Yoga has helped my mobility and muscular pain

I have tried everything under the sun to ease my pain over the last 7 years. After ending up in hospital with pneumonia last year after starting a new immunosuppressant I decided that was the final straw. I didn't want the toxic side effects of these drugs if they didnt even take all of the pain away....what was the point?! I came off medication and painkillers and now manage my conditions with pacing myself, help around the house and lots of yoga. This is the best I have felt in 7 years...I no longer need crutches, am so much more flexible and pain levels are fairly low as long as I don't take on too much. I wanted to start a support group in my area and also teach other fibromites about how yoga has helped me so I trained as a yoga teacher. My first class for chronic pain sufferes starts soon and if anyone on here is local to me you are welcome to join for a good relaxing stretching session, meditation and chat/support also included for those who want it :). It would be good to get together for local support :) Edited by Admin

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  • That's fantastic news! I'm so glad you've found something that helps. It gives us all hope :0)

  • Thank you Dryad. It's all we can do isn't it! keep trying new things and don't give up. I believe there is something for everyone, its just finding it. Stay positive xx

  • That sounds fabulous. Can wheelchair users do anything in yoga? I don't know where you are but your idea is fab!

    Lots of hugs xx

  • Hi there

    If you have a look on YouTube you can find all sorts of exercises that can be done from a sitting position.

    Lu xx

  • Thanks bluemermaid3. Will definitely give that a go. Xx

  • You're very welcome.

    Also try Googling for sitting exercises. I am sure you will find lots.

    Hugs Lu xx

  • Hi Fallabella, yes there is chair yoga which can be very beneficial. I am looking into setting up a chair yoga class at the moment...its very interesting. If you can get onto Youtube have a look for Sherry Zac Morris and Richard Kravetz...their classes are good :) x

  • Hi Annalouk

    I am so pleased that you have found something that works for you.

    I went to yoga classes for over 20 years.

    As I am no longer to manage a yoga class I have adapted the yoga positions into gentle stretching.

    It definitely does help to stay mobile and do some form of exercising even if it is only gentle stretching.

    Take care of yourself

    Lu xx

  • Hi BlueMermaid3, it sounds like you have taken something positive out of yoga and made it work for you! That's great news! That's exactly what I was trying to achieve with my chronic pain class. It's all done down on the floor or on a chair so nice and easy with lots of support and very gentle stretching :). I am glad I can help people in the same boat as me really and it's been nice to meet others with Fibro and other conditions in my area and they tell me they are feeling benefits from coming so that's very satisfying :)

    Keep up the good work Lu, even when you dont feel like moving...it makes a difference!

    Take care xx

  • That sounds good. Can I have a read please?

  • Hi spider, I will message you a link to my fb page. Take care xx

  • Hi Annalouk

    I am genuinely delighted to read this my friend and I want to sincerely wish you all the best of luck and please take care of yourself my friend.

    All my hopes and dreams for you

    Ken

  • Hi Ken, That's very kind of you to say that. Thank you so much! :)

  • I also came off all meds as I came to the same conclusion as you . Due to recent diagnosis of goitres in my thyroid I've had to go back on to amitryptiline which I wasn't happy about and I don't think it's helping either. I started to do yoga and Pilates back in January and have had so much improvement in my mobility and pain levels, I'm not free from pain and have flare ups still but I must say the change I've experienced is incredible. Good luck on your new venture.

  • Hi, just wondering how you came of your meds? Did you taper? I so desperately want to come of my meds but everytime I do I find my pain worsens and then I am back on them. I would love to be medication free.

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  • Hi Cheryl,

    I am so pleased to hear it is working for you! Keep it up, even when you don't feel like it....it makes a difference!!

    Thank you

    Anna :)

  • Hi, just wondering how you came of your meds? Did you taper? I so desperately want to come of my meds but everytime I do I find my pain worsens and then I am back on them. I would love to be medication free.

  • Yes I did it one medication at a time, I started taking the tablets every other day for a week then every two days for a week etc but it might be wise to get the advice from your gp before you start as everyone is different. I still have pain but it's manageable at the moment. Good luck.

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