Fibromyalgia is a common syndrome characterized by diffuse tenderness and widespread pain (commonly on arms, legs, neck, back, hip, and shoulders). Currently, there is no cure for this musculoskeletal condition. However, there are several ways to help cope with the disease naturally.
Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition. While the symptoms can go away, there are also times for them to return. Since it can be a lifelong problem, self-care is so important to manage the symptoms. In other words, you cannot only rely on the prescription medication.
If you have this musculoskeletal condition, it’s critical to educate yourself about the disease because you should understand the nature of this disease. This is also useful to help you provide your family and friends with adequate information so thus you will get more emotional support from them to cope with the problem.
In addition to the treatment plan prescribed by your doctor, the following lifestyle approaches and home remedies can help.
It’s undeniable that having good sleep (both in quantity and quality) is so essential to keep your body fit and healthy in long term. And you might know that it is so vital to allow your body repair itself optimally.
The pain of fibromyalgia can be very bothersome, and sleep can help ease this discomfort symptom and improve fatigue.
Try going to bed & waking up at the same time every day. This can help create a regular sleep cycle and reduce your risk of having sleep deprivations. Below are other helpful tips:
- Don’t drink alcohol and caffeine in the evening or late afternoon! They can keep you from falling asleep if consumed too close to your sleep-time. If you can fall asleep, you are more likely to have poor sleep –not deep sleep, because you can sleep with dehydration.
- Don’t go with daytime nap more than 30 minutes. If necessary, avoid it! Sleeping in the afternoon may make you difficult to fall asleep at night, which then can disturb your sleep cycle.
- Keep active throughout the day and have a regular exercise! Getting plenty of physical activity can help make you easier to fall asleep at night. However, don’t overdo it and don’t do it within 3 hours of your bedtime!
- Your bed is only for sleeping. Avoid other activities in your bed that can make you keep alert and hard to sleep such as watching TV, playing laptop, reading novel, and so on!
- Make your bedroom and bed as comfortable as possible! Keep it comfort, dark, and quiet!
- Eating spicy meals is not recommended before bedtime. This may cause heartburn which then can affect your sleep.
- If necessary, do relaxation activities such taking warm bath with lukewarm water or listening to music – or other things that can help make you ready to sleep!
But while sleep can help manage the disease, it also can be disturbed by the symptoms of the disease. If you think that the disease has affected the quality of your sleep, consult more with a doctor for more advice!
Uncontrolled episode of chronic stress is linked to many health conditions. It is also reported can worsen the symptoms of many health problems, including in fibromyalgia.
Therefore, keeping yourself from overexertion and emotional psychological problem (such as stress) should be included in your treatment plan! Allow yourself time for every day to get relax.
There are plenty of options to help cope with stress. Sometime, it can be inevitable but it can be managed!
Though there is still no clearly answer whether there are specific nutrients that can help cope with fibromyalgia, but most experts agree that it’s important to always stick with a healthy & well-balanced diet.
Limit caffeine – get most your fats with unsaturated fats, and keep hydrated! Well-balanced diet is not only essential to nourish your body but also make it generally feel better which eventually helpful to reduce your risk of other health problems.
Sometime fibromyalgia can be painful on one /some tender points of the body. And this may push you to become a sedentary individual.
However, don’t let the disease cause physical inactivity! Instead, make yourself as physically active as possible!
Even, many studies found that regular exercise can be one of the most effective approaches to treat fibromyalgia.