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Old 10-23-2007, 07:44 AM   #1
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Any suggestions?

I was recently diaganosed with fibro. I am a dance/fitness instructor. I know exercise is recommended however I primarily teach step aerobics and right now it is too painful to get through a class. The fitness center I work at does not have a pool and I can't afford to join a club that does. Treadmills, stationary bikes and elipticals are not my thing. I feel like a hamster on the wheel! I also teach dance 6 days a week, mostly tap, and I don't want any of the students to know what I have. They just know my back hurts. My back and hips ache constantly. I just started taking Lyrica 75mg 2x a day. Does anyone have any sugestions as too how I can manage the pain and still continue to teach. I'm a single mom and this is the the way I make my living. Thanks for the help

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Re: Any suggestions?

greetings and welcome dancer,
i also love to dance. i know you feel like a hamster as you said, however muscle is what you need to support your back and hips. with all you do i know you are limber and toned. fortunate for you that you are. it is alot harder to come back than it is to maintain and build.
if it is children you teach dance to i understand not wanting them to know. if your students are teen or above tell them. no one can show you compassion unless they know there is a need.
i am glad you reached out and found us. there are some wonderful people here.

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Old 10-23-2007, 10:10 AM   #3
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Re: Any suggestions?

I am a massage therapist and former pilates instructor, so I know how you feel needing your body to make your living. I have found that adding yoga and a lot of stretching helps me, in addition to some higher impact cardio. But, unfortunately, when I am having a flare up, I just really can't do much high impact cardio at all. But staying strong and limber is the best thing to do, along with taking the meds you need and eating right, getting enough sleep, etc.

Hope that helps!

Old 10-23-2007, 10:56 AM   #4
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Thanks, both of you, for your suggestions. I'll try them!

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