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The ABCs of Fibromyalgia

Unfortunately, there is a symptom for every letter in the alphabet.


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Fibromyalgia and Celiac Disease


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These days, celiac disease is finally getting some of the attention it deserves. People who suffer from it have long known how horrible the symptoms are. But recently more people are switching to a gluten-free diet. And one of the reasons for that is an increased awareness of the condition.

But we have to admit that the “gluten-free” lifestyle has become a bit of a fad. Lots of people are being taken in by false information about what gluten is. And there are many people who will tell you that seemingly every health problem is caused by gluten and wheat sensitivity. Many people even claim that fibromyalgia is the result of an intolerance to gluten. But what are the real facts? What is gluten and why could it be bad for you? And is there actually a link to fibromyalgia?

What Is Gluten?

Gluten is a mixture of proteins found in wheat products like bread or pasta. Humans have been eating gluten since they discovered how to cultivate wheat around 10,000 years ago. And most people’s bodies are perfectly adjusted to eating gluten. Their small intestine breaks it down into glucose for energy.

But a small percentage of people, estimated at 1% of the general population, can’t break down gluten. These people suffer from a condition called celiac disease.  For these people, eating gluten causes their body’s immune system to begin attacking the lining of their intestines. Over time, these attacks break down the system that allows their body to absorb nutrients from food. This can lead to a range of health conditions like diabetes or cancer. The condition is generally hereditary and passed down among close relatives.

But some people are also gluten-sensitive. That means that even if they don’t have celiac disease, their body reacts negatively to gluten. However, doctors disagree on how common this is. What is clear is that for the vast majority of people, gluten is perfectly safe.

And by not eating gluten, they’re depriving their body of valuable nutrients found in gluten-rich foods.

Celiac Disease And Fibromyalgia

Some say that gluten leads to chronic pain conditions like fibromyalgia. And some of the symptoms of celiac disease resemble the symptoms of fibromyalgia. The condition can lead to things like chronic fatigue, widespread pain, and mental fog.

So, there is a chance that you could be presenting a lot of the symptoms of fibromyalgia and actually be suffering from celiac disease. This similarity can make getting an accurate diagnosis difficult. Obviously, there are a few key differences.

First, celiac disease only acts up when you eat gluten. So, if your symptoms seem worse after eating anything with gluten in it, then that could be your answer. But because so many different things contain gluten, you might have a tough time connecting your symptoms to what you eat.

Secondly, there’s one thing that makes fibromyalgia distinctive. Fibromyalgia pain occurs in 18 specific points around the body and gets worse when someone applies pressure to these points. This makes it possible to tell fibro from other chronic pain conditions. A doctor can tell if you have fibromyalgia by performing a diagnostic test based on these “tender points.”But while these two conditions have much in common, it is simply not accurate to say that a gluten-free diet can cure fibromyalgia.

Our tendency to view gluten as some kind of dietary boogeyman has led some to say that fibromyalgia can be explained as the body’s response to gluten. Unfortunately, there’s just not much evidence to support that. And though some people attest that eliminating gluten has cured their fibromyalgia symptoms, there are other explanations for this improvement.

People who eat gluten-free diets often say that they feel healthier, but the reality is that anyone who is careful about what they eat and avoids processed sugar and carbs is going to feel better. These things are known to be very bad for both physical and mental health. And in fact, they can make fibromyalgia symptoms much worse. So eliminating certain foods from your diet can make a big difference.

But gluten isn’t really one that most people need to worry about. Gluten is completely harmless to everyone except the small percentage who suffer from gluten-sensitivity. So if you feel like gluten-free dieting helps you, then by all means, keep it up. It’s probably not hurting you. But people who try to boil down a complex condition like fibromyalgia to eliminating one thing from their diet are doing a serious disservice to the people who suffer from it. They raise hope that there is an easy fix when there simply isn’t.

 

The preceding article is from FibromyalgiaTreating.com and posted here for sharing purposes only. No copyright infringement intended. For additional information, please visit their website or consult your physician.

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Fibromyalgia and Dysphagia


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Dysphagia is a medical term that means that a patient has difficulty swallowing. There are a number of different conditions that can cause dysphagia. And someone who suffers from dysphagia often finds that it makes life very difficult. Depending on their condition, swallowing can be very painful, which makes eating and getting enough nutrition a challenge.

And what’s even more alarming is that many people with fibromyalgia report having problems with dysphagia.

So, what are some of the things that can cause dysphagia? Is there a link between the condition and fibromyalgia? And what can you do to treat it?

What Causes Dysphagia?

There are a number of different things that can cause dysphagia. Anything that interferes with the complex system of nerves and muscles that control the esophagus can make swallowing difficult. But some of the most common causes are:

  • Achalasia– a condition that causes the muscles in the esophagus to constrict.
  • Diffuse Spasm– a condition where the muscles spasm uncontrollably, usually after swallowing.
  • Esophageal Stricture– a narrowing of the opening of the esophagus caused by scar tissue or tumors.
  • Gastro-Intestinal Reflux Disease (GERD)– The gradual destruction of the tissue in the esophagus caused by acid from the stomach washing up into the esophagus.

Dysphagia can also occur without any obvious source. But whatever the cause, the symptoms are often similar. The most commons symptoms are difficulty swallowing, pain in the throat, frequent heartburn, a hoarse voice, and regurgitating food you’ve already eaten.

In most cases, dysphagia isn’t dangerous. But it can lead to dramatic weight loss and can be life-threatening if it causes you to regurgitate food into the lungs.

And while we don’t always know what causes the condition, we do know that it is abnormally common in people with fibromyalgia.

Dysphagia And Fibromyalgia

A study by the National Institute of Health in the United States determined that a significant number of patients with fibromyalgia reported problems with swallowing. Patients in the study reported suffering from dysphagia at a rate 40% higher than people without fibromyalgia.

Unfortunately, the reason this sort of symptom is common in people with fibromyalgia remains a mystery. There’s so much that we don’t know about how fibromyalgia works, including why it would cause dysphagia. But we can speculate on a number of possibilities.

People with fibromyalgia often experience muscle weakness. This weakness could explain why they suffer from dysphagia. The muscles that control the process of swallowing may be affected by the general weakness caused by fibromyalgia.

In addition, we know that people with fibromyalgia have problems with their nervous system. An NIH study found that patients with fibro had significantly more neurological abnormalities than a control group. If fibromyalgia is a condition that affects the nervous system, as many doctors suggest it is, then it could be causing a breakdown between the nerves that control the esophagus and the brain.

This would explain why people with fibromyalgia have a hard time swallowing. Their brain can’t control the muscles in the esophagus as it normally would. But until we know more about the condition, we can’t say for sure what the link is.

Luckily, there are some things you can do to treat the condition.

Treatment Options

The first step in treatment is a diagnosis. The most common way to diagnose the condition is with an imaging test, like a barium X-ray. Essentially, the patient drinks a contrast material – barium- which coats the esophagus and makes it easier to see on the X-ray. The doctor can then examine the image to see if your esophagus is expanding correctly. And this examination can also be done with an endoscopic camera.

Your treatment will depend on what’s causing the condition. If the condition is caused by weakened muscles, there are a number of exercises you can do to strengthen the muscles. And you can learn different swallowing techniques to compensate for the weakened muscles. Your doctor will be able to advise you on what to do.

If the treatment is caused by muscle constriction in the esophagus, there are a number of medications that can help relax the muscles. In addition, a surgeon can perform a procedure to dilate the muscles and force them to relax. Finally, a surgeon can remove portions of the esophagus to widen the space for food to pass through.

If you’re experiencing difficulties swallowing, it’s always a good idea to see a doctor. They will be able to give you advice on the best course of treatment.

The preceding article is from FibromyalgiaTreating.com and posted here for sharing purposes only. No copyright infringement intended. For additional information, please visit their website or consult your physician.

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Fibromyalgia and Achalasia


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Achalasia is a rare disease. So rare in fact, that you may never have heard of it. But for people who suffer from the condition, it’s very real and often extremely painful. And it actually has a fair amount of relevance for people with fibromyalgia.

That’s because people with fibromyalgia often deal with persistent heartburn. And achalasia can mimic many of the symptoms of that condition. So it’s possible that if you have fibromyalgia and you’re dealing with frequent chest pains, you may actually have achalasia. And learning to recognize the signs can help prevent misdiagnoses and help you get effective treatment.

So, what is Achalasia? Why is it a concern for people with fibromyalgia? And what can you do to treat it?

What Is Achalasia?

Achalasia is a condition where the muscles in the lower esophagus lose the ability to relax and contract. That ability of the esophagus to relax and contract is important in the process of digestion. When you swallow food, the esophagus expands to allow it to pass into the stomach. When you have achalasia, this normal process stops functioning correctly. And food can essentially get stuck in the esophagus. Obviously, this is often quite painful.

We don’t fully understand what causes the condition, but it probably has something to do with damage to the nerves that control the muscles in the esophagus.

The condition leads to a number of uncomfortable symptoms. There’s the obvious difficulty swallowing food or liquids. And when food gets trapped in the esophagus, your body may naturally regurgitate it. If this regurgitation occurs when you are lying down, the food may actually travel into the lungs, which can be dangerous.

And achalasia can also lead to sharp chest pains with no clear cause. This pain is a little different from heartburn, but people with the condition can have heartburn as well. That fact can sometimes make it difficult to diagnose the condition.

Achalasia is quite rare, but heartburn is very common. So, if you’re experiencing pain in the chest, a doctor will likely assume that you’re suffering from acid reflux. Luckily, there are a few tests that can determine if you have Achalasia. The doctor can take X-rays of the esophagus to look for contractions, or use an endoscopy tube to visually examine the esophagus.

People with fibromyalgia also have a higher risk of heartburn, which means that you may experience symptoms similar to achalasia.

Achalasia And Fibromyalgia

Having fibromyalgia makes you more likely to develop heartburn. The most likely explanation for this link is that having fibromyalgia makes it difficult to exercise. A condition that causes chronic fatigue and constant pain obviously makes getting regular cardio a challenge.

As a result, people with fibromyalgia often struggle with obesity. Those extra pounds put pressure on the stomach and esophagus, which can lead to acid reflux. Acid reflux causes chronic chest pain, which can sometimes be quite sharp. And these symptoms can be difficult to distinguish from achalasia.

If you’re experiencing chest pain, it’s always a good idea to see a doctor. It may even be a symptom of a more serious condition like heart problems.

What Are Your Treatment Options?

Your treatment will depend on which condition you have. If you have achalasia, there are a few options. Your doctor may perform a procedure where a balloon is inserted into the esophagus and inflated, forcing it to open. This procedure may need to be repeated several times if the condition reoccurs.

In addition, the doctor can inject muscle relaxants directly into the esophagus. This procedure may also need to be repeated regularly for best results.

There are also more permanent surgical procedures. The most common procedure is called a Heller myotomy and involves cutting away a portion of the esophagus, expanding the space for food to pass through. But this procedure can increase your risk of developing acid reflux. So, it may need to be combined with a procedure where a portion of the stomach is wrapped around the lower part of the esophagus, tightening the muscles to prevent reflux.

If you’re just suffering from acid reflux, your best bet is to lose weight. Losing just a few pounds can significantly improve your symptoms. But there are also a number of effective medications that reduce the amount of stomach acid you produce. Your doctor will be able to advise you on the best treatment program for you.

 

The preceding article is from FibromyalgiaTreating com and posted here for sharing purposes only. No copyright infringement intended. For additional information, please visit their website or consult your physician.

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Fibromyalgia and Visceral Pain


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If there’s one thing someone with fibromyalgia knows, it’s pain. After all, anyone living with the kind of chronic, excruciating pain that fibromyalgia causes quickly finds that their life becomes all about it.

But did you know that there are actually several different types of pain?

Doctors spend a lot of their time trying to help people in pain. And they’ve developed a system for classifying it over the years. One of these categories is something called “visceral pain.” Visceral pain can be one of the most painful kinds and is often an indication that something is seriously wrong with the body.

So, let’s talk about visceral pain. What is it? What causes it? And what can you do about it?

What Is Visceral Pain?

The most widely accepted system for classifying pain breaks it into two large categories: nociceptive and neuropathic.

Nociceptive pain is a normal response to injury or disease that arises in the tissue of the body. Meanwhile, neuropathic pain is rooted in the nervous system. And within those categories are subcategories, including visceral pain.

Visceral pain is classified under nociceptive pain because it comes from within the tissue of the body. Specifically, visceral pain affects the inner organs, or viscera. This category usually refers to organs inside the abdomen like the liver, lungs, kidneys, and heart.

Doctors used to believe that these organs were actually unable to feel pain. But we now understand that these organs just feel pain differently than the rest of the body. If you were to say, slice your liver with a knife, you may not actually feel that much pain. But if you were to twist or stretch your liver, you would experience a great deal of pain.

That’s because of the way the nervous system around these organs is structured. These nerves are very sensitive to certain types of pain and insensitive to others. And visceral pain is often felt very differently from other types of pain as well.

The pain is often described as a sort of vague, unpleasant sensation that seems to spread across the abdomen. And it is often hard to identify by the feeling where the pain is actually coming from. In addition, visceral pain can produce symptoms in your mood. Many people who suffer from this type of pain report feelings of malaise or anxiety.

That’s not to suggest that visceral pain isn’t as physically uncomfortable as other types of pain. In fact, when someone develops a medical condition that leads to visceral pain, it can be truly agonizing.

What Causes It?

For instance, one source of visceral pain, kidney stones, is considered by many to be the most intense physical pain that someone can experience. People have even described it being worse than the pain of childbirth. Kidney stones are caused by a build-up of minerals in the kidneys that grow into solid masses inside the organs and have to be passed through the urinary tract, a process which can be miserable to go through.

And generally, any condition that leads to inflammation or distention (being pulled out of place) of the organs can lead to extreme visceral pain. For instance, a heart attack is one of the most common conditions that lead to visceral pain. And conditions like inflammation of the liver (hepatitis) or clots in the veins that prevent blood from flowing to organs are common causes of visceral pain as well.

There are many different, less-common sources of pain in the organs, and a doctor will be able to give you a diagnosis of what is causing your pain. And that diagnosis will determine how your pain is treated.

How Can You Treat It?

The first step in treating visceral pain is to help the patient with the pain itself. There are a number of ways to do this, like opioid pain-relievers or a nerve block, where medication is injected directly into a group of nerves to cut off the sensation of pain.

After finding a way to manage the pain, the doctor will try to identify what is causing it. Treatment will then focus on fixing the underlying issue. For a condition like kidney stones, for instance, doctors can use a machine that sends shockwaves into the kidneys, breaking the stones up into smaller pieces that are easier to pass.

Ultimately, what type of treatment you get will depend on what condition you have. Always consult a doctor as soon as possible if you’re experiencing severe pain. They will be able to recommend effective treatment.

The preceding article is from FibromyalgiaTreating.com and posted here for sharing purposes only. No copyright infringement intended. For additional information, please visit their website or consult your physician.

 

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Fibromyalgia and Insomnia


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Got fibromyalgia? Chances are you have fibromyalgia and insomnia. At the very least you probably deal with really crappy sleep. Insomnia for fibro patients means sleepless nights, tossing and turning, sometimes due to pain or discomfort. On other nights it’s due to racing thoughts. You probably also have problems simply falling asleep or even waking in the middle of the night, but unable to go back to sleep. And, of course, when you “wake” in the morning, you’re exhausted.

Maybe it’s because you have restless leg syndrome (RLS), which is very common among fibromyalgia patients. In fact, for some people, it appears that insomnia came first and then led to fibromyalgia. But there is so much mystery with fibromyalgia due in large part to the inconsistencies. That is to say, everyone’s fibro experience is different. And so is the reason they developed it in the first place. With that in mind, your insomnia probably looks different than mine, but it nevertheless effects 86% of fibromyalgia patients.

What causes insomnia when you have fibromyalgia?

Well, that’s a good question. Partly because it’s possible that insomnia can actually lead to fibromyalgia for some people. Furthermore, there are so many symptoms and conditions associated with fibromyalgia, that it’s almost impossible to determine the actual cause.

The National Sleep Foundation attributes the comorbidity of fibromyalgia and insomnia in patients to pain. “For people with fibromyalgia, the combination of pain and sleep disturbance is a double-edged sword: the pain makes sleep more difficult and sleep deprivation exacerbates pain. The good news is that reduction in sleep disturbance is usually followed by improvement in pain symptoms. This also highlights the importance of healthy sleep and to find a sleep professional in treating this disease.”

They reference a study consisting of deliberately sleep-deprived middle-aged women. Over the course of three days, their pain tolerance decreased while their pain and fatigue increased, “suggesting that such sleep disruption may play an important role in the development of fibromyalgia symptoms.” Many studies have been conducted to examine the connection between fibromyalgia and insomnia, as well as a myriad of other symptoms and related conditions. But nothing is conclusive. Again, we are back to the mystery.

What can I do for my fibromyalgia and insomnia?

The first thing you need to do it is have your sleep history thoroughly evaluated. You may be experiencing sleep disturbances without realizing the source. For example, for some reason sleep apnea affects many fibromyalgia patients, causing them to wake constantly because they aren’t breathing. Additionally, RLS is so disturbing to sleep that it is actually considered a sleep disorder.

Another issue to get checked for is verifying whether you have fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome. Or, worse yet…. both. In fact, you may be dealing with something else entirely, like hypothyroidism or other endocrine disorders. These will be treated in a very different way than fibromyalgia and that’s why it is important to officially rule them out.

Medications may be an option, but keep in mind that sleeping pills are not meant for chronic insomnia. A clinical psychologist and behavioral sleep specialist at Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Mary Rose, explains that sleeping pills are only meant for short-term relief, often to get your sleep cycle back on track. Dr. Rose adds that she cautions her fibromyalgia patients struggling with good sleep against napping. Taking a nap during the day robs you of sleep at night.

Of course, there are other options that include making sleep a priority in your life. Dr. Natalie Dautovich of the National Sleep Foundation says that “making sleep a real priority can help you get more out of it.” She offers four tips to do this:

  • Limit or avoid caffeine altogether
  • Limit alcohol, especially at night
  • Use medications when needed (Talk to your doctor about how and when to use them.)
  • Practice relaxation techniques like deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, and imagery training

When I was 19 years old, I developed insomnia and that led to excruciating headaches. To make matters worse, I am highly sensitive and didn’t know it. All of this is likely tied to my fibro symptoms. I spent years trying various options to help me sleep. Of them all, the two that have worked most consistently for me are calcium (combined with magnesium for absorption) and valerian root. As long as I take one or the other, I usually have a relatively decent night of sleep. If I skip more than two nights of taking it, I’m awake for hours and hours. And I feel like death the next day. Have you found something that works especially well for you? Tell us about it, please!

The preceding article is from FibromyalgiaTreating.com and posted here for sharing purposes only. No copyright infringement intended. For additional information, please visit their website or consult your doctor.

As someone living with chronic illnesses, FibromyalgiaTreating.com is one of my preferred sites to follow. They’re consistent with factual information and supply hyperlinks for further browsing.

I shared the article above because it emphasizes the necessity to see a physician if you’re dealing with insomnia. Having a chronic illness and insomnia is not unusual but insomnia can be a sign of something else–and I found this out for myself in 2007.

The rest of the article annoys me. Below is the response I posted on FibromyalgiaTreating.com’s website.

I’ve found many articles with valuable information on your website – this isn’t one of them.

She may be a clinical psychologist, but Mary Rose cautioning her fibro patients against napping during the day is one of the most craptastic things I’ve heard yet.

I don’t believe I’ve ever met a fibro sufferer who took (or scheduled) regular naps. However, I have met many who spent 8+ hours in bed only to get two good hours of sleep–and I’m also one of that lucky group. We get up and attempt to go about our day, but at some point, the body is going to rebel. It wants sleep and it is going to win. Staying awake is not an option, no matter how busy or active you are. Someone who understands chronic illness with the added burden of insomnia would understand this and not issue such insipid warnings to their patients.

As for Dautovich’s advice to make sleep a real priority… is she making this up as she goes along? This type of ‘sound’ advice is what makes fibro sufferers leery of medical professionals. Everyone is listening… and not hearing one word we say. This type of ‘sound’ advice… and $1.79 will get you the large coffee at Burger King. But it won’t get you any closer to a restful night of sleep.

True, of the millions who suffer from fibromyalgia, it’s difficult to find just two people with the same symptoms. But you don’t have to be a medical professional to know there *IS* a shared component that encompasses the fatigue, pain, insomonia, appetite, motor skills and cognitive thinking. However, that component will remain hidden as long as patient concerns aren’t taken seriously; as long as empty words like “make sleep a real priority” are considered part of patient care, and as long as there are still physicians who refuse to recognize fibromyalgia as a ‘real’ illness.

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Fibromyalgia and Flare-Ups


 

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Fibromyalgia flare-ups are one of those things that come along to remind you that just when you thought you were getting a handle on managing your fibromyalgia, it can always seem to get worse for no reason.

The sudden intense pain and fatigue can immediately cancel any plans you had for that day or even week. And they make coping with your fibromyalgia much more difficult.

But what exactly is a fibromyalgia flare up? And what can you do about them?

What Is A Fibromyalgia Flare-Up?

Put simply, a fibromyalgia flare-up is a sudden increase in the level of your fibromyalgia symptoms. This flare-up can take the form of especially severe pain or increased fatigue. So essentially, a fibromyalgia flare-up is just a period of time when the basic level of pain, fatigue, and mental fog you normally feel with fibromyalgia is much worse than it usually is.

So if you suddenly feel much more tired than usual, feel intense pain in a certain part of your body, or feel like you can’t focus on anything, you’re likely having a fibromyalgia flare-up.

While no one is sure exactly what is happening during a fibromyalgia flare up that makes these symptoms worse, there are definitely a number of things that seem to trigger them.

What Causes A Fibromyalgia Flare-Up?

There are a lot of different things that can cause a fibromyalgia flare up. The weather, for instance, is a common trigger. Sudden shifts in the pressure in the air cause fibromyalgia to suddenly get worse for a lot of people.

Diet can also play a major role. Some people with fibromyalgia can’t eat certain foods without triggering a fibromyalgia flare up, which makes identifying and avoiding those foods a constant concern.

Another trigger is a lack of sleep. Researchers at the Mayo Clinic have identified that a lack of sleep is a major contributing factor in fibromyalgia symptoms. Of course, we all know that fibromyalgia makes it pretty difficult to get a good night’s rest, but a few nights tossing and turning more than usual can definitely trigger a flare-up.

Too much exercise can also trigger flare-ups. Now, exercise is great for helping manage your fibromyalgia, but make sure not to push yourself too hard, as too much exertion triggers flare-ups.

But the most common trigger by far is probably stress. Doctors have known for a long time that stress is bad for your body in many ways. It can cause weight gain and shorten your lifespan. And being stressed out is also the surest way to trigger fibromyalgia flare ups in a lot of people.

What Can You Do About It?

There are a few things you can do that may help to make your fibromyalgia flare-ups easier to deal with.

First, and most obvious, you want to avoid the types of things that trigger flare-ups in the first place. Make sure you’re sticking to as regular a sleeping schedule as you can. The extra sleep will help prevent flare-ups. Second, avoid stress as much as possible. Obviously, life is stressful, especially when you have fibromyalgia, but anything you can do to help you be less stressed is going to help enormously with avoiding flare-ups. Meditation, yoga, or even just breathing exercises can all help you feel more centered and less stressed.

But if you can’t avoid a flare up, there are also things you can do to help tone down the pain you’re feeling.

Medication

Begin with your medication. If your doctors prescribed something to help you deal with flares, take it regularly. Don’t skip any doses, even if you feel like you’re getting better. A flare can suddenly get worse after it begins to feel better. It’s also helpful to take medication if you feel like a fibromyalgia flare-up might be coming on. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

Set Boundaries

It’s also a good idea to be proactive about managing your daily life when you’re dealing with fibromyalgia flare-ups. Let people around you know that you’re having a tough time. Don’t take on any added responsibility at work or home. And don’t do anything or deal with people that could make you feel stressed out. Stress will only make your symptoms worse.

Set personal boundaries with the people who depend on you. Let them know that you need them to let you rest.

Catch Up On Sleep

And if you can, use the opportunity to catch up on sleep. Getting some rest will really help your fibromyalgia flare ups resolve themselves faster and be less severe. While it’s not easy to sleep through a flare up, you may be able to get medication that will help you sleep with a doctor. But even if you can’t, any rest you can get is the best way to manage a flare-up.

Manage Your Diet

Make sure you’re eating a healthy diet. You may be tempted during a bad flare up to crawl into bed and eat easy-to-prepare junk food. While that’s perfectly understandable, it won’t help your symptoms. Maintaining a healthy diet with plenty of balanced nutrients and vitamins will help you resolve your flare-ups and prevent them in the future.

These tips can help you deal with flare-ups. But if you get flare-ups regularly, the best thing to do is talk to your doctor. A doctor who specializes in fibromyalgia will know about the most effective treatments, and can even give you some advice about how to manage your daily life to better avoid flare-ups. You can find a list of doctors who specialize in your area at the National Fibromyalgia Research Foundation.

Even if you already have a doctor, finding one who deals with fibromyalgia patients regularly can be helpful. They will be more aware of the best treatments and research.

The preceding article is from FibromyalgiaTreating.com and posted here for sharing purposes only. No copyright infringement intended. For additional information, please visit their website or consult your physician.

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