Tips to limit stress

In order to keep your fibromyalgia symptoms in check, work to limit the stress in your life. Here's how:

  • Take regular breaks from work and home life
  • Reduce your workload
  • Practice meditation
  • Get regular exercise to help deal with excess energy or stressful situations.

Weather

Everyone loves it when it's sunny and bright outside. The sun feels good on your skin, bones, and muscles, and a bright sky can really lift your spirits. Few of us look forward to the rain or snow, or having to dealing with rapid changes in weather.

But weather changes can be even worse for fibromyagia sufferers, triggering painful symptoms and worsening headaches, muscle aches, and depression.

There is no real proof that weather can actually affect the symptoms of fibromyalgia, but the majority of fibromyalgia sufferers identify weather changes as a major trigger for their pain.

In a 1981 study, over 90% of participants identified weather as a major contributor to their symptoms. In particular, cold, damp, or humid weather seemed to make fibromyalgia symptoms worse. Increases in barometric pressure have also been linked to fibromyalgia symptom flares.

In order to reduce the effect that weather changes have on your symptoms, be prepared! Dress warmly and avoid drafty corners and rooms. If possible, install bright lights in your home to help "trick" your body into thinking that it's sunny.

If the weather is really taking it's toll on you, you may consider moving to a warm, dry climate.

Smoking

Many of us are addicted to nicotine. Whether it's in the form of cigars or cigarettes, it is equally detrimental to our health. Smoking increases the chances of developing lung and other cancers, and can also contribute to blood pressure problems. And if you have fibromyalgia, smoking will only make matters worse.

Many fibromyalgia smokers find that inhaling nicotine actually triggers symptom flare ups and can even make symptoms worse than usual. This may be due to the fact that nicotine impairs the function of your muscles.

Nicotine enters your blood stream, reducing the amount of oxygen circulating around your body. As a result, your muscles don't get vital oxygen and are unable to repair themselves, causing you pain. Nicotine has also been linked to muscle contractions, which could lead to sleep disorders, like restless leg syndrome.

Table of Contents
1. Aggravating Factors
2. Stress and weather
3. Poor posture?
 
 
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