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.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Sticking to a Plan is Key for Fibromyalgia and CFS

With Christmas just around the corner and keeping busy with my mosaic business I haven't been taking the time to do any routine exercise except walking and it has really made a difference in how I feel. I wake up earlier because of pain.  Everything I do from  light gardening to washing the car becomes a problem so I am once again reminded that sticking to a regular exercise plan is crucial for people who suffer from CFS or fibromyalgia.

Regular light and easy exercise is key to staying as fit as possible with fibromyalgia in my opinion.  All I do each day (when I'm on track) is a few neck and lower back exercises that take about 10 minutes.  If I am really on a role I add in some all over stretching and a bit of small weight lifting.  But believe me, I have learned the hard way that you must go slowly and add each of these in gradually or you will set yourself up for failure.

It is maddening and frustrating to be stuck in a body that feels 80 years old.  Heck, my mom was 84 and still out pruning her own trees; something I can barely do at my 50+ years.

I know that each person has to find their own exercise program that works for their individual needs but I know from experience that  it's very much worth the time.

Until next time. :)