Dealing with the constant, daily pain of fibromyalgia can be rough. So is fatigue and brain fog. While fibromyalgia symptoms are manifested in different ways for different people, most can agree that all symptoms are life-altering.
First, what is fibromyalgia? About 450 million people all over the world suffer from fibromyalgia, according to the National Fibromyalgia Association. Even Lady Gaga was forced to postpone part of her 2017 tour due to her battle with fibromyalgia. This disease wreaks havoc with every pain center in your body and is described as feeling like a deep, achy pain, or an unbearable throbbing or stabbing— anything that touches you can hurt you. Another classic fibromyalgia symptom is overwhelming fatigue which spurs on sleep issues such as restless leg syndrome and struggling with frequent sleep disruptions.
Fibromyalgia is a chronic debilitating condition that can include these common fibromyalgia symptoms:
- Migraine headaches
- Joint pain
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Sleep disturbance
- Chronic pain
- Chronic fatigue
- Problems with memory and thinking clearly (sometimes referred to as “fibro fog”)
- Problems with depression or anxiety
- Restless leg syndrome
- Problems urinating
- Painful menstrual cramps
- Morning stiffness
- Swelling and tingling in hands and feet
While fibromyalgia symptoms can be challenging, it doesn’t mean you have to put your life on hold.
Here Are 3 Tips for Coping with Fibromyalgia Symptoms
Be as active as you can to fight back fibromyalgia symptoms. Think low-intensity exercises such as walking or swimming. Aim for 20-30 minutes 3 or 4 days per week. Here are some of the best exercises to try to reduce fibromyalgia pain. Or even better, schedule an appointment with DHT Physical Therapy for a customized exercise plan developed just for your unique needs.
Stress can trigger fibromyalgia symptoms. Take some deep breaths and try to lower your stress levels. Some proven stress busters are sleep, meditation, yoga, a bubble bath, essential oils, relaxing music and exercise.
Set the Mood in Your Bedroom for Sleep
Lack of sleep is a very common fibromyalgia symptom and one of the hardest. Combat restlessness and make your bedroom a sleep sanctuary. Make sure your bed is for sleeping only, keep the room dark, cool, quiet and distraction-free. Don’t use the computer or your cell phone at night and ban late night TV watching. Instead, start winding down with a warm bath, read a book or listen to some relaxing music.
It’s especially important to always stay on top of fibromyalgia symptoms to reduce flares and help you get back to the life you love.