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Get moving to get yourself out of pain

I read this article and was shocked because I always thought when you're in pain, you need to rest the arm, or leg or whatever until the pain goes away.

"Edward Laskowski, MD and co-director of the Sports Medicine Center at Mayo Clinic, says, “Years ago, people who were in pain were told to rest. But now we know the exact opposite is true. When you rest, you become de-conditioned—which may actually contribute to chronic pain.”


Tue. Oct 21, 10:21am

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especially in the back pain department.

Rest might be important at times, but too much back rest can hurt rather then help.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008, 10:28 AM

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I just experienced this!! My shoulder wasn't getting any better when I stopped exercising but then I didn't feel like sitting around anymore so I started working out again and it actually got better. So funny!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008, 11:45 AM

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I know that my knees are much better if I don't take more than 2 days off from working out - any more and I'm really crippling around! Unfortunately my arthritic big toe just seems to get worse no matter what I do. . . .

Sunday, March 22, 2009, 4:39 PM

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Just read this. It came as a "tip of the day". I completely agree with this! I live in tons of pain everyday. I've been bed-ridden. I finally told myself I wanted my life back. I work-out, I have to modify lots of things. I feel so much pain, I cry through many of them. I'm out of the bed. I walk better. I have a better quality of life. If we push it there is so much we can do!!!

Sunday, May 23, 2010, 4:51 PM

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Chronic Back, Knees, Foot, and Shoulder

I agree with continuing to work out and I gather that so many of us have bad back and knee pain - but I see ever so rarely the workout advice that caters to us. So much of it is extreme boot camp advice that I just cannot do - I do hit the gym 3 times a week and swim 2 or 3 days a week w/ Aqua Aerobics and 5 - 10 laps. I'm well overweight and am working on the consumption side of it. I would really appreciate seeing some daily tips for us not so in shape people that do workout. And thanks - loving the daily tips and challenges.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010, 3:19 PM

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I completely believe that. When I first started having painful symptoms of arthritis and fibromyalgia, the doctor told me to get lots of bed rest. He told my employer I needed a 3 month leave of absense to do nothing but lay in bed, lay on the sofa, take long soaks in the tub, then lay around some more. I did it.

When I went back to work, the pain and inability to move my body very well increased. After another 2 years of struggling to get through each day, the doctor put me in a wheelchair and told me to apply for social security disability.

Here I am , a little more than 10 years later and I'm almost totally incapacitated. A doctor I saw for the first time last week asked me why I just decided to lay down and let the arthritis and fibromyalgia take over. I told him it was what the other doctor ordered. He just shook his head. He said maybe we can do something to help get back some mobility, but it's going to hurt a whole lot and it will take a long time.

So if you are just beginning to suffer the aches and pains of any ailment that falls under the arthritis umbrella, don't lay down and rest. Keep moving. Take a leisurely walk, or a gentle swim. Otherwise you rust, like the Tin Man -- and me. But unlike the Tin Man, you don't just go back to normal with a few drips from an oil can...

Wednesday, June 16, 2010, 8:17 PM

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Bursitis gets worse with exercise

For several years I gritted my teeth and worked (off and on) through the pain of bursitis -- a condition that runs from my upper hip, through my butt, and down to my outer knee (it was recently diagnosed as trochanteric bursitis). Stretches helped, ice packs helped, pain relievers helped a little -- but the pain never ever went away. It only got worse after walking, doing the elliptical trainer, yoga, anything that used that leg/hip.

Just today I learned that the Indian spice turmeric can sometimes relieve serious inflammatory problems (link below). I swallowed a 1/2 teaspoon of dry turmeric on the spot (don't recommend this method, though :^P) and was astounded to get almost complete relief within a few hours. It's now 12 hours later and I'm still pain free. I hope turmeric capsules from Whole Foods will end this miserable, chronic problem (or keep in in check) enough to allow me to move freely throughout the day and enjoy workouts again.

Looking back, I can see I only aggravated my problem and made it worse. The moral of this story is, if exercise doesn't lessen your pain within a week, don't keep hoping that eventually it will. Sometimes it won't!


Friday, June 25, 2010, 9:07 PM

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Tumeric help?

Hi -
did turmeric capsules help?
Thank you.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010, 4:11 PM

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Relieving pain & exercise

Pain & fatigue from fibromyalgia & psoriatic arthritis left me lying on the couch for years. My doctor advised that elevated endorphins from exercise would help alleviate the pain. I traded my previous loved & abandoned biking, hiking & running for level walking & swimming, alternating styles & including recovery days. In addition to prescriptions, I've tried turmeric, boswelia, glucosamine & chondroitin sulfate, but became tired of swallowing pills daily. Tufts Medical Center released a study to NE Journal of Medicine in Aug '10 showing the benefits of Tai Chi (30% of subjects discontinued their medication after 3 months). I immed signed up for classes. Between the tai chi, eliminating all animal products from my diet & pushing nutrient dense foods, my pain threshold & activity level has increased significantly (I'm now shoveling this winter's snow, albeit with difficulty). I am off my daily prescriptions & take NSAIDS only when needed. My previous daily naps are down to 1-2 a month. I highly recommend Tai Chi, Dr. Fuhrman, and all weight loss/increase energy support from PEERtrainer...many, many thanks.


Sunday, January 30, 2011, 8:38 AM

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I have arthritis in my hips. I can tell when i have to be careful, not run too long, or run at all, or walk to far, but the only time it actually tells me to STOP is when I have a flare-up. An arthritis flare-up in your hip is so incredibly painful that it's difficult to walk. Then is when I lay off. Right now I'm following the c25k running plan, and it's taking me more than 1 week to get through week 5, but I'm keeping at it!


Sunday, May 22, 2011, 9:37 AM

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T I think working out is fine, but every case is different. I have a bar in my leg, my leg was shattered in 9 places. The first 3 years after surgery, I had a limp. After standing and walking all day, I was dragging my leg. It was getting worse. I knew a little about water therapy. I started working out in the water. doing scrunches and walking back and forth. When I started I was only doing about 5-10 scrunches and 15 minutes of walking in the water. I only did it a couple of months. I no longer limp. To this day vigorous walking for long periods or any strenuous exercise is not good for my leg. Get to know your own body. defintely try water exercise, it works!

Sunday, May 22, 2011, 10:33 AM

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Yes, I've now known this for a while. The sports clinic in New York is saying the same thing. You can't rest when you've been hurt or injured. The muscles atrophy. Thanks for this reminder.

Sunday, May 22, 2011, 1:35 PM

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It was very long way

Saturday, August 15, 2020, 5:06 AM

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