Fibromyalgia Health Tips
Living with fibromyalgia can be full of difficulties and frustrations, so it's important to have a network of family and friends that you can rely on for support. Make sure, however, that the care you receive isn't a one-way street. Open and honest communication can help ensure that your needs, and those of your loved one's, are met.
Sleep problems can be a vicious cycle for those with fibromyalgia. Stiffness and pain can make regular, restful sleep difficult to achieve. And, in turn, sleep deprivation can lead to increased symptoms. Practice good sleep hygiene by going to bed at the same time every day and avoid caffeine and alcohol after noon, and try to limit daytime napping to one hour.
Exercising, in moderate doses, can be an important part of fibromyalgia treatment. Exercise causes your brain to release chemicals called endorphins, which help the body deal with stress, anxiety, and pain. Exercise can also help improve sleep, which is important for those with fibromyalgia. Ease into any exercise routine, don't push yourself too hard, and stick with it.
Next: Eat Right
Eating a healthy, nutritional diet, rich in fruits and vegetables and low in fat, sodium, and sugar, is important for people with fibromyalgia. Try not to load up on carbohydrates, as they can lead to rebound pain the next day. In addition, some people might benefit from avoiding the sweetener aspartame (NutraSweet) and/or the the preservative MSG as these may serve to stimulate pain fibers in some individuals.
Next: Avoid Stress
Just having fibromyalgia is probably enough to stress anyone out. But chronic stress, like lack of sleep, can make the pain and fatigue of fibromyalgia worse. Meditation, exercise, a chat with a friend, or even a little "retail therapy" can all be ways to take your mind off of the negative feelings and frustrations you may be experiencing and help minimize your stress levels
The following videos present information about fibromyalgia, as well as changes you can make to improve your symptoms and quality of life. Click on a title below to view the video.
Understanding FibromyalgiaOur expert team of doctors and pharmacists receive many questions about fibromyalgia. Many of these questions are from individuals seeking information about treatments, as well as dietary and lifestyle changes they can make to improve their condition. The following questions deal with fibromyalgia, lifestyle changes, and dietary advice. Click on the questions below to see the anwers.