Depressed and Have Fibromyalgia Or a Rheumatic Disease? Work It Out

Depressed and Have Fibromyalgia Or a Rheumatic Disease? Work It Out

exerciseA new study conducted by researchers at West Virginia University and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that exercise helps fight depression for people with fibromyalgia or rheumatic diseases.

“Previous randomized controlled trials have led to conflicting findings regarding the effects of exercise on depressive symptoms in adults with arthritis and other rheumatic conditions (AORC). The purpose of this study was to use the meta-analytic approach to resolve these discrepancies,” the study authors wrote in their abstract.

The study was published this month in Arthritis Research and Therapy. Researchers identified 29 randomized, controlled trials in which participants exercised at least four weeks. A total of 2,449 adults who suffer from fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis or systemic lupus erythematous participated in the studies that were reviewed and analyzed by the researchers. There were 35 groups who exercised and 29 control groups.

The groups that were assigned to exercise had a statistically significant reduction in depression. For those groups that only included women, the analysis found that women experienced a greater reduction in depression with exercise compared to groups that included men, or men and women.

The study found other benefits outside of reduction in depressive symptoms. Improvements in anxiety, pain, quality of life and overall body strength were observed.

“As opposed to pharmacologic interventions that generally target one outcome, these findings provide evidence to support the use of exercise for improving multiple outcomes,” the study authors wrote.

The study concluded, “Exercise is associated with reductions in depressive symptoms among selected adults with AORC. A need exists for additional, well-designed and reported studies on this topic.”

The CDC suggests 150 minutes of moderate-to-intense exercise each week.  Vigorous aerobic exercise should be done for 75 minutes per week. And, the CDC recommends muscle strengthening two days per week.

How important is exercise in your management of pain or depression?

Authored by: Staff

There are 3 comments for this article
  1. Andrew at 11:41 pm

    I’ve defeated depression. I used to think “why am I even here”. I suffered every day from this condition that affects many of us still today. However, after trying so many different medications and pills, I decided to be more proactive instead of hiding behind a subscription from a doctor. This website helped me a lot, specifically this e-book that is reviewed here http://dontforgetaboutyourself.com/the-depression-destroyer/

    I haven’t tried any of the other e-books that they’ve reviewed but I know for sure that the “Depression Destroyer” has helped me get back from depression. I’m guessing that the rest of the e-books they reviewed are worth looking at too. Take it from me though, the depression destroyer e-book has helped me in ways that no medication could.

  2. BL at 10:22 am

    Being able to be active also reduces the need for pain meds. Although the amount of medication reduction varies by individual. Being able to move means having a better qualify of life, eating better, sleeping better, there are so many things it helps with. Most drs are willing to work with patients who begin exercising and make progress because they know the outcome will be a positive one.

  3. Dawn Nulph at 7:35 am

    I Dont understand how doctors friends ect. say excersise you will feel better..I’m lucky if I can get out of bed and shuffle my way to the bathroom.
    I’m Lucky if I can raise my arms to wash my hair.Reading this..I know exercise is good for you..But I also know I just Can’t! Not that I won’t but the back pain and neck pain is so severe.that I will throw myself into a huge painful flair. Nobody wants to be unfit or unhealthy..But I did not ask to wake up one day and have my life changed forever.I have fibromyalgia .DDD in my cervical..thoracic and lumbar..multiple herniated and bulged disc from my neck to my tailbone .I gave gained over 40 pounds..I Dont over eat..But I’m in so much pain that standing and making a healthy dinner is not an option.Buying a TV dinner is realistic in my condition..im sure i can speak for many many of us that can say. Excersise is not an option!