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Old 06-05-12, 02:08 PM   #1
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"Bike more often." Doctor's orders!

Just wanted to say, at my latest doctor visit, she advised me to ride my trike more often, because regular, low-impact, aerobic exercise helps alleviate fibromyalgia symptoms. As long as it is not too strenuous. Better to bike easy on nearly a daily basis than to do a couple of hard strenuous rides a week.

So, if anyone asks me where I'm going, I'll say, "Triking! Doctor's orders!" LOL
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Old 06-05-12, 02:34 PM   #2
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Oh boy! I'm sorry for you. Fibromyalgia really sucks. I dated a very nice young lady for three years who suffered from that. It's a miserable way to have to life. I hope your cycling does help relieve the symptoms and makes your life more enjoyable.
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Old 06-05-12, 02:48 PM   #3
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Thank you. Like any long term, chronic trouble, you just have no choice but to adjust and adapt. There are more and more resources all the time to help a person cope. I am grateful for that, at least, and also trying not to be too grumpy.
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My wife has fibro. And lately, she's discovered that cycling helps.



She is also very conscious of what she eats. Unfortunately, a lot of foods kick her fibro up a notch. So she's a vegetarian who can't eat eggplant or tomatoes. She's also doing Wii Fit and yoga. Anything not knock the cobwebs out of the joints helps.
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Both my primary care and hematologist/oncologist are cyclist and every time I see them, they tell me not to stop riding. I've lost 30 pounds cycling and, except for my leukemia meds, have been taken off of every medication I was on. Cycling is a great way to stay healthy for those of us over a certain age.
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My doc is a young punk road cyclist. I keep him posted on current mileage, and I have received no complaints from him on my riding. He told me I'm not too skinny, despite what my wife, mother, and daughter say.
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I'm being told by my sister, wife, and others I'm getting too skinny. My BMI is 22.5(144.5 @ 5'7")--18.5-24.9 is considered normal range. I can't imagine what I'd look like with a BMI of 18.5. Heck, if I got rid of the loose skin(from loosing 106 lbs) I'd probably weigh about a 1 lb less, maybe 1.5. Cycling definitely is good for you.
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I'm being told by my sister, wife, and others I'm getting too skinny. My BMI is 22.5(144.5 @ 5'7")--18.5-24.9 is considered normal range. I can't imagine what I'd look like with a BMI of 18.5. Heck, if I got rid of the loose skin(from loosing 106 lbs) I'd probably weigh about a 1 lb less, maybe 1.5. Cycling definitely is good for you.
Jealousy, perhaps?

If they are enablers (I have no way of knowing), then are you removing one of their targets?? Just a thought.
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My doctor is amazed that in the summer time when I ride a lot my a1c drops down to 6.1 from 6.8 in the winter.
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My doctor is amazed that in the summer time when I ride a lot my a1c drops down to 6.1 from 6.8 in the winter.
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My doctor is amazed that in the summer time when I ride a lot my a1c drops down to 6.1 from 6.8 in the winter.
Cycling and new medication, cycling a big part, has brought my HbA1c down to 5.4. Find some way to do winter cycling--if the winter weather is too severe, cold, snow, rain, get a trainer or see if there's gym where you can do spinning. When I was recovering from hand surgery, carpal tunnel and trigger finger releases, I did step ups in my garage for 4 weeks 6 days a week to keep up my cardio. Find something, jumping rope, something to to help you maintain conditioning.
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My wife has fibro...

She is also very conscious of what she eats. Unfortunately, a lot of foods kick her fibro up a notch. So she's a vegetarian who can't eat eggplant or tomatoes. She's also doing Wii Fit and yoga. Anything not knock the cobwebs out of the joints helps.
She looks to be in great shape!
I've found also that certain foods aggravate symptoms, so I've also gone off of the nightshade related foods, processed foods, and most meats.
It didn't help I got shingles a few weeks ago as well. But I still rode a mile or three, as it also helps with depression that seems to go along with these troubles. A plus is having plenty of paths to ride on from the house, mostly away from traffic, on my off-days. Figure even if I should ever live to be a hundred, I could still handle a ride like that.
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My wife has fibro. And lately, she's discovered that cycling helps.


A lovely addition to the cycling world for sure!!

Best wishes that riding helps her plenty!
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Both my primary care and hematologist/oncologist are cyclist and every time I see them, they tell me not to stop riding. I've lost 30 pounds cycling and, except for my leukemia meds, have been taken off of every medication I was on. Cycling is a great way to stay healthy for those of us over a certain age.
It also puts me in a much better state of mind. Sometimes I start out rather low in spirits, but by the end of the ride, I'm much happier. Haven't lost any weight, but my endurance has certainly improved. Rode the trike for 5 hours yesterday, most of it climbing hills, and yet I could come home, do laundry, make dinner, etc. Not too much pain, either. Took 2 Aleve yesterday but today haven't needed it. Even worked on the trike, cleaning the chain, adjusting the rear derailleur... that used to do me in. Now, it is not so bad! Hoping to go on a day trip tomorrow.
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Not the greatest motivation to ride but I hope it helps a lot. It seems we all are connected to someone who has fibro. Good luck.
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Thanks very much! Today was a good day, rode 27.5 miles. Heating pad, Aleve, and Ben-Gay made the day more bearable afterward.
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