What Is FibromyalgiaI was invited to a guest on The FibroPreneurs Share Their “Thoughts From The Throne” Show. What Is Fibromyalgia you ask? And who are the FibroPreneurs? The answers to those questions and more information about Fibromyalgia are covered in Episode #6.

What Is Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a chronic disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, and tenderness in localized areas. It not only causes physical pain, but it can also affect a person’s mental health. Depression and social isolation have been reported along with anxiety.

Are Women More Likely to Get Fibromyalgia Than Men?

More than 12 million Americans have fibromyalgia. Most of them are women between ages 25 and 60. Women are 10 times more likely to get this disease than men. Men can have Fibromyalgia too though. Chronic pain can sometimes be misdiagnosed as just that. Go to your primary care physician and be sure to communicate all symptoms honestly. I personally have chronic pain from not using proper lifting mechanics when I was in my late teens and early twenties.

I do get asked What Is Fibromyalgia from some of my clients. The FibroPreneurs are two of the most incredible Fibro survivors I know. They don’t only survive life with Fibromyalgia they have found hacks to thrive with it and they share all of their hacks on a show they created called:

The FibroPreneurs Share Their “Thoughts From The Throne”

What Is FibromyalgiaHighlights From Episode 6 (With Jed Kobernusz)

Today’s show will help those who have the question of What Is Fibromyalgia and will come away with tips on how to decrease pain from Fibromyalgia.

Episode 6 – with Exercise Physiologist and Movement Coach, Jed Kobernusz
Catch the broadcast replay here: Facebook.com/TheFibroPrenersTFTT

The FibroPreneurs Share "Their Thoughts From The Throne" with Special Guest, Jed Kobernusz

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Jed shared his story of being an overweight kid. His experience with bullying along with getting into fights due to his size contributes to his empathy today. At the age of 12 he got a summer job at his Dad’s place of employment and got a few lessons that propelled him to make changes he did not expect. It started when his Dad asked him “How are you going to get to work?”

Jed thought he would get off easy and get a ride with his Dad, but to his surprise, his Dad said, “You’ll need to take your bike”. From that point on change began! Because he was no longer sitting on the couch playing video games and snacking, he was moving, getting fresh air and learning some new skills.

He lost all the weight he needed to lose, hence why he engaged in school sports and pursued an education in exercise. It was that summer job that instilled habits of working hard, working thru pain and perseverance that made him the man, the father, and educator he is now.
One of Jed’s favorite sayings is TRYING IS SAD, DOING IS BETTER. Many of us get caught up in the “try” language which sets an intention in our brain that it’s ok, to try and maybe not do anything. This is a set up for those dealing with chronic pain. “Trying” many times leads to never getting started. But “doing” set’s an intention in our brain that we will do what we say we will do.

In the beginning of “doing” we may not achieve the expected outcome, but at least starting on the path of “doing” will eventually allow the accomplishment of a goal. For instance, when dealing with chronic pain. “Doing” may be taking a few steps farther than the day before, or mild stretching rather than no stretching at all. It’s the incremental steps in “doing” that makes all the difference in strengthening our bodies and our minds.
What is a WOD? It’s Jed’s acronym for Workout Of The Day. You can find his daily WOD’s on his Facebook page at Facebook.com/Jedkobernusz. You may not be able to do the WODs now, but study them and do what you can – gently!

He also is the #KingOfModifications so be sure to reach out to Jed if a certain movement within his WODs isn’t available to you yet, he is more than willing to help.
To minimize the intensity of the “next morning flare-up” after some activity or exercise is to drink water immediately when rising in the morning. How much? At least 8-16 oz of water. Think about it, you’re not drinking when sleeping. After 8-10 hours in bed, most likely you’ll be dehydrated. Hydrating the body will help flush out the toxins that cause soreness.
Why is sleep so important? Getting into a deep sleep cycle (which is difficult for most Fibro’s) will allow the body to heal and replenish itself. Sleep is the only time the body will replenish itself. So, turn off the TV, turn the clock around, remove the cell phone from the bedside table.

In other words, remove all those things that can prevent you from getting into a deep sleep. Learn some form of meditation such as being mindful of breathing in and breathing out will help calm the brain from the “noise” of the day and will help get you into a deeper, restorative sleep.

Prepare a “sleep checklist” to help remember to remove those distractions that will keep you from getting a restful, restorative sleep.
What is rebounding? It’s a gentle “bobbing” motion. Whether in a pool, exercise trampoline, exercise ball or even against a countertop. It’s a gentle up and down bobbing motion that allows draining of the lymphatic system.
What kind of exercise is recommended for those who have difficulty walking or riding a bike? Jed recommends first to be mindful of our movements – movement pattern. (Be aware of how we carry ourselves. Be mindful of slouching, and the position of our head. Think about sitting in a chair or couch, how neck position while effects pain while looking at a computer screen or our cell phone.)

In addition, because the movement isn’t always available, try Isometric Contractions. To do the isometric contraction simply squeeze and hold the type of movements. Such as sitting up straight and tightening our abdomen muscles and then releasing. We can also do that with our arms held straight out or to the side and squeeze and holding our arm muscles.

Start with one – see how it feels and then do another. Another type of exercise is called Dynamic Stretching. For example, start with a slight squat and then gently reach up high to the ceiling. Remember be gentle, and build up your endurance daily by doing a few more repetitions.
What are the long-term ramifications of not exercising? More flare-ups, muscle breakdown, bone weakness and possible falling.
Do you recommend supplements? Real, nutritious food is always best. Therefore, protein powders and shake quality varies. Always check with your health care provider. They’ll be the best source of advice on what type of supplementation you will need, if any.
How can you contact Jed? JedKobernusz.com; On Facebook: Facebook.com/Jedkobernusz or email him at [email protected]
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What Is FibromyalgiaJed Kobernusz
Exercise Physiologist
Body Weight Movement Coach
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