Swimming Eases My Fibromyalgia Symptoms

Swimming Eases My Fibromyalgia Symptoms
Water has always attracted me. That may explain why swimming is one of my favorite activities. I spent my childhood summers in the local public pool. Long before air conditioning, it was my only relief from the heat that often made me sick. As a teenager, I became a lifeguard — as much for the proximity to water as for the potential income. Young adulthood in central New York offered few opportunities for me to swim other than the occasional summer excursion to a nearby lake. I missed swimming, but membership fees for sports facilities were beyond my budget in those days. So, I was delighted when many years later my rheumatologist recommended swimming as fibromyalgia therapy. I could then rationalize the expense. I joined the local YMCA which has a heated indoor pool and developed a routine of swimming there three times a week after work. Tired as I was, the warm water soothed away many of my aches and pains and contributed to a better night's sleep. However, over time, the chlorine became bothersome to me. My eyes would tear up as soon as I entered the pool area. Another swimmer actually thought I was crying! Fast forward 20 years: I moved to Southern California, met my new husband and purchased a home. It's no coincidence that we live just a few blocks from a recreational facility with a heated outdoor pool. I became a member there and settled into a morning routine of swimming before getting dressed several days a week. Then one fateful morning I dove in and surfaced gasping! The heater had been turned off to save money. No one had told me. That day, I stayed in the water only long enough to swim a lap or two before leaving for the last time. I later learned that the water would be maintained at 78 degrees. That temperature caused me to have painful muscl
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