Fibromyalgia is a condition affecting millions of people, mostly females causing chronic pain, fatigue, and cognitive problems. There is no agreement on what causes fibromyalgia, sometimes referred to as fibro or FMS, some say it is caused by nerves, some claim it is hereditary while others say it is caused by trauma. Many still think fibromyalgia is psychosomatic, although it is real to those who suffer from it.
There is no cure for fibromyalgia, it can only be managed. This is usually done through a combination of medications, rest, exercise and stress reduction. However it can be managed and that is the important thing, in other words, it can be beaten. Many people with fibromyalgia are still able to live productive and fulfilling lives, it just takes some lifestyle changes.
Three Steps You Can Take
If you have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia here are three things you can do today to help you beat the disease.
1. Get out of Bed : As simple as this may sound, this is the most important step to beating your fibro. Even though you are tired and every part of you seems to hurt, you need to get out of bed and start moving. Once you do, you will begin to feel the energy flow within you and most importantly you will feel good about yourself.
Fibromyalgia is both affected by stress and a cause of stress. Many patients feel like they can not go on with their lives and feel useless, unproductive, and want to stay in bed all day. They have either convinced themselves or been persuaded by others that they will no longer be able to contribute. By getting out of bed and doing something, even if it is something as simple as making breakfast or walking the dog, at least they are doing something productive. They will gradually begin feeling better about themselves and the symptoms of fibromyalgia will actually subside.
2. Set Goals : One way to help you deal with your fibromyalgia is to set goals for yourself every day. Whether you are working or not, make a list of the things you would like to accomplish and mark them off when you complete them. They can be small goals, many people like to break down one major task into smaller goals, making them feel that things are getting done.
You can use a simple calendar app on your phone or a handwritten to-do list, it does not have to be elaborate, as long as you have something you can refer to showing that you have made progress. Many fibromyalgia patients feel like they are worthless and not contributing any longer, this is a great way for them to see they are doing something.Don't forget to reward yourself each time you complete a task or meet a goal.
Writing lists is also a good way to help you remember what you need to do and the steps you need to take to complete a task. Many times fibromyalgia patients will have cognitive problems, also known as fibro fog, where they will forget what they are doing or how to do something, even if it is something they have been doing for years. This is one of the most difficult symptoms for many patients to deal with.
3. Think Positive : As Norman Vincent Peale used to say, “Never underestimate the power of positive thinking.” Positive thinking helps the fibromyalgia patient to stay motivated and avoid feeling sorry for themselves. Many patients will convince them that they can not get out of bed and do anything, and since they have, they will not even try.
Positive thinking is the act of convincing themselves that they can get out of bed and do something. They may have to change the way they do things, but if they do not let their fibromyalgia beat them, they will beat it.
As mentioned above, patients will get up in a circle of feeling as if they can not do something because their fibromyalgia is flaring up and then convince themselves if they do something, they will cause a flare-up. This makes them feel worse. Their feelings of hopelessness will increase and they will find themselves doing less and less. They need to break that downward spiral. Positive thinking is the way to do that. Many patients are surprised just how much they can actually do.
You Can Beat Fibromyalgia
These are three simple steps that you can take immediately to begin to live with your fibromyalgia. Yes, you will need to make adjustments to your life and the way you do things, but there is no reason you have to drag yourself down so low into a hole that you can not get back out. Fibromyalgia differs in severity from person to person, but even those with the most severe cases can function, making them feel feel better.
Remember: You can beat fibromyalgia or let it beat you. it's your choice.