Fibromyalgia can be a difficult condition to live with. The exhaustion and chronic pain can make normal, daily living tricky to manage. Compound this with a high chance of the condition going misdiagnosed, approaching effective pain management can be near impossible. Properly diagnosing fibromyalgia is the first step in formulating a plan for treatment. If you suffer from it, there are a few things you can do, in conjunction with typical treatments, to relieve some of the symptoms.
Choose an Anti-Inflammatory Diet
There are a variety of foods that have been shown to reduce inflammation, conversely, just as many shown to cause it. By tweaking your diet you can not only eat healthier, but create a sort of muscle and joint pain remedy in the process. Visit Flexcin’s nutrition section of the blog for a variety of tips and tricks to get you started on a healthier, anti-inflammatory diet.
Pay Attention to Caffeine
A number of fibromyalgia patients have found that caffeine, especially from coffee, exacerbates their symptoms. If you’re an avid coffee drinker, try abstaining from it for a day, and see if your symptoms are any less severe.
Exercise, but Listen to your Body
Exercise is great for relieving joint and muscle pain in the long run, but it is just as important to listen to your body during any physical activity. Opt for low-impact exercises, like swimming and biking. Also, remember, the more you exercise, the more your body will need to rest and repair.
Pain triggered by fibromyalgia is different than the pain caused by typical joint and muscle injuries. The pain associated with the condition is a result from hormone imbalances in the brain, and the way the pain-signals are processed. Many fibromyalgia patients have found meditation to be a huge benefit in managing their symptoms. Meditation is an alternative approach to pain reduction; utilizing the brain, it accesses the psychological components of your mind to improve overall health.
What steps do you take to live comfortably with fibromyalgia?