Why A Support System Is Important For The Fibromyalgia Sufferer
Fibromyalgia is a condition which is difficult enough to live with in regards to the many different symptoms that are dealt with on a daily basis. Another discouraging aspect of Fibromyalgia is that there is no cure for the condition; it can only be managed in regards to the symptoms that the condition causes or the underlying conditions that allow the Fibromyalgia symptoms to present themselves. That is why it is extremely important for the Fibromyalgia sufferer to have a specific support system set up to help them through the days of living with Fibromyalgia. A diagnosis of Fibromyalgai is not a death sentence; it is possible to live a full life and to find ways that will help to decrease the symptoms, but in order to be able to accomplish those a support system must be put into place.
Three Ways to Accomplish a Support System
- Be Prepared – Advanced preparation is one of the most important parts of a support system that the Fibromyalgia sufferer can have. Bad days will come, Fibro flare ups will happen, and advanced preparation will allow for those days to be easier when they do occur. Ways to accomplish this can be done by preparing easy to cook, freezer meals that can decrease the amount of groundwork that has to be completed on a bad day. Other ways in which planning ahead and preparation can be beneficial is by having comfort items convenient at all times, either in the car or in an easy to grab pre packed container. Items such as heating pads, pillows, or extra medication can be lifesavers in a time of severe pain.
- Erase Denial – The condition of Fibromyalgia is difficult enough to come to a specific diagnosis, and once that diagnosis is made often time’s people will deal with a sense of denial. However, support cannot be fully attained if denial is not erased. It is also important that the family, friends, and loved ones of a Fibromyalgia sufferer come to grips with a diagnosis in order to be able to fully support them in their efforts to find relief and treatment of their symptoms.
- Communication – Communication is the most important component of a support system. Clear communication that doesn’t involve expectations that aren’t justified must be accomplished very clearly. The best way to approach communication is to be polite, straightforward as well as polite when trying to communicate with others regarding the condition of Fibromyalgia and how its symptoms affect each individual. Fibromyalgai is a very real condition with very real symptoms, and it’s okay to get to a point of both needing as well as asking for help, however it’s in how this help is asked for that determines how others may (or may not) respond to that request. There has to either be a balance between the give and take in a relationship, or at least a minimal understanding of the needs of the Fibromyalgai sufferer and how the symptoms affect their ways of dealing with everyday situations.
- Adaptation – Another way to be able to have an effective support system is for adaptation to take place in regards to energy savings, scheduling as well as having willingness for changes to occur in daily life.
- Energy Savings is one of the most important adaptations that can occur in the life of a Fibromyalgai sufferer. Fatigue is one of the greatest symptoms that occurs in the life of a Fibromyalgai sufferer and making adaptations that will aid in energy savings will only aid in decreasing the symptoms that are experienced on a daily basis.
- Scheduling is another area where adaptation can take place. Just like having the support system is important for emotional well-being, it is also important that a support system in regards to the tasks of daily life is taken into consideration. Being able to avoid the sense of being overwhelmed is an important aspect of a support system for the Fibromyalgai sufferer.
- Making Changes that will help to adapt the schedules and tasks of daily life can only help to make the life of the Fibromyalgai sufferer easier. Certain changes that can be made can include downsizing and delegation which both play into the entire support system that should be built in the Fibromyalgai sufferer’s life.