I will be starting a Yoga class next Tuesday. It's supposed to be very gentle and for beginners. I mentioned to the owner that I have FMS and she said I would be able to handle this class. I will let you know how it goes.
Also, I don't know how bad you are but, I just started with basic stretches and a little walk in the mall. and I mean little, Maybe 10 minutes at the most! That seemed to get me going. I also spoke with my Rhuemy today, he did NOT suggest housework as exercise. I know it's hard to NOT do housework but, maybe just stick to loading the dishwasher and wiping the counters down.
Just some suggestions. I know you are in pain. Hang in there mister!
Walking is a real goody. Also, for an over all body execiser, have you tried one of those gigantic exercise balls? They work REALLY great, and you can be real gentle on it or go totally aerobic as your strength builds. I, too, have neck disc problems, as well as other spinal probs, and this has worked wonders for me. It has even gotten me "fit" enough to move up to using a Total Gym, which I LOVE! However, I ALWAYS get too carried away with the Total Gym, pull something, and have to start at ground zero again with the ball. But, the ball brings me back in no time.
There are soooooooo many exercises you can do with it. Even just sitting on it and kind of bouncing, using your legs, while watching tv is a great starter. It's also good as a chair on the computer. Forces one to sit up straight, and helps maintain balance.
There are bad days when even the basic yoga poses are too much ..but most days I am able to do at least 10 minutes or so...longer when the pain is low. I took a class a couple years ago and it was money well spent IMHO. I will take a class again at some point just to refresh. I think I would take them every week if my budget could handle it! I also have an exercise ball, and it feels very good to stretch using that. Theyare very affordable..I think mine was about$12...and came with a whole list of different exercises you can try. I love being in the water and am fortunate to have a spa and a pool. So I do a lot of my stretching in the spa when my muscles are warm...and I swim or at least move in the pool any time it is warm enough outside. I live in WI ..so we seem to have the shortest summers in the world! LOL But, water makes all the moving a lot easier...I just have to be more careful now to just do a SMALL amount instead of swimming all day long like in the days before FM.
Thanks for the suggestions. I'm interested in all of it, especially today since I can't get rid of that upper back/neck pain and some pain in the lower back and hips. The legs and feet ache, too. Jeesh....why don't I just say I hurt all over today. I'm getting around, though. Right now my basic exercise is taking my dog on long walks. The exercise ball is possible as is the basic stretching of yoga.
I do have a book called 'The Wharton Book of Stretches' and I sometimes use that, but again---I end up straining myself.
The pool I do use. We belong to a swim club, but it has to be really hot out and the water has to be warm for me to do any aquatics. I've heard that the cold water just won't do it.
thanks for the suggestions.....I'll probably try a little of each, since you all find that those give you the least amount of pain. I'll probably ditch my stretch book......