STIFFNESS & fibro... UPDATE a good article on this thread about Stiffness

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by fibrobutterfly, Mar 1, 2009.

  1. I know its supposed to be part of fibro, BUT I am so stiff first thing in the morning its REALLY bad. Is that normal? Anyone else? I feel like a mummy walking. IF I knew what a mummy walked like LOL!
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  2. wendysj

    wendysj New Member

    Hi Fibrobutterfly!

    I too feel stiff in the mornings. Sometimes it's worse than others... If I am well enough to do my 15 minutes on the elliptical and stretch everyday for a week, the stiffness almost goes away completely.

    I think Jamminhealth stretches before she gets out of bed everyday. That might help alot!

  3. loto

    loto Member

    i'm always stiff when i get up in the morning!!!!! mine gets better after i take a hot shower. If I sit for a while at my computer at work, though, the stiffness is back and I can hardly walk!!!! So, I make myself get away from the computer about every 15-20 minutes.
    p.s. i started doing VERY mild pilates stretching, and so far, it's helped with the stiffness. I can't over do it though, or I get terrible pain, especially in my elbows.[This Message was Edited on 03/02/2009]
  4. Empower

    Empower New Member

    Oh heavens, yes!

    I am stiff until about 12 pm

    It is bad!
  5. shari1677

    shari1677 New Member

    I wake up so stiff in the morning, the first thing I do (seriously too) is grab my purse full of pill bottles, grab 2 Vicodin and wait about half an hour. I do this everyday. I know it's not the best solution, but it has worked for me. I just wish I could find another way.
  6. vivian53

    vivian53 Member

    I wake up very stiff in the am and like you walk like a "zombie", or when the bottom of my feet are hurting too, like a Japanese woman with bound feet, "mincing". I know it looks funny.

    I'm with you Shari1677, before I even get out of bed I take 150 mgs of Lyrica and 10 mgs of Norco. While I am waiting for them to kick in I hold my knees to my chest, do some stomach breathing, and some other easy stretches. I also try to do my positive affirmations I usually have to "mince zombie" walk to the bathroom and then kitchen to start the coffeepot first though. :)

  7. kat0465

    kat0465 New Member

    Mornings are killer for me also, once i swing my feet off the edge of the bed im in trouble!! then i try & stagger to the dresser & walk the legnth of it to the puter desk, walk the legnth of it to the OTHER dresser, and finally make it to the sink in the bathroom!then i hobble down the hall to my recliner for at least 30 mins or so. till i can walk better. your sure not alone on that!

    the Zombie walk,lol.that says it all.
  8. thanks for the replies. Especially my feet are terrible plus from the waist down. This is ridiculous, I even hit the wall stumbling the other day . Actually my closet sliding door and was afraid it would fall through. It helps to know I am not unusual in this respect. Grrrr this dd! HATE IT SO MUCH for what it takes from my life, even though I fight it and push on every day.
  9. harmony21

    harmony21 New Member

    yep me too first thing in the morning but also after periods of stillness and then it gradually gets better. guess stretching is the answer but you have to have energy for that

    First thing in the morning I have my meds and wait till they take effect before i start doing other things and some days I can only go back to bed and feel better around 12 or so

    we are all the same but different

    angel hugs
  10. 4peas

    4peas New Member

    Whenever I have been sitting for a while and then get up, I am so stiff and the pain from my waist to my feet so bad that I can barely walk. Mornings are the worse, of course, stupid doctors won't give pain pills, and I often have to wait to go to the bathroom until it eases somewhat because I can't bend enough to wipe. Sorry if that offends someone - I just wanted explain how bad it gets.

  11. Here is a good article on stiffness

    10 Tips to Overcome Morning Stiffness

    By Robert Chu, PhD

    Do you find it difficult to get out of bed in the morning because of too much pain? Does it take an hour or two for your body to “warm up” and your joints and muscles to loosen before you can tackle the tasks of the day? If you answered yes, you are not alone.

    According to the American College of Rheumatology, fibromyalgia affects 3 to 6 million Americans. That’s one in 50 Americans, with seven times more frequency in women than in men. And according to the NHIS, by 2030 an estimated 67 million Americans are projected to have doctor-diagnosed arthritis.

    Morning stiffness is one of the more common complaints doctors hear about from patients with fibromyalgia, arthritis, rheumatism and those whose bodies no longer rebound after a day of activity—even gardening—like it used to. Don’t let morning stiffness cut your day short.

    The Main Causes of Morning Stiffness
    The basic causes of morning stiffness are lack of daily physical activity, being overweight, having a poor diet, not sleeping properly, and being in an environment that tends to be cold and/or damp.

    * Exercising on a daily basis (even walking while swinging your arms) is a great way to release those feel-good endorphins, get blood moving, and help clear nasty toxins from the body.
    * Being overweight puts strain on your joints, muscles, tendons, and ligaments.
    * A poor diet that is high in simple carbohydrates causes weak muscles, bad posture, and lethargy.
    * A poor sleeping posture can lock your body in a bad position for hours, causing reduced blood flow to the local muscles, and a buildup of lactic acid, causing stiffness.
    * Living or working in a cold or damp environment causes muscles to stiffen because the cold or damp affects the blood flow throughout the body.

    Relieving Morning Stiffness
    You’ll be happy to know that what is causing your morning stiffness can be avoided or corrected. Here are 10 easy things you can do to make a big difference in your life.

    1. Be sure to get ample deep sleep so your body can repair and recharge. Forget about those troubles or conversations or tasks that need addressing; they can be handled tomorrow. Also, be sure to sleep either on your side or on your back, as stomach sleeping causes unnecessary stress on the low back and spine.
    2. If your room is drafty, seal the windows or door. If it is cold, try a space heater or use extra blankets to prevent that cold or dampness from stiffening your body.
    3. Do some easy stretches while lying in bed, then sitting up in bed, such as bending to the front and sides. This will stretch and loosen the muscles and help flush them with more blood.
    4. Take a hot shower. This serves as a means to induce sweating, promotes blood circulation, and releases muscle spasms. Simply stand under the warm water and relax.
    5. After you are warmed up from the shower, do some gentle knee bends. You can hold on to something for balance if needed. These movements exercise almost 90 percent of the skeletal muscles. Find a counter, table, or chair and use your hands for support. Exhale and squat as low as you can go, then inhale and stand up again. Do 10 of these to get the morning blood flowing and keep the creaky joints silent.
    6. Drink the best water you can find. Often the tap water in our cities is not the freshest or safest. Even cities like Los Angeles have traces of psychiatric medicines and estrogen-like compounds in their tap water and these toxins can build up in your system over time, causing pain. It is advisable to drink either bottled water or reverse osmosis filtered water.
    7. Eat healthier. Cut down on simple carbohydrates and start reading labels to avoid consuming more toxins. Simply eliminate all foods with artificial color, enriched white flour, and artificial flavors/sweeteners (high fructose corn syrup, crystalline fructose and aspartame). If you don’t know what it is, or have difficulty pronouncing it, avoid ingesting it.
    8. Learn some coping mechanisms and stress-management techniques so that you’re not lying awake all night thinking about your problems. Learning how to deal with toxic people in your life will both allow you to sleep better and reduce the stress-induced muscle spasms that cause pain.
    9. Get some regular exercise. The idea is to go out and do some something physical with your body. Even a simple routine of 10,000 steps a day (buy a pedometer!) will greatly improve your health.
    10. Be the fashion police! You want to dress appropriately for these cold months, and you might do well to sleep in flannel pajamas or sweats. Remember, cold air causes muscles and joints to stiffen.

    Following these simple steps with a little dedication, along with making some minor lifestyle changes and improvements to your living environment, can help you overcome morning stiffness in no time.

    Robert Chu, PhD, L.Ac, QME, has studied the Chinese martial and healing arts since childhood. He specializes in Master Tung Acupuncture to help patients with musculoskeletal disorders, pain, infertility, cancer treatment-related side effects, cardiovascular problems, diabetes, and thyroid issues. Dr. Chu is a contributing editor and on the advisory board for The Healthy Back Institute.

    This article appears courtesy of Early to Rise’s Total Health Breakthroughs which offers alternative health solutions for mind, body and soul.
  12. lately even my hands are stiff. I HATE FIBROMYALGIA , IT IS A HORRID DISEASE!

    the article says to do something physical even a SIMPLE walking 10,000 steps a day! OMG I would die, I can hardly walk as it is. I really need to get in a warm pool and walk I guess.
  13. 4peas

    4peas New Member

    Depending on your stride, that could be between 2 to 4 miles for most people. Way too much for me.