Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Seven Helpful Tips For Dealing With The Pain Of Fibromyalgia

Seven Helpful Tips For Dealing With The Pain Of Fibromyalgia: "fibromyalgia sufferers endure multiple symptoms including global aching pain, fatigue, irritable bowel syndrome, sleep disturbances, heightened sensitivity to any sensation and depression.

The intensity of the symptoms can vary based on a variety of factors, including stress, weather, physical activity and time of the day. Even with all these symptoms, it can take up to five years for a fibromyalgia patient to get an accurate diagnosis"

In brief the recommendations for coping with fibromyalgia are:

If you think you may have fibromyalgia and are going through a battery of tests to rule out other diseases or if you have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, you can take seven positive steps to manage your pain.

-- Work with your physician to try different medications

-- Understand your symptoms. Analyze when they occur, the intensity, duration, extenuating circumstances and other factors as well as when the symptoms seem to diminish.

- Develop an exercise regimen, physical therapy program or both. This is counterintuitive. When something hurts, the tendency is to avoid movement. But better muscle conditioning can help manage pain. With fibromyalgia, everything may hurt but there is no actual tissue damage (the cause is largely believed to be linked to the central nervous system).

-- Adjust your diet if your analysis indicates any pattern based on food and beverage consumption.

-- Try acupuncture and holistic approaches.

-- Join a support group

-- Establish a routine and stick to it, adjusting as you learn more about your body and analyze the results of your pain management program.

Since no cure exists, management is key. Know that pain is a part of your life and focus on something other than your physical complaints. Celebrate the success you have in reducing discomfort and you can enjoy a better qualify of life

For me diet changes brought about the biggest improvement in my fibromyalgia symptoms overall...

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