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.

Friday, June 24, 2011

It' Been A While

It's been a while since I lasted posted and wanted to catch up tonight.

I started swimming again because walking around the neighborhood in Florida at this time of year is just too darn hot.  I tried to go slow. Not sure what that even means.  I just started swimming around and using my legs and arms and it felt great. I probably swam for around 20 minutes or so.

After a few days I thought, Wow! this is going to be a piece of cake. Wrong!  I woke up in the middle of the night and my arms and legs were screaming with pain.  Sort of like when you had growing pains as a kid only much stronger and constant. The only relief is to walk around and keep moving my arms.

I finally just took my pain meds (tramadol) even though they keep me awake because I can't take anything else.  I can't take aspirin or advil because I break out in hives.

So the night was a short one, and now I am extremely careful to not overdo in the pool, but I will not quit!  I will not give into this as long as I can keep moving.

Today was a great day and my pain is manageable again. 

Until Next Time :)


Anonymous said...

I hope you can do the pool. I found I relapsed every time I was in it but that might just be me.

I'm glad you posted and update how things are going.

At Home on the Rock... said...

I've often wondered about a pool/swimming as an alternative, acceptable form of exercise. I hope you're able to find an amount that works ok for you (without causing more flare ups). That seems to be the challenge for me...finding how much I can do, without going over.

Thanks for updating us :)

Della said...

Hi Christine. I just found your other blog through a blog friend, and stumbled onto this one!

I was diagnosed with fibro, among other things in 2007. I live in sunny Florida, too...and it has been too hot to just walk around for exercise! I enjoy swimming also, but do tend to over do it the first few times in the pool.

I'm glad I found your blogs!

James said...

Will you please post a link to your Blog at The Fibromyalgia Community? Our members will appreciate it.
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