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Does over exercising increase inflammation in the breast .. Any experience??

Hello everybody,
        How's everybody around here??? Just had a question regarding workouts and exercises. Has anyone experienced increase in pain or new abscess formation with increased activity or workouts??? I'm basically not a fitness freak but joined the Gym in order to get a lil fit and boost my immune system.. But whenever I have attended these sessions (Body Jam class a dance activity) I've noticed a new abscess formation. This is happened twice coz I dont attent regularly... Does anyone have a similar experience or was it my bad luck that everything cropped up at the same time??? And me just finding as excuse to sit back home and skipping the Gym :)) ... Any feedbacks ladies??
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1627204 tn?1302016137
I was actually wondering the same thing. I never have an issue with walking. However, this body is approaching 50 and it looks the worse for wear. I was hopeing to train for a 5K...and start working on the arms a little. I have put this off b/c of the GM (not that I really wanted to do water aerobics but...now I can't) We never really want to work out till we can't. Do I need to get over myself and persue fitness even if it hurts?
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I jogged before my disease and during my disease.  When my disease was worse, it was impossible to simply jog, even with a jogging bra, because the pain would have been torture.  What I did during this time was pack my boob up in a jogging bra and hold a folded towel or article of clothing against the breast and actually support the breast with my hand during the entire jog.  I couldn't jog in public like this, it would have looked too weird, so I jogged in my basement.  

I never noticed my breast was worse from exercise.  I think the jogging did me a lot of good.  Expecially when I was on Prednisone.  I think the exercise may have saved me somewhat from the weight gain people get on that drug.  Also, the psychological benefits of exercise are enormous.

So I am guessing that maybe your pattern so far is a coincidence.  But you never know with this disease.  Everybody seems different.
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From what I have heard exercising when you have a lot of active inflammation going on is not recommended.

I have always maintained walking for fitness, unless absolutely not able to because of my back.  I also do yoga and pilates and sometimes really do nothing more than some simple stretches when things are really inflamed.  

yes sometimes I feel that my immediate pain is worse but feel maintaining my strength is best in the long run


1548207 tn?1303457780
I know personally I avoid certain chest exercises and anything too bouncy like running when its really inflammed but overall exercise has helped me mentally since it gives me a sense of control over my body that feels very out of control with this disease sometimes. I also wear a sports bra, tight sports tank with a bra in it and a tank top to keep my breast from moving as much as possible. The bike is a great alternative to running too. Hope u find a workout that is comfortable for you.
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So what I understand from all your experiences is that exercise is good but too much exercise is actually not good and thats probably whats trigerring my inflammation and abscess formation. I may have to carry on with Yoga and Pilates and I may hold on to that Body Jam ( which i love :(( sob sob))...
        Pandora I agree on that too "you dont want to work out untill you can't" :) seriously I've never been overweight and always under 118 lbs except during pregnancy and hence I never thought of working out... But now when I seriously want to take up something I can't  :(( .... I guess Pandora we'll have to stick with light exercises so that it doesn't aggrevate the symptoms. 
        Also my bra size keeps on changing everyday :)) lolzzzz its so weird....
The one that fits in so well today becomes uncomfortable some other day!!! Is it normal or am I getting shopaholic for bras :))) hahahahaha trust me I've almost all sizes available. 
      Thanx for your feedback Jo, Pandora, Amy and Red.... 
1515564 tn?1431386900
Just wanted to add my experience, in case it is helpful to anyone...

I have definitely felt like exercising made my breast symptoms worse. There was a period of time when any time I got my heart rate up, I would feel a painful throbbing in my breast, and then the lumps and abscesses would get worse. I love exercising, and agree that it is important emotionally and psychologically, as well as for keeping our bodies strong. However, because I felt so much pain after I would exercise, I actually stopped for the most part for almost a year. Over the last two months my symptoms have been much less severe (I am so excited, but also anxious about that!), and I have finally started to exercise again. Fortunately, I have been able to do this without my symptoms flaring up. The exercise definitely feels SO GOOD! I don't know if this makes any sense, but I have heard some of you (especially Jo) mention a feeling of overall toxicity in your bodies. That is what I feel like too...and the exercise somehow feels like it is pushing some of the toxic stuff out. It feels great, and I love it. So...I guess it definitely is different for each of us, and probably different at different times, also...but I would reccommend exercising when and as much as you are able to.
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I have also been wondering about the connection between working out & inflammation.  My very first symptoms (in January) were immediately after I started doing Zumba Dance Fitness workouts.  I stopped them right away because the pain was too awful.  Now, even though the breast has finally settled down a bit, I'm scared to do anything other than walking for exercise.
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My work requires a lot of heavy lifting and exercise, I also routinely work out. I have bigger breasts than some to begin with, and always needed a heavy duty athletic bra but while having GM, especially when the site fills before draining - day to day activities (including work) are harder; I believe from the rubbing of the bra.

For rubbing I've found bandaging up what I can works. As for the added activity and moving; the only thing I can suggest is spending a bit extra for a GREAT bra - and getting it fitted properly (so many of us don't!) - especially since my breast size has varied depending on what my GM is doing that day or week!!! So it's important to switch accordingly! Hope it helps?
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