Ways Of Managing Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia is a medical condition defined by prolonged widespread pain. Fibromyalgia symptoms are not strictly limited to pain, which is why many are leaning more and more towards the use of the alternate term fibromyalgia syndrome for this disorder. Additional signs of fibromyalgia consist of debilitating fatigue, sleep disturbance, and joint stiffness. Some who suffer with fibromyalgia also struggle with swallowing, as well as report bowel and bladder irregularities. Those who are subjected to fibromyalgia might also suffer from lack of feeling as well as tingling in the hands and feet, and cognitive dysfunction which is often referred to as ‘fibro fog’. Fibromyalgia is found to often be combined with psychiatric disorders such as depression and anxiety along with stress-related disorders such as posttraumatic stress disorder. However not all of those who are subjected with fibromyalgia suffer with all of these accompanying symptoms.
Since there is still not a specific known cure for fibromyalgia and the cause is not completely understood, the mission to determine the best fibromyalgia treatment plan is still an ongoing process. For the meantime there are a few ways to help in the management of fibromyalgia in addition to the prescribed treatments. There are many alternative methods and treatments plans that have been known to help many others who are subjected to fibromyalgia.
Ways to manage fibromyalgia
There are many ways that you can manage your fibromyalgia. Trying to make sure you get enough sleep is vital to managing your fibromyalgia. If getting enough sleep is difficult for you, try misting your pillow and sheets with an aromatic mixture of lavender and chamomile to help promote relaxation and sleep. Or you can try my favorite which is taking a nice, warm bath with lavender and chamomile aromatherapy. Additional ways to manage your fibromyalgia:
- Having an exercise routine is also rather advantageous to managing fibromyalgia.
- Making changes at work can be quite helpful as well; like perhaps cutting down on the amount of hours you work or possibly changing to a less stressful job.
- Eating well is always beneficial as well as healthy but especially when you have fibromyalgia. Additionally, not only will appropriate nutrition give you more energy and make you feel better in general, but it will also help you to avoid further health issues.
- Recognize that you have limitations. If you will recall even Superman had his limits. Be aware that you need to be realistic about what you expect from yourself.
- Use your energy reasonably. Because of your fibromyalgia your energy has dwindled quite a bit so make sure to sensibly preserve every ounce of energy possible. Be energy efficient so to speak.
- Strengthen your immune system. Some research shows that a possible basis of fibromyalgia may lie in our own immune systems; so making sure our immune system is strong is always a good thing. We also need to make sure it is strong enough to fight off other illnesses that may arise in our day to day living.
- Set realistic goals for yourself. It is unavoidable; you will have some good days and some bad days. You may have to lower your expectations a little, but then you will be able to be successful in meeting your goals if they are more realistic for you now versus before.
- Decreasing Stress is a MASSIVE one! If you are working full-time, switch to part-time or quit altogether, if that is at all possible. Many who suffer from fibromyalgia are known as ‘doers’ they do for others. They do and do and rarely stop doing until they are hit with a condition like this that forces them to stop doing so much for everyone else; which brings me to my next one…
- Focus on YOU! Become more mindful of yourself! You must focus on YOU! Fibromyalgia can make it difficult to differentiate between feeling tired and feeling depressed. Purposefully choose to do activities that YOU enjoy or read something comical. Like stated above many with fibromyalgia are ‘doers’ but they are also known as ‘caregivers’ because most of them are usually always so focused on others and helping them that they don’t focus on themselves until they are forced to do so.
Last, I would very much encourage you to join a fibromyalgia support group. Check your local directory or search online. It will amaze you the help overall but unquestionably emotionally and mentally a support group of other individuals who understand what you are going through will do for the human spirit to help keep you going.