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3/15/13 7:29 P

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I have just been diagnosed with fibromyalgia I have tired working out twice in the last 2 weeks and both times I extremely exhausted and started yawing in the mild of it. I have worked out off and on in my life and no matter how out shape I'm this has not happened. The first time I did the elliptical for about 20 minutes. I also did water aerobics the second time the class was 1hr long and I only lasted 30 minutes. But time I was taking it easy and and not pushing myself. The very next day I was extremely exhausted and had flu like symptoms. I was wondering is this normal thing or something that I should be concerned about. Michelle

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3/15/13 2:46 A

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usually i try for 1 hour a day most days i do more if you include housework
i do more when ian or jj around then we can go walking.
Ians parents too they take me out in car to visit my homeless guys or to deliver knitting to the charity shop in carlisle and we can clock upto between 2/3 mile

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2/24/13 3:47 P

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I find that if I can start exercising (gently), that it seems to help me keep going, and by the end (as long as I am not overdoing it or trying anything too crazy) I feel like I have more energy than when I started!

I try to do at least 30 minutes of something every day, even if it is just hitting the heated therapy pool at my fitness center and doing range of motion and stretches.

If my knee is bothering me, then I'll do water walking instead of regular walking.

If I'm feeling awesome, then we'll do strength training or EA Sports Active on the Wii.

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I do some form of exercise every day. Walking, yoga, cycling (stationary) this time of year, and sometimes floor exercises for the core area.

AND it all depends how I feel, how much energy, pain, fatigue etc a given day presents me with, which form of exercise I choose for the day.

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2/8/13 12:47 A

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Started back at Zumba this week (Monday & Wednesday) but I think I may have pushed myself a little too hard. Have any of you experienced getting on pretty good medicine and then pushing yourself too hard? I am not sure where my medium is supposed to be...I just tend to get carried away with dancing cause I love it!

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Not enough!!! Trying to get back in the groove, but this funky southeast texas weather is really messing me up. I have to do yoga at least 3 days a week for 15 minutes to make it through the week, but it is such a light form of yoga that it's really considered stretching! Before fibro I was doing Zumba for 60 minutes 4 days a week and Belly Dance for 60 minutes 1 day a week...oh how life has changed since just a little over a year ago! emoticon

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1/22/13 3:07 A

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thank you, I finally found people who feel like I do. Who understand. In pain and tired is what I feel most of the time. Reading this message board has been so encouraging. Now I feel I can make it,at least I'm going to give it a good try. God bless you all.

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1/16/13 1:48 P

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3-4 days per week for 30-60 minutes. I have no interest in anything except during the warmer months when I'm outside often.

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1/14/13 2:58 P

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Anywhere from 60-180 minutes per day plus my 10,000 steps

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1/10/13 6:37 P

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My excerise pattern has to depend on the pain I am in that day. I try to do some everyday.


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1/10/13 12:48 P

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i usually manage 3x 30 mins a day most days but i ache afterwards

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1/6/13 2:05 P

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I find that change of seasons brings on flares for me. Exercise has slowed since my 2 surgeries this summer. doctor said 1 year for each till I heal. I have to take pain meds. before exercise. bummer

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12/28/12 8:38 P

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It depends on the day. When it's cold, I tend to exercise less.But, today I exercised pretty well in spite of the weather. We got a new furnace! It's not as cold in my house. The blower is amazing. You can feel it acroos the room.

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12/20/12 5:32 P

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Depends walk 1 mile 30 aeorobic 30 step aerobic 50 heavy cleaning today

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12/16/12 12:53 A

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4-6x per week 40-60 minutes on a stationary bike.


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I exercise 5 days a week my treadmill. some days I get in 35 minutes and some days 45minutes. On Saturday I get outside and walk about an hour. I know that I over do my workouts but I feel the need to. There are many days that I probably shouldn't go as fast as I do and I tend to ignore me.

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i do 30 min cardio every day more if i can manage it
walk at least 1 mile a day
10 min on stat bike emoticon emoticon

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11/21/12 12:30 A

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I do stationary biking at home for 40-60 minutes 4-6x per week. This is a far cry from where I was 3-4 years ago. At that time I could barely take a quarter mile walk... let alone get out of bed in the morning. I've come a long long way and have good and bad days, but I started telling myself "just 5 minutes, I can do 5minutes today." I cannot do strength training, except for a few pushups on good days. I can do lunges, just so long as I keep it realistic. I do play dodgeball, rather intensely and that used to KILL my body later... but again, a year later and today I get sore and stiff and fatigued, but I'm surviving it much better so long as I moniter my symptoms. I have days when I cannot exercise at all. That sucks. Hurts my pride too. But if I stopped exercising even when it hurts, I'd hurt more later anyway.

Every 5 minutes counts...

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11/18/12 5:46 P

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An honest answer? Right now, none. I am starting up my Yoga and walks this week, but for the last couple of months- nada. And I feel really bad about it. I used to walk a couple of miles several times a week. I've never been much for exercise, it wore me out easily. But I've discover Yoga is something I can do and feel really good afterward. In order for me to keep something up, I need to do it every day, just like eating and drinking water. Otherwise I "forget" days or put it off. Before I know it, a month will go by and my body just starts hurting.

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11/18/12 3:58 P

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I try to exercise in the morning before work. I am most likely to do it then as I am shot when I get home from work. I do 20 min to 30 min of walking or biking daily during the nice weather and the rest of the year I do Wii exercise in my basement. I like Walk It Out, Wii Fit, Just Dance--anything to get me moving. I know that I have to exercise or I hurt more. This is as important as medicine to me. When I do not feel like exercising I tell myself I only have to do 10 minutes. After I get started, it is usually not too difficult to keep going for 20 or 30.

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11/15/12 11:23 A

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I'm having one of those "fibro" tired weeks, but do try and keep on exercising, just not as intense as those good days. Yesterday I walked for an hour+ with my neighbour and then did a gentle 30 minute restorative yoga dvd instead of a full body dvd and this helped. I use my exercise bike and do the same, easy for those tired days and harder on the good days.. BUT, yesterday I had to cave in and have an afternoon nap.. I just couldn't go any further.. and it helped..

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I run although not too much lately. Usually 3 times a week for 30-45 min. Right now I'm in a bit of a slump and need to get in gear. I feel much better when I'm consistent with my walking and running.

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10/29/12 10:30 P

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Wanted to share - just ran my first 5k since my fibro dx this weekend! I've been running, but I am really proud at how well I did - 8:50/mile pace - 27 minutes for 5k! Second in my age group! It can be done!!!

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10/29/12 3:46 P

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Not much!!! I have some good days!! I don't quite know how to handle the pain from fibro, plus the sleepiness from insomnia. To join a gym or ymca is too expensive! I need some serious motivation and suggestions!! What is a girl to do????


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10/29/12 3:36 P

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I used to walk, run, swim before fibro. I love to dance!! I dance with the children in my church. After, I hurt so bad!! My energy level is at o. I am not sleeping much!!! In my head I want to do it all, but my body doesn't want to. Any suggestions???

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i try to walk thirty minutes a day..with 10 minutes increments.. sometimes i get it done and sometimes not but that is my goal



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I'll have to admit, it varies a bit from one day to the next. I am so exhausted at the moment I could fall asleep. I also vary by exercise so I don't use the same muscles day after day.

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My intentions for exercise are always better than the reality of the plan. I know what I want to do, but my body does not usually cooperate. My daily walking goal is 4500 steps, but that has happened rarely since I started wearing the pedometer several weeks ago. This month has been a massive energy drain for me, with family events and work needs.

I do what I can, try not to beat myself up about not meeting the goals I've set, and am congratulating myself these days for just maintaining the weight loss this month. Maybe October will be less stressful (even though it's been happy stress this month!) and I'll be able to budget energy for more exercise.

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I was always an exercise addict. I really love it - it has always been a huge part of me. Especially running! I had a strict, intense schedule before my running injuries that triggered the fibro. A year ago I could barely walk! I have sloooowly added exercise back in. I lift weights 2 - 3 times a week, and on a good week I bike or run 3 days. I just learned a hard lesson though - I have pushed my running too much and am feeling the tendonitis and shin splints again, which has triggered a flare. And of course the fibro intensifies the shin splint pain! UGH. So, I do know that being persistent has made the world of difference for me. At first just a short walk would trigger a 2 week flare. I gradually upped it, get adequate sleep, and I can now run 5 miles - averaging about 9:30 a mile! Well, I was until I overdid it. It's SO hard to find that balance. That is what I struggle with the most. I really miss my body that could handle anything I wanted to do.

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My "favorite" exercise is walking my dog for 30 minutes. But this summer it's been so hot that I didn't dare take either one of us outside. I also have an exercise bike that I use once in a while. It gets so boring. I put on my TV and try to keep my eyes away from the timer.

I also wear a pedometer and try to get 3,000 steps a day.

I feel much better when I exercise - much less stiffness. But the motivation is hard to find.

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Wow Ruby. I experience the same things. Exercise does not "ease" my pain. It does help with the flexibility though, and that's a plus. I am glad to know that I'm not the only one that feels this way about exercise. I thought I was going crazy. Most people tell me how energized they feel afterwards. Not me. I'm more tired, but I know it's good for my heart etc.
Thanks again for your post.
It helps.

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I exercise 60 minutes a day and also find it better to keep moving, no matter how little or how slow I do them. It keeps the leg cramps away.

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I exercise 2000+ minutes a month. I find that if I stop moving, the pain and stiffness get worse.

I had a very bad flare last month where I could barely walk. I kept swimming and doing light exercise, but it hurt a lot...I had a take some days off. I gained 12 pounds, which I have since re-lost.

I would really love to be able to run, but I just have too much pain in my legs.

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I found that too, Ruby! It helps-- not necessarily with the pain, but with the ability to HANDLE it.
Of course, it also helps with flexibility issues that happen when I DON'T exercise-- I get so many more muscle spasms when I am not active. When I keep up with my exercise, even on the bad days doing a little SOMETHING, it's "just" the aching... added to my Neuropathy symptoms...

Eliminating even ONE of the little nasties (spasms) does help, I suppose. LOL And it IS good for the diabetes too, voice of experience! LOL

Are you using the Managing Diabetes forum, too? Great folks over there as well, I learn something new every day--and I've been diabetic for over twenty years! LOL

I'm glad you're working to get these issues under control--you have a LIFE!

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I do 45 minutes of exercise every day. I have joined some of the challenges, so I do those each day. I find the more I move the better I feel. Start out slow, even I cant do every exercise but as you get stronger add an exercise or a minute as you go along. We are all different do what is best for you. emoticon emoticon

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I fully understand. By the time I was dxd with diabetes T2, I was all but bed-ridden with fibro pain and exhaustion. I was also a good 216-220 lbs too. I started out by forcing myself to do more stretches then moved on to using my new wii to exercise. After losing all my excess weight I've had people ask if my symptoms are better as I'm more active now. No actually, my osteo and bursitis have gotten very bad along with the fibro. BUT with the extreme burden of the extra weight I was carrying gone, I find I can emotionally and mentally handle my symptoms much better.

I try to exercise using my wii or kinect at least 30 minutes every day to manage my blood sugars but I have lots of days that just doesn't happen. And for those that say exercise relieves pain.. well it doesn't mine. I hurt before, during and after but I know if I don't manage my diabetes it'll manage me like it did my mum.
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I can't tell you how much I hate hearing my doctor ask if I am exercising - or tell me how good exercise would be for me. If he would write a script for something strong enough to keep the pain out of the picture I would climb mount everest if thats what it took to be well again -- but with the chronic pain and inflammation that normally comes with it, exercise is difficult at best. My doc tells me pain medication will make me too tired to function -- well if I have too much pain to function what exactly is the difference?

I don't mean to give the impression I have so much pain I don't get out of bed - I know many of you are in that situation. I do get up and go to work every day but I have a desk job and between Cymbalta, Celebrex and Ibuprofen I am able to manage. But when I try to add a little extra I get so exhausted by the extreme pain it just isn't worth it.

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Thankfully, I can get out of bed in the morning now. That took about 5 years to do. Back then, to exercise, I did Bedtop Yoga. It kicked my butt! But I was already in bed, so I just stayed there afterwards to recooperate. I think I burned a few hundred calories doing Bed Top Yoga. Back then, all I ate was dry cereal and apples until my daughter came home from school and could cook something for me to eat, like eggs or Cambell's soup.

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Valmark, You said it exactly the way that it is for me. I also have fibro, chronic fatigue/pain, daily headaches, chronic migraines, thyroid problems, depression, scoliosis, ankle/back injuries from years ago.

I have more days then I care to have that it is a major feat just for me to get out of bed and get dressed. On the rare days that my fibro & chronic fatigue are not kicking my butt, I still have the constant pain to deal with.

I do exercise as much as my body will allow me, but I KNOW that is not nearly enough. But with Fibro & chronic fatigue, if you push yourself too much, you end up crashing for the next several days. So, what does a person do besides just exercising as much as they can.....even if it is only twice a week for 10 minutes or so?

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Having Fibromyalgia and planning and executing an exercise routine is like putting a cake mix box in the oven and expecting a frosted cake to come out when the timer goes off. It ain't gonna happen.

My intention is to burn 500 calories a day whether strength training or doing aerobics.I try to walk at least 5,000 steps a day (I wear a pedometer). I average 2,000. I do what I can do that day. If I'm too exhausted in the morning to exercise, I try to do it later in the day. If I can't, I try again the next day and try not to feel bad about it. It is what it is. I've had chronic pain/fatigue for 13 years. By now I know that I have to budget my energy. If I spend too much on Monday, I'm not going to have as much on Tuesday. I never know from morning to afternoon how I'm going to feel. Do you?

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At first, I was exercising 6 days week and burning 2000 calories a week through exercise! I was also strength training twice a week. But now I am lucky if I burn 1000 calories a week through exercise. And strength training is impossible. I am just too stiff and hurting. How much exercise are you all able to do a week?

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