Working Through the Pain: What Patient Should Do to Cope with Fibromyalgia
For those who live with fibromyalgia, pain is a common symptom and is experienced constantly. Adapting to the severe and debilitating pain becomes a daily struggle for those affected. Besides pain, ‘brain fog’ and fatigue also appear with increasing frequency, prompting patients to take measures in order to cope with these symptoms.
However, contrary to popular belief, while most patients opt to lie down and take it easy until the pain fades, it really isn't the best option. Just because the pain and aching feelings become too hard to take doesn’t mean that the patient must be confined to a bed all day.
Fibromyalgia is a chronic illness characterized by severe pain, which is often concentrated on specific points of the person’s body. These spots are called "tender points" and can vary from patient to patient. In this sense, no two cases of fibromyalgia are exactly the same. Though the symptoms may be similar, they can manifest in different parts and structures. Until recently, it was believed that fibromyalgia was a purely somatic disorder, considering that there were no physical elements present to support the symptoms. However, in recent years, it was discovered that those who suffered from fibromyalgia often showed a chemical imbalance in their central nervous system, which gave way to symptoms, such as hyperalgesia and allodynia. Luckily, these symptoms can frequently be kept in check via medication, as well as by making certain lifestyle adjustments to accommodate the patient’s condition.
These adjustments may entail making changes at the workplace, at home when doing household chores, and even when trying to have fun during downtime. By taking an active role in the management of their disease, fibromyalgia patients may feel that they have a degree of control and not the other way around. This can help boost their self-sufficiency, as well as their self-esteem.
In order to live properly with fibromyalgia, the patient must make multi-dimensional changes to accommodate their condition. Here is a list of tips and methods for those who are struggling with managing their symptoms.
It's time to adjust your treatment plan
This might go without saying, but those who live with fibromyalgia must adhere closely to their prescribed medical treatment plan. While this might sound obvious for most patients, a study revealed that at least half the patients that didn’t experience relief from their symptoms were not properly taking their medication because of forgetfulness, frustration, or carelessness.
Read on to learn more tips and methods to help you cope with fibromyalgia pain.