Hi and welcome! I share your experience of having pain that can interfere with exercising. I have found water exercises helpful. The activity level offered in the different classes range from easy to challenging so you can do whatever level you feel up to doing. I also find an hour of yoga to be too much if I am having a bad day. As such I do a shorter version, about 20 minutes. Rodney Yee's video AM yoga is a good one to try when you are not up to doing a longer workout.
By way of introduction, my name is Lynda. I was diagnosed with moderate to severe ankylosing spondylitis (AS) about a year ago, and it mainly affects my hips and lower back. My diagnosis came after almost 20 years of doctors telling me that they didn't know what was wrong with me, asking me if I had been in a car accident, and pretty much putting me on a pain pill temporarily until it got better. Until the next flare up, anyway.
Since my diagnosis, I have had to change a few things about fitness. I was practicing Olympic weight lifting for a while, but the doctor thought it would be a bad idea to continue it due to the impact. But hiking makes my back feel way better, even better than walking, so I started hiking, though still a lot less than I want to. I also have found a lot of benefit from yoga, and the instructors seemed to be thrilled that I bring my blocks in. Now that it is getting colder, though, I really am feeling it in my back, yoga is a little bit harder.
The meds I have been prescribed help too. I have read forums where people have been able to manage without meds, but I had to skip Humira on doctors orders a few months back and later my antiinflammatory. Even now, if I forget the Celebrex, I start to feel it. I also would swing my legs to the side before meds, which my boyfriend called "walking like a penguin".
I recently was diagnosed with UC related to the AS. That has been interesting.
Anyway, I just wanted to introduce myself and find a place where people are going through similar things.
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