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Fibromyalgia Once Made Walking A Struggle. Now, He's Running Ultras
Friday 17 May 2019
Fibromyalgia Once Made Walking a Struggle. Now, He’s Running Ultras
After adding physical activity to his treatment plan, Jimmy Fernandez crushed six marathons and two half Ironmans in one year.
For more than 20 years, Jimmy Fernandez, now 42, dealt with the uncomfortable, and at times incapacitating, symptoms of fibromyalgia: chronic joint and muscle pain, spasms in his neck, arms, and back, fatigue, brain fog, and poor sleep.
“Even with an 8 to 9-hour sleep schedule, I would sometimes wake up feeling like I had not slept at all,” he tells Runner’s World. “At my worst, I would pass out from exhaustion. When getting home from work, I would have just enough energy to eat, and then I would pass out for the night.”
His symptoms led to muscle stiffness and coordination issues, which made simple tasks like walking difficult.
The stiffness in his legs caused falls, two of which resulted in head injuries. So he turned to Hatha yoga for physical relief.
Yoga provided me with the perfect activity to reset not just my body, but my mind, too. In Hatha yoga practice, you hold your pose for several breaths,” he said. “It helped me let go of my fear of injuring myself and become more flexible over the years. It also made me feel normal for the first time in my life with pain that was finally manageable.”
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