4 Ways To Live Better With Fibromyalgia

With Fibromyalgia, day to day living is often complicated with difficult choices. One day, you’re up and playing with the grandkids. The next day the pain may be so excruciating that you can’t even get out of bed.  

Even with all these unknowns following you around from day to day, there are a few steps you can take to help alleviate the stress of the bad days, and move more quickly back toward the good ones.

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Sleep Well

For most people, losing sleep simply leads to a day of being tired, or needing an extra cup of coffee. For someone with Fibromyalgia, it can be a totally different story. Suffering from lack of sleep can seemingly cause pain to intensify, and in turn, the increased pain can make falling to sleep more difficult(1).

This drives home the importance of getting good rest when your body is feeling good in hopes to keep from getting run down.  

Exercise

As with age, the often reduced mobility that comes from having Fibromyalgia is the loss of muscle. In order to combat this, it is recommended to stay as active as possible. At a minimum, walking does indeed help. Stretching and yoga, low impact aerobics.

According to the Mayo Clinic(2), exercising, without overdoing it is a great way to keep symptoms from flaring up. The key is moderation, overdoing it on a good day may cause more bad days.

Eat Right

According to a health.com survey(3), 42% of those surveyed with Fibromyalgia said certain foods made pain and symptoms worse. While prescriptions for pain may only lower pain 30-50%, leftover pain leaves many searching for any relief possible.

 The opinions on food are vast and varied when it comes to managing symptoms of Fibro. People seem to agree on avoiding processed food, cured meats,  and sugars. Many opinions steer towards vegetarianism,

Listen To What Your Body Says

At the end of the day, with so little known about Fibromyalgia as a whole. It becomes more and more important that you learn as much as you can about YOUR symptoms. Begin developing an understanding with your body, and listening to what it’s trying to tell you. This way you can start to realize when you are approaching your limits and back away.

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Sources:
(1)https://www.sleepfoundation.org/sleep-disorders-problems/fibromyalgia-and-sleep
(2)https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/fibromyalgia/in-depth/fibromyalgia-and-exercise/art-20093376
(3)https://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20309924,00.html#how-does-food-affect-pain–0

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