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Fibro ~ 12 Tips to Cope

If you have fibro or know of someone who does… read on ~

12 Tips for Coping With Fibromyalgia

De-Stress

Stress may trigger fibromyalgia symptoms. Minimizing stress can improve your quality of life. Some proven stress busters are yoga, exercise, sleep, and meditation. Breathing deeply and exhaling slowly can also help. Or keep in mind activities that you enjoy or that make you feel better. When stress strikes, do one or two of them.

Jot It Down

If “fibro fog” is hurting your focus or memory, keep a pen and paper handy. Make to-do and even “to say” lists — to help you remember topics you want to talk to your spouse or family about. Keep shopping lists, friends’ names, and important phone numbers and addresses in a notebook that you carry with you.

Exercise Regularly

Regular, low-intensity exercise, such as walking or warm-water exercise, is one of the best treatments for fibromyalgia. It helps decrease pain and stiffness, reduce stress, and may increase your sense of control over your fibromyalgia. You may also sleep better. Talk to your doctor or a physical therapist about a good exercise program for you.

Do Some Serious Soaking

Soaking in a warm bath or hot tub can relax tense muscles, reduce pain, and help you move more easily. If it’s difficult for you to get in and out of the tub, try a sauna or put a stool in the shower so you can sit and let the water do its work. Moist heat may increase endorphins, which block pain signals, and help you sleep more soundly.

Reach for Decaf

Caffeine may compound stress, both physically and psychologically. It stimulates the heart and central nervous system, and can increase nervousness, anxiety, and insomnia. So decaffeinate to de-stress. For better sleep at night avoid caffeine from the late afternoon on. Watch out for caffeine in chocolate, coffee, and some soft drinks and teas.

Take Some “Me Time” Every Day

Fibromyalgia can pose unique health challenges and make life complicated. So make time for yourself every day as a part of your treatment. Lose yourself in a hobby, put on some music, rest — whatever makes you feel good. It may bring more balance to your life, help you fight stress, and boost your energy for the things you need to do.

Make Work Life Better

Is work leaving you exhausted and in pain? Design a flexible plan that works for you and your boss. Ask about working from home part-time, or setting your hours for earlier or later in the day so you can be more productive. At the office, rearrange your workspace for comfort and easy accessibility. A telephone headset, keyboard tray, or other products may help put less stress on your body.

About Sheila Thomas

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Comments

  1. Amanda S says:

    thank you for posting these tips. I was diagnosed with fibro about 2 years ago and struggle daily to deal/cope with it. I feel as though some people don’t believe there is really something wrong with me and just think I am exaggerating how painful it really is.

    • Amanda ~ You are welcome. I too have Fibro.. Diagnosed in 2004 and Dr thinks I had it way before then. My Mom had it (she is passed now), my sister and all my aunts have it. So, I know first hand what it does to a person. Sucks ASS!!
      But, I can say that since starting ViSalus my life has changed. Daily exercise and watching what I eat helps too. What really sucks the most is I look just fine on the outside… ;) So people don’t know. Not sure if I want them to know cuz they would treat me different.. ?? Ya know?

      • Amanda S says:

        I know exactly what you mean! I have never heard of ViSalus. Is it over the counter? I looked it up and read something about a ViPak, not sure if its the same as what you are talking about. I’ve tried every known prescription pill and nothing has helped.

        • Amanda,
          ViSalus is an amazing company that makes/sells weight loss shakes, supplements and vitamins. My site it http://livingsmartgirl.myvi.net
          check it out.. Questions.. ask away :) It is the ONLY thing I have done that has made any difference in my life. And believe me…I have tried it all!! Over the counter, under the counter.. LOL!! This is awesome!!

          • Amanda S says:

            LOL I’m checking it out right now, thank you!! It’s good to talk to someone who knows exactly what I’m going through. :)

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