Learning To Treat Fibro Fog
While it is true that pain is the most prevalent symptoms that Fibromyalgia individuals deal with, an extremely close second symptom would be that of fatigue. The pain alone that occurs with Fibromyalgia can leave individuals virtually incapable of completely daily tasks or responsibilities, but when fatigue is added to the symptoms of pain and dealing with those ordinary tasks dealing with the day at hand can become seemingly impossible.
The fatigue that occurs with Fibromyalgia is often described as crippling, exhausting, and even flu-like. Individuals with Fibromyalgia may wake up feeling completely exhausted even after hours of bed rest. It is thought that Fibromyalgia sufferers never truly reach the level of deep or restful sleep that is required for lessening fatigue, this is caused by the pain/sleep cycle where the pain affects the sleep at night, but the lack of restful sleep at night exacerbates the pain during the day. “Fibro Fog” comes into play when the lack of restful sleep comes into play during the day and Fibromyalgia sufferers describe feelings of loss of mental clarity as well as problems with concentration and memory. This of course can have a significantly negative impact on the lives and daily activities of the Fibromyalgia sufferer. Unless something is done to treat the fatigue and fibro fog then this vicious cycle will continue and symptoms improvement will never be had. There are steps that can be taken to learn how to treat the fatigue and fibro fog the Fibromyalgia sufferer’s experience.
Get Enough Sleep
It’s important for Fibromyalgia sufferers to get enough sleep, but not too much. There are a few suggestions for making an environment that is more sleep inducing:
- Temperature – studies show that more rest can be attained in cooler temperatures. So if cooler temperatures can be maintained at night then individuals tend to wake up less often and sleep more deeply.
- Avoid Napping – Sometimes naps are just plain unavoidable, especially when a really bad day of symptoms has occurred. However, as a rule, Fibromyalgia sufferers should try and avoid naps so that it doesn’t inhibit nighttime sleeping.
- Avoid Alcohol before Bedtime – Some people think that alcohol can induce relaxation, and while this is true, the problem occurs when the levels within the blood stream begin to drop after falling asleep it can then have the opposite effect.
- Avoid Caffeine – for obvious reasons caffeine should be avoided, or at the very least limited because caffeine can interfere with finding adequate rest.
- Making a Refuge – Finding a place that can be of comfort and induce restful feelings can aid in a Fibromyalgia sufferer getting enough sleep. An atmosphere that induces sleep and is comfortable is important. Fibromyalgia sufferers need that place of refuge that can allow them to step away from all the symptoms and find a place of calm and rest.
Exercising is significantly important for Fibromyalgia sufferers. The exercise should be light and appropriate as to not exacerbate the symptoms of pain, but when done correctly exercise can in fact aid in reducing fatigue, especially when the exercise is completed in the afternoon (however exercise right before bedtime should be avoided as it can negatively affect sleep).
Get a Routine
Following a schedule can help to reduce the amount of fatigue that is felt on a daily basis. It is much easier for the body to adjust to a schedule and routine and fall into a pattern or sleep cycle when it is done at the same time daily. It is important for Fibromyalgia sufferers to stick to a schedule, even on the weekends or when vacations occur, so that adequate rest can be obtained.
Boost Your Energy
One of the ways to help fight Fibromyalgia fatigue and fibro fog is to boost the levels of energy during the daytime. A healthy way to aid in accomplishing that is with the use of supplements.
- Vitamin B helps to build energy molecules, which is of extreme importance after a flare up or bad day of symptoms. Vitamin B can be found in supplements, but it can also be found naturally in foods such as fish, poultry, meat, eggs, dairy products, as well as whole grains and leafy green vegetables.
- Magnesium is an essential mineral which helps to produce and maintain the body’s energy stores. Low levels can disrupt sleep, and a majority of Fibromyalgia sufferers do in fact have low levels of Magnesium. Magnesium comes in supplemental form or can be found in foods such as nuts, seeds, legumes, whole grains, and leafy vegetables like spinach.
- Other Supplements that can aid in boosting energy include D-Ribose, Omega- Fatty Acids, Coenzyme Q10, and many others. The point is that supplements can in fact be an alternative to medications in providing relief from Fibromyalgia symptoms.