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Fibromyalgia: Living With It, Living Above It

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Chronic fibromyalgia pain makes everything in life harder. But here are some things that might make things a bit more manageable.

Keep a journal that records any patterns to your chronic fibromyalgia pain, when it is worse, when it is (hopefully) better. This information could help you in your day to day symptoms.

Be realistic about the drugs available for chronic fibromyalgia pain. They don't work for everyone living with day to day symptoms. Be open to alternative treatments like yoga, meditation or Tai chi for example.

Don't stay with a doctor who doubts you or disrespects you.

"As with any chronic illness, there will be days when you feel down, maybe even way down. Finding activities you enjoy will bring balance and joy to your life."

If possible, let your family and friends know that you need their support. Be prepared, they may or may not be willing to give it. But if your family and friends won't help, don't let it be because you didn't speak up.


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