The importance of exercise in chronic pain

My fibromyalgia often causes pain in my legs and lower back. This means I spend a lot more of my time sitting than I do walking.

In the last week or so my upper back has been bearing the brunt of the pain. It’s uncomfortable and slightly more disconcerting than normal because I’m not as used to it, but the upside is that it means my legs can walk a bit further than usual.

This afternoon, on a cold and cloudy day, I went for a walk in the woods near our house. An actual country side walk. There were hills, there was mud, and it was so good to be out of the house and into the fresh air.

Rest is important but so exercise, and at times we need to be grateful for small mercies and take advantage of them. So whilst it sucks that my shoulders hurt, I’m really grateful that my legs don’t.

Winter walks