It is believed by best estimates that there are currently five million Americans living with fibromyalgia, many of which, likely haven’t even be diagnosed. And while living with the condition can be challenging at the best of times, perhaps the hallmark symptom that all sufferers dread is the ‘fibro-flare.’ And while there is no surefire or guaranteed way to avoid them completely, by practicing these tips, you can certainly learn how to keep them at bay.
While this is a good practice for everyone, it is especially advisable for people with fibromyalgia. Stress can be a huge trigger for fibro-flares, and while we understand that it is impossible to avoid all stress as we go through our lives, just try not to overexert yourself and avoid stressful situations. Have a friend who usually gets you worked up? Maybe cancel dinner with them and opt for something a little more relaxing.
Keep a Journal
Journals are a helpful way to express our feelings and to make sense of the events that happen to us throughout our day. However, if you suffer from fibromyalgia, it can do double duty by helping you determine what your triggers are. People, places and things can all trigger the onset of a fibro-flare, so by knowing what these things are, you stand a better chance at avoiding them all together.
Often overlooked, but if you spend much of your time sitting, standing or laying down in poor form, then it can cause unwanted additional pressure on your joints and muscles, which can lead your already achy muscles to hurt much more. We know it’s not easy, but try standing tall with your shoulders back. And if you have to sit all day for work, be sure you have an ergonomically designed chair and go for regular walks.
Food is fuel, it is that simple. And the better the fuel, the better you run. So if you suffer from fibromyalgia, a healthy diet consisting of lots of fiber, fruit, vegetables, low-fat protein and clean, whole foods is a must. It’s best to avoid high-sugar and processed foods, and by keeping a journal that includes what you eat, you can learn about any possible food triggers that cause a flare up.
Fibromyalgia is still not a very well understood condition, however, through education and shared support systems, those who do suffer can learn how to live a full life with this disease, knowing that they aren’t alone.