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5/14/12 11:17 P

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Welcome,

IM Magic is right. The journey for all of us is different. I had no health insurance so I saw a chiropractor and then a acupuncturist (at a school for Chinese medicine). I changed my diet, more whole foods and less crap (fast food, processed foods, etc.). For exercise, I do a lot of walking and dance in my living room.

Most importantly, I set lots of boundaries. I found that the resentment from not doing so aggravated my condition a lot, so I say no even when I don't want to. I use EFT to deal with that. Good luck to you. And please know that the "reading room" is open for business. There is a lot of info there. emoticon

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5/14/12 10:18 A

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Welcome to the team. I really can not add much to what Kathy said. It would be good if you could see a physical therapist and have them teach you exercises that well help. Take things slow and easy and work into the exercises.

Lyrica can take up to a couple of weeks to help or you could fell the benefits right away. It often works best along with other medications such as Cymbalta. That is why most of us are on several medications. If it does not start easing the pain after 2 weeks make and appointment with your doctor to discuss the medications. People respond differently to medications.

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5/13/12 1:44 P

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Hi, Lisa!

You're asking the same questions we all do! LOL

...and the answer is that it's different for everyone.

For myself, I have two physical therapy exercises I alternate with Tai Chi. I also walk, and do this new "Dance/Walk" around the neighborhood--strictly a daytime activity! LOL Here's a link that explains it:
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I also love water exercise--even just walking in water takes some of the pressure off joints--and LOTS of stretching things. (that's where the physical therapy made such a difference... some folks like yoga too. Not me... emoticon LOL

What ever you decide to try, remember to START SLOW, and TAKE BABY STEPS when it comes time to increase reps. And DON'T STOP. It's allowed to slow down when necessary, but if you quit exercising for anything other than a medical emergency, you're actually setting your muscles up--literally! Your ABILITY to move will decrease VERY quickly, and your pain levels will increase.

Yep. darned if you do, darned if you don't! LOL

Having said that... it is not going to kill you, even when you feel like death on a cracker, and you can always come here for solace and encouragement--we've been there!

Welcome aboard!

Kathy emoticon emoticon

P.S. As for the Lyrica... I gained 15 pounds in two days! no thanks... lol My other health issues make weight gain rather hazardous... like I said, we're all different! emoticon

"The real secret of success is enthusiasm..." Walter P. Chrysler said it, I believe it. That's what I want in my life--to give my imagination a chance, to live with energy and enthusiasm!

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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5/13/12 9:17 A

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I just found out I have fibromyalgia. I have a lot of questions like what kind of exercising works the best to help keep me active and moving? I've always been active and the last year has been a struggle just to get out of bed. Also does nutrition play a role? How long does it take for Lyrica to start working. Please help me to figure this out.

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Lisa

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