Yet again I am amazed at doctors ignorance when it comes to FM and exercise. At one time, about 8 years ago, I WAS able to exercise. I could actually walk in the park for about 45 mintues at a slower pace, but I could do it. Now, 8 years later, I wouldn't even DREAM of walking in the park everyday. Hip pain, leg pain, lower back, knee pain and even thigh pain has kept me from exercising for quite some time now. The burning and stinging pain is unbearable for me I am SICK AND TIRED of hearing doctors telling me I need to exercise for this. They just don't seem to understand that the MORE I exercise, the worse I get in terms of pain and fatigue, headaches, so on. It is not just a matter of being unconditioned. I remember when I started walking, sure I was a little stiff, then it became better. BUT, this is not the case now. My body literally burns like as if I had some kind of neuropathy or something, and it does not get better with more exercise, just worse. Also, it is hard to bring weight down when you can't exercise, another hurdle for me right now. I used to be the girl in the park that evenone said "Hi" too because I was there at least 4 times a week, I wish I would have videotaped myself back then just to show these doctors, that "Yes, I did exercise". Sometimes I think these docs think we are lazy, it amazes me how these docs can be "stuck on stupid" about this issue. Warm pool therapy is an option, but most of these pools are not warm enough for me, or the pools that are available under my insurance close at 3:00 in the afternoon, and I am still at work at that time. Not sure what else to do. I do realize that some people with FM can exercise, like I used too, this is the confusing part for me, and just complicates matters even more. Just venting, again. Hugs, Chelz.