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Fibro Feelings – Rolling on By

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I recently went roller blading for the first time in years…like probably eight years! The last time I remember doing it The Helpful Hubby and I went together as boyfriend and girlfriend and were living in a different state. In the past I really enjoyed roller blading, but my knees would always hurt from sliding my blade edge to come to a stop. I went with people to a skating rink when the place was pretty empty so this time I mostly just rolled to a stop when I needed to, to avoid the extra wear on my knees.

Skating on the carpet in the seating area was harder than I remembered and I felt klutzy. When I got out onto the rink I was doing good on the straight parts, but my turning skills had diminished in all the years of not skating. After only a few laps I felt a little worn out! I remember that I used to go for long stretches on the rink without exiting. I didn’t want to push myself into a flare though, so I took lots of breaks between skating chunks. The Helpful Hubby was also feeling the burn physically, but his adrenalin kept him going even during most of my breaks.

One of the reasons I was most excited to go skating was to play air hockey. I love that game, but it has also been years since I’ve played it. I won two out of the three games I challenged The Helpful Hubby too. I wanted to play more, but the wrist I was supporting my weight on to bend down and keep from rolling away was starting to hurt. I thought about having a snack, but the food counter had no clue about any allergn info. I stayed safe and stuck to drinking water.

After awhile I wanted to rollerblade really fast on the straight parts, but my turning skills just weren’t coming back as quickly. With all the problems I’ve had with my hip over the past two years I did NOT want to push my luck and end up falling. I don’t have the ability to deal with severe hip pain while taking care of The Boisterous Boy, so I need to do all that I can to avoid it. I thought I would be really sore the following day, but I wasn’t! My knee was very slightly more sore and it did pop more over the following week, but that was about it! Woo-hoo! I love it when I do something fun and physical and can keep it balanced enough where I don’t end up flaring. All-in-all we were probably at the rink for about two hours.

Do you ever rollerblade or skate?

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It’s like riding a bike – you never fully forget*

*Image Credit: from by Signe Brockman


Comment from Amy
Time April 23, 2013 at 2:43 pm

I know how u feel,for the past month I’ve been exercising for the first time since being diagnosed with fibro almost a year and a half ago. Every time I have tried to start an exercise program in the past year I have pushed myself too hard and crashed with fatigue the next few days after. I feel like I’m finally finding the right balance of what my body can handle without paying for it later. It feels really good when u accomplish something with fibro that u weren’t sure u could do. For a while I thought that I may never be able to exercise reguarly again. I am thrilled to have proven myself wrong and have exercise back in my life again! It makes me feel like I’m kicking fibro in the butt every time I leave the gym and don’t flare after! Love that feeling!!


Felicia Fibro Reply:

Thanks for sharing your story! It’s great that you’ve found your sweet spot! I agree, being able to accomplish physical activities and still feel good afterward makes it that much better!


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