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Across the United States, up to 12 million people are living with fibromyalgia.
If you’re part of these millions of people suffering from this painful condition, you may experience radical changes in your lifestyle.
Knowing how hard living with fibromyalgia is, we gathered a list of tips to cope with this condition so you can keep living life as normally as possible.
Keep reading to learn more about different tips and strategies to deal with fibromyalgia symptoms.
Tips to Living with Fibromyalgia
Today, there are many things you can do at home and with medical professionals to help ease your symptoms. Always check with your doctor to learn more about what treatments are best for you.
1. Have the Right Mindset
Any situation can be improved when you have the right mentality. While you need to recognize that your life will be different now that you’ve been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, you also shouldn’t let that stop you from enjoying things.
You may need to start looking for new hobbies with which you can fill your days with fun activities. There are still plenty of things you can do no matter how bad your fibromyalgia symptoms get.
2. Stretch Lightly
When nerves, muscles, ligaments, and tendons aren’t properly lined up, they can become painful. This makes symptoms even worse for those living with fibromyalgia.
For that reason, we recommend incorporating light stretching into your daily routine to ensure your muscles are working as they should be.
3. Practice Yoga
Speaking of stretching, getting enough exercise can also help you manage your fibromyalgia symptoms. However, most traditional forms of exercise are too difficult or can make symptoms worse.
Yoga is a great way to build strength and flexibility when you have fibromyalgia. For best results, find an instructor who knows how to help people with this condition.
4. Practice Tai Chi
This is another form of exercise that many sufferers of fibromyalgia are turning to. It’s similar to yoga in that you’ll go through a series of poses with a strong focus on meditation and breathing.
Also like yoga, it can provide a less painful way to get the exercise you need to stay healthy and get relief from fibromyalgia symptoms.
5. Get Massages
A buildup of toxins in the muscles can lead to fibromyalgia flare-ups. Gentle massages will help remove these toxins which can provide relief for you. Avoid deep tissue massages, however, as these can be too painful.
Don’t forget to drink plenty of water before and after a massage as this will help your body flush those toxins out once they leave the muscles. If you don’t drink enough water, you may end up with a flare-up as the toxins re-enter your muscles.
6. Improve Sleeping Habits
Doctors still don’t understand why so many people who suffer from fibromyalgia have trouble sleeping. However, it is well understood that a good night of sleep can help anyone feel better.
Try creating a bedtime routine that includes a warm bath and relaxing chamomile tea to help you fall asleep and stay asleep at night. You should also go to bed and wake up at the same time every day.
7. Have the Right Diet
Many fibromyalgia sufferers aren’t aware of the fact that what they eat may be triggering flare-ups. However, others have found that following a primarily vegetarian diet can help ease symptoms.
This is because a vegetarian diet is low in fats and carbohydrates, but high in lean protein and fiber. It also has more of these important antioxidants:
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin E
- Coenzyme Q12
Consider changing your diet to include more fruits and vegetables while cutting out carbohydrates and fatty meats. After about two weeks, you should start seeing an improvement in your condition.
8. Consider Acupuncture
Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese medical procedure in which sterilized needles are inserted into your skin at specific points. They’re designed to stimulate different areas of your body and can help with a number of ailments.
Studies are still being done to determine how well these treatments actually help with fibromyalgia. However, many people have found it works to relieve symptoms, so it’s certainly worth looking into.
If you don’t like the idea of needles, you may also consider using acupressure, which stimulates the same points using pressure instead of needles. This may not work as well, but could still help.
9. Find Distractions
Going back to our first tip, sometimes allowing yourself to be distracted from your condition will help you get relief. After all, the more time you spend focusing on something, the more you’ll continue to notice it.
When you feel your symptoms worsening, consider jumping into one of your new hobbies. You may also want to call a friend or loved one just to talk or even put on your favorite movie to watch while snacking on blueberries.
Whatever you choose to do, allowing your brain to focus on something other than your pain can help you quickly feel better and avoid a painful flare-up.
10. Learn to Relax
When you’re stressed, your muscles will tense up without you realizing it. This added tension in your muscles can make your symptoms worse or may even trigger a flare-up.
Find ways to relax, and you should start seeing fewer symptoms. Many of the other tips on this list will help you relax, like doing yoga, tai chi, or acupressure. Something as simple as concentrating on your breathing can help you relax.
You may also need to work on reducing stressors in your life.
If you find that you’re constantly stressed at your job, it may be time to start looking for a new employer. If certain relationships stress you out, you may need to take a break from those people.
Looking for More Health Tips?
Now you know everything you need to know to cope with the symptoms of living with fibromyalgia. As you can see, regular exercise and a special diet can help you manage your pain.
If you are looking for more health tips, be sure to check out the health section of our blog. There, you’ll find a ton of articles to help you live a longer, healthier, and happier life.