Don’t Let Fibromyalgia Slow Your Life Down! Here’s How To Manage
Fibromyalgia is one of the most common types of chronic pain disorders. It’s estimated that there are more than 5 million people in the United States that suffer from this. I personally know people with the condition and I see what they go through every day-it’s not easy. If you’re somebody who has an active lifestyle, but fibromyalgia seems to be getting in the way, don’t worry, there are ways to manage this disorder so that you can get your life back on track.
“It’s All In Your Head”
I’ve heard so many people say that the fibromyalgia pain is all in the head of the sufferer, meaning they’re making it up. This has actually been a confirmed disorder thanks to studies that have been done by doctors. Researchers have uncovered that images show more activity in the brain in reaction to pain in those with fibromyalgia than those who don’t have it. People who suffer from this feel pain at greater levels than those who don’t. So what causes this? They’re thinking that it’s from nerves overreacting, causing this greater level of pain.
“It Can’t Be Treated”
While it may not be able to be cured, there are ways that you can relieve some of the symptoms. Lifestyle changes are one of the first things that people do to start their treatments, but if you don’t want to do that, you can always opt for something else to help ease the pain, such as a mattress made specifically for fibromyalgia pain. It may seem silly, but if you wake up feeling more rested and with less aches and pains that you would with a regular mattress, there’s probably a better chance that you’ll be able to do more of what you love throughout the day.
You can also try to improve your posture. You wouldn’t believe how many issues bad posture can cause, and who knows, maybe that’s really underlying cause of your pain.
“It’s A Woman’s Disease”
Sure, 80% of those with fibromyalgia are women, but it’s really common, meaning men can have it as well. Women do tend to have a lower pain tolerance than men do and more symptoms to go along with the disorder, but men responded very similarly to treatment as well as with exercises. It appears in all cultures, ethnicities, and age ranges, but typically starts in the 30’s.
How To Feel Better
There are plenty of things that you can do to make yourself feel better and live your normal life. As I suggested above, try to improve your posture and maybe invest in a mattress specifically for fibro pain. You can also try exercising, getting enough sleep, making work changes if it’s really necessary, and eating well. If you have a lifestyle of eating poorly, not sleeping enough, not exercising, your pain is probably going to be worse than if you didn’t do those things. So in that case, you would really want to make a lifestyle change.
Exercising is something that I strongly recommend. If you have back pain associated with fibromyalgia, I suggest working on some exercises to reduce the back pain itself. Meditation has been shown to help repair damage to muscles and yoga, pilates, and tai chi can help to recondition that area of pain. If you can’t push yourself too hard, mild exercises can help reduce pain and discomfort. If it comes down to it, consider some chiropractic care to help with neck, back, and head issues.
While there isn’t such thing as a diet for fibromyalgia, there have been people who reported that they feel better when they eat certain foods. You should consider keeping a food diary to see which foods make you feel better and which ones make you feel worse. Overall, you should still be eating a well-rounded diet of whole grains, chicken, fish, fruits, veggies, and low-fat dairy. You should try to avoid anything fried, processed, high in saturated fats, and limit your sugar and salt intake.
There may not be a cure for fibromyalgia, but that doesn’t mean it has to ruin your life. You can still do what you normally do, unless the pain gets to be too much for you and you absolutely have to stop. It’s not fair that something that isn’t your fault is running your life. Make some changes and live life to the fullest.