getting your strength back


I’ve had rrms for thirteen years, recently progressed a bit.

I had an opp at the start of July my recovery has been a bit rocky but I’m finally feeling human again.

My problem is that after lying about doing nowt I feel as weak and wobbly as Bambi. I used to be able to do 12mins on my exercise bike a day. I’ve started back on 5 the last couple of days. I want to get back to work in a couple of weeks but need to get stronger.

So people, any tips? I’m a two sticks or rollator girl, scooter for big spaces so running etc is out, but I’ll give anything a go.



I guess just build up the exercise slowly. That’s what I’ve done after relapses.

What about physiotherapy? I’ve only had physio re. MS. But having had an op is an even clearer rehabilitation situation.

Hi Dawn

Like Vithfari says, physiotherapy will help, and they’ll be able to give you exercises to do at home. Ask to be referred to a physio who specialises in neurological conditions. A lot of the exercises they give will be based on Pilates ones, so you also try a Pilates class, as it’s really good for building up your core strength & stability, which will improve standing & walking. Make sure you take it easy though, and take regular breaks, as you’re muscles could get quickly fatigues, even if the rest of you doesn’t feel tired.


I bought a bosun ball… It’s like a half ball with a hard plastic flat bit and inflatable round bit… I stand on it for 5 mins twice a day and it has greatly improved my balance and strength in my legs. So worth the money. Hard work but I have improved in a few weeks which is a relatively short time and can walk without holding onto things

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I do a weekly class called otago which is low impact and focuses on strength and balance and was recommended to me by a physiotherapist as a great class for mser’s.

In many ways the exercises are very similar to the ones I used to do during my physio sessions so it is a great follow on.

I don’t know if there is anything like this available in your area but it’s well worth looking into, I would highly recommend it.

Ann Marie

Tai chi is very good too; I keep meaning to get into a class that does rehab tai chi, it’s basically deep breathing and gentle movements, anyone can do it with any fitness level. It can decrease risk of falling and increases muscle tone.

It can reduce blood pressure, stress levels etc too.

I did a cd when I was younger and didn’t have any physical problems at the time but mentally it helped me a great deal. I’m going to have to get over my fear of pain and tackle a class I think :).

Tale care, Dante.

ln 12 months - l have had a total knee and hip replacement. And did find it hard to keep up with strengthening exercises. l was advised to see a podiatrist about biomechanic insoles for my shoes. This l did - had them moulded to fit my fallen arches/ankles. The effect was short of miraculous. Standing very upright and strong now. Then l started having one-to-one Pilates lessons - now 3months later - l am much better balanced and certainly very much stronger in my ‘core’ back/legs/arms. When l think how l could not get up out of a chair without a struggle holding onto table/rollator. Now l can sit on the bench and do 50 stand up and sit downs. Still can’t get on the floor to do exercises as getting back up is a problem.Most of the Pilates exercises can be done on a bed. But l feel l will overcome this - The breathing exercises [yoga/pilates] Do help get the mind centred - and impowers you to get muscles, that usually ignore you when asked to ‘fire’, to get moving strongly. l am standing strong - feet apart and weight balanced - no leaning or tilting to one side.

l have amazed myself -[ and the Pilates instructor] l have more energy And next time l go - l intend to get down on the floor!!!

Better start practising now.