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Thanks everyone, it's all very interesting for sure. I wonder why the doctor warns against weight training? I'm really nervous because I seem to be getting weaker and weaker, any knowledge of that?


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My experience with weight training is severe pain. I think our muscles are affected more so than others or we experience the pain from weight training at a more severe degree. Even leg lifts and standing up and doing the push ups off the wall make me so sore. I have to take exercise really slow or I get so sore I can't do them regularly.

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Because I also have polymyositis I was told to forgo weight lifting or to use really light weights. I should never exercise to fatigue and if I'm sore afterwards, I did too much. Too much weight can actually cause more inflammation. So now I just use those exercise bands rather than free weights or machines.


Big Hugs,

Janey Willis

ISN Support Specialist

(Retired) ISN Assistant Webmaster

(Retired) ISN News Director

(Retired) ISN Technical Writer for Training Manuals

International Scleroderma Network (ISN)

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I also have scleroderma and fibro, in October my doctor wanted me to try Cymbalta for my fibro. I have terrible pain in my hips everyday, and in my back I have pain and a burning sensation. I really didn't think it would work , but after about 2 1/2 weeks I noticed my hips were no longer in pain nor is my back. It doesn't help me with the sclero related pain (for me it is mostly my hands) but it has been a life saver for me. I also have no side effects from it, I prefer it over strong pain meds all the time. I would say it's worth checking into. Hope this helps a little. Stay warm. Diana


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