Fibromyalgia: spasms, restless legs, trapped nerves, exercise and strengthening

“Am I alone in my egotism when I say that never does the pale light of dawn filter through the blinds of 52 Tavistock Square but I open my eyes and exclaim “Good God! Here I am again” not always with pleasure, often with pain, sometimes in a spasm”, Virginia Woolf

The body of someone suffering from fibromyalgia is often (but not necesarily) very sensitive to even gentle touch without experiencing pain. Muscles are tense, often in spasm, aching, and after prolonged use can become even more stressed. Exercise, the 20th and 21st century mantra of those who want to become or remain fit, often creates more pain for those of us with FMS, unless it is very gentle. Even then for some, any kind of movement can precipitate episodes of severe pain. What are people to do who cannot exercise, move, even walk slowly without wondering which body parts will break out in agony? The younger person begins to feel even older and the older person is additionally burdened with the aches and pains of aging.

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