Learning to swim with Ankylosing Spondylitis, Fibromyalgia

I have started taking baby steps hoping to manage pain caused by Ankylosing Spondylitis & Fibromyalgia. I am taking one-on-one swim lessons. The pool is 4 feet deep throughout which takes the fear out of equation. The key is to relax throughout the session. You will feel right when you are in the water that muscles are tightening around neck, back etc if you are not swimming right. This will end up in pain through the spine while you sleep. Watching the breathing is also a key factor. It would be good to do stretches before swimming. Sitting in a sauna after will help loosen the muscles. To get to a point where I can even start swim lessons, I had to bring down my inflammation with prescription strength anti-inflammatory medications. Both Ankylosing Spondylitis and Fibromyalgia kept me in pain for years. I wanted to try moving. That way even if I am in pain due to swim activity, it will have good results in the long run.

Nature can heal

The weekend trip up in the Great Smoky Mountains to see fall foliage was refreshing and relaxing to wind down from all the day to day stuff. When living with chronic illnesses, taking a break from routine is much needed for the entire family. Though the trips can be tiring, I feel regardless you will be in pain after a day’s work. Why not take that time, still be in pain but enjoy nature. Its worth it!

 

 

 

Supplements

The following supplements has been helping me keep going in spite of all the swirls of Fibromyalgia & friends brings in.

  • Methyl B12 – Supports brain cells & nerve tissue
  • Raw Calcium – Helps increase bone strength
  • Raw Vitamin C – Immune system support
  • Vitamin Raw D3 – Some need to take prescription strength Vitamin D if they run very low
  • Iron
  • Tri-iodine – Supports strong cellular defense and hormone balance
  • Aged garlic extract – in case cholesterol levels are elevated
  • Fish oil
  • Curamin
  • Melatonin – only if needed for sleep
  • Magnesium – supplements didn’t work well for my gut, instead I use topical cream for muscle tightness