Study suggests exercise does help Fibromyalgia

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Registered: 01-03-2001
Study suggests exercise does help Fibromyalgia
Sun, 05-12-2013 - 11:07am

For those who have been wondering if exercise truly helps ease the pain of Fibromyalgia, a new study suggests it does. According to Health Day News, "Exercise won't exacerbate the pain associated with fibromyalgia, and it may actually improve it, a new study suggests.

Researchers from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C., found that engaging in light to moderate physical activity over time could ease symptoms of the condition.

"For many people with fibromyalgia, they will exercise for a week or two and then start hurting and think that exercise is aggravating their pain, so they stop exercising," study senior author Dr. Dennis Ang, associate professor of internal medicine at Wake Forest, said in a Wake Forest news release." read more

If you haven't already started on a regular exercise program, will you try it?


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Registered: 06-06-2000
Tue, 05-14-2013 - 5:50am

I have found, for me, certain exercises are better than others.  For example, swimming, walking, yoga, pilates, weight training, and the elliptical are all good choices for people with FM.  Insanity and P90X?  Not so much!!  Anything that includes jumping or makes a normal, healthy person vomit is a bad, BAD idea, unless you are in fantastic shape.  It's not just that the jumping seems to make my entire body hurt like heck for a week or two, either.  Trying one of these intense workouts leaves me exhausted for just as long.  My advice is to start SLOWLY with a new exercise program and increase the length or difficulty a little every week.  For example, I started with 5 minutes on the elliptical and have worked up to 30, but I did it in 2-5 minute increments.