BY SANDRA WALLACE,
What is fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is a serious condition that is accompanied by pain, fatigue, and tiredness. Scientists don’t know what causes fibromyalgia, but heredity seems to play a role. The symptoms of fibromyalgia may develop after stress, physical trauma, or illnesses.
Living with fibromyalgia can be very challenging, but you can take several steps to live better. It is very important to find effective ways to ease the symptoms and maintain your normal lifestyle.
Here are seven tips that can help you to alleviate pain and live well with fibromyalgia. The key is to take care of yourself.
1. Pain relievers
Medications can reduce fibromyalgia pain. Your doctor may recommend several over-the-counter pain relievers. The pills can not only ease your pain but reduce inflammation and improve sleep quality.
Studies have demonstrated that people with fibromyalgia experienced less pain and fatigue after yoga classes, so it can be a great option. Your yoga practice should include meditation, gentle poses, and breathing exercises. Yoga can increase muscle strength. Moreover, it can teach you various relaxation techniques that can be helpful for your condition.
3. Physical therapy
Physical therapy can also ease the pain. The aim is to improve the range of motion and strengthen the muscles. Find a good therapist that will create you a program to manage specific symptoms. In addition, physical therapy typically includes fibromyalgia education to take care of yourself better.
Massage provides various benefits, and studies demonstrate that it is an effective remedy for reducing stress, pain, and muscle tension. Massage can be helpful for people with fibromyalgia as it can lessen the most unpleasant symptoms.
Choose nutrient-rich foods to get more energy and protect yourself from other health conditions. People who suffer from fibromyalgia may have low levels of vitamin D. And this deficiency can worsen your pain. Avoid caffeine — coffee makes you more alert, but then, it can cause anxiety and sleep problems. According to recent studies, drinking four or more cups per day has been linked to more pain in people with fibromyalgia.
Sleep plays a huge role in your well-being. You need enough sleep to feel better. Maintain a stable schedule, like going to bed and getting up at the same time. If you have sleep disorders, consult with your doctor to get treatment.
7. Stress management
Worry and anxiety can worsen your symptoms, so try to use more “go with the flow” rather “crisis” approach. It is OK to set priorities and say “no” when you want more time for yourself.
Fibromyalgia is a lifelong condition, but thanks to various treatment options, your symptoms can be relieved. Join a support group — it helps to find new tips for your daily life as well as ideas about how to use help from your family and friends for better results. You can still live an active life with fibromyalgia.