Hi Capefibro, I think you are spot on! I have been walking every day, or just about and have increased my distance to 2 1/2 miles every morning. Not only is this beneficial to my physical health, but it gets me out of the house and outside in the morning when no one is around. I also enjoy the “bonding” with my dog as we have nice, long conversations during these walks. I also practice my singing! LOL
My new rheumy suggested yoga. I started three days ago and, while I am very sore, I can definitely see where I am going to get a great benefit from it. Because of the nature of fibro, exercise in and of itself can not hurt you or make fibro worse, IMHO. Yes, it may cause you pain in the short run,but I believe that it will help your pain in the long run. If it does not improve your pain, at the very least, it will help you maintain a healthy heart, lungs, etc.
I am not saying that I am some super woman exercising like an Olympic athlete and there are days when i cant do as much or when i hurt worse and have to stay in bed most of the day after taking my walk but just to get moving even for 10 minutes helps tremendously, physically and mentally. And if you commit to consistently doing some type of physical activity, it will get easier with repetition and time.
I also tend to agree with the case study you cited that medication has limited value in treating fibromyalgia. I am on gabapentin and Zoloft, dilaudid PRN and Ambien for sleep. I had not noticed any real difference in my pain level until about three weeks ago when my doc put me on MS Contin twice a day. My pain level has subsided to a dull roar with a little bit of breakthrough, more severe pain.
I know I am rambling but I have aid just what you said, you can’t be any more tired and I don’t think exercise will cause any more pain than we are already in.
One down side, exercise increases your appetite! LOL. I don’t need a better appetite. But, on the other hand, if you exercise, you won’t gain weight and you might even lose.