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Old 10-21-2011, 03:04 PM   #1
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Pain when exercising

Hi all -
I have RSD in my left hand. Thank goodness I have gone without a flare-up for 10 months. I do however have permanent dystonia of the hand & wrist. Just picture Freddy Kruger's switchblade fingers in "Nightmare on Elm Street". I have no movement of my wrist, hand or fingers.

My question is...Why does it feel painful when I try to jog or do any aerobic exercise that involves jumping or moving faster than walking? I modify the moves so that my left arm stays as still as possible by my body but I still feel pain. Swelling (edema) I can understand & that occurs even when walking.

Thanks in advance for your help!
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Old 10-21-2011, 10:43 PM   #2
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Re: Pain when exercising

According to my specialist this scrambles the pain centre of the brain. I have it in my right hand yet whenever I try to walk after about 25yds I get a wave of pain through the hand everytime my heels hit the floor and it gets worse with every step.

 
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Old 10-22-2011, 08:32 AM   #3
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Re: Pain when exercising

Thanks so much for the reply. I am in search of other forms of exercise that bring on limited pain.
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Old 10-22-2011, 03:53 PM   #4
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Re: Pain when exercising

Have your PM send you to a Physical Therapist who works with RSD patients. I have it on my entire left side and with the PT have been able to incorporate more exercise into my day with less stress and pain. The therapist can give you suggestions and "exercises" or a workout that will minimize the pain you have.

 
Old 10-23-2011, 09:52 AM   #5
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Thanks. I was in PT for months but I guess pain is just part of the deal.
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Old 10-23-2011, 08:24 PM   #6
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Re: Pain when exercising

Don't let them push to far, aggressive therapy can cause spreads. No ice, no hot and cold water contrast therapy both make things worse.

 
Old 10-24-2011, 07:22 AM   #7
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Re: Pain when exercising

thanks for the valuable info. Tried a "Cardio-Dance" class but man, my hand didn't like it!
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Old 10-24-2011, 07:38 AM   #8
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Re: Pain when exercising

You need to find things you can do sowly, no jerking no sudden movements. Best thing if you've got one is in a swimming pool preferably heated.

 
Old 10-24-2011, 07:45 AM   #9
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Tough to lose lbs. when you can't exercise & work up a good sweat. Thanx 4 the swimming idea.
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