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I would like to know if I can exercise even though I am in pain? I know I have no broken bones no osteoarthritis because I have had so many x rays and blood tests ( If everything did not hurt so much I would think it was in my )

If I take my pain killers..... I have a window where by the pain is bearable..... Would exercise be ok at this time.

I do know I would pay for it later by being tired but I am missing exercise so much.....Having said all this I might get up in the morning and no I cant

Also on a different people get so fed up of the know the one.......I think you are lying cause fibromyalgia is not really a illness.....Iv only just been diagnosed and I recognise it already...

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Hi there Denise, I will just share with you what my GP told me and that is that exercise can be a great bonus, as longer as it doesn't exacerbate you problems. I work on the use it or lose it basis, so though it may hurt a bit (sometimes a great deal of pain :o ) I push myself. I consider myself very blessed by not having such nasty struggles with walking as a lot of people here. There are even exercises which can be done in your chair which I was taught on a pain management course, but I can find the leaflet with all the proper information on and my extremely foggy brain doesn't retain the info, so if I find it I will get back to you. In the meantime, do as much as you feel comfortable with and perhaps Ask your GP to refer you to a pain management clinic, which could help a lot .....hopefully :-) :-)

Yes I do most certainly recognise the look you speak of, it did bother me for quite a while, but since coming here and being acknowledged by people I found it far more easy to walk past people and think how they might feel if they were in my shoes.

I'm sending loads of positive pain busting vibes your way, and would say a huge welcome to the best site for fibro on the web, in my opinion :-) :-)

Foggy x


Thankyou so much this time Im determined to go to the gym in the morning.....hope iI feel the same in the


Hi denise123

I sincerely hopes that you are feeling as well as you possibly can be today? I do daily physiotherapy, and it helps me a great deal. I think if there was one piece of advice that I could offer it would be not to overdo things, just pace yourself other wise you could really pay for it afterwards.

My exercise routine was set up by my Physiotherapist, and all my exercises are gentle and address certain areas in my body where I have issues. It may also help if you could discuss your exercise needs with somebody who knows about this kind of thing?

I want to wish you all the best of luck with your exercises.

All my hopes and dreams for you



I am about to join a local gym to get some regular exercise and strengthen my muscles. I shall take what level of exercise/machine use they suggest for a 'normal' person and then quarter it for a starting point (I can always increase it gradually) I did a spell of physio a few months ago as part of a group and whilst all the group did 3 minutes at each activity, after the first session I was in way too much pain. We then adjusted it so that I didn't over-do it, and I did 1 minute of exercise, rest for 1 minute and then did the final minute with everyone. As long as you listen to your body and don't push it too far you should be fine.


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