When we are fatigued, taking exercise feels like an impossibility. Just walking across the room to the bathroom is an effort; donning a pair of trainers and trudging around the block – let alone going for a swim – is simply out of the question.
Yet increasing evidence shows that’s exactly what we must force ourselves to do, in order to counter the physical and mental lethargy that fatigue presents. And little by little, we will see the positive effects. Continue reading
Tai chi and other traditional Chinese exercise regimes improve the mental health of people with arthritis in the knee – as well as physical health – says a new evidence review.
I assumed I was in so much pain because I needed another increase of drug dose; it never occurred to me that the pain medicines were not working, says Louise Trewern
Six years ago, I went into my local community hospital for a rapid taper of high dose prescription opioids, due to my deteriorating health. I had been on prescription opioids for over 12 years for pain due to fibromyalgia and osteoarthritis. As well as severe pain, I was sensitive to absolutely everything. I couldn’t even bear the cat walking across my lap.
Higher pain levels and greater functional impairment in a person tends to mean they will gain more from exercise compared to those with milder pain and better function.