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I have an acute case of fibromyalgia along with degenerative arthritis in my spine and hips. I take a lot of medication prescribed by my rheumatologist, which has helped, but I'm tired of being sick. Will exercise help?


Exercise helps people with fibromyalgia, but they have to proceed very slowly. Intervals on a stationary bike (a recumbant if that is more comfortable) or other piece of equipment work well. This is pedaling for a minute or two, then resting for a minute, as tolerated, and doing more when you can comfortably. If you have fibromyalgia, ask your doctor if a referral to a physical therapist is appropriate to get you started on an exercise program.



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