Welcome, Leanne. The first thing I learned about exercise is don't overdo it. The second was don't do it without controlling your pain. I started on Ultracet and now I'm on Mobic. Between those pills I started Cymbalta which has helped my pain immensely.
Without controlling your pain, it's real hard to exercise. And part of controlling your pain is getting adequate sleep. I think deep, relaxing sleep is the key to the other symptoms and the hardest to get a handle on.
We're here to help whenever you need it.
Edited by: ABERLAINE at: 11/12/2011 (13:26)
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Thank you everyone! It is nice to know that I have people to talk to who are going through some of the same things I'm going through. Sometimes I feel all alone. I'll definitely be keeping up with topics posted. I need all the help I can get. Thanks again!
I am a nurse with fibro and I can truly understand what you are going through. Nursing school is stressful enough without fibro and with fibro .......ugh! Exercise is critical for your stress reduction and pain control. Like Kathy (IM MAGIC) said, you have a small range between not enough and too much. Start slowly and increase slowly. If you do just 10 minutes of walking a day to start, it will help. Hang in there and take good care of yourself.
You have to take care of yourself in order to be able to take care of others
Be kind to all because everyone you meet is fighting some sort of battle.
I'm glad you found us--it's hard to think about going through all this alone! Yuck! LOL
It's a tough diagnosis to get, and a harder one to live with--especially since there are a lot of folks out there who STILL think it's all in your mind, even though there's scientific evidence to the contrary. Even in the medical profession, most people are not aware of the "functional MRI", nor of the fact that in fibromyalgia patients, it shows abnormal brain activity in the area of that organ that deals with pain. It's a newer, extremely expensive, and rarely used diagnostic tool--which is why is has been relegated primarily to use in research... A regular MRI doesn't show anything abnormal at all.
If you click on the team name at the top of this page, it takes you to the team page where you can find a list of discussion topics. Jump in on any that appeal to you and you'll find there are almost as many ways to deal with the pain as there are people who have it! LOL
Do remember this, though. With fibro, it's USE IT OR LOSE IT. As you are discovering, it's a vicious cycle. If you don't exercise, you WILL hurt more. And if you exercise too much, you WILL hurt more. It's a fine line between doing enough to make a difference and doing enough to stop you in your tracks--but it IS a line you need to walk.
Keep posting, check out the Reading Rooms, stay as active as you can...
Welcome to the team! Kathy
Edited by: I.M.MAGIC at: 11/10/2011 (20:32)
"The real secret of success is enthusiasm..." thanks, Walter P. Chrysler. I believe it. That's what I want in my life--to give my imagination a chance, to live with energy and enthusiasm! P.S. I looked up enthusiasm, and it says the root words mean God within... interesting...!
Ralph Waldo Emerson said 'Life belongs to the energetic.' But you don't have to be frenetic and hyper--some energy is quiet and steady, like a heartbeat... and that works too! LOL
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Hey everyone. My name is Leanne, and I am 26 years old. I am a married mother of 2 boys (Chase 4 and Riley 2). I am also a nursing student due to graduate in May 2012 (CAN'T WAIT!!). I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia around this same time last year in the middle of nursing school. Not knowing what was going on with me was very scary, and I had gotten to the point where I didn't know if I could take much more. After having multiple MRIs and complete blood work done, I was told there was no physical evidence of disease. I couldn't believe it and was in denial about my fibromyalgia diagnosis. I am very frustrated with how much has changed in the past year. In the summer of 2010, I weighed 145 and in just a year's time I blew up to 185 lbs at my highest. I have no energy and little motivation. It seems like a huge task just to take a shower and get dressed in the morning, so I am having an even harder time exercising. To those of you who have been successful with weight loss with this diagnosis, where do you find the energy and motivation to keep going?
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