Fibromyalgia is a hard condition to live with on the best of days, however, when you throw flares into the mix, those days go from bad to unbearable real quick. Most patients with fibromyalgia report widespread muscle pain, fatigue, stiffness, cognitive difficulties (often called Fibro Fog), anxiety, emotional distress and sleep problems. Needless to say, if you or someone you know is experiencing any or all of the above, the chances of them having a good day are slim. However, you don’t have to sit back idly.
While fibromyalgia is still a long way from being fully understood, what we have managed to do is learn some helpful tips and practice over the years in order to better combat the symptoms. For while we may not know where fibromyalgia comes from yet, we do know that it comes with flares and being able to deal with that is a great start. So on that note, here are some helpful idea on how to deal with those pesky, bad fibro-flare days.
Sit back and catch up on some reading: While never enjoyable, it is often good to accept the reality of a fibro-flare, so when you are in the midst of one, it can often be a good chance to sit back and read in order to distract your mind. Plus, it gives you a chance to start that book you’ve been meaning to read or that magazine article your friend told you about.
Listen to music: We’ll admit, it sounds a bit cliche, but studies have shown that music can serve as both a distraction and help with focus, so depending on what you’re doing, hitting play and turning the volume up may just be the ticket you need to get through your flare.
Meditation: Many people who suffer from fibromyalgia report much of their discomfort stems from the mind as well the body, and the connection between the two has long been known to the medical community. Mediation can help a person to get out of their head, if even for just a short while, which can help shift their focus away from their discomfort and on to something more productive.
Stay ahead of the pain: When it comes to fibromyalgia, it is often recommended to ‘stay ahead of the pain,’ meaning that if you wait to treat it until it is very bad, then chances are your body will take longer in order to feel better.
Gentle yoga and stretches: It can be easy to just lay there and not move when experiencing a fibro-flare, however, that is one of the worst things you can do. Try doing some light stretches or gentle yoga and you’ll be amazed at how better you feel when you are a little more limber and your blood is flowing a little better.