I recently made a fantastic new friend who has a really amazing way of coping with her fibromyalgia. She is full of positivity and says she won't let it stop her. I am inspired. For me, I had already relaised that exercise is one of the best 'treatments' for fibromyalgia (see for example everydayhealth.com/fibromya... - just about every commentary on dealing with FM cites exercise as a key treatment), but, at the same time, I've been cautious with myself, worrying about overdoing it and, therefore, not pushing myself. But she does. And she keeps going and she is managing. She has two kids and walks and cycles everywhere. She doesn't ever drive. I am so encouraged by this. Lately I've taken up swimming in a big way. I always liked cycling and horse-riding, but I'm really glad I've got another activity that I CAN do. I went for swim lessons for adults for a six week course and learned how to breathe properly and improve my technique, particularly so that I no longer put too much pressure on my neck. I love it and I am feeling good. Have only had one really bad day in months. I'm taking less medication, which I am glad about, because the pills don't work that well anyway and I often wonder why I'm pumping my body full of needless (and sometimes dangerous) chemicals. I posted on here a long while ago, perhaps even a year ago, about fighting fibromyalgia with exercise, I just want to encourage you, again, to go for it. I know for some people it iss hard to get started, but it is worth it. Start slow and build up and, eventually, you will see a marked improvement in your condition. I really 100% believe it. Go for it! One thing I would add though is that exercise needs to go hand in hand with healthy food and lifestyle. I have been wheat free for more than a year now and I don't miss that stodgy food at all. I eat loads of fresh fruit and veg, live yogurt, nuts and sees and I am gradually losing weight, my skin is great, my hair is shiny, my nails are strong and I feel wonderful. Don't lie back and let fibromyalgia steal your life, fight back!
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