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weakness,fatigue & exercise

I am interested to hear about people with ms who exercise! fatigue,weakness,numbess and stiffness of the body is something everyone deals with who have ms, would like to hear if anyone has been doing exersise and how it has helped them or improved them in any way, I found that doing exercise and eating healthy i am physically feeling much better and also helps me mentally aswel,

Hi

Luckily enough for me, my nearest gym takes GP referrals under the “Proactive” scheme and so is geared up for people with medical conditions - and is not full of tanned, young, beautiful people! I have been going for 2 years now and am convinced it has made me stronger. I find the cardio equipment is very helpful as I can hold on while I’m exercising. With that support, the other day I walked more than 1 km and have even started running on the treadmill - fantastic!

Saying that, I find after an hour session and the expected increase in core temperature, I’m considerably weaker but this is only temporary and after a cool down and sit down, I’m back to normal … well, as normal as you can be with MS!

Overall, I’m still a bit weaker on my right side and find sitting still for too long leaves me feeling “knotted”, but I’m absolutely convinced that it’d be worse if I wasn’t working out - when I haven’t been to the gym for a couple of sessions or after the Christmas shut-down, I’ve felt loads weaker. Generally, I think exercise helps everyone mentally, whether or not they have MS.

If possible, speak with your GP to see if you can get referred to a gym nearby on the Proactive scheme.

Good luck.

Emma x

Very good, keep it up!! I have been training since last summer, doing weights,boxing training and brazilian jiu jitsu, and running aswel, ran 4mile twice last week and feel great tho sometimes have my good days and bad days like anyone but all in all its great do to some exercise mentally and physically it helps alot

Very good, keep it up!! I have been training since last summer, doing weights,boxing training and brazilian jiu jitsu, and running aswel, ran 4mile twice last week and feel great tho sometimes have my good days and bad days like anyone but all in all its great do to some exercise mentally and physically it helps alot

i go for hydrotherapy every wednesday.

it is run by a group of neurological physiotherapists and costs £5 a week.

its very simple and feels like playing but i feel it afterwards!

carole x

Of a totally different nature with 2 young kids I find it hard to get to the gym and also not sure what I’d be able to do but… Having willow home I’m sure changing her nappy and having to pin her down is helping a bit. Though I think I keep fatiguing the muscles trying to put in a ponytail the other day to myself having to lift my arms above my head was a struggle. But I think it’s helping in someways. Though I get a massage once a week and my body really makes her woek for her £30 lol

If your really fatigue you should even try stretching!! I stretch every day and i feel loose for the rest of the day, even just small stretches 30 seconds each stretch and the more you do it i bet you will feel a little better

Thanks I do some stretching not as much as I should. My dog normally tries to sit on top of me it’s like something from a comedy sketch When I had my massage my hamstring calf muscles are really tight she showed me how to stretch it lying on my back she pushed my leg right up but it was over the back of my heAd trying to do it myself I can’t do it properly I really need someone to slowly move it into position. So I’m not sure what to do. I do other stretches but that was def the most effective.

Are you familiar with pilates? it is like a workout that involves stretching and breating techniques, you should check it out on youtube, there are alot of real tough stretches but im sure there are some simple ones aswel, it is suppose to be reallly effective for stiffness and stuff

I exercise regularly. Gym probably four times a week and an otago class once a week and I’m convinced it helps with recovery from relapse and especially with energy levels. Like Emma I find the cardio machines really helpful as I can hold on, which means you can walk much further than you normally would. I too also am very weak, especially my right leg, after a gym session but recover quite quickly after a rest. The other added benefit for me has been the weight loss which has came with the additional exercise. I gained about 2 1/2 stone following a relapse in October 2012 and I have now lost about 2 stone of it and can finally get back into most of my clothes again. A M

good for you for lossing weight, i on the other hand have gained weight, but it is good weight, people say i look healthier and so much better than i did before

I go to a weekly yoga class and I find it really helps with the aches and pains. When I had two relapses last year, my calf muscles were really tight and I knew with the fatigue and weakness it would have been a waste of money going to yoga but I did the basic warm up stretches at home and I could really feel the stretches in my hamstrings and calves! I was mean to my legs as I made them stretch a bit more each day. After a few months, I was moving much easier and by the time I saw the neuro physio we only had to work on my balance.

Tracey x

Your so right saying it reduces stress and improves energy levels, I have pushed myself real hard many times but i do martial arts so its good and bad, eating healthy is great also i think