Exercise is the most effective treatment for FM....

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by AJME, Apr 22, 2003.

  1. AJME

    AJME New Member


    We had a FM specialist visit our FM group today. He said the most effective treatment he has ran across for FM is exercise. He says that 50% of people have noticable improvement with regular exercise.

    He also claims that he can get most anyone with FM 30% better.
  2. tandy

    tandy New Member

    Did he mention what kind of exersize?Just curious....I know it would have to be very mild for me.Anything more than going to the grocery store or drs. appointments sets me back. Maybe walking?
    I'll sit back and see what others say..........
  3. Susan07

    Susan07 New Member

    I learned the "Opening the Gates" set of Tai Chi movements from a David Carradine video several years ago. It is the only thing that helps me to get moving in the morning. The biggest problem with exercise though is our intolerance to exercise. At one time I could do 7 reps, had a set back, restarted at 2 reps and finally worked back up to 4 reps where I have remained the last several months.

    Interested to see more replys on this subject.
  4. IntuneJune

    IntuneJune New Member

    I believe in exercise for FMSers but it is a very fine line we must observe or we end up hurting (although temporarily) more. AND the TROUBLE is we are not always aware of where that FINE LINE is!!!

    I have been involved in water aerobics (when I first started I could not do much of the class) pilates, stretching, using physioball, bicycling. When I walk, I hurt much more, so it is out as far as "exercise."

  5. Dee33K

    Dee33K New Member

    Newbie here. I have been going to 4, count them, 4 doctors/PT's per week since Septemember to try to get some kind of relief for "Myofascial pain syndrome". Right. Now that we think this must be Fibro, I begged the new pain doc to put on my rehab the "Cocoon Pool" as I fondly call it. He did and I am doing the Arthritis Therapy Class 3 days a week. It is an exercise class in 92-94 degrees of 4 and one/half feet of water. You can do all the stretching, lunges, walking, jogging, squats, etc. But the water is WONDERFUL. Never thought the highlight of my week would be "swimming with the oldies." When I go, I have 2 good days, my feet don't hurt, my whole body feels good.
  6. ckball

    ckball New Member

    I did my first warm water PT class today and feel much better already, of course tommorrow is another story lol. I was really tired for a couple of hours then I justed started feeling better. I just realized I haven't taken a percocet since noon. My Dr wants me to do this 2 times a week to fight my fatigue. I must say the warm water felt really good. I'm goin back for more on Thurs.
  7. leokat

    leokat New Member

    I too believe that exercise has an important part to play for people with FMS. However, it needs to be VERY carefully tailored to individual need.

    I'd love to take up water exercise (I used to love swimming as a child) but the chlorine would have a very bad effect on me.

    I try to walk as much as possible. Also, to be as active around the house as possible. However, I've learned to stop as soon as I feel I'm begining to overdo it and to rest for at least twice as long as I think I need. By doing this I have managed to increase my active periods over the past two years. It's not necessarily that I am fitter (I wish) but I do have noticably more stamina.

  8. KayL

    KayL New Member

    that exercise, to some degree, benefits most people with most illnesses, but I agree with June, sometimes it's hard to determine where that *fine line* is. I used to work out regularly until I ruptured the 2nd disk in my back in 2000. I was in better shape at 44 than I was at 24. And even then I was having FMS symptoms, but I think because I had been working out for years, I was able to push through the pain better. Now I'm in pityful shape, for me anyway, and I am honestly trying to get some regular exercise, but on the days I feel *good*, I do tend to overdo it and pay for it for a week afterwards. I'm still trying to find a new routine that works for me on a regular basis. I can't afford, nor do I have access to, a gym or a pool, and I have to depend on my own resources, which are a home treadmill and balance balls, and a few light free weights, plus a number of videos.

  9. layinglow

    layinglow New Member

    The Research that has been done on excercise and Fibro is inconclusive. This has been researched many times over.
    Excercise is known to benefit any population of people, as long as it is geared specifically to their state of wellness, and their limitations.

    Excercise can be hurtful, though if it exceeds this limitations, and injury can occur.

    As with everything, moderation, and individualization must be made a priority.

    I would strongly disagree that "Exercise is the most effective treatment" for FMS. Research is now indicating through PET and SPECT scans that injury and changes to the brain and stem has taken place. Thus the CNS that controls the ANS (which if you look at our symptoms all fall under the regulation of this) would really not be affected by excercise.
    My point being, yes excercise geared to the individual is healthy. I would not call excercise a so called treatment for FMS and CFIDS though, as it would not, to me, effect reducing the disorders.


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  10. Antenbunny

    Antenbunny New Member

    I always here Dr. saying exercise is good. I can't do it. It makes my body much worse and it leaves me with no energy at all. I pay for it for days later.
  11. klutzo

    klutzo New Member

    This is one of those subjects where I see a big problem in lumping FMS and CFS together. I don't think there is any question that mild aerobic exercise, built up to very slowly, helps FMS immensely. I also don't think there is much doubt that it makes CFS worse. I have FMS and without my daily exercise, I feel ten times worse, but I must not overdo, or I feel horrid as soon as I stop moving and the next day.
    Just my opinion, but based on reading tons of research summaries.
  12. epicurean

    epicurean New Member

    that exercise is essential,it's just finding the right one that may be hard for those of us with FM!!I also have spinal stenosis,buldging discs,but I exercise. I go to water PT twice a week.And manage most of the time to go to gym and do weight training two days a week,(I was doing this pre FM.)I do feel better for it.So do whatever you can!!I know a whole lot of you will disagree,but it's true-use it or lose it,if you don't exercise you will lose muscle,and have bone loss.So do whatever you can,no matter what it is,or no matter how little.
  13. Sandyz

    Sandyz New Member

    I think is is such a fine line too. I had been doing so well exercising the last month, alternating between a little yoga, walking and very mild aerobics. I`d been starting very slowly, only 30 minutes ever other day.

    Now I`ve developed a very painful heel spur so back to doing nothing again till this thing gets better. I`m very disappointed. Right now I can hardly walk it hurts so bad especially when I first get up and step on it.

    So many of us get injuries when we "try" to exercise or feel worse so we get afraid to do anything. Its very discouraging to say the least.
  14. lin21

    lin21 New Member

    My rheumie ordered me to do light aerobics, which I started the end of January and even if it was the only thing I did in a day I forced myself to exercise. When the LTD carrier saw that in my doctor's file they denied me so now I'm appealing this issue.
    So when I was denied I stopped working out and now I feel worse than ever before.