Ways To Deal With Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia is a medical illness identified by chronic pain widespread throughout the body, associated with tenderness around the joints, muscles, tendons and soft tissues. This causes the individuals who are suffering from fibromyalgia to continuously feel fatigued, with aching bodies and tender points that become more painful upon contact. Many diagnosed with fibromyalgia also have reported issues with cognitive dysfunction that several refer to as ‘fibro fog’ which can be described as an impaired concentration. In most cases, those who suffer from fibromyalgia have an inability to multi-task and they usually appear to have a severely decreased attention span. Numerous individuals who have fibromyalgia report frustration with their impaired speed of performance and several say that their mind tends to feel it is on “overload”, which doctors refer to as cognitive overload. In many cases, a fibromyalgia patient’s struggle to maintain a certain quality of life ends in despair; for this reason, fibromyalgia is often associated with anxiety and depressive symptoms.
As you can see, this condition can lead to an entire multitude of physical conditions that can only make it much more difficult for people with fibromyalgia to go about their daily lives. The overwhelming, long lasting aches and pains that go along with the additional difficulties related to this condition progresses to an end resulting in a much lower quality of life for those who suffer with this devastating medical condition known as fibromyalgia syndrome. However, if you have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia syndrome or you believe that you may have this condition; do not lose hope! There is a light at the end of the tunnel; and no, it is not a train coming to run you over, even though at times you may feel as if you have been ran slap over by one! Despite the fact there is not a known cure for fibromyalgia as of yet; there are still ways that you can deal with your fibromyalgia.
How to deal with your fibromyalgia
There are many ways to deal with your fibromyalgia; but first you have to ‘own it’. It is yours. Fibromyalgia is a life changing condition and it is most definitely not at all a fun one to have. However, whether you like it or not, it is yours, and only you can deal with it. No matter hoo badly your family and friends may want to help you or be there for you, unless they have gone through it themselves, as much as they may try, unfortunately, they will not understand. A support group is always so very helpful. Yes, it is true that there are other people like you out there who deal with it every day as well and I would very much encourage you to join a support group. Check your local phone directory or even search for one online, but join a support group. You will be amazed at the help in general but definitely 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 through learning how to deal with this medical condition.
Additional ways to deal with fibromyalgia:
- Realize that you have limitations. I know we all would love to be Superman or Superwoman; however, even Superman had limits. Learn to be realistic about what you expect from yourself.
- Apply your energy sensibly. Because of your fibromyalgia your energy has depleted quite a bit so be sure to wisely preserve every ounce of energy possible. Be energy efficient so to speak. Sit on a stool in the kitchen instead of stand. Get yourself a sticker for disabled people, maybe hire someone to clean the house instead of doing it yourself, and divide your groceries so that the canned items can sit in the car for a few days until you have the energy to bring them in.
- Set practical goals for yourself. It’s inevitable; you will have good days and bad days. You may have to lower your expectations some, but then you can be successful in meeting your goals. Everybody likes to meet their goals, just make sure they are attainable for you and don’t be too hard on yourself if you don’t feel like you aren’t doing enough; today you may not but tomorrow is a brand new day!