You guys know I'm studying for my AFAA group exercise fitness instructor certification exam in September. I'm going to teach kids cardio dance classes. I've been learning so much about how the body works, muscles, joints, energy systems, cardiorespiratory system, etc. It's not only fascinating, but it's really helping me sort through and make sense of what is happening in my body with having fibromyalgia. I've been reading a lot on here about dopamine and pain and I know that the most recent research about fibro really points in the direction of dopamine issues playing a large role in why we cannot regulate pain sensations correctly in our bodies. I know that for me this makes a great deal of sense because over the past couple of years I have felt like I was "addicted" to going to the gym, even when I knew I would be very sore later because while I was exercising the pain would go completely away, and for an hour or so afterwards I would feel incredible, even, dare I say, normal?? This new research makes sense to me. Here is an article I found that explains how dopamine and serotonin, etc., are effected by exercise: http://www.clairedorotik.com/NLWC-EXERCISE_AND_MOOD.htm Low to moderate intensity exercise can make people like us with dopamine issues feel normal, as well as improving mood. Endorphins, serotonin, and dopamine all play a role in this. I have also learned a lot about what happens to your muscles, bones, and joints when you do not use them regularly, and when you do not do weight bearing activity regularly. When you do not put your joints through their complete range of motion regularly, they basically seize or freeze up. It causes a lot more pain for them to be in that state than for them not to be. You will have discomfort when you begin an exercise program again because of this, but start very slowly and with very gentle exercises and with time you will see much less pain. I promise. Anyway, I'm going to stop now, I just realized I sound like someone preaching with the zeal of the converted and it's probably kind of off-putting. I don't mean to be that way. I know how frustrating it is when you hurt and someone is telling you to do something that you feel/know will cause you pain. But here's the deal (IMO), we're going to hurt anyway. Isn't it worth taking a chance that you can hurt less if you get into the habit of low to moderate intensity exercise?