Changing Lifestyle In Order To Find Fibromyalgia Relief
Conventional medical treatments exist for the treatment of Fibromyalgia, however there has been much research done showing that a “simple” (not always easy of course!) change in lifestyle can in fact help to provide relief from Fibromyalgia symptoms. A few of the most common lifestyels changes will be discussed in the following paragraphs.
Stress can be a major factor in the symptoms of a Fibromyalgia sufferer and learning how to properly deal with stress can in turn aid in reducing the symptoms of Fibromyalgia. There are a few ways which can help to provide stress relief such as the use of massage, mindfulness training, CBT (Cognitive-behavioral therapy), and of course exercise.
- Massage – This therapeutic form of Fibromyalgia treatment can aid in brining oxygen to the muscles and helping to ease the pain of the symptoms that are felt. However, massage can also aid in stress management by helping the Fibromyalgia sufferer to be able to more fully relax. Massage also aids in improved sleep which can also reduce stress.
- Mindfulness Training – this technique involves the use of medication, deep breathing, and exercises that help to reduce chronic pain as well as the stress and anxiety that go along with that pain.
- Cognitive-behavioral Therapy – Otherwise known as CBT, this treatment can help in teaching individuals how to use positive self-talk in order to change negative thoughts and behaviors thus creating a more positive outlook on life, it aids in the coping mechanisms regarding Fibromyalgia and thus helps to reduce stress.
- Exercise – Research has shown that exercise can in fact aid in overall stress reduction.
Any individual who has heard about alternative treatments for Fibromyalgia has probably heard talk of lifestyle changes. It is important that a reduction in scheduling take place in order to be able to better manage everyday life in general. Taking a bit slower pace on life when it comes to someone living with Fibromyalgia symptoms can really make a huge difference, in general Fibromyalgia sufferers tend to have fewer symptoms during periods of time that are less scheduled.
One of the key components to management employment while living with Fibromyalgia is communication. If co-workers and employers misunderstand how Fibromyalgia symptoms affect the workplace then they will be much less apt to give concessions where they are necessary. However, if proper communication can be maintained between the individual diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and their coworkers and employers the hopefully a working relationship can be maintained where employment can remain steady as needed. If however an individual comes to a place where employment needs to be reduced or in some cases even eliminated it is also important for Fibromyalgia sufferers to know that they should be covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act ( or ADA) which means they would be entitled to reasonable accommodations form their employers.
How Diet Effects Fibromyalgia
Diet and nutrition can affect the symptoms of a Fibromyalgia sufferer far more than they might realize. While there is no specific diet (like an Atkins diet) which will relieve symptoms there are certain foods which can either help to relieve symptoms or others which can actually exacerbate the symptoms of Fibromyalgia. Below is a list of some of the most common foods that should either become an addition or subtraction to the diet in order for symptom improvement to be made.
- Foods to Avoid – certain foods which should be eliminated or at least avoided as much as possible in a Fibromyalgia sufferer are items such as High Fat Dairy Foods, White Sugar, White Flour, Fried Foods, Preservatives, Salt, Red Meat, Caffeinated Drinks, Tobacco, as well as Artificial Sweeteners.
- Foods to Add – Certain foods that seem to aid in providing symptom relief for the Fibromyalgia sufferer are items such as Fruits, Vegetables, Omega 3 Fatty Acids, as well as the addition of Lean Protein.
Another proven lifestyle change in those that are seeking Fibromyalgia relief is that of proper exercise. Exercise and physical therapy can in fact help to decrease symptoms if done correctly. It is important that correct exercise is begun in a gradual form and completed on a regular basis in order that relief can be attained.
Other than pain, Fatigue is the leading symptom among Fibromyalgia sufferers. It is vital the Fibromyalgia sufferers are able to get enough rest. Research has shown that proper sleep, as well as a sleep routine (such as getting up and going to bed at the same time on a daily basis) can be beneficial to Fibromyalgia sufferers who are trying to introduce lifestyle changes for symptom relief.