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Ways to Cope With Fibromyalgia...
drkoop.com Health Correspondent
Accept that your pain is real and take control of your health. There is no cure for FMS, but you can lead a fulfilling life by learning about the illness and finding the best ways to manage your symptoms.
Pace yourself to avoid fatigue, and eliminate as much stress as you can from your life. You can't do everything, and some days will be better than others.
Find a support system. Don't feel guilty about asking friends and family for help, and work with your doctor to learn more about FMS and its treatments. Many communities have fibromyalgia support groups, which can provide invaluable information as well as understanding and support.
Develop an exercise program that works for you. Begin slowly under the supervision of a doctor or physical therapist, and build up stamina over time. Water exercises are particularly helpful.
Treat yourself well -- eat right, drink plenty of water, avoid cigarettes, alcohol and caffeine, and ask your doctor to recommend a good multivitamin supplement.
Improve the quality of your sleep. Make sure your bed and pillow are comfortable; many FMS patients find that a heated waterbed provides the most comfort, but others prefer a firm mattress or futon. Avoid sleeping directly under an air conditioning vent or fan, as cold drafts can cause your muscles to tense. Try eating a light snack before bedtime.
Focus on the positive. Fibromyalgia is frustrating and painful, but fortunately, it is not life threatening, and treatments are improving every day as doctors learn more about it.
Fibromyalgia Alliance of America (FMAA)
P.O. Box 21990
Columbus, OH 43221-0990