Fibromyalgia is a disabling condition. Researchers believe that the condition affects how your brain and spinal cord process pain and in doing so, amplifies your pain.
Living with fibromyalgia involves making adjustments in your life to cope with the pain and fatigue. WebMD provides tips on how to manage your condition.
Be active if you can
Physical activity is not an option for every patient with fibromyalgia. For those who can handle physical activity, however, it can help with pain and fatigue. Swimming does not stress the joints and you only need to stay active for 20-30 minutes, a couple of times a week. Balance exercises may also help with your steadiness.
If it is difficult for you to workout without losing your balance or if you experience pain while exercising, you should discuss with your doctor programs designed specifically for patients with fibromyalgia.
Be proactive with medical care
Did you know that a study reported about half of the patients do not take their medication as directed by physicians? The reasons for this include:
- Frustration with the medication
- Forgetfulness regarding medication
- Carelessness with the medication
It is easy to become frustrated with fibromyalgia. Symptoms of widespread pain and fatigue can interfere with your ability to function on a day-to-day basis, explains Mayo Clinic. Skipping medication or becoming pessimistic about doctor visits can make the condition worse.
Try to journal your symptoms so that doctors can pinpoint the problems. Bring these journals to doctors with a history of treating fibromyalgia and consider working with others who specialize in your specific symptoms.