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TIPS TO HELP YOU COPE WITH THE SYMPTOMS OF FIBROMYALGIA...

Posted Feb 01 2011 1:05pm

If at all possible try to de-stress as apparently stress may trigger Fibromyalgia Symptoms. Some of the best de-stress treatments you could try are yoga, exercise, sleep and meditation.

'Fibro Fog' is a common ailment of Fibromyalgia so rather than getting frustrated that your short term memory has let you down, try and get into the habit of jotting things down on paper on a daily basis,

Exercise, as in low intensity exercise like walking, or warm water exercise are great for helping the pain of Fibromyalgia. This type of exercise can decrease pain and stiffness.

Have a long soak in a warm bath or hot tub as this has been proven to relax tense muscles which will then reduce pain.

Try to use decaf as caffeine can increase anxiety and insomnia, so watch your intake of chocolate, coffee, teas and some soft drinks.

Also try and make some 'me time' for yourself every day as part of your treatment.

Make your work life balance work for you. If work is leaving you exhausted and in pain then design a flexible plan that works better for you and your boss. Maybe try some products like a telephone headset, or key board tray.

Talk about your Fibromyalgia with your family and those around you. Let them know what can trigger it or make it worse. Never be afraid to ask for help from either your friends, family or other Fibro sufferers or a counsellor.

Many people call Fibro the 'invisible illness', as you can look find be feel awful. So, when arranging your social life be prepared to say 'no' to something if you know it will be too much for you.

Try and keep a journal so that you can see what can trigger off an attack, then yo can do something about it.

Join a support group, be it in person or online, they offer a place to talk to others who share your problems.

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