Don’t Let Fibromyalgia Control Your Life

If you have fibromyalgia, you’re familiar with the fatigue, musculoskeletal pain, inability to focus, and irritable bowel symptoms that accompany the condition. The disease is thought to occur when your body amplifies pain sensations and/or your brain irregularly processes pain signals.

Triggers for fibromyalgia include physical trauma, infection, psychological stress, or surgery. But, you may be among those who find their symptoms accumulate over time without a notable triggering event.

Women are more likely to develop fibromyalgia — perhaps due to hormones — as are people who have arthritis or lupus. But, just because you have the condition doesn’t mean you have to put your life on hold. At Elite Pain Center locations in Springfield, MO, Myrtle Beach, SC, Osage Beach, MO, Las Vegas, NV, & Galena, KS, you get support and relief from fibromyalgia. We help you manage the chronic pain symptoms with physical therapy and chiropractic care. In some cases, we use interventional pain management, including steroid injections and nerve blocks or pain-relieving medications, if other methods of pain and symptom control don’t work.

However, you also have control over how you feel each and every day. The practitioners at Elite Pain Center can teach you how you to deal with flare-ups of fibromyalgia with a change in lifestyle habits. Read on to learn how you can take power over your health, even when stricken with the mysteries of fibromyalgia.

Take on stress and eliminate it

You’re in control of your stress levels. When stressful events or circumstances present, deep breathing techniques or meditation can help you respond healthfully so your fibromyalgia symptoms don’t escalate. Pace yourself during the day and avoid putting too many responsibilities on your plate.

Reducing stress doesn’t mean quitting your job or avoiding all responsibilities — it just means limiting overcommitting and being OK with saying “no” sometimes. We can help you learn proper stress management and reduction techniques.

Exercise away fibromyalgia

While exercise can seem painful at first and send you running back to bed, stick with it to manage your pain. Swimming, walking, and biking are low-impact, more gentle options that, when done regularly, can ease pain. Start small and build your efforts gradually. We can help you develop an at-home program, too, that includes stretching, postural, and relaxation exercises.

Follow a healthy diet

Focus on healthy, unprocessed foods such as lots of fresh vegetables and fruits, whole grains, and lean proteins. Limit caffeine intake and minimize (or eliminate) alcohol. What you eat influences how your tissues feel and directly impacts inflammation levels. Keep a food diary to determine how your meals affect your symptoms.

Sleep well

Fatigue is a major symptom of fibromyalgia and sufficient sleep is essential in helping you feel your best. Practice good sleep hygiene: Keep your room dark and cool, set up a bedtime ritual, and set normal bed and wake times.

Practice schedule management

You’ll have good days and bad days. Be wary, though. If you’re too ambitious on your good days and overdo it, you may extend the number of bad days you experience. Practice moderation in your schedule, and resist the temptation to do it all on good days and retreat completely on bad days.

If you suffer from fibromyalgia, the teams at Elite Pain Centers are ready to help. We offer the medical support that complements your at-home care strategies. Call the nearest location or schedule an appointment online to take control of fibromyalgia and your health today.

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