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Finding Ways to Stay Physically Strong with Fibro

Finding Ways to Stay Physically Strong with Fibro

Maintaining your physical strength is important, but can be a painful challenge when you have fibromyalgia.  Not only do you have to push through pain to just get started, but it’s likely your muscles are weaker than normal due to inactivity.  Both of which can lead to more fibro flares when getting started or pushing your resistance training.

Stay strongHaving FM poses hurdles that need to be to overcome before reaping the rewards of resistance training. People with FM are less physically active compared with age-matched controls. Deconditioned muscle is a potent pain generator owing to delayed-onset muscle soreness (DOMS). This is a result of an inflammatory response during the repair and adaption process of building muscle (e.g., microtrauma, repair, and growth). Not surprisingly, sedentary persons may have difficulty in initiating or maintaining an exercise program because of both immediate pain and DOMS. Simply put, being inactive will eventually lead to more pain on exertion, and for many will result in a symptom flare.

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