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Tips for Fibromyalgia Pain

Posted by Debra Murray on

Fibromyalgia is a syndrome that causes chronic widespread pain and tenderness on different points of the body. Although there is no known cure, there are several things that a patient can do to help relieve the symptoms.

Sleep

Because one of the main symptoms of fibromyalgia is chronic fatigue, getting enough sleep is essential. To do this you should practice good sleeping habits. Develop a sleep schedule and stick to it. Try to get 8 or 9 hours a night. For a better nights rest, avoid napping during the daytime.

Avoid Stress

This doesn't mean that you have to quit your job. But try not to allow your normal daily struggles to get the best of you. If you find yourself becoming overwhelmed, take a few minutes to do some deep breathing exercises. Clear your mind, close your eyes, and breathe deeply in through your nose and exhale through your mouth. Do this several times and you will feel a release of tension.

Exercise

A moderate daily exercise routine has been found to be very helpful for fibromyalgia pain. Start slowly with some light stretching and a short morning walk. Gradually work up to a slightly more vigorous routine such as a long walk, swimming, or biking. It is important that you stretch before and after all exercise so you don't complicate your condition with an injury.

Know your limits

Don't take on too much. It is easy to get overwhelmed with work, our children's activities, housework, and social life. Learn to say no to things that you would normally feel obligated to sign up for. It's ok to allow someone else to bake cupcakes for the fundraiser. You don't have to mop and wax those floors that you've been meaning to get to; and when your friends ask you to go for a few drinks after work, opt to go home and put your feet up for a while instead. You will feel better and ultimately be more productive if you know your limits and pace yourself.

Healthy lifestyle

Studies have shown that fibromyalgia is more easily managed if the patient lives a healthy lifestyle. This means eating a well-balanced diet which is low in fat and rich in nutrients. A good practice is to fill your plate with mostly fruits and vegetables and a small amount (4 or 5 ounces) of a protein. Limit your refined sugar and caffeine intake.

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