I am confused about which excersizes I should do and how to do them. Everyone knows to stretch first. and that it will relieve some of your syptems.But I have been told we should strengthen the muscles to carry our weight properly. I checked with my doctor about strength training with passive resistent machines and she no-just walk or swim every day.She said it is important to do escersizes but not when I am in pain or if there is any swelling or redness. I am always in pain and swelling. Rhumatiod arthritiss.ostesarthrits, fibromyalgia.What should I do?I want to feel better. I want to have a whole day without pain. Maybe even a week.And anyway, doesn't walking put extra stress on the knee joint and the ankles? Please can someone point a finger in the right direction for me?