Treating Fibromyalgia Fatigue
Many individuals have heard that the most prevalent symptom of Fibromyalgai is chronic musculoskeletal pain. However, what many people many not realize is that fatigue is also an extremely prevalent symptom of the condition of Fibromyalgai. Many Fibromyalgai sufferers have extreme difficulty with falling asleep at night, much less staying asleep at night. And many Fibromyalgai sufferers deal with the vicious cycle that occurs between pain and fatigue on a daily basis. Of course it is important to treat the chronic pain, but it is also just as important to treat the fatigue in order to reduce symptoms and allow for better pain reduction overall. Fibromyalgai sufferers do not have to learn how to cope with sleepless nights, they don’t need to just “deal” with fatigue, there are ways for treating Fibromyalgai fatigue that can help to reduce the sleepless nights and improve upon overall quality of life.
Speak with a Physician
One of the most important aspects of treating Fibromyalgai symptoms involves adequate communication. Making an appointment to sit and discuss symptoms with a physician can be the first step in overcoming the symptoms of Fibromyalgai, including fatigue. A treatment plan, whether using medications or a more holistic approach, must be discussed in order to find the best option that will provide relief of their pain as well fatigue.
Do Not Ignore Stress
Studies have shown that stress can in fact exacerbate symptoms that many Fibromyalgai sufferers experience on a daily basis. Stress can negatively affect sleep which in turn allows for fatigue levels to rise. Properly dealing with stress is an important aspect of treating the symptoms of Fibromyalgai. Stress reduction can be achieved through medications, supplements, as well as relaxation techniques which can help the Fibromyalgai sufferer learn to better deal with and reduce their stress.
In order for the Fibromyalgai sufferer to reduce their symptoms and experience a better overall quality of life it is important to understand that lifestyle adaption must occur. Changes that can help to develop routines can help to reduce stress, decrease symptoms, and help with the overall quality of sleep which will reduce fatigue. A few steps that can be taken in order to help promote sleep and reduce fatigue include the following:
#1 Routine – Adaptions to the routine of bedtime and sleeping can go a long way in reducing fatigue in the Fibromyalgai sufferer. Many Fibromyalgai sufferers can go months or even years before a correct diagnosis of the condition of Fibromyalgai is made by a physician or team of doctors. It is important that once a diagnosis is made that the Fibromyalgai sufferer begins to try and stick to some kind of a routine in order to reduce their symptoms and help curb fatigue. Routines that include exercise, proper nutrition, and adaptations that need to occur in order to complete daily tasks and responsibilities that might otherwise be affected by the symptoms of pain and fatigue.
#2 Schedule – Lifestyle adaptions can include learning a new way of scheduling for the Fibromyalgai sufferer. It is important to understand that the symptoms of Fibromyalgai do in fact play a role in how the schedule of life is handled for the future. Planning ahead for a specific time of waking and going to sleep every day can allow the body fall into a regular sleep cycle more easily. Sticking to this schedule is extremely important (even on weekends) because if the Fibromyalgai sufferer is trying to train the body back into a proper sleep/wake schedule then this must be stuck to regularly so that adequate rest and fatigue reduction can be achieved.
#3 Temperature – Research has shown that any individual will have difficulty sleeping (for example either waking up more often or sleeping less deeply) when temperatures are too warm. If room temperatures can be kept at cooler temperatures, either by reducing the air conditioning, using a fan, or blocking out heat from the sun with curtains, this can help to increase more deep and restful sleep and aid in reducing fatigue.
#4 Refuge – Another suggestion that is made in order to make lifestyle adaption is to create a place of refuge that will aid the Fibromyalgai sufferer in achieving better sleep. A specific room in the house that will provide a soothing atmosphere, and enhance relaxation will help to improve sleep and reduce fatigue.