Fibromyalgia And Learning To Cope
Fibromyalgia which is also abbreviated FMS for short, most common complaint is pain. Fibromyalgia sufferers also often feel tired and the condition causes muscle pain with ‘tender points’. Tender points also referred to as ‘trigger points’ are regions or areas on the neck, shoulders, back, hips, arms or legs that hurt or are tender when touched. Those with fibromyalgia may have many other symptoms as well, including such problems as trouble sleeping, morning stiffness, headaches, and cognitive problems with thinking and memory, most often referred to as ‘fibro fog’. Fibromyalgia is more often than not combined with psychiatric issues such as depression and anxiety as well as stress-related disorders such as posttraumatic stress disorder. The overwhelming, long lasting aches and pains that go along with the additional difficulties as well as the emotional and psychological issues related to this condition progresses to an end resulting in a much lower quality of life for those who suffer with this devastating medical condition known as fibromyalgia syndrome.
Nobody really knows what causes fibromyalgia and pretty much any person can get it, however it is more common in the middle-aged woman. Individuals with rheumatoid arthritis, other arthritic like conditions such as lupus, as well as other autoimmune diseases are however for the most part more likely to develop fibromyalgia. Unfortunately, as with cancer, there is no known cure as of yet, for fibromyalgia, however there are quite a few different treatments, medications, as well as natural alternatives that can help you cope with your symptoms of this devastating condition.
Learning to cope
As with any condition, learning how to self-manage is always very beneficial; but with fibromyalgia, learning to self-manage is crucial to maintain a good life quality. Self-managing fibromyalgia symptoms with exercise and further lifestyle techniques is vital to increase your mood, improve your sleep, and get liberation from pain. For example, many people with fibromyalgia are often caring for others, either by parenting or care giving for an older loved one. Yet they usually allow little time to take care of their own health and well-being. This is a problem because with a chronic disease such as fibromyalgia comes with a whole set of restrictions. These boundaries stem from fibromyalgia tender points, chronic fatigue, as well as ongoing pain and stiffness. Get the answers to your questions and take practical steps to concentrate on your own health.
Ways of coping:
- The first one is the BIGGEST… Minimize the stress in your life. I know some of you may think that is absolutely impossible and it is impossible to remove all stress from your life. However there’s theory that stress may play an important role in triggering fibromyalgia symptoms, so you should definitely try to minimize the stress as much as possible. Maybe try learning stress reduction techniques, or try yoga, or even if necessary start speaking with a counselor.
- Make job or career adjustments. To keep working part-time or full-time, you need to stay mentally and physically able to handle your job responsibilities. However to avoid stress and anxiety, you might need to allow more time during the day to get your responsibilities done. This may also cut down on your stress.
- Always work to improve communication skills. Communication is key with fibromyalgia. Open and honest communication benefits in decreasing conflict between you and your spouse, family, friends, and co-workers. This is particularly true when you feel angry or resentful over having continuous pain and fatigue.
- I would greatly encourage you to consider joining a fibromyalgia support group. Support groups are geared toward meeting the needs of people with fibromyalgia and the benefits you will reap will be so much worth it.
- Do your best to make time for yourself every day. Work towards an overall lifestyle balance. Make time to do the things that you ‘want’ to do as well as the things you ‘have’ to do. Don’t skimp yourself on the ‘fun’ things either. The task of every day coping with pain and fatigue makes it necessary to keep your priorities in order so you have the energy to reach your daily goals; but you need to also take the time to still enjoy life.
I know it can be so hard at times but You MUST focus on YOU! With the increasing support that is out there, you can get your life and priorities in order so that instead of just surviving through this condition you can thrive!