Posted: 22/01/2015 at 13:09
Last year I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. I have chronic pain flare ups in various joints at different times which can last up to 3 or 4 months and pain killers are completely ineffective. My feet and ankles were the first to flare up and took nearly 12 months to get back to some kind of normality - they're not perfect, but I'm pain free in those joints 85% of the time.
So, I thought I'd start my jogging again (note - before I got 'ill' with this condition I did run regularly and completed two half marathons in 2012). I jog walked a bit and looking back, know I totally overdid it - 4 runs or jog/walks in, I had to stop due to another flare up in my ankle, and have now had nearly 3 weeks off to rest up. It's now feeling better and I'm able to walk ok. I'm just a bit unsure when to start again in case I kick it all off again.
My question is, are there any other runners out there who have this condition and how do you manage it whilst still keeping some sort of exercise regime going? Mine is so painful when I do have a flare up that running/walking/swimming are all out of the question. Any tips, helpful info etc would be gratefully received as it's just a tad frustrating, particularly as I was getting quite good when this illness hit me. I am a bit overweight and am sure this doesn't help, but I have commenced a healthy eating plan and am now slowly dropping the pounds.