Apologies if this is a repeat post – I went to edit it after posting to correct a typo – and it seemed to disappear so – original post:
So, I’ve had this never ending pain in my muscles and joints for literally years. You just sort of get used to it. I don’t like taking the meds if I can avoid them and as I have PPMS I don’t feel there’s a lot that can be done – so I just get on with life as best I can. Recently, I joined a gym to do some light resistance training as my left side – especially my left leg was getting pretty bad and I thought what the hey – I’ll try anything but it was just too painful. No matter how light I trained it was hell. As my wife and I were going together I didn’t want to give up and decided to visit the pool while she was doing her exercises. As we go very early in the morning the small pool where the kids go is usually empty so I got a couple of those long polystyrene toggles and put them across my chest and under my arms so I could float around and move my legs a bit. For some reason I could swim on my back without too much trouble but on my front…those legs just wouldn’t move very much but it was nice being in the water which was warm and seemed to soothe my joints.
I’ve been going for 2 months now – hardly missing a day. The change has been nothing short of miraculous for me. Best thing I’ve done in years. I still need at least 1 toggle most of the time but the range of exercises I’ve been able to do in the pool has meant that I’ve been able to bend and stretch in ways I’ve not been able to for years. I can now swim on my front (with the toggles) and my legs are working better and better. The biggest benefit I’ve noticed is the reduction in pain. It’s blissful.
I’m writing this just in case it helps anyone as it’s such an obvious thing but I’d overlooked it and never expected it to make this much difference. Some days I feel almost normal again. I know lots of us with MS might not be able to follow this route but if you can – it’s worth a try.
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