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MEDARLING SparkPoints: (186,761)
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3/30/13 12:27 P

thanks for the information everyone.

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3/30/13 12:30 A

I love swimming. The only other thing I can do that's even close to cardio is swimming. In the pool the aches and pains aren't as bad and the weightlessness seems to help. I'm very lucky in that the pool I use had a zero depth entrance (a ramp) so I don't have to use a ladder to get in and out. I don't usually have much more pain afterwards. I've tried water aerobics with very mixed results kind of depending on how much pain was going on before the class started. I also like yoga and pilates, but find pilates really irritates my back so I don't do it nearly as much as I would like. I'm not allowed on machines due to balance issues and the fear that a fall could cause paralysis because of a back injury, so walking on flat ground, swimming, yoga/pilates type stuff are all I'm allowed to do.
I know a lot of people swear by lyrica and it's been recommended for me, but there are some frightening side effects for anyone who may still be planning to have children. All the side effects aren't truly known yet, so do your research before deciding to take it.
Good luck!

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3/27/13 11:02 P

I'm glad I could help! We chronic pain sufferers have to stick together! :)

MEDARLING SparkPoints: (186,761)
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3/26/13 11:56 P

thanks Erintfg that was well said and desperately needed. emoticon

ERINTFG SparkPoints: (45,448)
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3/26/13 11:00 P

You can lose weight without doing high intensity exercise. I have RA and I have successfully done so in the past.

As far as weights go, I would just start with some really light ones and work up as you can tolerate. Another thing I really enjoy is pilates, which helps your core strength and gives you balance.

You CAN do this. Just remember that for those of us with pain diseases, "pushing through the pain" can be very foolish. I can generally tell whether it's "good pain"-- the productive kind that is just the result of exercise-- or "bad pain"-- the kind that comes from my disease. Trying to push through the bad pain will generally land me in bed for a couple of days. You have to be very in tune to your body and what's normal for you.

The truth is, though, that you can effectively burn calories and lose weight with low impact exercise. Watch your calorie intake and be gentle with yourself and you can do it! And so can I! :)

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3/26/13 10:07 P


Have you considered meeting with a certified personal trainer? The reason I ask is, when someone has chronic pain issues, it is so important to have a fitness assessment to see what type of mobility/stability you have and where you need improvements. With a history of fibromyalgia, sciatica and back pain, as well as mobility issues, it is very difficult for us to offer specific exercise advice.

That said, below is a link to SparkPeople's Limited Mobility Lifestyle Center that may be able to guide you to some workouts that will not exacerbate your issues.

I hope this helps!

Coach Nancy

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3/26/13 10:04 P

All I have too say lyrica! It has done wonders with my fibromaliga.... I still do my exercises and walking

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3/26/13 9:05 P

I deal with fibromyalgia, sciatica, lower back pain, and mobility/ balance issues on a daily basis. My doctor said maintaining my ability to move is very important just has to be low impact and not aggressive on the muscles. I am hoping those with chronic pain can help a girl out with a few ideas to get in a work out on a bad pain day.

I know cardio is important. I walk and do yoga with out too much problems, however, strength training and extreme cardio like running or "traditional exercises" is very difficult. I am afraid I am not hitting my fitness properly . I need to figure out how to balance my fitness with my nutrition.

any ideas, information would be very helpful. emoticon

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