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Should I Force Myself to Exercise?
Yes and No, first, pain is a signal that something is wrong in your body. If your pain is bad and you can’t exercise, don’t. More importantly exercise is important but the key is never to push yourself.
You might have to start slowly with some stretching for perhaps 15 seconds the first day, than up to 1/2 a minute. Start with only one part of your body i.e. the arm or the leg. In time you can increase to more. If you experience a flare, you’ve done too much wait for the flare to subside and cut down the time… It must be a slow step by step program. In time you’ll be able to do more.
For those who push it and then are on your back for 2 days, than push it again and again are on your back for 2 days, you are doing more harm than good. When you push it yourself, you are ripping fibrous tissue, which is painful, but you are also allowing a lot of lactic acid to re-enter the body, hence the flare.
Go slow, step by step; if you’ve been sick for a while, it might take you months before you can start walking or doing other exercises for any period of time, but have patience, it will come. This will not cure the fibro but will keep your muscles from atrophying and keep your body healthier.
For those of you with severe Fibromyalgia or who might be bedridden, there are still very mild stretches that can be done while in your bed, stretching the arms, legs, hands etc. Again the key is to go very slow. If you experience a negative reaction, you’ve done too much, wait a day or two and then start at a slower pace.
If your pain and symptoms are so severe that exercise or stretches are out of the question, then don’t, at least until you are better stabilized. Explain to your doctor that you can’t at this time and do not let anyone force or pressure you. Remember that doctors with the best intentions cannot understand what you are experiencing unless they are living in a Fibromyalgia body. Exercise is not a treatment for fibro but a way to prevent atrophy, to keep the joints more mobile and to improve your health. You know your bodies better than anyone else; go at your own pace.