One of the most common chronic pain disorders, fibromyalgia affects more than five million people in this country. It is also the second most common condition affecting the bones and muscles. Unfortunately, it’s also quite frequently misdiagnosed and misunderstood. Highlighted by classic symptoms like muscle and joint pain, fibromyalgia is also accompanied by fatigue. There is no cure at this time for this condition; however, there are ways you can manage your symptoms in everyday life.
From medication and exercise to stress reduction and healthy living habits, you possess the control to not only cope with fibromyalgia but thrive despite it. The goal is to enjoy a normal, active life. Reducing the pain that comes with this disease is critical in that endeavor. It’s time to take a more active role in managing your condition and experiencing a higher quality of life. Here are some coping tips:
1) Visit your doctor regularly.
2) Keep a journal
Keep a journal of your symptoms, keeping track of flare-ups, your dietary choices, your sleep patterns and more. Bring this journal with you to your doctor visits.
3) Find a specialist
Choose a specialist skilled in treating patients with fibromyalgia. You may want to assemble a team of physicians, perhaps within one clinic that can address a whole suite of services surrounding your condition. These professionals may include psychiatrists, psychologists, and physical and occupational therapists.
4) Exercise regularly
Stick with a regular exercise routine. Ask your doctor which exercises are best for fibromyalgia. Studies show that exercise maintains bone mass, improves balances, reduces stress and increases strength — all things you’ll need to control fibromyalgia. Low-impact activities are best, such as walking, yoga, tai chi and Pilates.
5) Keep up with your medications
Take your medications as directed in conjunction with other ways to control pain. You may be prescribed sleeping pills, anti-depressants, muscle relaxers and OTC pain relievers.
6) Natural remedies
Ask your doctor about natural remedies that can help rather than relying solely on medication for relief.
7) Complementary therapies
Engage in complementary therapies such as massage and acupuncture to ease those aches and pains, as well as help with stress.
8) Specialty pain clinics
Explore a pain clinic that treats pain at its core rather than relies solely on medication and surgery.
Atlanta Medical Clinic offers advanced, minimally invasive diagnostic and therapeutic services to help people with fibromyalgia restore function, relieve pain and find renewed hope. Contact us today to learn more about our services