Hi, I'm new to the forum and need advice/suggestions about daily exercise and activity. I experience throbbing aches and pain throughout my body, (all those trigger points), and after receiving tests to rule out the obvious, the doctor diagnosed me with FM. I'm 59 years old, and work full time. I have always enjoyed waking up in the early morning, and going for a jog, which has been my routine since 1977. Now, even walking is difficult and painful, on my knees and hips, shoulders and neck. Are there any FM jogger/runners out there that have managed to maintain an exercise routine?View Thread
Marinaann: I know exactly how you feel: not being able to do what you really enjoy, which is good for you both mentally and physically and an activity you were able to achieve major personal goals etc. It's sad. I tell myself, it could be worse, (which is true). But there is a loss when you become inflicted with FM. My routine is substantially altered, but I'm not going to give up the hope of someday being able to run, even if it's short distances I would be happy. On saturday, I was doing the walking which is now the substitute, and I did a little jogging just to get my heart rate up. It hurt, but was bearable. I don't think I'm hurting myself, and if possible I'll keep trying to add some jogging in the walking. My "racing" days are over, unfortunately. But, listen to your body, and maybe it's be possible to complete your marathon goal. Hang in there!
Dear JR Thanks for the resources. I really appreciate your advice and empathy. You're right about being attached. I've had very few injuries throughout the years, and was even able to jog during my pregnancies. It's quite a blow. Well.... I will continue to be active, even if it's at a substantially reduced amount. You mentioned that maybe I'm in a "bad flare". Does the pain tend to increase and decrease in intensity? Even if it's random, I could at least look forward to the days that I don't feel so lousy.
Dear Katmandulou: Thank you so much for your reply. I will take your advice. Unfortunately for the past 6 days I have reduced my routine to walking, which is painful but I can tolerate it. With jogging, I tried to push thru the pain by reducing my distance, but it was too crippling. Because this is all new to me, I really don't know what to expect. (ie. will the pain subside, or lessen, increase..etc.)
So far, since the doctor diagnosed me with FM, and prescribed cymbalta, the pain has NOT gotten any better. All of the online research suggests that worry/stress/depression contributes to the condition. If that's the case, I can't see myself improving anytime soon.
I appreciate your kind words. Hope you have a good day.View Thread