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Should you exercise if you have fibro fog and fatigue?

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Given how you feel, you may want to shy away from exercise. But it's one of the most effective ways to handle fibromyalgia.

When you're too tired to exercise, that lack of activity leads to greater muscle weakness and more fatigue. Over time, regular exercise lessens fatigue. Consistency can have a greater impact than intensity.

It's possible that exercise also creates a positive chain reaction that boosts brain function. Studies show a link between physical ability and thinking ability. People who can do more physically often do better in areas like attention and decision-making.

Start out at an easy pace. Work with a physical therapist to find the right beginner program for you and adapt it as you get stronger. This is especially helpful if you're nervous about exercising.

Strength training helps you regain muscle, and that helps with pain and fatigue for some people. Use resistance bands or a light weight to start.

Very gentle movement therapies like yoga, tai chi, and qi gong all get you moving, but yoga often has best effect on fatigue.

From: Fibro Fog and Fatigue WebMD Medical Reference

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Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on August 23, 2017

SOURCES:

Pain Practice: "Energy Expenditure during Functional Daily Life Performances in Patients with Fibromyalgia."

Current Pain and Headache Reports: "Cognitive Impairment in Fibromyalgia."

PLoS ONE : "Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Can Diminish Fibromyalgia Syndrome -- Prospective Clinical Trial."

Arthritis Foundation: "Fibro Fog," "Explaining Fibromyalgia to Other People."

NeuroImage: Clinical : "Characterizing 'fibrofog': Subjective appraisal, objective performance, and task-related brain activity during a working memory task."

Rheumatology International: "Fibrofog and fibromyalgia: a narrative review and implications for clinical practice."

Pain Management: "How to manage fatigue in fibromyalgia: nonpharmacological options."

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Questions and Answers about Fibromyalgia."

Clinical Rheumatology: "Fear of movement and avoidance behaviour toward physical activity in chronic-fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia: state of the art and implications for clinical practice."

National Fibromyalgia Association: "Treatment."

WomensHealth.gov: "Fibromyalgia."

UpToDate: "Treatment of fibromyalgia in adults not responsive to initial therapies."

Mayo Clinic: "Fibromyalgia: Treatment."

American Family Physician: " Common Questions About the Diagnosis and Management of Fibromyalgia."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on August 23, 2017

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