Fibromyalgia is one of those disorders that has not yet been fully understood. Patients with fibromyalgia complain of widespread pain through the body, largely focused on the joints, tendons, muscles and other soft tissues. They also often experience extreme fatigue, insomnia, anxiety, depression, headaches and other symptoms.
Dealing with fibromyalgia is not easy, particularly because it’s hard to isolate what brings on an episode and what alleviates the symptoms. Here are some suggestions, however, that might help.
- See a Pain Specialist: Visit a doctor who is a pain specialist like Dr. Harvey Finkelstein or Dr. Joel Kreitzer. Doctors who deal with fibromyalgia patients can recommend diet changes, exercises and other coping skills to deal with and to treat the pain. Dr. Harvey Finkelstein, Dr. William Lu, Dr. Stephen Stowe and their colleagues are often the first step for a patient with fibromyalgia.
- Avoid stress: As with many conditions, fibromyalgia may be triggered by stress. Whenever possible, try to avoid stressful situations and be preemptive about dealing with issues before they become overwhelming or stressful.
- Sleep: Make sure to get enough sleep. A lack of sleep can create stress and can also trigger symptoms.
- Try Alternative Medicine: When you’re in pain, it’s worth it to seek out help from many sources. Some fibromyalgia sufferers say that acupuncture works for them. Others believe in hydrotherapy, while others enjoy a weekly massage. Whatever works for you and helps you to deal with the pain is certainly worth trying.
Don’t blame yourself for having fibromyalgia or for needing to rest more than your contemporaries. The more nurturing and accepting you can be with your condition, the more helpful it will be for your daily situation and your recovery.