Very confused by pain at top of thigh and other night time aches and pains I've been having. I started Pilates class about five weeks ago and the very good instructor tells me to miss certain exercises out because of my arthritis. But as I was told by my old physio that strengthening my core is key to keeping mobile I've been reluctant to do the relatively dull alternatives she gives me.
But afterwards I've noticed that the pain in my feet, ankles and knees is much worse. I think it's mostly neuropathic pain but I've had a bad left groin and now this has moved to my outer hip. I've been here before with my old rheumy and he explained that outer hip/ bum is usually coming from arthritis of the lower back - only treatment is getting weight down and exercise.
Since he said this to me five years ago I have had severe arthritis in my lumbar discs confirmed by CT. But no referral to physio or suggestion that my peripheral pain is related. In fact nerve conduction studies last year say it isn't. Same applies to cervical Spondylitis - it's confirmed but not related to my neuropathy in face or arms I'm told.
So is this post Pilates flaring of peripheral pain and fatigue mean that the exercise is doing me harm or is it a case of no pain no gain does anyone think? I try to walk between 5-10k steps daily but again I do find the pain in my feet and legs is much worse later at night just now. It's bad full stop at present but I keep mobile for my overall health and in effort to tackle the awful fatigue too.
However I am still seriously overweight despite losing a stone over the past few months🙄😜😏 so I really do want to keep trying despite the worsening pain in my peripheries. But I don't want to cause more irreversible damage to my back in the process. Hips can at least be replaced - lumbar discs can't!