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Overdone it!

Postby divingforPearls » Fri Jan 16, 2015 10:51 am

Hi everyone, I hope you're coping today,

I'm just posting to say what a fool I have been and I've gone and overdone it AGAIN. I KNOW that I should take it easy, and that ANY exercise is better than a day on the sofa, but I absolutely LOVE to swim! I had been doing 60 or 70 lengths a week but I am so proud of myself that I've managed to up it to 120 lengths this week! :nono: :nono: :roll: But now I am in knee pain death, oh the pain, how could I have forgotten?!

Swimming is the only exercise I can do, I can't go for walks any more, it's just SOOO frustrating, I want to swim for miles and miles.

Really, must we always 'pace ourselves'? I may be in pain, but I am proud of my achievement, my muscles have had a good workout, my heart was properly pumping. Maybe I wanted to do that. So I did. But I sure am paying for it now. No highs = no lows. The middle ground of 'pacing myself' gets so dull after 20 years, but it is much less painful! I know the drill now; paracetamol, sitting on a stool to cook and wash up, generally resting. But it just is so BORING and every move takes such effort. I'm veering from angry and frustrated to despair. This is what happens when I overdo it. Silly me.

Does anyone else ever overdo it for the sheer joy of exercise?!
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Re: Overdone it!

Postby Brian » Fri Jan 16, 2015 11:49 am

I went out a walk with my daughter last Saturday 15mins and I'm still in bed with excurcating pain and the fatigue is unreal
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Re: Overdone it!

Postby divingforPearls » Fri Jan 16, 2015 12:44 pm

Sorry to hear that Brian,

but was the walk worth it at the time? Have you and your daughter got good memories about it? Perhaps that's something good to be glad about. I am in excruciating pain but I also have the memory of the feeling of swimming a lot, and the knowledge that my muscles have been strengthened and my heart is happy. On the other hand, if I had realized what pain I would be in today, I would have only done 30 slow lengths yesterday instead of 60. I'm feeling particularly rebellious at the whole 'pacing' thing today; why should we have to curtail our lives like that? But the pain...oh it's so frustrating. But well done for having done a walk last week, and best wishes for your recovery to what counts as 'normal' for you these days. As for myself, I MUST NOT DO MORE THAN 40 LENGTHS IN ONE GO. I know that, I already knew that, I was just being unrealistic / wishful thinking / reckless / burying my head in the sand and forgetting that this is how I have to live my life now. That's the discipline side of fibromyalgia management, and yesterday I just wanted to throw self-discipline out of the window - as usually in our society, more exercise is encouraged - people talk about how to increase your stamina and the amount of exercise you do. With us, I guess it's different - for us we have to discipline ourselves into NOT doing more. But this is not understood by those who don't have fibromyalgia. They don't realize how hard it is to CURTAIL oneself from doing too much. Russell Howard did a sketch about the government sending texts to people saying 'why not take the stairs?' to encourage people to get fitter, with the text being received by a guy in a wheelchair. We can't all physically do that much exercise.

I hope you get through this bout of flare up really soon. I have noticed that sometimes it takes days, or sometimes weeks. But it's not always the same. Weird.
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Re: Overdone it!

Postby denys » Fri Jan 16, 2015 1:22 pm

If you had of paced then you could have gone back today and done a bit more of the exercise you love, pushing yourself so that you then are in so much pain is counter-productive, a little less each day over more days equals the same amount without the crash and burn
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Re: Overdone it!

Postby Brian » Fri Jan 16, 2015 1:40 pm

Oh definitely as my daughter is 4 years old and it really gets to me that I can't do more with her and she loves a walk in the country side as much as me, I knew when I took her out what the consequences would be but like everybody else you get fed up lying done to this illnesses
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Re: Overdone it!

Postby divingforPearls » Fri Jan 16, 2015 2:30 pm

Denys,

I know you're right, but as there was not much pain yesterday I just was so enjoying carrying on. It takes some discipline to stop. Another thing to tattoo on my forehead - 'no more than 40 lengths', along with 'don't buy shoes off the internet'! :lol:
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Re: Overdone it!

Postby Benmillie6 » Fri Jan 16, 2015 8:05 pm

Hello to you all, this is the first time I have been on here, so please all be kind :-) message for overdone it, I know the feeling I have done that lots of times, keep smiling xx
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Re: Overdone it!

Postby lynlyn1212 » Fri Jan 16, 2015 9:49 pm

I overdo it regularly. With Fibro you just have to consider more than just 1 thing - if you overdo it you will pay. So you just have to decide if it's worth it. Also ensure you have recovery time. If you want to do something badly enough sometimes it is worth having a day or more of severe pain or discomfort or fatigue. Wouldn't recommend overdoing it too often though.
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Re: Overdone it!

Postby carolad » Fri Jan 16, 2015 11:12 pm

I think when you are completely immersed in an activity you enjoy, it takes your mind off the pain so that encourages you to keep going :) This definitely happens to me if I go horse riding. I love it and although I don't do as much as I used to do, I am still tempted to do more than I really should! At the time, I'm completely focussed on what I'm doing so I don't really think of how it is affecting me physically. But the minute I get off...hmm...that's when it hits me if I've overdone it!

Hope you feel better soon :-) x
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Re: Overdone it!

Postby Willow5252 » Sat Jan 17, 2015 3:53 am

All these stories sound so familiar. I have been there many times. Here we are, summer in Australia, and I am as good as bed bound. It I exert myself to socialise with friends or family, even quietly, which is usually the case, I crash for 2-3 days. I have come to realise that I don't really have much of a life. It is worth the extra pain and fatigue to have some moments of pleasure, and something that most other people take for granted. This condition is not going away anytime soon (8 yrs in May). so you come to keep a balance, but realise that you have to grab moments of enjoyment for any quality of life
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Re: Overdone it!

Postby dazzleship » Sat Jan 17, 2015 9:11 am

it's such a difficult thing to stop when you're still feeling ok though, that's the problem isn't it. like with the swimming - I too found when I was swimming that I was enjoying myself cos the pain kind of goes away for the most part so you don't think about it. so it's frustrating to try to remember to stop after a certain amount when you still feel you can do more.

I would say, in my opinion that definitely sometimes it is worth doing something that you really enjoy and 'forget' the fibro for a day, even if it means a difficult day afterward. we can't stop living our lives. yes I know we're supposed to pace, but some situations can't be done on a do a little bit one day and then some more the next basis. for example, going for a day out somewhere to visit, oh I don't know, a castle or zoo or something (using that as an example as it's something I like doing).

something like that isn't practical to go and see a bit of it and then go again and see the rest the next day, especially if it's far away, so in that case it has to be done in one day. and if I was to do that, then I would suffer the next day yes but it would still be worth it because of the enjoyment I would have had with hubby (and the dog if she comes too :-) ) and the memories I would have afterward.

I still want to live my life :-)
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Re: Overdone it!

Postby MissGems73 » Sun Jan 18, 2015 11:48 am

I save my days for overdoing it whne my great neice comes to visit she is 3 and its deffinatly worth the suffering afterwards x
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Re: Overdone it!

Postby Zia2014 » Mon Jan 19, 2015 5:44 pm

I overdo it in the pool as well, I love swimming and used to do a lot of lengths. The last time I went I barely managed 10 and that was with plenty of floating inbetween. It's so frustrating but I do try and pay attention to my body because as denys said you could then do it again rather than have to rest! It's hard though, I find my level of pacing is so low that if I didn't try I would hardly do anything. I just pay for it afterwards.
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