How to Cope with FibromyalgiaApr 28th, 2010 | By Body Pain Admin | Category: Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia is a disease which is not well understood.
It is marked by chronic body tenderness and body pain, and the causes are not defined.
Some research suggests that fibromyalgia has some connection to a defect in one of the body’s key metabolic pathways.
Existing with chronic fibromyalgia pain is not easy, especially immediately after being diagnosed.
It is never easy to make the transition from seeing yourself as an active, productive, and healthy individual to a person who experiences chronic, unexplained pain.
The first way to cope with fibromyalgia is to understand that learning to live with the disease will take time. You may have to relearn ways of coping and managing in order to deal with this illness effectively.
For most people, the initial reaction to this diagnosis is anger, sadness, and depression. The goal, though, is to move past these feelings and find a way to actively cope with the disease. You will most likely have good days and bad days. Take advantage of the good days and focus on how many things you still can do- this will help you on the bad days when you feel you can’t do anything.
Accept that your pain is real, and take active steps to manage your health.
Pace yourself to reduce or eliminate the likelihood that you will get fatigued. Reduce your sources of stress. Know that some days will be better than others.
Seek support. Ask friends and family to help you. Learn as much as you can about the illness. Seek out fibromyalgia support groups in your community; these can provide useful information for coping, as well as feelings of understanding and support.
Stay physically active, find an exercise program that works. Make sure your exercise regime is physician supervised and approved. You might get the most relief from water based exercises.
Be sure you keep your good health habits- eating right, drinking lots of water, taking your vitamins. Reduce or completely avoid cigarettes, alcohol and caffeine.
If the pain is significant, you might consider using a natural pain relief treatment for fibromyalgia
Do all you can to sleep well at night. Invest in a new bed or comfortable pillows. Many fibromyalgia sufferers find that a heated waterbed offers the most comfort. Try to avoid sleeping in odd or awkward positions, and sleep away from cold drafts, as these can cause you to hunch down into the covers, exacerbating your physical distress.
Fibromyalgia can be a frustrating and painful disease, but it is not life threatening. Research is being done every day, and this is resulting in better treatment options.