Treating and Reducing Fibromyalgia Symptoms
The consensus among medical doctors is that while you can’t prevent fibromyalgia, there are certain steps and treatments you can use to make your condition more bearable. And whether you suffer mild to severe musculoskeletal pain, tenderness and fatigue, you can initiate most of these methods and treatments from home.
Get Plenty of Rest
Sleepless nights are both a cause and a symptom of fibromyalgia flare-ups. Therefore, the best way to prevent or reduce fibromyalgia pain from a lack of sleep is to get plenty of rest. Relax an hour before you got to bed. Turn off all electronics and instead read a book. Take a warm bath before you lie down. Use over-the-counter sleep aids such as melatonin or valerian root.
Reduce Your Stress
Whether it’s your relationship, job or financial worries that elevate your stress level, you must get it under control to prevent fibromyalgia flare-ups. Determine which source is causing you the most stress. If it’s your job, talk to your boss about getting more help. Look for a new job that is less stressful. Meanwhile, take time during the day to relax. Implement some deep breathing exercises to control your stress levels.
Exercise On Regular Basis
Moderate exercise is more beneficial for fibromyalgia sufferers than rigorous exercise. Walking is one of the best all-round exercises. Also include stretching and light resistance movements in your regimen. Exercise increases blood flow, which carries oxygen, nutrients and healing properties to muscle fibers.
Maintain Balanced Diet
Many people with fibromyalgia have increased pain when they eat certain foods. Keep track of what you eat during the day and note which foods cause flare-ups. High acidic foods such as meats and spaghetti can cause inflammation in your system. Balance your diet by eating more alkaline foods like fruits and vegetables.
You are probably already seeing a doctor if you’ve been diagnosed with fibromyalgia. He may prescribe certain antidepressants, anticonvulsants or muscle relaxants to help prevent certain fibromyalgia symptoms. He may also recommend a physical therapist who can help you decrease and control pain and fatigue by recommending specific exercises and movements.
Some newer techniques are available through counseling, including cognitive behavior, relaxation therapy and biofeedback. Cognitive behavior enables you to change the way you think about fibromyalgia and how it makes you feel, helping you eliminate negative thoughts, anxiety and depression. Relaxation therapy can help you control pain and other symptoms through hypnosis and meditation. Biofeedback helps you manage body functions that you normally can’t control, such as muscle relaxation, pain, blood pressure and heart rate.
A combination of all of these strategies and techniques can help you better cope and minimize fibromyalgia symptoms and, consequently, live a higher quality life.