Fibromyalgia is a common condition characterized by long-term, body-wide pain and tender points in joints, muscles, tendons, and other soft tissues. Fibromyalgia has also been linked to fatigue, morning stiffness, sleep problems, headaches, numbness in hands and feet, depression, and anxiety.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Swimming Anyone?

I have decided to swim each night since walking around the neighborhood isn't working for me as my right foot still isn't 100%.

I used to swim everyday when we first moved here 7 years ago and loved it.  I still do love it, but my body screams the next few days.  It is amazing that a little paddling around can cause such a problem now for my body.  I used to do an entire workout routine and hardly feel anything.  I know, we all used to do so much more, huh?

Fibromyalgia is a tough illness because you can't feel what you are doing to yourself at the time.  It's only over the next few days that let you know you may have overdone it.

I suppose if you were to swim every single day and gradually build up to a routine that your muscles wouldn't complain as much.  It's kinda scary to think that something so minimal can cause such grief.  Even my pain pills can't eliminate all of it.

I am not giving in to it though.  I will continue to swim until I can walk again as I refuse to let this illness dictate to my life any more than it already has.

Exercise is recommended for fibromyalgia patients and I know in the long run it's better for the body.

Until next time :)


rlee8235 said...

Hi Christine!

I enjoy your blog and wanted others to enjoy it also. I left a blog award for you on my blog. It's yours to pass on if you wish. Thanks for your words!

Anonymous said...

My hats off to you Christine! I tried swimming and almost drowned. I do 'paddle' around a little but that's it.

Is swimming an exercise that is recommended for FMS?

Christine Burgess said...

rlee,Thanks so much for the award!

Dominique, yes it is recommended. But go very very slow as you don't realize how much you are working your muscles until the next day.

Jennifer Bassett said...

I love that I found this almost 3yrs after it was written!!! No less pertinent and I pray you are still at it. I started a year ago and it saved my life!!! I have many illness' and injuries, fibro being the main one. I have added fins and webbed gloves and a waterproof mp3 player to up the level of fun I have:0)