Fibromyalgia is a very common, chronic condition that causes widespread muscle and joint pain, tenderness, fatigue, depression, as well as many other symptoms. It’s often accompanied by a condition that sufferers refer to as “fibro fog,” a constant state of fatigue that results in mood and memory problems. There is, as of yet, no cure for fibromyalgia, although there are various treatments that people use to reduce symptoms.
People with fibromyalgia suffer from severe episodes of painful symptoms, called flares. Coping with flares is more than just tough: many sufferers report that it is simply impossible to make the pain go away completely. However, certain techniques can help make managing fibromyalgia symptoms a little bit easier. Unfortunately, what works for one person may not work for others and so that is when people suffering from this syndrome will need to start looking for alternative methods until they are able to find a more permanent treatment.
We spoke with a group of women who have Fibromyalgia to learn how they deal with fibro flare-ups. Here’s their advice:
1. Get proactive.
“I try not to overdo things physically, and keep my stress and anxiety levels low. I am compliant with all medications prescribed to me. Physical therapy is a regular weekly event, and I do PT exercises daily. When I do flare, I retreat from the world, rest, and have pain medication that helps immensely.” – Mary
“I take vitamin supplements, goji juice, Nopalea cactus juice, and medications. I also use a heating pad and visit the chiropractor when needed.” – Renda
2. Don’t push yourself too hard.
“On days you don’t hurt and ache, you might try to do too much to compensate for the days you feel bad. As a result, you hurt so bad you cannot rest. Try not to do that to yourself.” – Anonymous
3. Make yourself comfortable, whatever that means for you.
“Minimize and simplify! I notify family members of flares and stay in my PJs. I also wash my face and hands then brush my teeth and hair. Afterward, I rest as much as is needed and keep heat and medications close at hand.” – Anonymous
“Find new ways to do things; like how you eat, how you work, even how you sit.” – Rachel
4. Rest. Rest. Rest.
“My strategy for dealing with Fibro flares is simple: sleep and limit activity. When I have a flare-up, I typically lay around and do as little activity as necessary. Even if I wanted to do something, like go out with friends, the flare won’t let me. That’s why I limit my activity in the first place. Plus, the exhaustion is kicked up a couple notches, so all I want to do is sleep anyway.” – Rachel
“I take it easy, and rest when my body needs to.” – Margaret
“I rest and avoid stress as much as possible. I have a comfortable recliner and bed.” – Anonymous
“I try to get as much rest as possible and when I am up I try not to overdo the physical activity such as cleaning bathrooms. I know I have to clean them but maybe not all at one time.” -Sherrie
5. Keep your chin up.
“Just know, fibromyalgia is what you have, it doesn’t have you! I mean that this is just a condition you have, but don’t let it control your whole life. Fibromyalgia has kicked my butt, but I don’t let it keep me down!” – Rachel
“Keep moving. Rest when needed, and above all … read the Word of God. Focus on hope. It will get better.” – Vicky
“Hang in there. As time goes on you will understand your body and what it needs. You know your body better than anyone else. Don’t forget that.” – Margaret
Do you have a tip for managing Fibromyalgia flare-ups? Leave it in the comments below.