I've had Fibromyalgia for 20 years and I am currently working towards lowering my pain levels and increasing my mobility. When a good friend was looking for someone to go to Tai Chi classes, I was interested.
I decided to sign up for the 12 week classes and crossed my finger and toes and prayed that my body would survive!
The first few weeks were utter hell, my body felt like I had regressed further into a flare up. my pain levels went through the roof and my husband was more than a little concerned for me.
I set my mind to committing to the whole 12 week class, telling myself that it was gentle exercise and that it would be a huge achievement if I was able to reach the end of the 12 weeks intact.
I swear after week 4 I was ready to quit! My lower back had gone into spasm and it really hurt to move even slightly. I was using my heat pad constantly and having to use over the counter pain relief just to take the edge off the pain I was in. I could hardly even wash my legs and feet in the shower because I was so stiff!!
Just doing the housework and taking care of my kids was wiping me out. I needed more sleep. Come 9pm at night and my body had had enough. I more or less crawled off to bed each night. My husband was starting to think I was crazy to put myself through this but I was determined to see it through.
I have just completed week 12 and the difference I feel is quite unbelievable! My pain levels have stabilized and are now lower than they were before I started the Tai Chi. I have more energy and feel stronger in my core.
Yes it was tough and not something I would care to repeat but it has definitely set me on the road to remission. I cannot wait to tell my specialist what I have managed. Especially after 6 months ago he told me to be realistic in my goals with regards to remission. He cautioned me that I may never progress towards recovery or any kind of remission!!
The question is will I stay on the road to remission?? I guess only time will tell but I will definitely continue practicing Tai Chi!! :)