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Old 06-10-2006, 09:21 PM   #1
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Fibro and muscle tone/strength

Do people who have fibro have a more difficult time building and retaining muscle strength and tone? I always seem to have to work twice as hard as other friends just to keep any muscle tone. If I stop working out for even one month, the muscle tone seems to turn to flab. I'm not sure if this is related to fibro or not. Does anyone know if the two are related.

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Re: Fibro and muscle tone/strength

Hello happiness,

I personally don't think the problems with muscle weakness is just a symptom of fibro or associated conditions. Any type of illness or medical problem that involves lack of use of the body for a period of time can cause weakness in the muscles. If there is a lot of pain in any area of the body because of stiffness when trying to use it, it causes a lot of pain and the temptation is to say "ouch" and leave the attempted exercise alone. Then it follows that the muscles in that particular area are going to be weakened and therefore will need extra work to build them up.

If for instance you have say a bad bout of flu and you have to stay in bed, then the longer you are in bed, the weaker you will become. Thing is too that overdoing things with mucles causes problems, underdoing things causes problems too. Even fluid loss—from severe sweating, vomiting or diarrhea—can also cut off the power to muscles. When you lose fluid, you drain away salt and also trace amounts of potassium, magnesium and calcium. Muscles also need nutrients to perform properly. So diet needs to be looked into.

Thing is if muscle weakness occurs, then you must be very careful to take care in building them up again and do it slowly. If it becomes a very big problem, in that it is getting to be debilitating, then you need to speak to your doctor to discount anything serious going on.

I actually have a nerve and muscle wasting illness, so I am interested in any research on this type of thing. Whilst mine is progressive and not curable, there are so many types of problems that if worked on can be overcome. Just a few things that I thought might be of interest to you.

Take care.

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Re: Fibro and muscle tone/strength

Hi Happiness, yes I do seem to work harder at building muscle tone and strength than the women in my exercise class, even the ones 10 or 15 years older than me. I also think it has a lot to do with what goldenwings says though. I don't make it to class as regularly as they do because of flares and I can't always put the effort into the exercises that they do because my muscles are tighter than theirs and because I am not as active in my normal day as some of the others because of the fatigue.

Keep exercising and don't give up, I know it can be frustrating but it is so good for us fibromights.


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