Coping With Body Wide Pain
Fibromyalgia syndrome is a difficult and mysterious medical condition that is quickly reaching epidemic proportions in the United States and Canada. It is estimated that approximately five million Americans are suffering from this condition in North America alone. Since traditional medicine has very few effective possibilities to offer at the moment, people with this condition are often branded as hypochondriacs as well as told that their problems are just in their head.
Many individuals who suffer with fibromyalgia experience severe and devastating pain that has a tendency to move around their body. In addition, people suffering with this disorder often display neurological problems that can manifest as memory loss, difficulty concentrating which is often referred to as “fibro fog”, anxiety, and depression. Since this condition has a neurological component, it is very opportune for most physicians that these individuals’ symptoms to just be written off as signs of neurosis.
This condition of fibromyalgia syndrome, also known as FMS, is very real and it is horribly incapacitating and unbearable to those who are experiencing these symptoms. Unfortunately, the lack of medical support, family support, and social support can be incredibly isolating for people with this condition. This can greatly intensify the suffering of those who are already experiencing deep physical, mental pain, and emotional pain. With all of this and more going against those who are subjected to this devastating condition, is there any hope to live a normal life? And if so, how do you cope with such a horrible condition? How do you deal with the toll it takes on your day to day life as well as your family’s life? The good news is that yes there is hope to live a normal life and there are many ways to cope with this condition!
Ways to cope with fibromyalgia
Learning how to self-manage your fibromyalgia symptoms with exercise and other lifestyle habits is vital to improve your mood, improve your sleep, and get relief from pain. Research shows that many people with fibromyalgia are often caring for others, either by parenting or care giving for an older loved one. However, they allow very little time to take care of their own health and welfare. This becomes a greater problem because a chronic disease such as fibromyalgia comes with a complete set of limitations. Those limitations stem from things such as fibromyalgia tender points, chronic fatigue, and ongoing pain and stiffness. Like many other medical conditions and diseases, living a healthy lifestyle is always suggested for those who are subjected to and suffering from fibromyalgia. Doing this can greatly help to limit physical stressors that might cause a person’s pain to become worse; also with fibromyalgia avoiding complications from unhealthy habits will help to improve an individual’s overall quality of life. Below is other ways to deal with and otherwise cope with fibromyalgia:
- Reducing Stress is a HUGE one! If you are working full-time, switch to part-time or quit altogether, if at all possible. Most fibromyalgia sufferers are high-achieving and high-energy people. We are “doers” who often times do way too much! So don’t overload yourself with time commitments that will cause you stress later. Learn how to say “NO” and allow yourself time to relax.
- Get Enough Sleep! Overcoming insomnia greatly improves fibromyalgia symptoms. You can try melatonin for restorative sleep at night with no “hangover” feel the next morning. Taking a relaxing bath with lavender and chamomile essential oils is also quite helpful.
- Mental Relaxation. Allow your mind to unwind in the evening. Listen to soft, soothing music. Avoid mentally stimulating activities such as intense conversations, balancing the checkbook, doing serious study, etc. Instead do calming things like enjoying some light reading, but not mystery thrillers or highly technical material, or like stated above taking a relaxing bath.
- Boost Your Immune System! Some researchers believe that the source of fibromyalgia lies in our own immune systems.
- Join A Support Group! Check your local directory for fibromyalgia support groups in your area.
- Be Happy! I do not believe that fibromyalgia is a “mind-over-matter” disorder! Those who have not experienced this dreadful condition cannot even begin to understand what FMS sufferers go through. However, do try to do ALL and everything that you can to cheer yourself. Read inspirational, funny or uplifting books, think about happy things, and sing joyful songs. Do whatever brings a smile to your face and happiness to your heart!