Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS) Guide
When you first learn about your fibromyalgia diagnosis, it can be difficult to cope. Dealing with fibromyalgia symptoms such as fatigue, pain and cognitive memory loss can be overwhelming experiences that drain you both physically and emotionally. However, it is important to know that following some simple guidelines can help you take control of your fms, and help you cope with your fibromyalgia diagnosis and symptoms. Read on for seven simple self-care steps that can improve your overall quality of life when living with fibro.
- 7. Live your life day by day. While your fibromyalgia diagnosis may hard to cope with, learning to take things day by day can help you feel more in control. Celebrate small successes, such as good day in which you experience little pain, or the very fact that, since being diagnosed with fibro, you now know what is going on with your body. Realize that a rough day is just that—one bad day out of many good days that make up your rich and full life.
- 6. Remember that laughter is often the best medicine. While fibromyalgia can drain you of much of your energy, make it a priority to enjoy your life as much as possible. Make time to hang out with loved ones who make you laugh. Watch your favorite funny movies with friends or family.
- 5. Analyze your priorities. Now that you’ve been diagnosed with fibro, you’ll likely find your priorities have changed. Symptoms such as fatigue and pain affect all aspects of your life and means that you’re less able to do the things you may have previously taken for granted. While this may be difficult to accept, don’t feel like this makes you a failure in any way. Remember what’s really important and don’t over exert yourself. Don’t be afraid to ask yourself, can someone help me with task? Is it important? Am I doing this for myself or because I feel that others expect me to? Getting a handle on your emotions will help keep you focused.
- 4. Create your own diet and exercise plan. Remember to start off slowly with changes to your exercise regimen; build up slowly to a regular workout. Incorporate healthier eating habits into your diet. But be sure to always consult with your doctor prior to making any changes to your diet or exercise regimen.
- 3. Communication. In order to receive the best fibromyalgia treatment for you, it is essential to communicate with your doctor. Keep a journal of your fms symptoms and speak up if you’re unhappy about your current fibro treatment or if you’re interested in trying alternative fibro treatment options. Remember that ultimately you’re responsible for the course of your fibromyalgia treatment and that by taking an active role, you can improve your chances of getting better sooner.
- 2. Do your research. Research fibromyalgia as much as you can; look for fibro resources in your local library, or, if your budget permits, subscribe to magazines and journals that publish the latest fibromyalgia research. Your health care provider might also be able to provide you with brochures and pamphlets about the latest fibromyalgia research.
- 1. Maintain a positive attitude. While fibromyalgia can have a major impact on your life, it’s important to try to stay optimistic. Focus on the positives in your life (such as your family and friends, a hobby that brings you contentment, etc.) instead of the negatives. While this won’t cure your fibro, studies have shown that maintaining a positive attitude can reduce the severity of fibromyalgia symptoms and can even help ward off fibromyalgia symptoms such as depression and anxiety.