I believe I mentioned this about a week ago. My fibromyalgia has been getting worse lately. There have been days where I hurt so bad I haven't been able to get out of bed without the assistance of John. He has to hold my back firmly, supporting my muscles, while I rise. This is because the muscles in my back spasm, sending shooting pains throughout my body. On these days, when my back and legs are spasming, to move even an inch in any direction can cause me severe pain. This pain occurs whether I'm lying down, sitting, or up moving around. Doesn't matter.
I'm not complaining here, and I thank the Lord I'm alive. I'm just mentioning it to say what I'm going through, for those of you who don't know much about fibro.
Today I went to Physical Therapy at the request of my family doctor. I was very skeptical about going, to say the least. I have never gotten relief for fibromyalgia since I was diagnosed seven years ago.
Today has brought me new hope, however. The physical therapist explained to me that those of us with fibromyalgia must keep exericising and moving our bodies. We must not over do it, but at the same time, we must keep moving. Otherwise, we will atrophy and then hurt even more when we try to move later on. This made a lot of sense to me.
She gave me exercises to do in the gym there at her office. She also sent me home with the exercises so that I can do them each day. I am going back to see Miss Sharon each Tuesday and Thursday. She will then add more exercises.
Eventually Sharon will let me loose to join the local gym (YMCA). But that will probably take a few months. That's okay, though, as I have to start somewhere. She'll have to give me advice on which class to take first. Maybe a class in the water as there is a heated water therapy pool at the Y.
I'm excited. This will hopefully be a way to lessen the pain a lot, and at the same time help me get back into shape again.
Isn't this exciting?
Love you all, Krissy :)