Dealing with Body Aches and Pains

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Lately, I’ve been dealing with some aches and pains. Although I try to get up and move around a lot, being sedentary has resulted in body aches, pain, and stiffness. I’ve come up with some solutions that have helped me. I hope they’ll help you, too.

Pain on my right side

I used to have pain on my right side — sharp pain when I moved suddenly. I spoke to my doctor about it, but he wasn’t sure what caused it. Over time I figured out that it was from being inactive, which resulted in my muscles being tight. I started doing stretches, and the pain has gone away.

Reduced range of motion

I noticed over time that being inactive was reducing my range of motion. Lack of movement was causing my entire body to become stiff. I was also becoming more vulnerable to injury. I’d heard how yoga was good for keeping our bodies limber, so I investigated the possibilities. I found an online program called “Chair Yoga for Healing, Strength and Mobility.” It was a very reasonable price, and it has helped me increase my range of motion and become more flexible. I hope it might help you, too.


I was in a serious car accident over 20 years ago, and I still experience some back pain. I go to a chiropractor once a month, and this has really helped me. I found that getting an adjustment lasts longer if I get a massage the day before, so I do this, too. The massage I get isn’t just to feel good; it is to work out all my body aches. My massage therapist works on my back, as well as my hands and feet. I have neuropathy in my feet as a side effect from the chemotherapy I received for breast cancer five years ago. My forearms and hands are often tight because I use them so much to write this column, my blog, and finish a book I’m working on for PF patients and their loved ones.

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Feeling sluggish

I have days when I feel sluggish, like I just can’t get going. I’ve found that exercising in 15-minute stretches three times a day has really helped me feel less lethargic. In a previous column, I shared about how important regular exercise has been to gain stamina and lose weight. I must confess that when I feel sluggish, the last thing I want to do is exercise. I’ve found that doing it anyway really helps.

I bet I’m not the only one who struggles with body aches and pains. I hope these tips will help you care for yourself. You are worth whatever it takes to feel better!

I’d love to hear from you!

Do you struggle with body aches and pains? If so, how do you experience them? What has helped you find relief?

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Ron and Anne Reynolds avatar

Ron and Anne Reynolds

I have also had aches and pain, but I have reduced them to some degree using Organic Apple Cider Viegar (2 teaspoons) in a tumbler of water, 3 times a day, before meals.
I still feel the pain, but it is less acute,and I find writing more comfortable.

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rohit aggarwal

thanks for the information

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I have had fibromyalgia for 20 years & know where I hurt from that.
I was diagnosed with PI & COPD this year & I have had pain in my left lower rib cage in front & back since my first attack in February. The pulmonologist say it can’t be my lungs but I know it is. I’ve had cat scans & X-rays & they see nothing. This pain is consistent, I can’t lay on my left side at all. I finally stuck up for myself & told him it’s not my fibromyalgia, it’s my lungs.



I seam to have pain almost everywhere in my body. I thought by not doing anything the pains would not be as intense. I purchased a stationary bike with full intent to use and cannot get motivated. I know I need to be stronger if I get a lung transplant to help me in my recover but I just don't do anything.
I have been to PF rehab in Washington and it was great. I had built my strength up and then I got bronchitis, not only putting me back in bed but lost all the benefits of having had a stronger body. The bronchitis also pushed me down a notch in in PF saga. I do not seam to have the mental attitude to fight and this really sucks. I do believe in God and those of you that also do, I ask that you please pray for me. Thank you.

Kim Fredrickson avatar

Kim Fredrickson

Dear Patricia, Thanks so much for sharing. I am so sorry for all your aches and pains. As if you need anything else to deal with. I will pray for you. It is so easy to get de-conditioned after a set back. Please try to just do a little each day. Each step adds up. You are worth the effort and I hope you feel a little better each day.


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