Healthy Living

A Couple's Guide to Fibromyalgia

Communication is Key

Telling a partner how the pain is affecting an individual’s overall health and well-being is critical. Fibromyalgia can cause depression and anxiety, which has been shown by numerous studies to have a large impact on the overall relationship of couples. Healthy spouses and those in a relationship with someone who has fibromyalgia generally report feelings of sadness when watching their partner experience the side effects of fibromyalgia. Those who have a partner with fibromyalgia should have patience and understanding. Intimacy issues and personal communication qualms can come between couples, but there are ways to help. Opening up about realistic expectations and treatments can make a difference. Talking to a partner about health issues  can be an issue to some, but it has been shown in numerous studies to promote a better lifestyle overall.