Daily Supports For Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia is a very common and misunderstood condition which causes a person to have long-term, pain throughout their entire body. Tenderness in the joints, muscles, tendons, and other soft tissue will be affected. Fibromyalgia has been known to be accompanied by chronic fatigue, difficulty sleeping, headaches, depression, and anxiety. Living with fibromyalgia can quiet literally, “be a pain,” but some simple lifestyle changes and home supports can go a long way in easing discomforts and possibly reducing the intensity of many symptoms.
One of the easiest ways to help with your fibromyalgia pain is by staying proactive in your treatment. Don’t let this condition over power you. Here are a few self-help ideas that can easily be done in the comfort of your own home and without the need of medical intervention.
- Find time to just relax and get a good night’s sleep. This may be easier said than done, knowing that this chronic pain often leads to sleep difficulties. One suggestion is to allow yourself time before bed to “unwind” and just clear your mind from the day. Read a book or listen to some soothing music for 15-20 minutes before climbing into bed. Also, try to keep a consistent sleep routine, going to bed and waking at the same time each day. Be sure you have a pillow and mattress that provide appropriate levels of support and comfort to your body, so you are not hindering relaxation and triggering more discomfort.
- Be Hot & Cold! Because this is mostly muscular pain, many prefer the benefits of a heat wrap, but others find ice or cold compress treatments to be equally beneficial. Regardless of your choice, this method can help alleviate discomfort in any area of the body. A hot tub or whirlpool is ideal for hot therapies, but if those aren’t available a simple soak in a warm Epsom salts bath can be used to ease away muscle pains.
- Soothing Rubs can be used to target tight muscles or localized areas of pain. Obviously, this treatment isn’t ideal if pain is radiating throughout entire body. These topical treatment options can be purchased over the counter at your local drug store and are typically available in a wide variety of options such as gel, cream, cooling, warming, and non-scented. If you find relief in this option, but need a little more “power,” talk with your physician, as there are several prescription strength topical treatments that may bring more help.
- Make yourself comfortable! Don’t let things around your home bring your additional stress and discomfort, just because they make things look pretty. You want to be sure that you have items and even furniture in your home that will provide adequate support, ease stress on your body, and allows for safe participation in regular activities. A few things you may consider: Lumbar support pillows, toilet seat lift, a shower seat or extension hose, and recliner/couch that offers full body support.
- Feed Your Pain. Watch your diet closely and be sure that you are maintaining a well-balanced diet. There are a number of foods that could be the culprit for your increase in pain. It’s important that the body receives the essential nutrients it needs to handle its daily requirements and keep the body working properly.
While all of the ideas mentioned above are easy, at-home options for managing pain, there is one final support that all fibromyalgia suffers need – SUPPORT! This condition is widely misunderstood, often misdiagnosed, and rarely discussed. When facing the changes this condition brings to not only your own life, but that of your family, you cannot face it allow. Sit down and discuss what you are experiencing with your family and friends. Be honest with them and seek their support and encouragement. This is not a time when you need people nagging or bringing you down. In an effort to better understand what you are experiencing and know that you are not alone, speak with your physician regarding support groups in your area or search for online groups/forums that you could join. It is always good to know that you are not dealing with these struggles along and even better to hear of ways others are facing their pain.