Exercise for Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome – Feeling Better vs. Feeling Worse

Exercise for Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Feeling Better vs. Feeling Worse


I think this is what started this severe case of pain a year and a half ago. I joined the gym for Silver Sneakers which was free with my Aetna Medicare (other medicare advantage plans carry it too, check yours). It was supposed to be for seniors so I figured it would be really easy. It wasn’t and all they did was make sure everyone had a chair just in case they needed it.

By the 6th week, I was in intense pain. I hadn’t gotten used to exercising at all. That worried me a bit and then I lost feeling on the whole left side of my body and ended up in the hospital with pinched nerves in my neck and back. It aggravated my degenerative disc disease and arthritis as well. It had been about 7 years since I had gone through the whole thing before only now things have degenerated more,

It has been a year and a half and I am just getting worse rather than better. I am now taking the only Fibromyalgia medication I never tried before, Lyrica. I am in major Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome flares. Life sucks and I have to pretend that all is well. the Chronic Fatigue has me in bed almost 24 hours now. I get up shortly and right back to bed and I am out like a light. I can’t do anything.


Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses, also a devout Christian

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5 thoughts on “Exercise for Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome – Feeling Better vs. Feeling Worse

  1. DB McNicol

    Back in the mid-90s, Fibro & CFS weren’t as officially recognized as they are today. There was a huge composite website and I auditioned for and got the job of running the section on FMS, CFS & related illnesses. I personally suffered FMS that got worse for several years. Mine accompanied my osteoarthritis. At it’s worse, in my late 40s, there were days I thought I’d have to go out on disability. By my 60s, after being retired for a couple of years (and thus removing a major source of stress), it had improved. Now in my 70s, I still have flares when I overdo but I have finally learned how/when to moderate my activities. Sending gentle healing hugs your way…



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