi is an ancient form of exercise from Asia that strengthens the mind-body connection. This is an interesting article about a study done in Italy on the benefits of Tai Chi for fibromyalgia patients. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>f-rehabilitation-with-tai-ji-quan-in-a<BR>n-italian-cohort-of-patients-with-fibr<BR>omyalgia-syndrome/ </link> Wed, 31 Aug 2016 15:52:43 EST Walking Videos It continues to be unbearably hot here in Kentucky, and I just don't have the stamina to get outside and walk in the heat today. So I found a 15-minute, one mile walking video on YouTube. A lot of you have probably heard of Leslie Sansone's videos. This is the first time I have tried it. She is a little "perky" for me, but it's a great, quick way to get moving. I almost quit after the warm up when she picked up the pace, but I hung in there. If you're just starting an exercise program though,... Tue, 30 Aug 2016 11:16:11 EST Hi! I am from Massachusetts and was diagnosed in April. I was walking 10000 a day when last September I could barely get across a room. Better than that now but want to be able to walk more than 10 or 15 minutes. Glad to have found you all to learn some ideas from others traveling this road. Sun, 28 Aug 2016 10:45:54 EST Hello from MI HI I've been a member of this group for some time and i may have actually introduced myself to the group already but I'm to a point in my life where I REALLY need to do something to help myself lose weight and get healthy. I live in MI with my husband and 2 grown children and their significant others and it's hard to make time for me and make healthy dishes for 7 people that e1 will eat. The fibromyalgia makes it harder because it doesn't seem to matter how much cardio and strength training i... Wed, 6 Jul 2016 12:54:38 EST Personal Goals for June Hi Team! Even though we have a few set team goals, a lot of you may have a personal goal that you are working toward. Please share any near-term goal you've set for yourself with us, as well as your progress. We'd love to hear from all of you, and we're here to cheer you on! <BR> <BR> As for me, after regaining 15 pounds and holding on to them for a year, I've finally decided to start tracking my food and exercise once again. I've dragged out the FitBit and am trying to be more active, a... Thu, 9 Jun 2016 13:21:46 EST Tracking certain exercises on SparkPeople Fitness I have a question - how do you track using the pedal exerciser here on Spark? I pulled mine out and am building up length of time on mine. I have 2 of them. One that is pedals only and the other that also has handles for doing your arms. <BR> <BR> Also, I am using the exercise for "Dancing - Twist" and the other 2 it mentions each day. I do what I call my "Kitchen Twist". Mainly, I am in socks only for this on my tile floor. I put on the brain's jukebox to Chubby Checker's "Twist &amp; Shout... Sun, 22 May 2016 13:46:06 EST Hello all!! Hello - I am new to this group, but not to Spark. I have fibro, neuropathy, a floating kneecap and fall often. I hope to find out how I can get some exercise and safely for my body. I am also 100% total deaf. <BR> <BR> Currently I walk 1 mile every morning and when I am able again in the evening. Also several walks in yard while taking the dog out. Yes, I have a service dog. I also do what I call a "Kitchen Twist" that most days I can handle. I will have to explain that one. I have musical t... Tue, 17 May 2016 14:45:59 EST Hello Hi all! I'm looking forward to getting to know everyone. I am married and have 4 kids (oldest is 8). I was diagnosed Feb of 2015 with fibro and have had chronic migraines my entire life. The migraines seem to be under control and I am working hard at keeping the fibro symptoms in check. I am looking to find an active and positive group where I can learn, feel supported, and support others in their journey. I have gone about 14 weeks without a migraine (I was getting them every day, especially... Mon, 25 Apr 2016 23:53:49 EST Brief Yoga Video Here's a brief yoga routine (less than 8 minutes!) that you can do a few times a day to help you loosen up a little. If you're new to yoga, you might want to watch it first, particularly for the forward bend, so that you can see the proper form and breathing technique. It is important to breathe fully and deeply with each movement. Copy and paste the link to your browser. I tried posting the link directly, but it doesn't seem to work. <BR> <BR><BR... Sun, 24 Apr 2016 11:34:58 EST 5-min Exercise Video You Tube is a great source of exercise videos. Here's a short one from <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Wed, 23 Mar 2016 16:00:41 EST Tips to Fight Fibromyalgia Fatigue & Boost Energy From ShareCare Ask MD slideshow (see link below) <BR> <BR> When you're often tired, it's very tempting to sleep until noon and spend evenings on the couch. But the research is clear on the folly of this. Although it's important that people with fibromyalgia get extra rest, take more breaks, and avoid overdoing it with exercise, completely eliminating physical activity can be just as bad for your symptoms. So try to move some every day. First, check with your doctor on smart exercise choices.... Wed, 9 Mar 2016 22:34:12 EST Hi from Houston, Texas Fibromayalgia is such a difficult diseease. Only now after being diagnose more than three years ago is that I am getting a handle on it. My mother also has Fibromyalgia and was diagnosed in her late forties; like I was. She gave into the pain and now she is practically an invalid. <BR> <BR> I don't want this to happen to me so I am trying to exercise and learn to deal with the pain the best I can. <BR> <BR> It's not easy. <em>4</em> Wed, 9 Mar 2016 04:05:49 EST Hello from North Carolina I hope this isn't one of those posts where I am only allowed so many characters. The first thing to know about me is I am quiet, but when I have something to say I am chatty Cathy!!! I was diagnosed with fibro about 11 years ago and what fun it has been since! The first medicine they put me on I gained 45 pounds, then I gained around 20-25 not eating enough because who feels like cooking and cleaning! Then the last 30 was bad food choices, cheap food choices really, and finally having given u... Sun, 6 Mar 2016 20:12:01 EST Fibromyalgia Resource at Univeristy of Maryland The following is taken from a page regarding fibromyalgia from the University of Maryland Medical Center. <BR> <BR> EXERCISE. It may seem odd to suggest exercising when your muscles are sore and you are in pain, but a number of studies show that regular, low-intensity exercise is one of the most effective treatments for fibromyalgia. Although you may experience a slight increase in pain and soreness when you start, as you continue you will help lessen muscle tension and stiffness, improve s... Tue, 1 Mar 2016 12:35:49 EST Hi looking for a fibro team that is active. I have had fibro for quite few years. Went through a gammit of symptoms. My biggest thing right now is the fatigue is the worst. I need to move but I am just so tired Mon, 15 Feb 2016 15:05:40 EST New team member My name is Susan and i was diagnosed with fibromyalgia last week. I am happy to be able to join this team. Thanks Tue, 9 Feb 2016 22:40:33 EST Just Joined Hi. I'm new to the group. I've struggled with managing my Fibro and also getting any real, calorie burning exercise. Pretty much any time I've tried anything strenuous I've had an injury. The worst one put me on the bench for over 3 years. The frustration of that has lead to some pretty serious stretches of being mostly sedentary, which does not help at all. <BR> <BR> I hope joining this group will help me work up to a reasonable program and get over the fact that cardio and I are not friend... Tue, 26 Jan 2016 16:29:06 EST pedal exerciser I bought a pedal exerciser this time last year and started using it every day. I leave it by my chair and every time I sit down I pedal ( this could be to watch TV, have a cup of tea, talk on the phone within a few months I was reaching 1 1/2 hours a day approx 5000 turns. <BR> <BR> I lost 2 stone in weight approx 15 kilos in 6 months without changing my diet and due to my commitment my consultant agreed to do replacement knee surgery. Within 4 months of surgery I have made excellent rec... Sat, 9 Jan 2016 17:39:40 EST Free yoga videos for fibro and cfs Hi Everyone! Just wanted to share these free yoga videos that are good for people with fibro and cfs. Hope they help with your exercise goals <BR> <BR><BR>videos-to-improve-your-daily-practice/ <BR> <BR> xx Thu, 7 Jan 2016 12:04:35 EST Hi Everyone I'm not new to SparkPeople but just started using the Fitbit tracker & reset my account and goals. I am looking for new Spark Friends and other Fitbit users to buddy up with & work on my goals for a healthier lifestyle. Mon, 23 Nov 2015 17:04:49 EST New Member Hello, <BR> I am new to your team and hope to find support and encouragement that will help me get back on track with my fitness/ health goals. <BR> <BR> I am feeling frustrated that I lost 32lbs reaching my goal weight when i jointed spark a couple years ago, then stopped excercising and have gained 25 lbs back 😟 <BR> <BR> I have fibromyalgia and was feeling better than ever, and sleeping through the night. I am now starting to hurt, have migraines, feel feverish and disrupted sleep! I... Tue, 3 Nov 2015 21:53:31 EST Hello! I'm just dropping in to introduce myself to the group. I am 57, work full time as a sociology instructor, married with six adult children between my husband and me. We have a total of 9.75 grandchildren. My favorite activities are hiking, biking, kayaking...anything outside! <BR> <BR> Fibro has been a challenge for me since my diagnosis nearly fifteen years ago, and I kicked breast cancer's butt five years ago. So far I have lost 38 pounds and am working toward another 41 or so... Tue, 20 Oct 2015 17:16:13 EST New Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I hope everyone is doing well today. I was diagnosed with Fibro 9 years ago, and I'm sure I don't have to explain the toll it can take in all areas of one's life. Though my pain is currently not the least it has been in the past, it seems to be stabilized for the moment. I would like to take advantage of this time to try to find exercises that will help me regain strength/muscle, lose the weight that I desperately need to lose, and regain my life and confidence back... Tue, 20 Oct 2015 14:01:39 EST Hi from Canada Hello everyone! I was diagnosed with fibro two years ago after a surgery I had went pretty wrong. I'll spare you the nasty details. Anyway, I have been finding it very difficult. Aside from being in pain most days, I really have a hard time dealing with the fact I used to work out about four times a week. Now, I can barely do the stationary bike. But, I persevere and I know I will get to my goal. It may take a little longer, but I'm doing it. I hope to meet new friends here and share and get... Mon, 21 Sep 2015 12:45:43 EST New to TEAM: F & E Hi everyone, I joined SP July 15, 2015 and joined the F&E Team Aug., 4th. The reason for me joining is to see how others are maintaining Firbo with exercise. I do not exercise regularly and was wondering if doing squats after a week will cause upper pain in my shoulders? Even after doing yoga for several days straight will ignite pain upper shoulders and back. I am not on any meds -I refuse to take non-plant base meds. -going on three weeks I have began taking liquid Magnesium, calcium, &... Thu, 6 Aug 2015 10:19:39 EST Hi From Minnesota Hi, Susie here and this is my 3rd time coming to SparkPeople in the last 4 years. Earlier this year I made a change in my attitude about being so concerned with the aches and pains all the time. I always told my boys as they were growing up that in everything there is a positive you just have to find it. Once you do you focus on that positive and eventually the negatives fall away. So I have been working on staying positive and it is working. Before coming back here I have already lost 25 pou... Sun, 5 Jul 2015 17:58:13 EST New with CFS HI, all! My name is Joanne. I have had CFS for 9 years. I have always been overweight and unfortunately when I got CFS it just got worse. Now I have a big job ahead of me. I have lost 39 pounds in the last 4 1/2 months and have found gentle ways to exercise without sending me into a crash. Wed, 17 Jun 2015 11:06:59 EST New Research I find this fascinating. I tend to be in the "what is the root cause" and "how can I repair it naturally" camp as well as "how can I manage it naturally" camp. <BR> <BR> This is new research and I had to think back to 9th grade biology class to see just how basic cell this research is and it is exciting to see where research is going. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>u-users/is-fibromyalgia-a-mitrochondri<BR>al-disorder?utm_source=May+2015&utm_ca<BR>mpaign=May </l... Wed, 20 May 2015 19:36:57 EST New from Texas Good Morning everyone! I just wanted to introduce myself to everyone. I was diagnosed with Fibro 7 years ago. Luckily I haven't had to take any meds as of yet, handling it through massage therapy. I have come to spark to try and lose the weight I have gained due to decreased activity and to try to find ways to get moving. I know we are suppose to move and exercise but it can be so hard. I look forward to the encouragement of this group. <BR> <BR> Blessing to you all Fri, 27 Mar 2015 11:10:20 EST New to team - from Austin, TX Hello from Austin, TX - <BR> <BR> I'm new to the team and am looking forward to hanging out with you folks. I've had fibro for near twenty years, if not since I was a kid. I want to create a daily system for keeping the pain down and my activity up. <BR> <BR> Thu, 26 Feb 2015 18:56:15 EST New..... I am new and hoping to find support for how to exercise with all of the fatigue and pain I experience. Most people I talk to say - well just start small - but sometimes the pain I have feels like even the smallest task is too much. I truly need ideas that don't involve laying on the floor lol with all of the cold weather I am in - the floor is not my friend.... <BR> <BR> I look forward to learning from you and hopefully being able to support you in return. <em>213</em> Sun, 22 Feb 2015 13:31:35 EST New to your team Hi, I am Wanda, I have had fibromyalgia...well forever. I am looking forward to getting some ideas from your team. I have lost 5 pounds in 5 days without exercising, but I know I need to start moving around some. Please, give me some ideas that you are doing that is not killer. <em>319</em> Mon, 16 Feb 2015 10:52:48 EST Introduction from Texas Good morning from Amarillo, Tx. I am new to this team but have been on Spark since 2007 on and off and had to restart my spark page. I am married with two children DD15 and DS13 and have a west highland terrier named Shorty. I started to have constant pain in 2008 when I started having trouble sleeping and panic attacks which got progressively worse and depression started setting in. We moved to WI from OK late in 2008 and in 2009 I had a nervous breakdown. I was DXed finally with Fibrom... Wed, 28 Jan 2015 12:26:15 EST new again Hi everyone! I'm starting over again after a rough few years. Had to focus on my daughter and get her into a good school. In doing so I had little time to take care of myself. I'm 41 and a Fibro patient as well as all the other stuff that goes along with Fibro. I have a hard time with exercise as I have asthma, chronic bursitis in my hips, osteoarthritis, CFS and neuropathy, just to name a few. I know I can work up to doing a descent workout if I start slow. So I am off to a slow start with m... Wed, 21 Jan 2015 19:24:07 EST Carb Attack Hi, <BR> I get this feeling of super hungry and the only thing that seems to satisfy it is to eat alot of carbs until I almost throw up. I know that's not something anyone really wants to hear but, it happens allot. I believe that is what started my weight creeping back up on me. I had lost 100lbs before I was diagnosed with Fibro and then this carbro attack happened. I have been trying to curb this action with doing something else but it is really hard cuz it doesn't go away until I feel mys... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 17:04:55 EST New from Northern Utah Hi, my name is Angela. I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia 7 years ago. I manage it fairly well, have my bad days and my okay days. ....unable to work but I do homeschool my 15 year old twin boys who have autism and developmental delays so I do keep busy. <BR> <BR> I was slim and very active before fibro and have since gained 35 lbs, current goal is to lose 25 of those pounds. Everytime I try to do any kind of exercise beyond walking, my fibro flares, so I am hoping that by pacing mys... Wed, 31 Dec 2014 16:45:34 EST New to the forum I was diagnosed with FM in November. I have some associated conditions as well, interstitial cystitis, TMJ problem, suspected IBS, though all of this is considered to be on the mild end of the spectrum. IC is managed well with medication, and TMJ is helped by a night splint. I was also found to have a low Vit D level which is being treated and feels like that is helping. My dr did not prescribe anything for the fibro because of side effects. She emphasized getting low impact aerobic exercise ... Tue, 30 Dec 2014 08:49:23 EST Newbie Hello. I was hoping i could get some insight and advice from the <BR> Team. Honestly, I am a little discouraged. I was diagnosed with FM yesterday. My doctor put me on Lyrica, which I see from the insert causes weight gain. I feel hopeless with the needed weight loss of at least 40 lbs. I wondered if anyone is on these meds and if they have had the problem of weight gain or maybe successful weight loss. Plus, I have no insurance and can't afford the extremely expensive medicine. I am brand n... Sat, 6 Dec 2014 15:57:24 EST looking for an exercise program to start with Hi! I have been a couch potato for quite awhile! Totally out of shape and just found out a month ago the reason I have been in such pain for 4 years. Yesterday was the first day of my new life with SP!! My question is I need an exercise plan to start out with and don't know what to do. Any suggestions of what is working for any of you. I am 50 years old needing to lose 35 lbs. Thanks! Fri, 14 Nov 2014 11:03:24 EST Winter Exercise Routine With cold weather approaching -- or already here in some places -- will you be altering your exercise routine in any way? <BR> <em>27</em> <em>425</em> <em>444</em> Tue, 11 Nov 2014 10:37:17 EST Almost half-way Hi, <BR> <BR> I've been using SP for about 2 years off and on. I've lost about 40 pounds and have 60 to go. I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia in 2011. After trying all the meds, I've found that eating healthily and exercising help me feel much better than any medication. The pain is still there but I seem to have more stamina to get through the day. I've started the 5K Your Way walking program and am aiming for a Turkey Trot/Walk on Thanksgiving Day. Fri, 24 Oct 2014 20:35:55 EST What to do when you don't feel like exercising I really liked this 30-second video from this morning's Weekly Spark. Simple and sensible! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>detail.asp?video=144 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> <em>316</em> <em>362</em> <em>108</em> Tue, 23 Sep 2014 11:38:47 EST today i'm grateful for Today I am grateful for... <BR> <BR> a fiance that's willing to do uncomfortable things that scare us (like tell each other compliments until we're both able to feel comfortable accepting them) <BR> <BR> for being able to blog and fight through emotional and physical pain to figuring out i need to love my self today <BR> <BR> for the sun shining so i can get off the computer and go enjoy some natural warmth and see if i can walk some Thu, 18 Sep 2014 14:22:16 EST New here from the UK Hi all. <BR> <BR> Though not new to SP, I am new to this board. I was officially diagnosed with fibromyalgia in May 2013, but I had it for some time before that. I was coping pretty well with it, until I got whacked by the mother of all flares, that left me unable to walk without using a stick. Fast forward 6 months after physio and cutting wheat, aspartame and sugar out of my diet I am now able to walk without my stick, but need to build up my exercise tolerance from scratch. <BR> <BR> I'm... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:35:19 EST Need advice how to start strength training w fibro Hi my name is Lacy. I am a runner and run about 3x a wk, it is a very slow and gentle run so don't worry. I am in the process of losing about 100# and am 45.2# towards that goal. I luv running and its the only thing I have ever kept up w but I know I need to strength train to build muscle and keep wt off for the long term. Of course my biggest issue is since being dx'd w fibro every time I start strength training, I hurt so bad that I quit. I need something that doesn't take a lot of ti... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 22:04:11 EST my exercise routine I started swimming on a regular basis about 6 yrs ago I usually go at least 2 a week I do aqua aerobics x 2 a week. I do yoga on a Sunday morning which my GP takes and 3 weeks ago I started using an exercise bike daily (this is to build up my leg muscles ready for a knee replacement) I aim for 5km and Im managing to do this in 13mins and Im gradually getting quicker. I dont overdo any of my exercise routines and some days I can do more than others but I dont beat myself up about it some ex... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 13:05:48 EST Tracking Team Goals We, of course, we want you to visit our team page often. But here's an alternative way to track the team goals that you have joined. Just click on My Trackers on the orange menu bar near the top of every Spark page. Then select Other Goals. This is a great place to track your personal goals and team goals right in one place. Mon, 1 Sep 2014 11:17:46 EST Is it time to set some new team goals? With September approaching, I'm thinking of switching up our team goals to give us a fresh start for the Fall. Any suggestions and comments would be greatly appreciated. <BR> <BR> <em>303</em> Sun, 17 Aug 2014 10:43:49 EST Hi everyone! I'm just getting back into fitness after a 9 month hiatus. This past winter really aggravated both my fibro and asthma. I kind of gave up on life for a bit there, but am ready to get back in the fight. I'm retiring from the military next summer and want to go out in as great of shape as I came in :) Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:55:56 EST Getting Started and Sticking with It I think all of us are on this team because we at least hope that exercise will help us feel better. Many want to reduce medications, many want to reduce their weight, many want to reduce their stress. We may have the will, but just can't get started. We may have the will, but just can't stick to it. <BR> <BR> Here's a little slideshow that describes the best exercises for reducing the pain of fibromyalgia. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>best-exercises-for-fibr... Sun, 27 Jul 2014 11:01:57 EST Hurdles that keep you from exercising My exercise regimen is always in a state of flux depending on how I feel. Lately I haven't been doing too much because of lower back pain that seems to get worse when I work out. So for now, walking seems to be my best bet. <BR> <BR> What keeps you from exercising regularly? Pain, fatigue, not enough time, etc.? Please share your experience... what keeps you from exercising and how you change up your routine to overcome these hurdles. <BR> <BR> Let's work together to learn how to keep mo... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 10:32:52 EST Exercise and appetite? I've noticed on the days I walk or exercise I am better able to control my appetite. Does exercise affect your appetite one way or the other? <BR> <em>361</em> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 17:02:58 EST Not new never answered HI my name is Aimee and I'm from Az been on spark people on and off for about 4 yrs from what I just read. I know that Fibro can have a game with our short term memory but I at least thought I would remember if I had belonged to a weight loss page. lol... I am really going to try and keep doing this. For some reason in the last month I have gained over 10lbs and for the life of me I can not figure out how? My oldest is pregnant but I have known the father to gain the weight not the mother of ... Fri, 6 Jun 2014 18:28:36 EST Fibromyalgia Exercise Slideshow on WebMD Great exercise tips to help with fibro pain and stiffness: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>how-fibromyalgia-friendly-exercises </link> <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> Sun, 1 Jun 2014 20:49:51 EST Which team goal(s) are you tracking? There are so many alternatives here on SparkPeople for setting and tracking goals for ourselves, that it can be hard to keep up with them all... especially if you belong to several teams. Is there one Fibromyalgia and Exercise Team Goal that you have signed up for and are tracking? <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> Sun, 1 Jun 2014 20:38:38 EST What is your "go-to" exercise? There are many days when I just don't have the energy or the will to exercise. But if I'm hurting, I do try to remember to do some stretching. I have a favorite gentle yoga routine, and if I'm feeling lousy I try to do 10 or 15 minutes. It relaxes me and does help ease the pain a little -- if only temporarily. <BR> <BR> How about you? <BR> <em>417</em> <em>406</em> <em>135</em> Sun, 1 Jun 2014 20:29:16 EST From the North Greetings! I am from Minnesota, although this past winter I could have sworn it was the North Pole. I am ecstatically gleeful each time I look out the window at the green leaves and cherry blossoms. <BR> I am looking forward to learning to exercise with Fibro and I am grateful for this team and the opportunity to learn from SP. I spend more days in recuperation than I do in exertion. I need some balance. <BR> Thank you, all, for being here and supporting each other. Tue, 27 May 2014 05:51:28 EST New diagnosis, returning to SP Hello team! My name is Cana. <BR> <BR> I was recently diagnosed with fibromyalgia. It was a hard blow, and it's been difficult keeping positive, but I try to focus on the good side of this: now I know. With a diagnosis, it's not just a collection of strange symptoms and no explanation. I'd been going into the ER with alarming regularity, for chest pain, abdominal pain, shortness of breath, dizziness... And each time they gave my painkillers or sedatives, and said nothing was wrong. <BR> <BR... Thu, 1 May 2014 21:43:25 EST Remission Has anyone heard about fibro going into remission for some people. I know it's rare but I am curious about your thoughts. Thu, 27 Mar 2014 16:15:30 EST Tell Us Where You're From! We have had several new members join the team since the first of the year. Let's start getting acquainted. <BR> <BR> My name is Cathy. I'm originally from Michigan, but have been living in Western Kentucky since 2002. This winter I am really glad to be FROM Michigan! <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Thu, 6 Mar 2014 18:18:08 EST Returning back to what works best for me. Since I was last a member a few years back I have tried a lot of different programs to try and improve my health but I have finally realized the one that best fit with my needs was the SP program so I have returned. I am more dedicated and focused about my health as I have learned so much more over the years. I'm starting at a more positive frame of mind this time around. I'm looking forward to making some friends who are also positive about the improvements and successes in your lives as ... Tue, 4 Mar 2014 19:16:37 EST Curvyelvie is in the house Hi, I live in Florida and I have fibromyalgia. I was diagnosed a year ago and my symptoms have been getting worse. I joined this team in hopes on getting exercise ideas and maybe some tips on how to manage this illness. I am going to aim to exercise but, the flare ups seem to get worse and I feel totally incapacitated. I look forward to learning and getting into motivated to exercise again. <em>386</em> Wed, 5 Feb 2014 10:01:14 EST Hi from Ohio Hello everyone my name is Randi. I too have been struggling with Fibromyalgia. I was able to maintain my weight at 190 until my doctors changed my meds because my original doses were not working and they had to add a few more for other problems. In the last 7 weeks I have gained 25 pounds and am dangerously 90 pounds overweight. I want to lose the weight or most of it in a safe way so that I don't have as many flair ups and I can enjoy my three small children in the outdoors like I love to do... Sun, 2 Feb 2014 21:47:53 EST Hi all From New Hampshire I have had Fibro for 17 years but have only been dx for 8. I am proud to say that I still live an almost normal life. (just lucky, my job makes many allowances for me) It is getting harder to function. I have been with Sparks for a few years but let it go forgotten. I was dx with Type 2 Diabetes in December so I came back. I had to lose 76 pounds. I am down 13 pounds since Dec 18. Sat, 1 Feb 2014 19:28:08 EST New from FL I have been trying to get a diagnosis for all my pains for over a year and a half. Between all the doctors, I either have RSD (chronic pain syndrome) or osteoarthritis/fibromyalgia according to the Rheumatologist. I cannot take the meds they have tried because they make me sick and Tramadol keeps me sleepy all the time. I am therefore trying to now exercise and lose some weight. I have lots of pain in my back and shoulders and couldn't do a sit up if I tried so I am looking forward to see... Thu, 16 Jan 2014 11:39:33 EST New from SoCa Hi, <BR> My doctor thinks I have fibromyalgia. She is running blood work and I go back and see her in about 3 weeks. I started havering really achey,muscles after my knee replacement last Feb that has just gotten worse. Lucky I have tramadol to take in the morning or I am miserable. I was taking Celebrex for my knee but stopped and then had a real issue with my muscles hurting. They ached no matter,what,I took unless,it was a heavy,duty pain pill. Even the shower water,hitting my skin hurt.... Mon, 23 Dec 2013 10:37:28 EST New/returning to Spark People! Hi I want to introduce myself. My name is Terri and I live in southern Indiana. I have actually been a Sparkie for several years however about a year and a half ago I started having some serious health problems and was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. After almost constant flares for a year and several tries of medications that I was unable to take due to the side effects I am finally getting to a point where I have more good days than bad! <BR> So now the bad news...after sitting and laying in... Sun, 8 Dec 2013 10:33:19 EST Yoga resources? I need to lose the belly fat because it is straining my spine. I have bulging discs and spinal stenosis in both my lumbar and my cervical regions. <BR> <BR> I need to find some sort of effective way to exercise that will not make my conditions worse. The nearest indoor swimming facility is 30 minutes away and costs several hundreds of dollars a year. I can't drive that far by myself even if I had the money. I love the idea of water exercise so much that I called the local hotel to see how m... Sat, 7 Dec 2013 18:23:40 EST New from Southern Illinois! I have several health issues, Chronic Fatigue Syndrom, Fibromyalgia, Rheumatoid as well as Osteo Arthritis. I guess I should throw obesity into the mix. I gained a good 20 lbs after I became disabled from working. Add a year of Lyrica to my already growing body and I'm over the edge of obesity. <BR> It is strange though that Lyrica is the first medication that gave me enough energy to do anything at all, yet it made me gain weight. <BR> <BR> Sat, 7 Dec 2013 18:21:12 EST If I'm not new, I haven't been herein awhile I've forgotten if I ever posted here. (Serious fibro fog). <BR> <BR> Today the fatigue is awful! However, barring unforeseen circumstances, I'll walk to my grandson's school to pick him up. It's a mile round trip. <BR> <BR> Other exercises, not so much. Wed, 4 Dec 2013 09:46:39 EST New to team from KY Hi I'm new to team and returning to Sparkpeople for the second or third time! Hopefully this will be the last. I used to quit after a mistake but now hopefully I've learned not to give up :) My fibromyalgia is much worse than it used to be. I've had it for at least 10 years now along with several herniated discs in my upper and lower back. I just started trying to exercise again without causing a flare-up so far, so good. I've had to take it slow though. Glad I found you all <em>41</e... Tue, 26 Nov 2013 21:18:29 EST Low Carb Has anyone here ever tried a low carb and if so what were your experiences. I have just started and rather than feeling great, I am incredibly tired, weak, dizzy, headachey. Tue, 26 Nov 2013 01:15:24 EST Team goals leader Cheers to MAGIDYPIE for consistently tracking and leading our team goals of stretching and gentle exercise. Come on team... let's join and track a team goal and give MAGIDYPIE a little friendly competition! <BR> <BR> <em>243</em> <em>242</em> <em>345</em> <em>250</em> Sun, 20 Oct 2013 11:53:27 EST New to team... Hi there I have been away from SparkPeople for far too long! I was diagnosed in 1996 with fibro and had it pretty well controlled for a long time. Over the last two years things have gotten worse. I use a cane and have a walker for longer distances which means my activity level is almost nonexistent. Hoping to get a few things under control as i am at risk of being diabetic. Wed, 16 Oct 2013 18:20:02 EST Hi I am new I have had Fibromyalgia for about 25 years. I am so happy to have found a team with the same problem. It is hard to talk to someone that doesn't have it because they don't totally understand. They try to understand or just feel sorry for you. I need to drop about 60 pounds and need help with that too. I know we all have problems but if we help each other we can help ourselves at the same time. <BR> I want to feel like my username 60 young. YOUNG. I know eating right and exercise will help.... Sun, 6 Oct 2013 05:36:22 EST Spark Activity Tracker Anyone use one? What do you love/hate about it? Are there any additional costs involved (do you have to pay a monthly fee or any other additional expenses to use it?) Is there a battery or a charger required? Have you tried other activity monitors, if so how does it compare? Anything you can share would be helpful. Fri, 4 Oct 2013 18:26:21 EST New from North-central Wisconsin I'm new to the team, but not exactly new to the site. I'm 47 and on SSDI for a host of health issies, including the fibro. I'm married to a wonderful guy who is also disabled by chronic pain (he has a degenerative joint condition he inherited). <BR> <BR> Right now, he takes care of me, but eventually our roles will be reversed. <BR> <BR> <BR> Fatigue and brain fog are my most debilitating symptoms. I've had chronic pain since adolescence, but I managed. When the rest of my brain w... Fri, 4 Oct 2013 16:44:53 EST New Dr. Appt. Thanks Meg-a-Flyer and Topaz Turtle for the welcomes. I just had an annual check up with a new PCP. Thankfully, she seems knowledgeable about Fibro. She totally understood how one day you can feel fantastic and the next you can feel like a slug. But she told me, as both of you have, to keep moving but to take things slow. Fri, 27 Sep 2013 12:24:52 EST Newbie From Madison, WI Hi, Everyone! <BR> I have been living with a chronic illness for 8 years-Chronic Daily Migraines. Then, this summer, I got miserably sick for weeks and weeks. The docs scratched their smart doc heads and did lots of tests. I did research. Finally was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia three weeks ago. So happy it's not fatal and also afraid of how my life might change. <BR> Planning to eat detoxifying foods, "clean diet", build a support network and keep moving, no matter how slowly. I'm excited ab... Fri, 27 Sep 2013 03:28:49 EST New From the NorthCoast Hi everyone. I was diagnosed about three years ago. It was after a fall that broke my left shoulder. During PT, which was going quite well, I started experiencing tingling/numbness in my opposite side. After months and months of complaining and probably sounding like a hypochondriac, my PCP said "you know we should consider Fibromyalgia." So she sent me to a rheumatologist (sp?) I didn't accept the diagnosis and kept questioning everything thinking maybe it's this or maybe it's that. But the ... Wed, 18 Sep 2013 13:01:41 EST Hello from AZ Hi everyone... my name is Karen and although I am new to this group I am not new to SP. I had a total thyroidectomy in June 2012 and since then my body has been going through numerous changes, the latest of which is a diagnosis of fibromyalgia. My doctor was able to provide me with enough samples of Cymbalta to last me for about four weeks. By week three the pain was much better and by week 4 I had to start weaning off of it because with my high-deductible insurance plan I simply can't affor... Wed, 4 Sep 2013 00:40:09 EST How is your day and any concerns that you have. I've been able to get zumba exercise done a couple times this week. Have been able to do more cleaning this week too. Sure hope I have another good week. Would be nice with all the downs and pain had been having. Sun, 1 Sep 2013 00:23:48 EST New here Hi. I am new here. <BR> <BR> I need help. I lack motivation. The way my body feels most of the time, just brings me down. Can't see the specialist till end of September. Was on prednisone for 2 weeks and felt great. <BR> <BR> I need a buddy too, to push me. <BR> <BR> Can't do this alone. <BR> <BR> I emotional eat too. I gained so much I lost and don't feel healthy. Then, put on clothes and they are tight, starts it all over. <BR> <BR> Hope this is the team for me. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR>... Thu, 22 Aug 2013 07:39:09 EST Question about Cymbalta I heard on a Dr's seminar about fibromyalgia that Cymbalta will make the receptors in your body that gives of adrenaline among other good things for your body die off. I asked my Dr. He always says "I have never heard of that" no matter what I ask. Has anyone else heard or seen studies about it? Fri, 26 Jul 2013 02:45:41 EST Question about Cymbalta I heard on a Dr's seminar about fibromyalgia that Cymbalta will make the receptors in your body that gives of adrenaline among other good things for your body die off. I asked my Dr. He always says "I have never heard of that" no matter what I ask. Has anyone else heard or seen studies about it? Fri, 26 Jul 2013 02:44:37 EST Question about Cymbalta I heard on a Dr's seminar about fibromyalgia that Cymbalta will make the receptors in your body that gives of adrenaline among other good things for your body die off. I asked my Dr. He always says "I have never heard of that" no matter what I ask. Has anyone else heard or seen studies about it? Fri, 26 Jul 2013 02:32:01 EST diagnosed about a year ago. Also have major spinal Problems. I was diagnosed when I was 33. I went through what you all went through I am sure. No one knew what was wrong with me. So I was put on bed rest. Bad idea. After physical therapy and bed rest I couldnt walk for months. Started some herbs and I can walk again. I can't use my left arm so exercise is hard. Looking for a strong support team. The only team I have right now doesn't help. If a question is asked peoples reply is just about how much their lives suck and that I should smoke po... Fri, 26 Jul 2013 02:16:55 EST 15 yrs with Fibromyalgia Hello I am new to Spark...wanted to encourage you a little...I was diagnosed in1998 and was bed-bound mostly for 15 years and then my grand-daughter was born I stopped smoking 4 packs a day 3 years ago and at that point could not walk to my mail box...if I went to the store it was in a every week I went a little house at a time until I made it around my block...oh it was painful and I was huffing and puffing like I was in labor but I kept pushing and pushing...I h... Wed, 17 Jul 2013 12:15:19 EST Slow Cardio Warm up I thought I would start this as a new topic as it is the one thing I have found that helps me keep exercising. <BR> <BR> Before I do anything I need to do a really slow cardio warm up, maybe on a cycle, elliptical ar even just marching on the spot. But not at normal rates. If it is a machine No resistence and really really slow. I often find that between 3 and 6 minutes I want to die. I slow down a little or change direction but keep going. At about 8 minutes I start feeling better and can ... Tue, 16 Jul 2013 06:51:30 EST Hi I'm new My Name is Caroline and I am a 50yo female. I have had fibromyalgia sine I was 11 but it was only diagnosed in my early 30s. The normal difficulties are aggravated by asthma. However I am a very keen horse rider and that helps to keep me motivated. <BR> Unfortunately over the last 7 years I have had two major knee operation which interuppted my riding and I have put on 20kgs which I am now trying to lose. Part of the challenge is getting fit again. Sun, 14 Jul 2013 08:03:07 EST Hello Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I just joined the site, and the group. I would really like to get to know you all and share information and encouragement. <BR> <BR> I have a slew of medical and mental health problems; but the worst of them are the CFS, Fibro, and Depression. <BR> <BR> This year has been the worst I can remember in a long time. From day one things have been going from bad to worse both physically and emotionally. The stress has really taken it's toll on me by causing ALL of my sympt... Tue, 9 Jul 2013 14:28:35 EST Lyrica and weight gain So I recently went on Lyrica after being off of it for a year. I went off of it because we thought that it might be causing me depression. I went back on it after having so many flare ups on a daily basis. I feel so much better, but the dreaded weight gain has begun. I've gained 5 pounds in 2 weeks! I work out and I'm at a healthy weight so I'm willing to have weight gain if it makes me feel better. Does anyone have any tricks or know of natural appetite suppressants to use? I swim, wa... Fri, 5 Jul 2013 12:05:04 EST New to Group Hello, My name is Terri and I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia about 2 years ago. I had pain for several years before my diagnosis. I was beginning to think it was all in my head. I am looking forward to meeting the memebers and finding out how you deal with the pain and what exercies help. Sat, 29 Jun 2013 17:16:34 EST Fibromyalgia in my feet need exercises w/out feet Hi <BR> <BR> I am having the first real flare-up of fribromyalgia in my life. Holy cow, it hurts. The soles of my feet and toes are acting up. Has any of you had this problem, and if so, what exercises work best for you? Thanks a lot. Sat, 22 Jun 2013 14:08:39 EST Help for Weak Muscles Here is a link to an article I found on the Arthritis Foundation site regarding muscle strength. It may be too ambitious for some of us, but if you have been wanting to get stronger, the info here might help you get started. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ources/expert-q-and-a/fibromyalgia-que<BR>stions/weak-muscles.php </link> <BR> <BR> <em>320</em> <em>381</em> <em>362</em> Sun, 16 Jun 2013 20:53:05 EST Congratulations Team!!! Yay!!! We did it!! Our team has met and exceeded our goal this month to do 20-30 minutes of gentle exercise three times a week. Our goal was set at 100 and we are already at 395, and there are still 14 days left till the end of the month. Maybe we can increase the goal next month. What do you think?!? <BR> <BR> Congratulations and thanks to all who are tracking this goal! <BR> <BR> <em>345</em> <em>242</em> <em>250</em> <em>380</em> <em>243</em> <em>244</em> Sun, 16 Jun 2013 20:13:50 EST Newbie here! I was dx-ed w/ fibro last year, but have had it for years. I'll be turning 50 in September, and I'm just not ready to give in to fibro and let the pain stop me! I will be walking and doing housework (including mowing the lawn w/ a push mower) for exercise. I do stretches, as well. I'm a mom of 4 w/ 2 still at home, and I have 3 grandchildren, I've been married for 24 years to my hubby who is a pastor. I like to scrapbook, spend time w/ my black lab, and get on chat at Flylady. <em>381</... Sat, 15 Jun 2013 16:04:26 EST Hi from NC FM Is no fun, but when I am able exercise seems to help. I am able to bring my weight down very slowly when exercising, but I seem to put it on more quickly when I cannot. Getting in the water is about the only thing I seem to consider be able to do, and water Zumba has certainly been the ticket for me. I just wish it was a little more wondered in availability. <BR> <BR> Since I am an instructor about for the summer (mostly), I have been able to consistently exercise and rest more which has... Thu, 13 Jun 2013 18:03:22 EST Hi from NC FM Is no fun, but when I am able exercise seems to help. I am able to bring my weight down very slowly when exercising, but I seem to put it on more quickly when I cannot. Getting in the water is about the only thing I seem to consistently be able to do, and water Zumba has certainly been the ticket for me. I just wish it was a little more widely availability. <BR> <BR> Since I am an instructor and out for the summer (mostly), I have been able to consistently exercise and rest more which ha... Thu, 13 Jun 2013 17:59:50 EST Fighting Fibro/De pression and Weight I have been fighting these three for 10 years. Some days are diamonds but they do not out number the bad days. <BR> I keep fighting. but sometimes it just gets too tiresome. I just want to give up. <BR> My med make me tired but I try to fight it, by joining group actvities such as Darts and Horseshoes. <BR> I spend alot of time doing reality checks. Wed, 12 Jun 2013 22:48:24 EST Team Member Blog One of our newer team members, 1966SUNSHINE, posted a blog yesterday that I find very motivating. For any of us that might be wondering if exercise and a good diet really help our fibro symptoms, this member is proof that it can. <BR> <BR> As 1966SUNSHINE says, "I hope it helps others know that there is hope." For all of us who have despaired of ever feeling good again, there is hope. For more, check out 1966SUNSHINE's blog: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal... Sat, 1 Jun 2013 16:02:09 EST Hi everyone Hi everyone I am new to this I was just recently diagnosed with Fibro about a month a go after over 6 months of the doctors not knowing what was wrong I am still trying to figure out how to cope with this any suggestions or advice would be appreciated thank you Thu, 23 May 2013 17:56:29 EST New SP article on Exercising with FM <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=1823 </link> Wed, 15 May 2013 09:06:26 EST May's Challenge We're starting this month's challenge a little late, so we'll keep it nice and easy. Just do something physical -- move around a little -- for at least 10 minutes a day. Please share your activity ideas here. It might motivate someone else to get going too. <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> <em>108</em> <em>361</em> <em>313</em> <em>206</em> <BR> Thu, 9 May 2013 19:52:07 EST Too much medication! Hi, I'm new to this group. I have many health problems and a few mental illnesses. Years ago I was put on many medications for many issues and all the doctors convinced me that I needed all the meds and the meds were keeping me alive! Without even realizing it, I became very dependant on meds of all kinds. Another day, another pill, another issue, another pill. I really believed all the meds I took where absolutely necessary for survival. In the last ten years I've learned many things about h... Thu, 9 May 2013 00:09:37 EST Fibro Newbie! My name is Resaria and I’m new to the group! I originally joined Spark People a few years ago but became too busy to focus on my weight loss. However, I experienced a traumatic injury to my back and I was recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. I need to focus on weight loss so my body can endure less stress. I am looking forward to meeting new friends and learning new things on this journey… <BR> Thu, 2 May 2013 13:33:35 EST rain in South Carolina Igot up and it was raining outside. I just knew the day would be bad and to start with it was but it did get better. My therophy must be helping. Thank God Mon, 29 Apr 2013 14:49:21 EST Rack with pain Hello to all Sat, 27 Apr 2013 19:28:10 EST Joke for 4/5 Have you been getting your laughs in every day? If not, may this "Conversation Overheard in Heaven" might tickle you... <BR> <BR> SYLVIA: <BR> Hi! Wanda. <BR> <BR> WANDA: <BR> Hi! Sylvia. <BR> How'd you die? <BR> <BR> SYLVIA: <BR> I froze to death. <BR> <BR> WANDA: <BR> How horrible! <BR> <BR> SYLVIA: <BR> It wasn't so bad. <BR> After I quit shaking from the cold, I began to get warm & sleepy, and finally died a peaceful death. <BR> What about you? <BR> <BR> WANDA: <BR> I died of... Fri, 5 Apr 2013 09:37:27 EST Joke for 4/1 Eleven people were hanging on a rope under a helicopter... <BR> <BR> 10 men and 1 woman. <BR> <BR> The rope was not strong enough to carry them all so they decided that one had to let go, otherwise they were all going to fall. <BR> <BR> They weren't able to choose that person, until the woman gave a very touching speech. <BR> <BR> She said that she would voluntarily let go of the rope, because, as a woman, she was used to giving up everything for her husband and kids or ... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 13:35:13 EST April Challenge In honor of April Fool's Day, let's bring some laughter into our lives. Tell at least one joke a day. If you don't like telling jokes, just post them here -- the sillier, the better. As they say, "Laughter is the best medicine!" <BR> <BR> Join the "challenge" and earn Spark Points by tracking every joke. <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <em>246</em> <em>224</em> Mon, 1 Apr 2013 13:15:53 EST New and Excited! I was diagnosed about 2 years ago and was holding my own until last Sept. I just got worse the more I pushed and I pushed day and night until by Dec. I had quit almost everything and put my Real Estate liscense back to the state. I am Excited to say that in Feb 2013 I joined a Fibro Program at a local hospital and understand that they way I was living was not a good thing. I am adjusting and now I am excited to find this team on Sprak People! I live in Lancaster County PA. I look forwa... Mon, 25 Mar 2013 22:26:36 EST Welcome To CO I'm new to this team. I'm living in CO and have for most of my life. I love it here and wouldn't live anywhere else. The mountains alone give me reason to stay. Take a drive up into the mountains and if you can take a short hike up to a lake. It's so pretty. I'm back on Spark after several months away. When I came back I found that the team I belonged to had become inactive so I began to look for another one and I found this one. I'm looking forward to working on the challenges for th... Tue, 19 Mar 2013 12:47:24 EST Hello from the Mountains of Western NC I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia less than a year ago and have been praying to overcome because I didn't like the way Cymbalta made me feel and weaned myself off of it. I hope that by dropping some weight and becoming more active I can get healthier and maybe have less symptoms and get rid of my diabetes alltogether. Mon, 18 Mar 2013 18:01:27 EST challenges March 2013 stretching each day is important to loosen tight and sore muscles. It can be very hard to do when you hurt all over, but it helps with that too. Now to follow my own advice and do it. Wed, 6 Mar 2013 12:11:48 EST new SP dvd---ask for one for us SP is doing a survey to see what Coach Nicole's next workout dvd should be..... <BR> Take the survey and suggest one for those with chronic mobility issues which keep them from being able to do her other dvds. <BR> <BR> Those who are healthy have TONS of resources, but those of us with mobility issues do not. <BR> <BR> (sorry I'm having trouble finding the link. when I find it, or if YOU find it, post it!) <BR> <BR> Tue, 5 Mar 2013 11:58:01 EST Fibro sufferers losing a great resource The Fibromyalgia Network, one of the best online resources for fibromyalgia sufferers is closing. I will miss them: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ews </link> <BR> Tue, 5 Mar 2013 09:27:02 EST March 2013 March "came in like a lion" here in Western Kentucky, with a little snow fall on March 1st. Hopefully the weather, here and in your neck of the woods, will start getting better and there will be many days nice enough to get outside and walk. So go to the bottom of our team page and join our March goal to walk 15 minutes three times a week. Who knows, you might even stretch it out to 30 minutes! <BR> <BR> Add your comments here to share your walking progress, the weather on your walk, ho... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 08:31:15 EST having a flare-up today reeeeeeealllyyyyy wanting comfort foods (chocolate, pastries) <BR> <BR> Pray for me today! Fri, 1 Mar 2013 11:20:24 EST Longtime Sparker and fibro sufferer, new to team! Hi all! <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> I'm Angie and I live in Chicago. I was formally diagnosed with fibro about a year ago, but the diagnosing doc thinks it's probably been the culprit starting with headaches at 16 years old! fast-forward 20 years, and here I am still struggling, even with a doctor who literally wrote a (very good) book about fibro: <link><BR>everything-hurts-again/dp/0984033718/r<BR>ef=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1361916460&sr=8-<BR>1&keywords=heal... Tue, 26 Feb 2013 17:49:30 EST Hey from East Tennessee I'm tired now from filling out my SparkPage stuff, and I've had another sleepless night, so I'm just gonna say hey! <em>213</em> I'm Toni. Thu, 21 Feb 2013 04:01:53 EST From SWVA Hi: I am from a small town in the mountains of south west Virginia. There is not a lot of fitness groups that address fibromyalgia and exercise. I live on a very limited income so joining our local wellness center is not an option. Our weather here is at times very unpredictable and the very cold temperatures and weather conditions affect whether or not to pursue outdoor fitness activities. I love the outdoors and use to enjoy walking on many of the trails within a 10 minute drive of my ... Sun, 17 Feb 2013 09:02:32 EST Supplements Hi. My rheumatologist recommended grape seed extract to help with fatigue and turmeric to reduce inflamation. Has anyone else tried these supplements? I'll post again in a few weeks if I notice any benefits. Wed, 13 Feb 2013 19:37:45 EST Extreme fatigue after exercise? I exercised for the first time in months today - only 7 minutes of the 11 minute seated workout on Spark, but it's something. I have a lower back injury, so standing workouts are impossible for me right now... standing for more than 2 or 3 minutes, especially if I'm moving around, results in severe lower back muscle cramping. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I felt great the first 10 or 15 minutes after exercising - I felt the endorphins kicking in, etc. Then... my energy bottomed out. I felt so tired, ... Wed, 13 Feb 2013 19:14:30 EST Frustrated by Fibromyalgia Hey Everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Amber Clarke. I am 34 and married. I recently discovered that I have been going through VERY early menopause...I never had a problem losing weight until this past year. When I started noticing all the signs of menopause, I was thinking..."NO WAY! I'm WAY too young to be going through this..." With that on top of my FMS, does anyone have any suggestions on how I can get fit just a little bit faster, so I'm not so frustrated every time I step on the scal... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 23:42:15 EST February 2013 Challenge February’s challenge is to exercise at least one day a week with someone else. Invite a friend over to play Wii or workout with a DVD, walk with someone, or go to a fitness class. Many of us exercise all by ourselves at home, and that’s great. But exercising with other people can help keep us motivated and can improve our mental outlook. So join this month's challenge and find a workout buddy or a class. Reply here to let us know how it goes, and be sure to track your progress by checkin... Sun, 3 Feb 2013 11:28:33 EST New to team Hi, I am in Michigan and was diagnosed with fibromyalgia about 19 years ago. I just joined SparkPeople yesterday and came across someone's post that mentioned this group. I have a lot of weight to lose, and really have been lax about exercise but I know that it is supposed to be one of the best things for fibro. Glad to see the teams for fibro on the site. Sun, 13 Jan 2013 21:36:32 EST Greetings from California! Hey everyone. My name is Corrina. I'm 31 years of age. I was recently diagnosed with fibromyalgia. I often find it difficult to exercise due to this condition. I don't know what else to do to lose more weight. I've lost 48 pounds but I need to lose more. HELP! Sun, 13 Jan 2013 00:05:34 EST Using a Sauna for Relief Are there others out there that use a sauna? We bought one recently and I've heard other people's testimony about how it helped them with different issues. Are there any fibromyalgia people that use it as a regular form of relief for their body? I need to get into mine more often - I just need to plan it though because you definitely have to take a shower afterwards! Fri, 11 Jan 2013 13:21:49 EST Music and Exercise What songs put you in the mood to exercise? I'll go first. <BR> <BR> I like Set Fire to the Rain by Adele Sun, 6 Jan 2013 17:32:48 EST Your med...Do they help you be more active? Better sleep patterns or less pain or depression can contribute greatly to a person's desire and ability to exercise. Tell us what medicine and dose you take and how it affects your ability to feel better and/or be more active. Thu, 3 Jan 2013 22:20:08 EST Last Exercise You Did What was the last exercise you did? I'll start: <BR> <BR> Walking Thu, 3 Jan 2013 21:40:05 EST FIBRO WORD GAME - LAST LETTER FIRST How to play.... Hit 'Reply' on the latest post, and make a new word that starts with the LAST letter of the word posted. Each word has to be related to fibro -- however remotely. Like meds! We've all been on a million of them. And symptoms! We all have a million of those too. <BR> <BR> Say the last word is Tramadol; the next word might be Lyrica; and the next word, Acupuncture; next word, Exercise, etc. <BR> <BR> There are enough fibro symptoms, medications, cures, treatments, and c... Thu, 3 Jan 2013 21:03:49 EST Hello from Montana Hello everyone, i'm Nateese. I have had fibro for around 10 years or so, but finally started getting help a few years ago. Things got bad, real bad..but I know I'm stronger then I have ever been, and I can lose the weight I have packed on during the bad points. Days are a slow start for me, but coffee helps. It's great to meet you all! Wed, 2 Jan 2013 22:25:04 EST January 2013 Team Challenge Let's be more active in supporting one another's exercise efforts and goals. Your challenge is to huddle with the Fibromyalgia and Exercise Team 3 days a week. <BR> <BR> It's a new year and a chance to create a new you! Let's help motivate each other! <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> <em>386</em> <em>224</em> <em>321</em> <em>414</em> <BR> Tue, 1 Jan 2013 17:41:43 EST January 2013 Goals or Resolutions Please share your new year's goals with us. <BR> <BR> Mine are: <BR> <BR> Lose 7 pounds in January. <BR> <BR> Continue organizing and decluttering my house. This is the time of year that I purge things I no longer need. <BR> <BR> Make a plan for gaining admission into a Ph.D. program. <BR> <BR> Go to water aerobics a minimum of twice a week. <BR> <BR> Increase my calcium intake by supplementation as I'm consistently not getting enough in my daily food intake. Tue, 1 Jan 2013 17:35:57 EST Bad day Been doing well so far, exercising and keeping my calories in check but yesterday was a disaster <em>46</em> <BR> I got up late, but managed breakfast, it poured with rain as I was cycling to work and I got soaked, only to find I'd forgotten my work trousers - felt sick at lunchtime to had a bad lunch, then got home and had a huge row with my daughter, binged on the christmas chocolates and had a glass of wine. <BR> I didn't sleep at all last night, ache all over, my neck feels like it's ... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 04:57:09 EST Hi, Everyone I just stopped by and wanted to say hi and introduce myself to everyone. <BR> <BR> I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia in September after many years with feeling so much pain. I am thankful. I was put on Lyrica for the pain, originally Cymbalta and my insurance wouldn't cover it so just hoping this keeps on semi working for me. It's not doing much, but it's helping. <BR> <BR> I am in school to become a Barber, I love it, I seriously have been looking for a place I could call my own, a place... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 00:29:54 EST Hi I'm new Hi, <BR> After suffering from a bad back and fibromyalgia for some time I've managed to get up to the disrespectful weight of 11 stones (154lbs). I've become very isolated and have come with my heart on my sleeve hoping to find support and hopefully some new friends. <BR> Teresa Thu, 27 Dec 2012 09:03:35 EST Hi from Va. Hello everyone. I was diagnosed with severe fibromyalgia in both legs 2 months ago. Im still trying to get the pain under control. I had both knees replaced last year and the fibromyalgia really showed its ugly head after the last surgery in september 2011. Exercise has been basically non existent since then, and of course the weight has piled on. I have gained 55 lbs since october 2011 and I am miserable! I am sure this group will be very valuable to me in helping me to learn more abou... Thu, 6 Dec 2012 23:56:59 EST Hello from Ky Hi, <BR> I am back on SparkPeople after a two year break, and this time it will be for the long haul. I got diagnosed with Fibromyalgia after I had my first daughter, she is now two and our second daughter will be five weeks Tuesday. Being home with two small ones is very stressful and unfortunately there are times that by the end of the day, I am having to use a cane to get around. I cannot wait to get to know you guys and hopefully become sources of encouragement for each other! Sun, 2 Dec 2012 21:48:22 EST gentle exercises for people with fibromyalgia Hi I have fibromyalgia and osteoarthritis. Since I have chronic fatigue along with this I am not able to exercise like others do. Any kind of exertion makes me extremely tired. But I would like to know what others do for exercises at home. I have joined a arthritis water class but had to quit for the winter because it was 35 minutes away for me. So until I join again after February I need suggestions for exercises to do at home. <em>381</em> Wed, 28 Nov 2012 18:52:53 EST Stretching Below is the link to SparkPeople's Reference Guide to Stretching. It is a really good overall resource, so take a look if you've got a few minutes. Plus you can earn 3 SparkPoints for reading it! Be sure to check the links at the bottom of the article for several stretching routines. <BR> <BR> Also, please sign up for the Fibromyalgia and Exercise Team's team goal of 5 minutes of gentle stretching daily. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=1034 </link... Tue, 6 Nov 2012 17:07:46 EST Does this team benefit you? We are wondering how many of the 453 Fibromyalgia and Exercise Team members are still active and interested in the team. Please post your comments here. Suggestions for topics, challenges, etc. are always welcome. We have added some team goals. There are a few options, so we hope you will find one that will help you in your journey to wellness and weight loss. <BR> <BR> Your F&E Team Co-Leaders, <BR> Cathy & Michelle Tue, 6 Nov 2012 09:02:12 EST Aquatic Exercises "Exercising in a heated pool reduces the symptoms of fibromyalgia, according to a study published in Arthritis Research & Therapy. <BR> <BR> A team of researchers studying fibromyalgia and exercise randomly placed 33 women with fibromyalgia to two groups: One group took part in supervised training exercises in warm water for an hour three times a week over a period of eight months while the remaining 16 did no aquatic training. <BR> <BR> The researchers found that this long-term aquatic exe... Mon, 5 Nov 2012 09:32:47 EST fibromyalgia network I have learned a lot at the fibromyalgia network site. Including why my legs hurt when I could just be sitting and reading and how it's common for people to have burning hurting eys. I suppose since fibro affects the whole body it would include the eyes. Was very interesting on many things that it talks about and the information it has. Tue, 23 Oct 2012 17:41:15 EST new here from Canada I hope to learn lots of new ways to cope with this condition, <BR> especially when it comes to excercise. Wed, 17 Oct 2012 09:24:38 EST Strength Training Here is a link to an interesting article about the benefits of strength training for fibro patients: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>gth-training-fibromyalgia/ </link> <BR> <BR> My first rheumatologist did not recommend anaerobic exercise like working with weights, but this article provides some evidence that it is actually beneficial. <BR> <BR> What is your experience with strength training, e.g. lifting weights, resistance bands, etc.? Does it help your fibro... Mon, 8 Oct 2012 14:57:26 EST Group Icon We need a group icon for our Team! Does anybody know to get one set up? <BR> <em>38</em> Sun, 7 Oct 2012 12:26:31 EST The Magic of 10 Minutes of Exercise From page 119 of the book, The Spark: <BR> <BR> "Even though 10 minutes of exercise won't burn as many calories as an hour, it still burns calories, which is more than no exercise at all. Exercising consistently over time, even for shorter durations, burns more calories overall than bursts of vigorous activity followed by days of no activity, and it's certainly better for your overall health." <BR> <BR> Although this statement is meant to help build consistency with exercise, I find this pe... Sat, 6 Oct 2012 16:28:35 EST new here Hi everyone just found out there is a fibromyalgia page too. I never know from day to day how I will feel to do exercise or how much I will hurt. The stretches physical therapy gave me some days seem to much. I know many of you must feel the same. I'm still learning about all the different things on this site. I have liked it since I first joined. Sat, 29 Sep 2012 02:12:01 EST Hello from Oklahoma I recently joined and am touring my way around the site, learning all the way. I am a wife, mother, and grandmother of 7. I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia 3 years ago. Currently the oain is under control and I am wate walking 4 dyas a week for 45-60 min/day. I use a scooter to shop on bad days but try to only use it if absolutely necessary. My problem is stamina. I am 5 ft tall and weigh 174 currently. I am down from 188!!!!!!!! My husband and I are changing our lifestyle/diet due to both oo... Sat, 22 Sep 2012 09:07:24 EST Why Exercise is Important for Fibromyalgia Experts believe that exercise is essential for keeping muscles strong and flexible, controlling weight, and helping you stay active in other areas of life. In fact, exercise and activity allow patients to have some control over fibromyalgia and the amount of pain they feel. <BR> <BR> It used to be that doctors thought that exercise might worsen fibromyalgia symptoms or accelerate the disease. So doctors encouraged patients to seek rest, not activity. But recent scientific studies have shown ... Mon, 10 Sep 2012 09:47:47 EST Hello Hello Everyone!!! I'm from PA and new to spark. Mon, 27 Aug 2012 22:56:17 EST Pilates Have any of you tried pilates? A friend has asked me to join her at our Y's pilates class, and I am going to give it a try. However, my Curves "trainer" thinks it might be too strenuous for me right now. I'm able to do beginner level yoga, and I'm wondering how pilates compares to that. Mon, 27 Aug 2012 12:16:30 EST Hello from Kentucky Hi y'all, I'm new here. After I was diagnosed about two years ago with fibromyalgia, I really took a downhill slide. I didn't realize how much things had deteriorated until my first grandson was born this past January. I hardly had the strength to hold him. So I finally decided to get off the slide and start living my life. I explored opportunities for gentle but effective exercise, and ended up joining Curves. I actually like it. I started slow, and the first couple of weeks found me e... Mon, 13 Aug 2012 08:41:13 EST Any Suggestions for exercise Hi I was wondering if anyone has any suggestions for some type of movement when in a lot of pain and do not even feel like moving? I am hurting pretty bad lately but would like to do something. Thanks Tracey Mon, 9 Jul 2012 12:14:46 EST fibro diet I've heard that eliminating certain things like sugar is good for fibro. I've thought about doing this before, but find it very difficult. Have any of you tried to eliminate certain things from your diet?? Did it help? How did you do it? Any advice would be appreciated. Thu, 28 Jun 2012 01:47:54 EST Hello Fellow Fibro Friends I am 72 years of age and have suffered from pain for many years. In the early 90s I was diagnosed with fibro. Last year (2011) I had ovarian cancer with a class 4 tumor. My oncologist chose an especially aggressive chemotherapy program. Thankfully, it seems to have been successful but it damaged my hearing for which I now wear hearing aids and ramped up the fibro pain to off the charts. I'm looking forward to giving and receiving help to cope. Wed, 20 Jun 2012 15:48:57 EST Hi to all I am a newbie, having been diagnosed with fibro about two years ago. I am a busy and stressed teacher which aggravated the condition. Six months ago, I decided to make a few changes. Simple changes I could make into instinct. I hate trying to remember to make a lunch in the morning, so began to take salad and bags of carrots and fruit to work for lunch that I could eat on for several days. I haven't cut out anything, but I tend to want to chew when stressed, but now what I choose to chew... Tue, 12 Jun 2012 21:18:59 EST Hello from PA...My first Day! I suffer from Fibro...I have been diagnoised almost 2 years. I am on disability. I suffer from painful arthritis and have had 2 knee surgeries, 2 shoulder surgeries due to arthritis. I suffer from CFS also. I am currently on Pain management medications, But I do not let this control me. I am active helping take care of 6 grandchildren who range in ages from 11yrs to the youngest 2yrs old. They are in sports and I am the one who mostly takes them to practice. Its my way out of the house. Some ... Tue, 15 May 2012 22:57:32 EST Hello Fellow Fibro Sufferer's I am 41 years old with a 3 year old and a 10 month old. I have fibromyalgia as well as osteoarthritis. I would love to be able to get into a good exercise program but I just don't seem to know how to make myself get up and go. I hurt all the time, even with my medicine's. I am hoping that by getting to know others that experience the same things that maybe I can find the motivation that I need. <BR> Tue, 8 May 2012 10:56:13 EST Hi everyone. Hello everyone, my name is Danhe and I am 30 years old and I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia in Feb. of this year. I have been in a lot of pain over the last couple of years but I associated it with my job and being out of shape. Things really got bad last year about half way through my fourth pregnancy. I was having trouble walking and the pain was magnified. After a lot of tests and bed rest to get through my pregnancy I had a a healthy baby girl in August. After having surgery in Octo... Sat, 5 May 2012 09:54:51 EST Hello y'all!!! My name is Jacqueline and I have fibromyalgia. Have suffered from it for years. I do have to say that going gluten free has made a huge difference. I'm looking forward to starting to exercise. Unfortunately, I tend to overdo it. Anyway, I wanted to introduce myself to the group and hopefully meet some people who understand this journey with fibromyalgia and health and exercise. Sun, 8 Apr 2012 22:19:56 EST Hello I am new but not to Fibromyalgia Hi, <BR> <BR> Wow sparkpeople has all kinds of groups! :-) <BR> <BR> My name is Lisa I am 29 years old and I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia a year ago. It explained alot of the pain I was having everywhere. I get terrible back pain, leg pain and arm pain. What I do for exercise is Zumba. I was told not to lift weights, was anybody else told this? <BR> <BR> Lisa Sun, 11 Mar 2012 19:16:06 EST Newly diagnosed but suspected for a long! Recently I had a horrible episode with what turned out to be Fibro. I had suspected for sometime that I might have it. There would be times I could not hardly get out of bed for days on end. No energy, hurt all over, did not want to be bothered by anyone, and generally could not function. I had always tried to walk consistently, and do other exercise but when one of these episodes came on I would not. My sister in law also has this illness and she told me the best thing to do was exercise thr... Thu, 1 Mar 2012 17:14:50 EST New to this group. Hi I'm Dee and I'm new to this group. I was looking for a support group to help get me exercising . Since I have fibromyalgia exercise just isn't pleasant. I'm glad to have found this group. You would better understand the challenges of exercising and TRYING to lose weight when your always in pain. I will try to keep my whining to a minimum. Wed, 25 Jan 2012 21:41:54 EST Hi. I've had fibro for about 16 years. I have gained 90 pounds in the past 13 years. I'm not very happy about it, but there it is. I have no food allergies but I know that sugar triggers inflammation. I'm trying to exercise on a stationary bike, not consistently but I'm trying. If anyone has suggestions I'm open. Thanks,. Thu, 19 Jan 2012 17:36:03 EST Hi! New to SparkPeople. Was glad to find this site, it seems to be a big help with tracking everything. Diagnosed in 2003 with fibro. I really have just let it get me down, and am so ready to change this. I changed my eating habits drastically, a week ago, and I do feel some better already. Still figuring out what I can and can't do for exercise, but do some every day now. Glad to find some fibro teams for support! Sun, 15 Jan 2012 10:49:37 EST SP Stepfanie Romine I've sent an email to SP Stepfanie Romine to see if she'll make some yoga videos for those of us with FM; poses that are beneficial to us, to help us gently stretch and help us relax bound muscles. <BR> <BR> If you are interested in some SP videos on yoga, you might send her an email encouraging her. Sun, 8 Jan 2012 13:38:23 EST Hello I have tried SparkPeople before.....but didn't try very hard. I don't want to continue down this path anymore....I want to live! Sat, 31 Dec 2011 23:55:59 EST a Hoosier Howdy! I'm Heidi. I've had fibro for 13 years (3 years ago properly diagnosed). <BR> <BR> I've had to drop out of or dramatically reduce any SP challenge I've joined because of fibro flare-ups. <BR> <BR> I am joining more fibro SparkTeams to keep from getting discouraged. Thu, 29 Dec 2011 20:58:29 EST When you first started, did things get horrible? My doc has insisted I start an exercise program. a year and a half ago, I was walking around the block twice, which is about 1 mile or so, and other than a few leg cramps, I did fine, but my schedule changed, making it impossible to exercise during daylight hours, and I don't intend to be one of those people run over at 2 am walking outside in the dark. So I inherited a treadmill, and thought that would be great. I started out what I thought was slow - walking at 2 miles per hour for 20 mi... Tue, 13 Dec 2011 14:35:13 EST Recovering from pneumonia I was sick the whole month of november and now I am trying to get back on track, with my weight loss and exercising. Today its raining so its making it hard for me to get moving I am very stiff. Tue, 6 Dec 2011 10:18:09 EST Newbie I'm so happy to find this site. I'm a 50 year old night shift nurse who has about 40 lbs to lose to get back to my "feel good" weight. The 12 hour shifts have really taken a toll on my body and I also have fibromyalgia to deal with. I am looking forward to returning to a healthy lifestyle and feeling great. Wed, 12 Oct 2011 16:43:07 EST Have you found an exercise you can do consistently Water aerobics works for me but it is not available in all places and can be expensive. <em>237</em> Chris <em>213</em> Sat, 24 Sep 2011 13:00:34 EST Hello from the great northwoods Hi name is Jodi. I am from Ely MN. I think I've had fibro for years and years but was just diagnosed 3 years ago. Right now I'm doing ok. I finally got over that hump between exercise hurting too much to do anything and not exercising hurting your body. I think I have found a happy medium at least for awhile. So far I have had only 1 major fibro flare that knocked me out of the ring for 1 week..leaned over pick up a sock and there went my back. Now my back feels better but since ... Tue, 21 Jun 2011 21:05:15 EST Just saying hello I was diagnosed with severe fibro about 8 years ago-I have 21 pressure points. (I also have lupus and chronic pelvic pain disorder). I spent a good 18 months on the couch-I call that time "The Star Trek Years." I had been sooo active and love the outdoors-camping, hiking,backpacking, kayaking...all of it. All gone.Well, you all know the story. My sister is the one who got me going. I kept saying, "I can't do that!" She would reply, "What can we do so that you can?" My first camping experience... Mon, 6 Jun 2011 22:26:01 EST Hello from Hannibal I'm LeAnne. I've had CFS for 20 years and was diagnosed with fibro about 7 years ago. I've been working with a new team of doctors since Aug of 2010. My rheumatologist has me on savella and is going to start me on an IV vitamin therapy treatment soon. <BR> I found Sparkpeople last month and I'm amazed at all the help and info that is offered here. <BR> I have 2 kids and 3 grandkids (3, 1, & 9 weeks) that I'm helping raise for a while. They're taking most of my energy so I'm going even slower... Fri, 6 May 2011 00:30:26 EST New Team Member Hi Everyone, <BR> I am so happy to find a Fibro group on this site. I was diagnosed with Fibro 12/7/2007, I am totally disabled due to the severity of this illness. I look forward to sharing & receiving tips on how to exercise without hurting or becoming overly fatigue. I pray we all can reach our goals. Mon, 14 Mar 2011 08:20:49 EST new to team I am in my 4th week of being a spark member. There is so much to read and understand. I finally found the time to look up a fibro group. Because I am so tired all the time I find excercise difficult. I cannot just "jump out of bed and do it" I will look at the team page every day for guidance. Glad to make your aquaintance everyone. <em>79</em> Mon, 31 Jan 2011 13:01:14 EST Hello From Chicago I have fibro for over 20 years but was not diagnosed until 2005. <BR> <BR> I started a new program a week ago and believe exercise will improve my symptoms. I am also taking Doxepin and Tramadol. Sun, 23 Jan 2011 20:08:52 EST Hello from Washington State Am glad to know that there is a group for weight loss that deals with fibromyalgia as well. <BR> I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia a few years ago, but it has gotten increasingly worse. Dr said I have the worst case he has seen. I also have severe sensitivity to smells, smoke, gas/diesel, perfumes...get horrible migraines. <BR> I have tried so so many medications, cymbalta helped for awhile, savella, I became a totally different person, not a good thing for me!! There were other meds that I c... Sat, 22 Jan 2011 16:13:41 EST One of my biggest worries was exercise :) I have psoriatic arthritis, similar to rheumatoid arthritis, and fibro, along with some other problems, and exercise is quite difficult due to joint and muscle pain and just plain fatique. I am hoping in this group to find some sort of exercise or activity. Right now my doc has me walking at the stores for exercise, which of course is right up my alley, but I find I am spending too much money, :) One of my biggest problems is severe dizziness and spacing out that may be siezures, i gotta an ... Sun, 16 Jan 2011 22:18:52 EST new to sign up hey everyone, <BR> <BR> Thanks for creating places like this so people with this 'dragon' can find a place where they are understood. <BR> <BR> I live in Texas and am struggling to lose weight while dealing with the physical and emotional impacts of Fibromyalgia. Tue, 4 Jan 2011 02:11:33 EST Hi Am new! I have Fibromyalgia and in alot of pain, what does other people do to relieve the pain. Tue, 28 Dec 2010 10:24:42 EST exercise I have fibro for three years now. I was in a car accident and had whip lash pretty bad. Before that I went to Curves, but now I don't exercise. My shoulders bother me even when I walk from moving my arms. Anyone out there have any ideas what I can do. Sun, 17 Oct 2010 12:56:28 EST Just signed up Hi! I am Missy, and I have a loving husband and need help! I was recently diagnosed with fibro and now am at a loss as to what kinds of exercises to do so I do not aggravate it too much. any suggestions? Sun, 17 Oct 2010 08:03:10 EST I'm new, & so happy to relate to everyone! Hi, I'm 36, & was diagnosed 8 years ago. I have 3 children, 11, 7 and 1!!! The one year old has me moving more than I am comfortable to do. If any moms have tips for chasing a 1 year old boy...please help! <BR> Sat, 25 Sep 2010 02:29:47 EST Green Tea May Protect Against Rheumatoid Arthritis Green tea has been touted as a miracle beverage for years, helping with everything from weight loss to longevity to cancer prevention. But can it help protect against rheumatoid arthritis? A 2008 animal study funded by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, a division of the National Institutes of Health, points to the possibility that the drink may indeed curb the disease <BR> <BR> <BR> Read the rest of the article at the link below, interesting. <BR> <BR> http://... Tue, 7 Sep 2010 12:57:42 EST Hello ... newly diagnosed with Fibromyalgia Hello! My name is Anne and I have just been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. I am 48 yrs old, happily married to a wonderful man (2nd marriage); with 2 beautiful children and 3 great step-children. I work full-time, and part-time; in addition to have a side business with my husband. I had put my on-line education on the back burner while I tend to my health. <BR> <BR> I thought I was just losing my mind with the indescribeable pain, but I wasn't. Since I have such a high tolerance to pain an... Fri, 13 Aug 2010 15:04:20 EST Feeling good to be good Greetings, everyone! As you know, I'm new here, and am excited to be here. When I first started with SparkPeople on July 7th, I was weighing in at 268lbs. As of yesterday, I was down to 261lbs. I have small weight goals, such as being down to 255lbs by the 7th of August. I think I can make it, too! <BR> <BR> I'm preparing for gastric-bypass surgery sometime in November or December, whenever my insurance says I can do it. So, I'm turning to this site to help me keep track of what and ... Sun, 25 Jul 2010 16:39:15 EST The Fog Okay, I didn't realize it until yesterday, but I am not thinking clearly. I find it hard to complete sentences and complete thoughts. I know this is effecting my job, and my DM looks at me like I am crazy. However, the stress of working has increase x3. Is this apart of the fibrin? I have been on Zoloft for over 2 years now. I quit taking it, because it wasn't working for me. Whenever I tell my doctor that he ignores me. So I am trying to find a new doctor in my area. Sun, 25 Jul 2010 16:19:11 EST Learning your limitations? I'd describe myself as a "bumblebee", except that story about bumblebees not being physically capable of flying isn't true. Obviously they ARE aerodynamic enough to fly, so it's not that they fly on faith, but they fly on the same basis that other insects do. <BR> <BR> ANYWAY… <BR> <BR> I brought that insanity up as a way to explain that I often do things that I shouldn't only because I don't know better. I have exercised, I have danced, I have lifted weights because I thought I could... Tue, 13 Jul 2010 06:47:18 EST anyone had problems/flares while taking Levaquin? I have had fibro for years, and recently had treatment with Levaquin for a sinus infection. The pain I had from the Levaquin was soo bad!! Worse than my fibro ever has been. Every part of my body hurt except my head and neck. Being that we have fibro, does that make us more likely to have this type of reaction to this type of medicine, and if so, anyone know how long it takes to get rid of it??? <BR> It seemed the more exercise i got, the worse the pain. Anyone else had this problem? Fri, 9 Jul 2010 14:40:16 EST Newbie Hello I am new to spark people, but have had fibro for years. I am 40 and looking to lose about 20 or so pounds. Have never really accepted that the fibro is going to ruin my life, but it sure can make it challenging. I like to stay active and get outside as much as possible. I enjoy taking long walks, gardening, yard work in general, spending time with the family, cooking, making home made wine, and the list goes on... I may have fibro but it doesn't have me... and I am hoping to keep it th... Sat, 3 Jul 2010 12:34:39 EST RE: T-tapp Awhile back some people on this team had inquired about t-tapp. T-tapp is named after the creator, rehabilitative fitness expert Teresa Tapp.... hence the name T-tapp. <BR> <BR> T-tapp is a workout that is very rehabilitative. I've been doing it since 2005. In fact I wrote about it in my blog today if anyone is interested in knowing more about this workout. Mon, 28 Jun 2010 13:33:55 EST Hello everyone Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I am returning to spark after a long hiatus and with much more weight than when I started before. I was recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and arthritis in my spine. So this could be one reason for the increased weight (the pain of movement). Anyway, I knew spark had helped me before, so here I am again and am hoping not only to get some of the support I need to help me be accountable for my weight loss but maybe help others at the same time. I'm glad to be... Fri, 11 Jun 2010 21:56:12 EST Questions to ask the neurologist? I have an appointment with a neurologist tomorrow. <BR> <BR> My memory is so bad, I forget what I am doing sometimes, and finding words is difficult. I am also freezing cold when everyone else is hot. <BR> <BR> The rheumy suggested that I see the neurologist because he had no idea why these things are happening. <BR> <BR> Please help me by suggesting what questions I should ask the neurologist! <BR> <BR> Thanks Fri, 30 Apr 2010 03:39:21 EST Your eyes & Fibromyalgia Does anyone out there have difficulty with their vision ?... Mine is slowly fading away and the opthamologist can find no reason why this is occuring... I am almost legally blind now.... yet no one can give me a reason why this is happening. I am only 47 yet I feel like I am falling apart. <em>303</em> Fri, 30 Apr 2010 03:31:34 EST Just join Spark and new to the team Hello everyone I just joined spark and found this team. I have Fibromyalgia and Heart Disease and I am over weight. I am hoping to overcome all of these problems and finally I found others with the same hope. Fri, 30 Apr 2010 03:21:46 EST Just joined I've been using SparkPeople for almost a week now, and decided it was time to join a team. I have never been "officially" diagnosed with fibromyalgia, since my doctor doesn't believe it's a legitimate diagnosis. The closest I've come is having my physical therapist ask me if I had been told I had it. And the last time I had a massage the masseuse said my shoulders and upper back felt like other clients with fibro. At this stage I can still keep things manageable with ibuprofen, plenty of ... Sat, 10 Apr 2010 20:48:47 EST Just joined ... Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> This is my second week with Spark People, and I've lost a little over 4 lbs. Although I believe I've had it for over 10 years, I was just "officially" diagnosed with fibromyalgia 3 years ago. I'm happy to be coming into the warmer months - the pain doesn't seem to be as bad. I struggle more with the fatigue this time of year. <BR> <BR> I know that if I exercise I'll feel better. But between working full time and being tired all the time, I can't seem to find the mo... Wed, 17 Mar 2010 22:48:08 EST Has anyone used Elavil (Amitrip ytaline) for Fibro My doctor just gave me Elavil and started me on 10mg which does nothing for my fibro but I think she's just being careful. I just wonder if anyone else has used it and does it work? I used Gabapentin for about 5 years but I was only at about 100mg and my doctor wouldn't increase the dosage any more so i was getting no relief. Since then (6 years) I've been on nothing. Sun, 28 Feb 2010 06:58:26 EST hello and new here and to spark i just found this wonderful site and i'm including this website as a tool for my journey to lose weight and feel better. i have had fibro for many years and right now am learning how to accept and deal with it.glad to meet everyone! <em>213</em> Wed, 24 Feb 2010 16:07:26 EST Hi fellow fibromites! :) Hi, I was diagnosed with FB and CFS about 5 years ago. I've been dealing with the issues since not long after I gave birth to my daughter in 1999. I also have Myofascial Pain Disorder, TMJ, IBS, Periodic Limb Movement Disorder, Chronic Sinusitis and a bunch of other junk! I'm a fun girl! <BR> <BR> I'd like to hear what sort of exercise and at what initial duration works best for everyone that shares these irritating ailments. <BR> <BR> My mantra is: I will not be defined or controll... Tue, 12 Jan 2010 12:06:41 EST Dental work and fibromyalgia Just curious as to how those with fibro react to dental work. Do you have more pain for longer than your dentist says is normal? Does it last longer than the dentist says it should? <em>38</em> Sat, 9 Jan 2010 09:41:04 EST Hello It seems so inefficient to have such a generic title, knowing full well we all suffer from a condition far from generic. <BR> <BR> My name is Brandi, and I live in Florida. I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia earlier this year, in the spring. I am slowly trying to get my life back. I don't expect it to ever be 100% the way it was, but I will certainly try anyway. <BR> <BR> I work at home online, and go to school. I am 30, and the mother of a wonderful daughter who will be 9 in less than a m... Tue, 29 Dec 2009 21:48:48 EST Hello from a new member I joined SP over a year ago, lost some weight they seemed to just stop "stopping by". I now have some additional health problems and absolutely need to do something GOOD for myself. I have had fibro for 11 years and though it hasn't stopped me from working it has stopped me from exercising - not good at all. I'm on this team to learn about exercises that I can do. I'm looking forward to a great 2010! <BR> Lenore Fri, 18 Dec 2009 23:32:08 EST Just joined need support As I sit here drinking my coffee hurting like crazy, My pulse beating 110 per min. I have tried to get my Doc but she is starting to think it's all in my head. I started Savella 2 months ago I also take paxil, First it was leg cramps so they said cut down on savella so I did all my pain is back and for the last 3 weeks my bp is way up and my pulse is pounding. When I couldn't get any help I called my pharmacy, He looked it up and said he believed the 2 drugs dropped my serotonin in my brain a... Mon, 30 Nov 2009 07:13:09 EST Exercise helped This morning it took 2 hours to get out of bed. I screamed in my pillow most of the time. When I finally did get up, I honestly thought I would never walk again. The walk to the bathroom seemed to take forever because the pain consumed me. At last I finally got bathroom and filled the tub with warm water. I soaked in the tub for 20 minutes. The warm water did help. Next I did some stretching. To my surprise I felt better. <BR> <BR> The cold weather here really bothers my joints and g... Sat, 28 Nov 2009 19:46:01 EST brand new, with a question Hi, I'm Nancy, 40-something living with fibro, of course and multiple other challenges. I just joined today but I have a question. What can people tell me about how to get started on exercise, what ones, how long, etc.? I'm not sure how to begin. Thanks in advance for your advice. N. Fri, 27 Nov 2009 22:12:24 EST values for nutrition tracker I cant find the values for cheese wontons to list on my nutrition tracker. Does anyone have any ideas on where to find that information? Your help will be greatly appreciated. Wed, 4 Nov 2009 13:38:41 EST I'm new to this team Hi, I am 48 and was diagnosed in 2001. I was in such pain I wanted to die. After months of testing and thousands of dollars spent and a multitude of meds. tried, the doc. told me what I had. Family members don't really understand this illness and so I am looking for some support here. I don't know what exercises to do, that won't make me hurt so much. Wed, 4 Nov 2009 12:27:15 EST hi I haven't been on Spark People in quite sometime and have realized that I've also gone nowhere with my goals. I got divorced early this year and have been feeling very unmotivated since. I would really like to look and feel healthier and eventually be comfortable in my own skin so that I can date without apprehension. I don't really have a big support system, so I could really use some help. Thu, 29 Oct 2009 14:47:05 EST Hello there Just wanted to say hello <BR> I'm 55 and have had fibro since 2000.I try to go to the gym everyday and do something. I don't always make it. <BR> I love spark people. <BR> <BR> \Janet <em>33</em> Sat, 24 Oct 2009 11:17:21 EST Hello! New Here Hello everyone. My name is Patty. I have had FMS for about 20 years or so, but have been diagonose for about 8. I could tell in my 20's that something was wrong, but I thought since arthritis ran in my family that's what it was. I got worse over time and now I'm 46. I hate it. I can't hardly do anything that I used to love. I have it in my neck, arms, legs, feet. You name it. I'm so glad to be here on your team. Maybe with your help I won't be so deppressed. I also have ADHD, and Osteoarthrit... Sun, 20 Sep 2009 11:13:51 EST Just Getting Started I joined SP several months ago, but got really ill before I could figure it out. :-) I'm just getting back to it and am trying really hard to understand all the different areas of this site. Love it! But what a challenge for me. I find as I am getting older some things come a little harder for me. All I can say right now is I am so glad that you are all here and extra glad that I came back. Fri, 28 Aug 2009 01:58:46 EST One step forward two steps back Hi, I appreciate all of your responses. I have had severe problems sitting for the past three years. I recently had something called radio frequency ablation. In this process some of the nerves in my lower back were burned off by the radio waves. I immediately received relief in my lower back and tailbone. This was done on my right side only, because you can't do both sides at the same time. I am going back in another month to have the other side done. It is painful because they have ... Sun, 23 Aug 2009 17:29:06 EST Happy to be here. As you can see, my name is Sue and I am here to make friends that understand fibro and have had success with weight loss. I also am diabetic so that makes things a little sticky also. I like to exercise in the pool, but soon the pool I use will be closing for the season. Glad to meet all of you. Sat, 22 Aug 2009 19:20:00 EST New to this team and also starting over again I just found this team a few days ago. I was diagnosed the first of the year. I have many health problems but,I have never had anything like this. The constant pain and tiredness are really annoying. I am very overweight and need to exercise but, it's hard when you hurt all the time. Does anyone have any suggestions? I would appreciate any advice and encouragement. What kind of meds do your doctors prescribe for you. My doctor had me on Trazadone and Skelaxan. Is anyone else on these... Wed, 5 Aug 2009 21:55:10 EST New and Learning to Welcome the Struggle. This being human is a guest house. <BR> Every morning a new arrival. <BR> <BR> A joy, a depression, a meanness, <BR> some momentary awareness comes <BR> as an unexpected visitor. <BR> <BR> Welcome and attend them all! <BR> Even if they're a crowd of sorrows, <BR> who violently sweep your house <BR> empty of its furniture, still, <BR> treat each guest honorably. <BR> He may be clearing you out <BR> for some new delight. <BR> <BR> The dark thought, the shame, the malice, <BR> meet them at th... Wed, 5 Aug 2009 21:34:05 EST HOMEOPATHIC FIBRO RECOVERY!! Hello everyone!! <BR> <BR> Wanted to share my godsend with everyone! if this helps only one person i would be happy because i know how bad fibro/ cfs can be and how it feels like a never ending cycle. <BR> <BR> i have been on a MILLION different types of meds for the fibro. (as well as OTHER things they thought was wrong with me) All of which have side effects that made me question my use of them (like sleepy and foggy). Yes the pain is "better" but its not gone and i was no longer my funny... Sun, 26 Jul 2009 17:49:37 EST Starting over Hello to all, I am not new to sparkpeople but have finally had to accept my new diagnosis. I don't have to be happy with this new diagnosis, but I want to be happy as I once was and I want to beat this awful feeling of being in constant pain. I am soon to be 49 and never in a million years would have ever dreamed how much pain this fibromyalgia could make a person feel so miserable. To everyone that has been dealing with this for years or is new to dealing with this, I for one want to beat ... Sun, 26 Jul 2009 12:02:10 EST Gabapentin 300mg Dr. has me trying this medicine. So far I take one pill at bedtime. Next week 1 pill at breakfast, 1 at bedtime. Week after, 1 at each meal. <BR> <BR> So far, all its doing is making me really sleepy and my hands shake a little. Have any of you tried this med? What do you think? Sat, 25 Jul 2009 12:06:55 EST New here Hi everyone! I am 30 years old and I need to lose 100lbs. I have fibromyalgia so I am taking it really slow! I am wanting to have a healthy life and to show my 12yr old how to eat healthy. I am looking for any positive feedback,encouragement I can get. I live in Lancaster Ca and I would love to meet up with and work out with someone else that has fibromyalgia. I really need to take it slow so please bare with me. <BR> I am so glad that I made the choice to join spark people to get healthy! <B... Sun, 19 Jul 2009 21:18:32 EST New, with FMS and Epilepsy Hi, I'm new to SparkPeople and this team. I'm Jennifer, a (nearly) 38 yo O.G. (original goth LOL) and native to Arizona. <BR> <BR> Between 2000 and 2004 for rough years for me, but also beneficial. First, in 2000, it was discovered that my "dismenorrea" I've endured since the 80s was, in fact, Endometrial Cancer - a few months later I had to have a radical hysterectomy (12 yrs of cancer untreated!) After a lifelong weirdness got out of control during my cancer treatments, it was discovered I... Wed, 8 Jul 2009 19:57:12 EST Has this ever happened to you? Today I seemed to be doing okay...other than my regular pain. All if the sudden I felt so hot and got really nauseated and weak/shaky and I had to sit down and put a cold towel on my neck to cool down...I got so tired. I was at my partner's work place (bringing her coffee) and they let me go in another room and sit in a comfortable chair and dose. I recovered mostly but I am very tired. This is not the first time this has happened is this normal fibro stuff or should I talk to the doctor? Mon, 6 Jul 2009 23:50:52 EST Nutrition Advice Good morning! I gained 2lb from my previous loss, I am afraid my meds are causing some weight gain. I was wondering what types of vitamins you all find helpful as well as food you feel help you feel better...I am on food stamps so I have to do the best with what I have Walmart here I come...any suggestions from anyone? Now I know I can look up things on the Spark site but I would really like to know specific nutritional things you have done that help. Mon, 6 Jul 2009 15:05:01 EST New member with fibro and RA Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I just joined this group because I find that I hurt all the time, and not just in my joints. <BR> I started aquatic therapy. but the pool cannot accomodate the pt program until September, so I only had one session. I did try to do the exercises in the pool in my complex, but the water is a bit too cold (the therapy pool was at 92 degrees). <BR> I have been off work since February when I had a bad RA flare. Because of the fibro pain, I can't imagine going back to ... Sun, 5 Jul 2009 21:55:08 EST What a wonderful forum with excersizes for us! Hi All, I have been trying to get started for months. I lost 10 lb but exhaustion and depression due to pain have hampered my success. I am in school full time and the PTSA president of my daughter's Middle School. I am a lesbian I should say and thus my partner and I have a non traditional family. I was in a car accident last September which put me out of work. I finally got a definitive diagnoses of Fibro recently. I try to exercise but it puts me in so much pain. I would like an online bud... Sat, 27 Jun 2009 16:51:46 EST Prayer Request DSis#1 just called & they will be taking her DH to surgery at 7:30 tomorrow morning. DBIL#1 is 88 years old & has congestive heart failure. They’ve drained close to a gallon (or possibly more by now) of fluid from around his lungs & heart. He’s been hospitalized over a week & his doctors have decided to do surgery to repair one of the valves in his heart. He has also had problems with an irregular heartbeat & his doctor told him that he’ll try to do something to help with the irregular he... Mon, 22 Jun 2009 22:38:00 EST helping a friend Hi everyone! I do not personally have Fibromyalgia but my best friend does. She is very overweight (last time she told me her weight she was over 350 and she's gained since then), she eats horribly and does not get any exercise. I have tried to motivate her but she is very stubborn!! I know that she has a painful illness but I can't help feeling like she uses it as an excuse sometimes. Sometimes I'll suggest going for a walk (even just a little leisurely one) but she says no it will make her ... Wed, 17 Jun 2009 12:11:41 EST New to the team Hello all! My name is Melissa, but please call me Milly. I live in a small town called Purdy in South-western Missouri with my husband Robert and our 4 boys, Josiah, Zachariah, Nathanael and Gabriel. <BR> <BR> I was diagnosed in March with Myofacial Pain Syndrome after experiencing lower abdominal pain radiating to my right side since January. After my gyn ruled out any problems in that area, and x-rays, mri's ultrasounds and enough blood work to feed a vampire colony, I was sent to a surgeo... Tue, 16 Jun 2009 09:48:33 EST Strenght Training Hi everyone !!! I'm new to sparks, I would like to know if anyone is doing the strenght exercises, to be honest i'm scared to try, I find that my body is doing well with the walking and wii (stepping), I'm burning calories that way. <BR> let me know your opinions Fri, 12 Jun 2009 13:14:40 EST Hi! New Here. Hi all! hope everyone is doing well today. I'm new here, just diagnosed a couple months ago. I also have osteoarthritis in my spine and hips. I am hoping that losing weight and exercising more will help my pain level. I have a new grandbaby that I want to be able to keep up with! <BR> <BR> Angela Thu, 4 Jun 2009 10:18:53 EST Stretching hi everyone! I'm new to sparkpeople, but excited about it, and hoping it'll help me find some motivation. <BR> <BR> One of my goals for myself is to stretch more every day; right now I'm not stretching at all most days, and I think I need 30 minutes of stretching every day in order to feel better. I know that in the past, I had been doing a full hour of stretching every day, and it really helped a lot with my fibro. <BR> <BR> My favorite stretches are nerve glides for my arms, and leg stre... Sun, 31 May 2009 12:50:57 EST YOGA and fibromyalgia Does anyone know if yoga is of benefit to those of us with fibromyalgia? Also does it help with weight loss? I'm new to yoga and don't have a clue what kind to even try. Any suggestions? Thanks. Fri, 22 May 2009 03:29:17 EST venting, emotional mess, new doc visit today! UGH! I saw the new doc about my back today. He offered nothing good, fact is I left and sat in a grocery store parking lot around the corner and cried for over an hour. I talked to a good friend while sitting there crying, (grateful for cell phones), she helped me pull myself together a little. The curve in my spine is small, nothing to worry about right now he says. I have myofacial pain syndrome, fibro(already knew) arthritis in spine, hips and neck, and tight hamstrings that have pulled my pelv... Tue, 5 May 2009 21:23:14 EST Fatigue issues <em>247</em> I am new to this post. Diagnosed with FMS in 2004. Younger sister has it too -Since 1979. I have had major problems with fatigue since the time change. Does anyone else notice this? Can't get thru the day without a nap..if have any form of activity. It's a bummer. Can't get anything done. Hate napping, cuz it ruins my nights. Any ideas... Fri, 1 May 2009 23:26:38 EST anyone try TTAPP? A friend gave me 2 dvd's and the book for TTAPP. The lady who created it claims it helps pain, back injuries, fibro and lots of other stuff. I have tried it 3 times now. The first 2 times I did not make it through the work out, tonight I did it and managed the whole 15 min work out. WOW was I sweating hard by the time I was done. I noticed while doing it at one point my back, neck and shoulders were popping and cracking like crazy. I kept going, she claims it is normal and is your spine reali... Fri, 1 May 2009 23:09:34 EST fibro fog and exercising i am new, 45, and have fibromylgia. <em>198</em> i wanted to know if anyone had exercises they recommended for people like me -- that can and do get confused quite a bit. <em>33</em> sometimes it seems i have no control over my body and when i exercise to a dvd sometimes i can't keep straight what i am supposed to do. <em>20</em> thanks so much -- i have just started with sparks. i really want this to work Wed, 4 Mar 2009 12:50:01 EST Dairy and joint pain??? Hi all...before i was diagnosed about 5 years ago, all i knew was my muscles and joints were killing me! In desperation, i started eating as much dairy as i could milk 3 glasses a day, cheese for snacks , yogurt ect. thinking that the calcium in the dairy would be good for my bones. After about one and a half months on this dairy rich diet i was bedridden! The pain becoming debilitating. After about 8 months in bed and lowering my dairy simply because i couldn't eat much...wasn't hungry, nev... Sun, 15 Feb 2009 10:36:37 EST Newly diagnosed Hello everyone. My name is Cori and I was recently diagnosed with fibro (January 9th). I had suspected for quite some time that I had it, so I wasn't surprised by the diagnosis. However, I am now overwhelmed at how to treat and deal with this condition. The rheumatologist I saw recommended weight loss and exercise (big surprise), but wasn't very helpful on how I should approach exercising with the fatigue and pain I have. I know you all are or have gone through this too, so I am not askin... Sun, 25 Jan 2009 17:31:39 EST God's grace and peace. I am new Hello to everyone. I am new to this site and have fibromyalgia. I am hoping to learn what I can do to get rid of it. I know that it is a toxin in the muscles and am trying to find out how to rid my body of these toxins. If anyone has an answer as to how this is done, please let me know. <BR> God bless, <BR> Char Sat, 10 Jan 2009 21:38:06 EST Winter weather... How is this cold,snowy weather effecting you, and what do you do to help it? I got a heated massage pad for use on a chair,or while you're driving, as a Christmas gift, and I love it. Tue, 6 Jan 2009 08:41:39 EST Fibromyalgia and Ribose-d Hi Everybody, <BR> Trying to get back on the path to increasing exercise and being part of Sparkspeople again. I have let it slip. I was wondering if anyone has heard anything about the use of Ribose-d for fibromyalgia? I found an article in Natural Health magazine, and just started it about 2 weeks ago. It seems to be helping. Just wondering. <BR> Rose <em>38</em> Sun, 28 Dec 2008 13:52:30 EST What exercises are you doing 40 min of cardio for Sunday <BR> 20 min strengthening <BR> 10 min stretching <BR> <BR> It has taken me a long time to work up to this level of exercise ....I find it is helpful to write it down each day thus keeping me motivated ...Please share what you are doing and the type of exercise you find helpful.....Remember small steps are the beginning of progress Sun, 7 Dec 2008 19:11:09 EST overwhelmed and undermotivated Hi everyone. I am 27 and I have been diagnosed for 4 1/2 years. My diagnosis came on the heels of a very traumatic event in my life. I tend to find myself overwhelmed by the demands people have on me, which often leads me to be undermotivated to take care of myself. I'm trying to change that now - and at the same time, trying to deal with some very tough choices I've had to make... Fri, 14 Nov 2008 15:13:13 EST Day 1 Hi, I just found this site today. I was diagnosed last Oct. so it's been a year now but I've been suffering for many years just have a word to put to the condition. I don't know how active I will be but I want to try something new and so here I am. The condition my condition is in can make me some what inconsistent which I really don't like. <BR> <BR> Today is a relatively good day pain wise but my energy is down around my ankles. I'm not ready to have a page yet that all can see, I'll work... Sat, 1 Nov 2008 21:03:54 EST General chat Hi gang, how goes it? Does the fall weather make you creak and groan or is it just me? Mon, 27 Oct 2008 11:34:41 EST Introduction Hi Everybody! <BR> <BR> I would like to share all I have learnt, and to learn all YOU all have learnt, about this 'mysterious' condition that many physicians are getting rich trying out new research-based medicines on sufferers who will brook no attempt to be rid of fibromyalgia. Thu, 18 Sep 2008 11:00:13 EST UUUUUGGGGGG HHHHHHHH!!! I am constantly struggling with retaining fluid from my pain meds for my fibro, and other meds. I have swollen so much the last few days that I'm back to where I was April 2, 2008 at 402lbs. I need help! My meds constipate me so much that I retain fluid. It's soo frustrating!!!! Any suggestions would help so much, and I would love you forever!!! <BR> <BR> Dena <em>15</em> <em>303</em> Sat, 30 Aug 2008 14:26:41 EST Trying Again I have been diagnosed with fibro for at least 15 years. I am currently on Lyrica (100 mg/3x daily) and it does seem to do wonders--but it has "weight gain" as a side effect (just like at least 3 of my other medications). I have been using Medi Weight Loss Clinics for my diet and have lost 47 pounds since January. I use Sparkpeople to track all my eating and exercising--it is one of the best web sites I have found--and I have looked at a lot of them. I have trouble exercising without hurti... Sat, 30 Aug 2008 13:59:41 EST New to FM and exercise- Ideas on road recumbents? I was diagnosed with FM eleven years ago after an injury at work. Between the pain and depression I was forced to give up a great deal: my independence, self-confidence, and self-worth. With an amazing degree of help from my family and luck at finding professionals who had heard of and believed in the truth of fibromyalgia I began the long road back. <em>24</em> There have been some major "learning" moments along the way. Now, instead of fighting my body and mind, I am listening. Ba... Sat, 23 Aug 2008 16:58:31 EST Computer generated before/after pictures Can anyone tell me where I can get these pictures from? Tue, 12 Aug 2008 10:44:32 EST I am new hi,I guess it is obvious that I am new to this site. I just found it and hope that it helps me. <BR> I have had several cervical surgeries in the last few years that anf fibro have really kicked my behind. I can not tell you what pain bothers me most. I know I need to move,at least that is what my doctor tells me. " Get exercise and you will feelbetter" usually she is wrong. I would like to hear what everyone else is doing.I do not care if I lose weight although my family does but I do not wa... Thu, 7 Aug 2008 21:45:31 EST DESPARETLY IN PAIN - I'AVE EVEN SEEN A WITCH DR.! Hello - <BR> <BR> Hey - 1st off - even though I am a "LoooHoo" There will be NO BOO HOOING here! NO <BR> <BR> No pity please - I just need facts! <BR> <BR> I want to get better and I will. I have got to believe that with all my heart!!!! <BR> <BR> OH - 1st off - I am not depressed. After a year of the Dr's trying to get me on Cymbalta - I finally tried it for 8 weeks - AND NO - it did not help one bit. Just numbed my brain - No thank you. And I am tired of Dr's trying to tell me ... Sun, 29 Jun 2008 05:57:06 EST Introducing New Teammemb er-Terry Hi Everyone, I have had fibro for the past 5 years but it was really getting to me. I have it pretty well maintained, but I have very little energy. I need to learn exercises to do that will help me, but not over exert my condition. Fibro can be so delicate to your system in all you do. If anyone out there has used aquatic or water exercises, let me know what works. We got a swimming pool so I could exercise alot easier without feeling the stress since I had both back pains and fibro. T... Tue, 10 Jun 2008 14:41:06 EST Good day everyone!!!! Today is 797th days of my 'Healing Journey' - I am a strong,thriving, positive "Brain Injury Survivor" with Fibromyalgia!!!! I'm grateful to be involved with such a informational and supportive community. I just finish my first combo 5K (Run/Walk) on Sat. - 4/26th and I'm proud of my accomplishments. My story reads like a movie this last 2-years and I'm blessed to be here to share it. <BR> Until next time, I send warm regards to all. Fri, 30 May 2008 11:32:55 EST New to the site I am new to the site and have been reading some of the discussion posted. I have only been diagnosed less than a year, but have realized my symptoms date back approx 10 years. I see a neurologist who recommended aqua therapy, yoga, stretching, and therapeutic massages. I have to be very careful with the massage as a deep tissue massage only irritates the nerves. I am struggling with weight loss as I also have migraines and must be careful after taking any medication for my headaches. Any sugg... Thu, 15 May 2008 10:10:43 EST Hello Hello to all. cm Thu, 15 May 2008 02:06:32 EST Hi...I too am new! : ) Hi. My name is Julie. I haven't been formally diagnosed with fibromyalgia, mainly due to a lack of medical insurance or funds to pay to see a dr., but my mother has and my symptoms mirror hers almost exactly. My sister was recently diagnosed and hers is by far the worst case out of the three of us. I find that odd. My sister is younger and is of a normal body weight, so her joints don't have the added strain of carrying around a lot of excess body weight like my mom and I do. <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 25 Apr 2008 17:51:18 EST Hi I'm New And I have Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Most days I need to use my walker, but my sister is getting married in September and would LOVE to lose 25 lbs by then. Anyone know excercises that won't through me into a major flareup. <em>41</em> Tue, 22 Apr 2008 11:12:44 EST A Great beginning to a great week! Happy Monday Everyone! This is the first sunny day in 3 days here so cold or not I think I will go for a walk and then do some more stretching. I am in the middle of a full blown Fibro flair so I hurt and am exhausted. but hey it is an everyday thing. Have to keep gong. Do a little and rest a little do a little more .......we all the know the pattern lol. Have a great week and keep up the good work everyone!!!!! Mon, 24 Mar 2008 11:12:41 EST New and starting over Hi everyone, My name is Jan. I was diagnosed 14 years ago with fibromyalgia. I am 47 and the mom of 4 wonderful kids. I have been heavy since I started having children and now have decided it is time for me to do something about it. I am wanting to try and lose the weight on my own first -with support of course- then if necessary have lap band surgery. May have it anyway. I have a hard time exercising because of my health issues but I am trying. Right now I walk about 30 minutes a day... Tue, 18 Mar 2008 13:33:04 EST hello hello I'm new. Discovered site today. <BR> I'm experiencing a 3 month period when my fibro is flared and I'm very discouraged. My overweight is not helping my mobility at all. <BR> Retired nurse, actually on disability (fibro and depression) which ended my nursing career. <BR> Losing weight would improve my morale I'm sure. <BR> Gotta get moving ... not much discomfort while exercising, but after very very very sore. THe end for now. Wed, 12 Mar 2008 13:17:58 EST Hello! I'm New :) Found you guys the other day and am finally getting around to posting. Brain fog has set in this week so I'm playing catch up on a lot of things. Started a great workout called Silver Sneakers and have been very committed to it twice a week. It's possibly the next best thing I have found next to water therapy. However, this one is in the town next door and the drive is not as horrendous as all the other therapies I have tried. Hope to be posting more soon.... Sandy Tue, 11 Mar 2008 14:14:19 EST relief of pain while trying to exercise Can anyone tell me what exercises I can do that will not feel like it is killing me. I have gained 30 pounds in the last few months and I cannot stand it any longer. I have Fibromyalgia and I feel like I am bruised all over. It hurts to touch myself. I also have 4 herniated disks in my lower back and two in my neck. I have been through several surgeries so I would imagine some of my pain comes from all the cutting but I need to start exercising when all I really want to do is lay down and sle... Fri, 7 Mar 2008 15:53:03 EST I just discovered SparkPeople yest. through my sis I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia in 1988. It has really been hard to exercise without my upper body muscles going into spasms. I am really excited about finding this team and look forward to things I can do to lose weight without "locking up". I've never been able to lose much weight without exercising, so I really do need to do this. Thu, 7 Feb 2008 07:33:09 EST new to this team I was recently diagnosed with fibromyalgia by my rheumatologist. I have been in a lot of pain for quite a while and was going to have knee replacement surgery. Thank goodness I did not as it may have helped a little with a bad knee but the remainder of the pain and achiness would have still been a problem. <BR> <BR> Thanks for listening. <BR> Kathy E Tue, 29 Jan 2008 18:18:22 EST Accupuncture for pain relief Hi everyone :-) <BR> I'm not sure if anyone else has tried accupuncture for pain relief but I've been trying it lately and while I'm not sure it will be something I do routinely it has brought me some relief. If you're having a particularly sensitve/painful day you might want to skip the treatment but overall I'd have to say its been beneficial to me. I also take Lyrica but not sure I've seen a great deal of relief so far with that, however my wallet is a lot lighter..LOL <BR> Have a pain fr... Wed, 23 Jan 2008 19:57:20 EST Introducing me Terry Hi I have had fibro for over 5 years I have come a long way but still suffer with exercise weight pain <BR> stigma with this chronic illness. The best exercise is strectching gentle yoga swimming walking. Just have to work up very slowly anywhere from 1 min to 5 min and add a min or two until you can do 30 min. My problem is I work full time. Does anyone else work full time I am gone from 8 to 6 When I get home the dogs have to be taken care of and all of the other things that come with l... Wed, 23 Jan 2008 19:21:28 EST Best exercise for fibromyalgia Hi, I am new to SparkPeople although I signed up last year I got too busy to get involved. I have been trying to figure out the best exercise program for my fibromyalgia because it seems like when I do any cardio like stationary biking, I feel worse. I am able to do some gentle stretching. Do you have any suggestions. Wed, 23 Jan 2008 18:40:56 EST muscle strain whilst exercising hi my names joyce im 56yrs old i was finally diagnosed with fm 9yrs ago i find exercising very painful and id like to know if there are any other sufferers who have overcome this problem.i live in the uk and going to a gym is'nt an option where i live .any ideas welcome Fri, 18 Jan 2008 14:13:31 EST