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    Since my big flare began in December things have really been going downhill. I quit my dance class. Its been a very cold winter so I don't feel like walking but worst of all I am in daily pain so I am afraid to go to any aerobics classes or go out walking.

    when the pain comes on it comes out of nowhere and its BAD. I can hardly walk sometimes.

    i suppose i could do sit ups or excercise on good days at home but Ive gained weight from the amitryptaline and from laying down with my heating pad as soon as i get home from work (i stand all day)

    in a really bad funk

    anyone else feeling like this?

  • #2
    Walking is a good exercise --- even if you just walk around in your house for even ten minutes at a time. We have so much rain in Oregon that I gave up a couple of years and bought a treadmill. There are days when I can only walk for ten minutes, but I usually can do 45 minutes if I don't set it to go too fast.

    Donna
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    • #3
      treadmill

      I suppose one day when I can afford a treadmill I will buy one, hopefully it doesn't become a clothes rack.

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      • #4
        I like the Leslie Sansone walking dvds - very very low impact & I can exercise in my living room no matter what weather! They have the option for 1, 2, or 3 mile "walks", so it's easy to start out slow. I got mine for $5 each at Ross in their video bin. I'm sure you can get them inexpensively at amazon or free at your local library!
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        • #5
          I agree with Donna's advice of having walk for about 10 min's on daily basis.... You should also use the treadmill. That help's you more in this winter......
          East bay personal trainer

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Phoebe M View Post
            I suppose one day when I can afford a treadmill I will buy one, hopefully it doesn't become a clothes rack.
            LOL, I'm not laughing about your inability to exercise, but we just gave away our treadmill which had become a clothes rack in the bedroom until we moved it to the garage and then it became an expensive shelving system!!

            I hope you're feeling good enough to walk soon. That's all I can do and only in very short bursts.
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            Currents treatments that help somewhat:
            Heating pad
            Hot baths
            Ice
            Being VERY still while lying down with legs elevated

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            • #7
              Do NOT do sit-ups! This can make your pelvic pain worse. I would suggest speaking to a physical therapist who specializes in IC or pelvic pain before doing anything involving sit-ups. Walking is fine and great cardio!
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              • #8
                Katie!

                Ya- ive seen people with treadmills used for storage and clothing- i can see myself doing that

                Id use it for a while and then the novelty would wear off.

                maybe one day i will afford a treadmill and then hang all of my work out clothes that are too small on it

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                • #9
                  Pheobe,

                  Before IC I ran 6 days a week. It is probably the thing I miss the most. Right now I can only walk. Surprisingly I've been able to maintain my weight with walking. When I first got IC I couldn't even walk up the stairs. After a few months I started walking only a 1/4 mile, now I'm up to 2. I still hope some day I can run, but I'll take this for now!

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