Fibromyalgia isn’t just a pain that will just go away; it isn’t something that isn’t “just in your mind”. You know it is real and you suffer from the pain. Fibromyalgia — with relentless fatigue, bout of depression, disturbed sleep, and muscle pain — can drain your energy and make you feel worse than you actually do. Fibromyalgia can and will control your life if you don’t learn to manage it.
Learn about your medical treatment. It is tempting to just let your doctor do “his job”. But each day, you learn something new about your body and how it reacts to your treatment. No one knows your body and your medical history — without looking at your chart — better than you do.
Finding a doctor who can help you manage fibromyalgia can be challenging, if not difficult. You need a doctor who will listen to you and who is more than willing to work with you. Fibromyalgia is difficult to diagnose, what more to treat and manage. The result of your tests can range from rheumatoid arthritis to mononucleosis. And it isn’t cheap to go through it all. Doctors who are not educated in fibromyalgia can only make the matter worse. Finding one who can understand you and your condition is definitely worth the effort.
And when you do, make sure that you make every session as productive as possible. Have a list of what you need to ask to discuss during your appointment. Notice any changes lately? Has your body positively responded to the new treatment? You may not have a positive feedback a medication that works well with the rest of his patients, but it is important that you maintain an open line of communication about how you react to your medications. Take an active role in determining and planning your treatment. It is your body after all.
Ask about an exercise plan. Fibromyalgia also has a positive impact to many people, especially those who took their health for granted before the pain sets in. With and in spite of their symptoms, people with fibromyalgia want to feel better. And they can’t do that with medical treatments alone. Aside from integrating a good diet plan, maintaining an exercise plan that fits you and your lifestyle can help you manage fibromyalgia better. With exercise, you can decrease stiffness and pain, boost your energy, and start to regain the life you once had.
Exercise like food and fashion is subjective. Find what you love and, then strive for variety. There are those with FM that can hop on a treadmill for half an hour while others will have difficulty even at the simplest of stretching exercises. Build your own pace. Find comfort with your limitations and accept what you can do today.
Live in the present. Fibromyalgia can make life predictable. You start to imagine what is ahead, and all you can see is dim picture of pain. Expecting what you will feel, your pain, and the things you cannot do can be overwhelming. Instead of focusing on your self deprived by opportunities, you need to focus on what you have today. Easier said than done, but this is the only alternative you have. Take one step at a time. It is often helpful if you don’t expect too much of your self. But also remember to challenge your self physically. Start planning for an exercise plan. Visit your doctor. Start today.