you need to exercise some more--yea, right!
Many of you have been told or will be told that this is a "cure" or "treatment" for fibro. When you are in pain, this is almost like a slap in the face. This feels like being told that "this is all in your head, all you need to do is get off the couch and exercise." Frankly, it just makes me feel like a fat slob. I don't like being told I am a fat slob.
Research has indicated, though, that activity really does help fibro. When you remain inactive, muscle fibers shorten and cause increased immobility and increased pain. Unfortunately at first, it will cause increased discomfort when you first increase your activity level. But I can tell you that after a few weeks, your muscles really do become more limber and you really do begin to feel better. But if you stop your activity it will only take about two weeks of inactivity for your muscles to shorten again and for you to lose that same mobility you worked so hard for. So the key is to stay active. I don't mean using the machines in the weight room at the gym. I just mean walking around the neighborhood or working in a place that keeps you active. It does really work to keep you feeling better.