Living with Fibromyalgia
1. Take care of yourself.
Maintain healthy habits and stay active to the best of your ability. Reach out to your health care providers to help you and “ask” questions.
2. Listen to your body.
Your body can be the source of important cues; by listening to your body and labeling your sensations, you can develop an awareness of your body that will allow you to increase your activity level safely, and decrease your pain.
3. “Knowledge is Power”
Learn as much as you can about Fibromyalgia. As we empower our self with knowledge our journey becomes much easier to travel. Be Empowered.
4. Learn to say, “No.”
When we do too much we give all our energy away, leaving little or none for our self. To accomplish this without a negative after effect, acknowledge the request, decline, and suggest an alternative.
5. Look for treatments not cures.
Physicians cure very few chronic medical illnesses; currently no cures exist for fibromyalgia. However, finding a health care provider who will work with you to optimize treatment can be very successful.
6. Pace Yourself.
Fibromyalgia can wax and wane. Resist the temptation to overdo on a good day. If we pace our self we will gradually increase our good days and begin to feel “more normal” and accomplish more in our day. If we pace our self we will gradually increase our good days and begin to feel “more normal” and accomplish more in our day.
7. Decisions that you make while in terrible pain are usually terrible decisions.
Never make rash decisions, especially when you are hurting!
8. Get your sleep.
Sleep, or the lack of it plays a key role in the development of fibromyalgia symptoms.
This makes adequate rest especially important when your fibromyalgia symptoms increase. Getting eight hours of quality sleep has to be a top priority.
9. We need to, “dance, laugh, sing & play.”
This keeps us moving and distracts us from the pain we live with daily. And it’s also fun!!
10. There is HOPE. Never give up.
Most fibromyalgia patients, who are treated with existing treatments that are known to work, get better and can live normal lives.
11. When a treatment improves symptoms, you must correspondingly increase function.
If you find a treatment that helps your symptoms, take advantage of it but don’t stop there. It is crucial that you also begin to increase your day-to-day function as your symptoms improve.