My Mom was usually the one with all the little gems of wisdom. But this was one my Dad used regularly. It is solid advice. I have fibromyalgia. I have had it for over twenty years. I do not have as many flares as I once did but I still have plenty!
One thing I discovered with battling Fibromyalgia is that you need to move your muscles. When you are in so much pain this is not as easy as it sounds. If you lay around too much it exacerbates the pain and the flare-ups can last much longer. However, you have to listen to your body. You must be careful to not overdo anything physical as this too has the same effect. There has to be a happy medium. Moderation is key.
If you have Fibromyalgia and do not currently exercise, I encourage you to talk to your pain management doctor before you begin. Your doctor may want you to enter physical therapy first to better evaluate what is best. You are not the person you once were. Do not let your inner child egg you on once you begin exercising. And please do not beat yourself up for not being able to do certain things. Focus on what you can do.
Word of advice-be ready to feel more fatigue at first. It’s normal. Your body will adjust. But do not push yourself too hard and accept that you may need to rest after exercise.
I always know when I have to say when. I have a regimen I must do after physical exertion. Ice packs, anti-inflammatories, Epsom salt soak and rest. I recognize when I need extra rest or to be more gentle with myself. Sometimes, I must change up my exercise routine to accommodate my issues at that given time. Over the years, I have learned to recognize when I am flaring and when I need to take extra care. Again, all things in moderation.