Taking Back Control After Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia is unfortunately a condition which has no cure. However it is important that Fibromyalgia sufferers try and live as much of a “normal” life in as many ways as possible; this includes keeping an active lifestyle (using restrictions of course because of the condition) to help in lessening the symptoms of Fibromyalgia. Becoming a couch potato or always using excuses for not living life to the fullest will in no way decrease the symptoms of Fibromyalgia, however there are a few every day solutions that can be taken into consideration in order to properly deal with the symptoms of Fibromyalgia and learn to take back control of life.
- Communication – this is an important element of creating a good support system for dealing with Fibromyalgia. In order for others to support Fibromyalgia sufferers the most then very clear communication and expectation of needs must take place. Expectation for others to meet specific needs cannot occur if they do not know what the needs are. Simple, straightforward, and polite communication is often one of the best forms of communication that help Fibromyalgia sufferers find the support they need. It’s not a bad thing for a Fibromyalgia sufferer to look for assistance or support, and in in no way proves any type of weakness; it shows strength in knowing that support is needed for dealing with this condition. However, it is important for others to understand the difference between an unassuming preference and an actual need by someone who is suffering from Fibromyalgia. Just as with any communication a balance must take place between the givers and the takers. Individuals dealing with Fibromyalgia have to learn to ask for help and support in the correct ways so that others are more willing to offer the support system that is needed for living with Fibromyalgia.
- Energy Saving – fatigue is one of the highest symptoms, other than pain, that individuals who suffer from Fibromyalgia complain of dealing with. It is important for sufficient rest to be acquired when and where possible, and for energy saving to become an everyday routine. If a person’s job or activities leaves them with little or no energy then deliberation for changing the way work, commitments, projects, hobbies, as well as family or friends effects their energy levels should be discussed.
- Adaptation – the pain of Fibromyalgia can affect the way Fibromyalgia sufferers move on a daily basis because bending over or reaching above their heads can lead to undergoing pain. Finding every day solutions and adapting to a new way of life while living with Fibromyalgia is important, individuals can accomplish this by becoming creative and modifying the way they complete tasks in order to lessen the pain.
- Scheduling – often Fibromyalgia sufferers feel completely overwhelmed with even the simplest tasks of daily life. This feeling can be avoided by coming up with a schedule for simple tasks such as household chores or responsibilities. Another idea is to create a schedule of tasks that can be completed on a daily, weekly, monthly, or annual basis. Completing a little bit at a time becomes much easier when it’s planned out ahead of time.
- Planning – Advance preparation and planning can help the Fibromyalgia suffer be able to cope when a difficult day when it comes along, and those difficult days will come along. Preparing easy to cook, freezable meals can help when a bad day does come along so that not much meal groundwork has to be completed on that specific day. Other ways in which planning ahead can come in handy is by having comfort items convenient at all times, either in the car or in an easy to grab pre packed bag. Items such as heating pads, pillows, or extra medication can be lifesavers in times of severe pain.
- Changes – being willing to do a little changes in the way a person “normally” completes their responsibilities can make a huge difference in the life of an individual who is dealing with Fibromyalgia. For example if turning doorknobs or water faucets becomes painful and difficult then a simple switch to a different fixture can make all the difference in the world. Other every day solutions that should be considered when dealing with Fibromyalgia are downsizing, and delegation.
- Removing Denial – Because the condition of Fibromyalgia is often difficult to diagnose the individuals suffering from the symptoms, as well as others, including family and friends, may not fully understand the implications involved with a diagnosis such as Fibromyalgia. However, a proper support system cannot be expected if the individual themselves or others (who are needed for support) are dealing with denial. Fibromyalgia is a real medical condition that must be properly dealt with so that a support system and treatment to find relief can be attained.