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How does exercise help you manage your chronic illness?

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    • Bre19

      44d

      @Milkovich I'm so sorry to hear that

    • Jules78

      46d

      None of the above choices you listed. I dance for exercise and it makes me happy

    • wheely_kismet

      96d

      It doesnt . I get post exersional malaise.

      • Bre19

        44d

        @wheely_kismet I'm so sorry

    • Bre19

      170d

      Helps with my anxiety

    • Milkovich

      188d

      It made my osteoarthritis worse

      • Bre19

        44d

        @Milkovich I'm so sorry to hear that

    • Jake2003

      213d

      It helps lower my blood pressure, my mental and physical health and helps grow my confidence.

      • Bre19

        46d

        @Jake2003 that's wonderful!

    • Overcomer

      238d

      Make it worse therefore I have to monitor myself

    • DragonflyHKD

      304d

      Other - all of the above!

      • Bre19

        46d

        @DragonflyHKD I'm glad

    • hydroepilepic21

      305d

      Helps me mentally

      • Bre19

        208d

        @hydroepilepic21 same

    • MidlightTheNightFury

      321d

      Nothing just makes anything worse

      • Bre19

        46d

        @MidlightTheNightFury at least you know what's best for your body

    • Parageiss

      321d

      What a stupid question, anyone with chronic pain knows exercise just makes thing worse!!

      • DragonflyHKD

        304d

        @Parageiss Disagree with you there as I've had different experiences. I think it depends on the type of chronic pain? Overall, exercising can be difficult and painful in the moment but for many folks, it truly does help in the long-run. I've had a very long journey trying to stay active and it's made me much stronger and more mobile. My joints also don't dislocate nearly as often because my ligaments are stronger. Used to be stuck in bed all the time. I had to start with PT stretching, moved to gentle yoga, progressively got strong enough to walk, then jog, and so on. These days I'm a martial artist, hiker and I go to the gym when I can. It's a long road but it's been well worth it. Despite my fatigue, pain and many other issues, I've become very passionate about physical activities. Keep challenging yourselves, folks, while also recognizing your limitations from day to day.

    • Lizzy1989

      321d

      I do yoga.

      • Bre19

        208d

        @Lizzy1989 I love yoga

    • Olivebutter2236

      323d

      I go to the gym a few times a week and do things like stretch, lift weights, and speed walk on the treadmill but the thing that has helped with my back, hips, neck, and joint pains the most is the regular stretching. I do a set of back, hip, and knee stretches and it takes maybe 10 minutes and decreases my pain throughout the week by a ton.

      • Bre19

        208d

        @Olivebutter2236 thats good

    • RissTheTiger

      339d

      I swim and do aquarobics, and it helps my chronic knee pain, because water is amazing for pain, as you are made light. Also definitely good for my mental health!

      • Bre19

        208d

        @RissTheTiger that's good!

    • Brigit

      339d

      I'm in too much pain to exercise.

      • Bre19

        46d

        @Brigit I'm so sorry

    • nonvax

      340d

      Still figuring how to exercise without causing more pain

      • Bre19

        208d

        @nonvax same

      • Maryprune

        322d

        @nonvax Your muscles are probably too tight from hypermobility, my physio showed my husband how to 'switch off' different muscles so they weren't in spasm anymore

        • Chronicdecay

          321d

          @Maryprune I too would love to know how to do that. It sounds like magic.

        • EmeraldMosaic

          321d

          @Maryprune How do you do that??

      • faerywyrm

        339d

        @nonvax long slow stretches. They help. If you can't stretch much, like me, then just do what you can lying down.

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