Excercise or not?

I have noticed something in the last few weeks that I am hoping someone reading this might be able to say right or wrong to my conclusions. I expect that the answer will also come from someone who doesn’t have MS as I think once again it may be a universal symptom of those dealing with Chronic illness. As my mobility has slowly gone I have had more and more edema in my legs, part of the way of dealing with it is to sit with your feet up. I can’t do that at my desk where I sit all day, but when I move over to the settee in the evening I can then put my legs up on the coffee table. It has been when I am sitting like that that I have noticed the tendons in the back of my legs are getting tighter and tighter. It is becoming more and more painful for me to try pull my toes up, towards myself. Slowly over the last few months I am becoming less and less able to actually complete the action without my knees bending to allow the foot to complete it’s movement. Even sitting here at my desk I have just tried to lift my toes off the floor and the muscles around the tendon are starting to spasm. I think that they are tightening do to the lack of walking but they go into spasm if I force them to do anything but remain where they want them to be. My question is am I better to keep trying to make them stretch or am I causing myself additionally pain for no reason as trying to stretch the tendon is pointless?

It is one of those questions that I often find running around my head. If I was fit and healthy and I found myself with a tight tendon I would exercise it, but when you add in a mobility issue, the rules seem to change. The exercising of MS muscles normally just makes things worse as it aggravates fatigue, clearly exercising the tendon requires exercising of muscles? If I do nothing, I guess that the tendon will freeze more and more until it doesn’t move at all. Nothing ever seems these day to not have a catch to it. Nothing seems to be just be simple and straight forward in the last few years.

If anyone out there has gone through this, which I am sure there is, could you tell me what the outcome has been with or without exercise. I just want an idea of what is the best way to maintain as much mobility as possible, for as long as possible.

14 thoughts on “Excercise or not?

  1. I was discussIng similar issues with my ergo therapists.do you have also sb come to your House?
    ( here in Germany they do) anyway both of them are strong supporters of the ” you have to keep on moving” theory. One of them is specialised Even in MS. And they always Tell me that its better to stretch once in while& move it as much as possible. Because of your pain it must be really hard but as i have learned Not moving it quickens the State of Not Being able to move it at all.
    For Sure that is just to opinions of many… 😀 I Hope you will find for Ur Case a golden middle Way

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  2. I haven’t a clue but don’t you have an MS professional who can advise you, someone that not only knows of the disease but of you personally and your own progress. I hope there is someone that can help x

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  3. I haven’t a clue but don’t you have an MS professional who can advise you, someone that not only knows of the disease but of you personally and your own progress. I hope there is someone that can help x

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  4. I haven’t a clue but don’t you have an MS professional who can advise you, someone that not only knows of the disease but of you personally and your own progress. I hope there is someone that can help x

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  5. The concensus of specialist physios for people with neuro muscular conditions [in my case Muscular Dystrophy specific] they say, keep moving, keep stretching, keep trying.

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  6. I think a little movement as often as possible is better than no movement at all.

    I am dealing with similar issues in my legs, especially with the tendons in my ankles. They do often feel like they are siezing up. I am currently experimenting with light yoga stretching and basic movement exercises of the legs (ankle rotation, tapping the feet together, bending and straightening the legs). It is helping a little. The tension does recede afterward.

    These are the kind of exercises: http://youtu.be/zI69Rv0yeh0 Many of them can be done when resting in bed.

    Of course, just because these help me that doesn’t mean they will be right for your needs. As always go slowly and with care.

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  7. I have Fibromyalgia and Rheumatoid Arthritis (since 1992) and I too am dealing with the same issues. To complicate my situation, I gain weight really easily on very little food…so I would suggest you move as often as you can. Do stretch those tendons, rotatate your joints as often as possible because the more you use what you have, the better off you’ll be in the long run. Have you ever tried exercising in a warm pool? It really helps loosen your muscles. Just remember, be gentle with yourself, get lots of rest and give yourself permission to not be able to do it all.

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  8. I do move as much as I can, I have decided though to make that attempt at least to stretch my tendons as much as possible. They are different than muscles so I hope I will get away with it. I can but try, as you say the golden middle way, I guess you have problems too in finding it at times 🙂

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  9. I have to agree with them in general. I have the problem though that stretching seems to trigger the spasms, so I thought I would throw the question out there to see if someone else had been through the same and could guide me. I’m going with the try it theory and see what happens, not helpful on the pain side but possibly will stop them locking totally for a while.

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