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3/4/14 7:53 P

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I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia and osteoarthritis two years ago. I have tried many different options for treatment including prescription drugs, supplements, water arthritis classes, etc etc. A few of these worked and a few have not. But I started taking a gentle yoga class and I love it. I feel it helps me with my pain and allows me to be a bit more flexible. I love the gentle breathing that seems to relax my body muscles and nerves. I never thought in my wildest dreams that something as simple as doing yoga would be a benefit to me with my fibromyalgia and arthritis. Now don't get me wrong I still have pain working through the exercises but breathing through the pain does help. I am in a class with 70 , 80 and up seniors and they can do this class.

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3/4/14 7:45 P

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I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia and osteoarthritis two years ago. I have tried many different options for treatment including prescription drugs, supplements, water arthritis classes, etc etc. A few of these worked and a few have not. But I started taking a gentle yoga class and I love it. I feel it helps me with my pain and allows me to be a bit more flexible. I love the gentle breathing that seems to relax my body muscles and nerves. I never thought in my wildest dreams that something as simple as doing yoga would be a benefit to me with my fibromyalgia and arthritis. Now don't get me wrong I still have pain working through the exercises but breathing through the pain does help. I am in a class with 70 , 80 and up seniors and they can do this class. emoticon

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great information! thank you so much!

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Hi JJ! Like you I have fibromyalgia and osteoarthritis. While I don't have chronic fatigue, I don't have a lot of stamina. Like Michelle, I have found yoga to be my exercise of choice -- especially when I'm in a flare. Here's an article that describes the benefits of yoga for fibro patients, from www.fibromyalgiaexercise.net .

"It is often thought that exercise will only aggravate the symptoms associated with fibromyalgia, but the opposite is true. Yoga is a proven fibromyalgia exercise that will alleviate pain, increase blood flow, and relieve stress (which is a symptom of fibromyalgia). Low impact exercises are the best form of exercise for those suffering from fibromyalgia, and because yoga involves gentle and controlled movements, it is one of the best forms of exercise.

How is yoga a beneficial fibromyalgia exercise?

Yoga focuses on breathing, and relaxation, which decreases the anxiety levels that are connected with fibromyalgia. Yoga also focuses on movements and stretches, which helps with the flexibility of tendons and joints. Many people with fibromyalgia feel comfortable doing yoga because they can do it in the comfort of their own home, its great for beginners, and the postures are very easy to do.

Yoga is my top fibromyalgia exercise of choice because it improves the sufferers psychological state and provides relief from the main symptoms of fibromyalgia.

Yoga has many benefits, and is a great fibromyalgia exercise for sufferers to try!"

Hope this helps!

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I have found some yoga poses that work for me. Maybe you could do yoga? I bought a beginner's yoga dvd at Target for $10 and I do a little at a time. As far as cardio goes, I do some walking for that.

I also have a water aerobics class that I enjoy. I hope you can find some exercises that won't tire you out too much. Best wishes!

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JJWARNER1 Posts: 3
11/28/12 6:52 P

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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. emoticon

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