FIGHTING FYBRO FATIGUE
Probably the most significant symptom of fybromyalgia is pain. Undoubtedly, the disability and frustration of fybro pain make it the first symptoms to relieve. However, patients with this condition do not need to overlook the next debilitating symptom – fatigue. Fybro fatigue can be just as insistent as pain and to make matters worse – it can make the pain worse and life more difficult to manage. But there is hope on the horizon. You can break or minimize this cycle by taking reasonable steps to control fybro fatigue and increase energy. The first step is to listen to your body. When you learn to recognize the earliest signs of exhaustion, you can do something about it before it wipes you out.
EXERCISE AND FYBROMYALGIA
Everyone knows how tempting it is to lay around and sleep till noon when you are tired. But research has shown the folly of this logic. Exercise is important for everyone, especially for those with fybromyalgia. Of course, patients with fybromyalgia have to be careful about what type of exercise to do and the frequency and intensity of the exercise. But the alternative of no physical activity is like shooting yourself in the foot. You need to do some activity every day. Check with your doctor to make smart exercise choices. Even a ten-minute walk will help. You can always increase the amount according to your doctor’s recommendations.
KEEP IT SIMPLE
Awe! The simple life! This should be the goal of anyone with fybromyalgia. No doubt there is a connection between stress and fybro fatigue. In fact, studies suggest that the onset of fybromyalgia can be triggered by a stressful event such as a job loss, the death in the family, or a divorce.
In light of this, your first priority to prevent stress is to not overcommit to anything. This may take some discipline on your part if you are one of those people who love to help everyone but the results will be less stress for you and less fybromyalgia symptoms. Use a daily planner to limit scheduling for each week.
If you are like me, you like to push yourself until you get the job completed. As good as this may sound, it is not a practical option for anyone, let alone anyone with fybromyalgia. In order to keep from feeling fatigued, you must learn to pace yourself. Knowing your limitations will save you a lot of grief. If you have a project, break it up into sizable pieces of work to be accomplished in several days. Also, do the same amounts of work on your good days as you do on bad days to keep from overdoing it. A steady production of work is better than overdoing it and paying for it that night or the next day. When you exercise, break it up into three short sessions instead of one long workout. When you run errands, allow yourself a break in between. These simple precautions will go a long way to ward off fatigue and replenish energy levels.
THE ART OF NAPPING
While naps cannot make up for lost sleep – a common symptom of fybromyalgia – they can help defer fibro fatigue. It doesn’t need to be a long nap as that could interfere with nighttime sleep. Keep the naps within 30 minutes. Even a ten minute power nap can recharge your energy levels. Give yourself permission. If you have trouble sleeping at night, check with your doctor to see what you can do to help with this. There are even some foods that can help induce sleep. Foods rich in protein and potassium seem to help with insomnia and restlessness. Lay off the carbs at night as these tend to give energy when sleep it what you need.
HAVE A GOOD DIET
Eating healthy is important for everyone but those with fybromyalgia need a balanced, healthy diet to prevent and minimize symptoms. A diet rich in fruits, vegetables, lean meats, fish, healthy fats, and whole grains will give you a steady blood sugar level that gives energy, provides nutrients vital to good health, and prevents low-blood sugar – a condition that will zap your energy and aggravate fybro fatigue. Certain supplements like a good multivitamin, B-12, CoQ10, and D-ribose may help too. Always talk with your doctor about any supplements you are thinking about taking before you start as there are some that may interact with other medications. Also, research foods that may help or exasperate your symptoms.
A good mental outlook cannot be overlooked. As hard as your fybromyalgia may be to control, there will be better days ahead, especially if you listen to your body and try some of these recommendations. Over time, you will see improvement. Focus on what you can do and not on what you cannot do. A positive attitude is critical for success.
Fybromyalgia is difficult and can be frustrating but it is not impossible to control. The key lies with you. Learn to listen to your body, use caution with commitments, and take measures to improve your symptoms. Exercise, breaks, naps, and pacing yourself will help reduce fatigue and conserve energy levels so you can experience many good days ahead