Fibromyalgia simply put is chronic pain. Constant, widespread pain, that will possibly continue for the rest of the life of someone diagnosed. However, there’s more to it than that. In addition to the pain, people suffering from fibromyalgia often deal with fatigue, sleep issues, problems with memory, mood swings and cognitive function. Genetics, infections, and trauma are likely causes, but doctors aren’t sure exactly why it occurs. There is no cure, but there are many natural ways to manage it, such as:
1. Stress management
Stress tends to aggravate fibromyalgia. There are many ways to reduce stress, including journaling, joining a support group, and working on calming hobbies. Some people with fibromyalgia find that cognitive behavioral therapy is really helpful in reducing stress and managing pain.
2. Massage and acupuncture
Both of these options improve pain and stiffness as well as possibly reducing stress. Massage is known to treat sore muscles and joints, the most common problem associated with fibromyalgia. Regular massages helped not only with pain, but with the depression and anxiety which often accompanies the illness.
People with fibromyalgia want to eat as many anti-inflammatory foods as possible. Lots of fruits and vegetables will help. There are also so many foods to avoid. Those diagnosed may want to try a gluten free diet. They also will want to reduce sugar, red meat and dairy. Avoiding these foods as much as possible will help with their pain levels.
4. Yoga and physical therapy
Not only is it stress-reducing, yoga is also good exercise. The meditation which often accompanies yoga also is a great way to reduce anxiety. Physical therapists and yoga teachers can help give those with fibromyalgia exercises to improve flexibility, strength and stamina. All things which will improve the quality of life.
Although exercising is usually very painful for those with chronic pain problems like fibromyalgia, building up endurance gradually will bring benefits. Over time, slowly building up muscle will help the pain to decrease. It also will decrease stiffness and can reduce fatigue as well. However,everyone should remember to consult a doctor before starting an exercise routine.
6. Getting good sleep
Good sleep practices include going to bed at the same time each night and getting up at the same time each morning. As well as making sure not to stay up too late. Stay off screens right before bed. And as much as possible eliminating light when sleeping. Limiting daytime naps is a good way to find a restful sleep at night. However those with fibromyalgia tire quickly and may need to rest often during the day. This is fine, but try to keep these rests short or meditate instead of napping.