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How can I help myself with Fibromyalgia?

By Anonymous March 20, 2016 - 1:35pm
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Hi Anon

Thank you for your post!

I'm sorry you've had this diagnosis, Fibro is very difficult at times, both mentally and physically.

Fibromyalgia is considered a syndrome, not a disease, that is associated with and can overlap arthritis.

A person with symptoms of fibromyalgia may experience widespread pain, body tenderness and sensitivity, headaches, painful menstrual periods, sleep disturbances and fatigue, morning stiffness, sensitivity to loud noises and temperature in addition to other, often overlapping symptoms.

While it is still uncertain what causes fibromyalgia, research has shown that acute stress such as that occurring with a car accident or some other traumatic incident could contribute. Researchers also agree that fibromyalgia is a disorder of abnormal sensory processing in the central nervous system causing pain amplification. There are ongoing studies working toward further understanding of the disorder.

Although it sounds obvious - a healthy diet with a lot of vegetables, some fruit, plenty of fiber and lean proteins will help. Some women with Fibro experience weight gain and a healthy diet will help with this as well as exercise - even moderate walking when you feel well enough. A diet that helps with rheumatoid arthritis can be very helpful - you can read more about that here: http://www.empowher.com/rheumatoid-arthritis/content/6-food-choices-ease-rheumatoid-arthritis-symptoms

Good sleep also helps - we have an article on this here: http://www.empowher.com/fibromyalgia/content/refreshing-sleep-erases-fibromyalgia-pain

and a new study on how hyperbaric chambers can also help: http://www.empowher.com/fibromyalgia/content/fibromyalgia-treatment-hyperbaric-chamber-shows-promise

Fibromyalgia can also lead to depression so make sure you have people to talk to or seek therapy.

I hope this helps you.


March 21, 2016 - 5:37am
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