Fibromyalgia symptoms can be subtle to severe, it really depends on the person, what they are feeling, and how they are managing it. One of the biggest issues with this disease is that many patients deal with chronic pain that can sometimes be debilitating.
The first thing is to be diagnosed with Fibromyalgia by a doctor since many people go years without even knowing why they are suffering. However, there are treatments and lifestyle changes one can do to help manage these symptoms, which can sometimes change a person’s life for the better.
There are natural treatments for Fibromyalgia, such as acupuncture, meditation and even massage therapy that can help with pain relief. There are also mainstream treatments that can help, such as changes in diet. Though, there is no perfect diet to help with treating Fibromyalgia, eating more lean proteins, fruits, and vegetables can provide some relief. It is also important for a person to understand there are foods that are capable of triggering symptoms so that they can stay away from those foods. It is different with each individual.
Though it may the last thing people with Fibromyalgia may want to think about, exercise, even in small amounts, can help a person deal with chronic pain symptoms. Yoga, Qi Gong, and Tai Chi can help with focus, and breathing through the pain, while gaining strength. Meditation can also help one to breathe through the chronic pain.
Medications are usually the first line of defense for someone dealing with this disease. Medications, such as antidepressants and anti-epileptic drugs, including Lyrica, can allow a person to handle their symptoms better. On the other hand, many of these drugs are toxic and can have harmful side-effects. This is why it is important to discuss and weigh out the pros and cons of different medication with your doctor.
Physical therapy can also allow a person the chance to find help with their symptoms, even with something as simple as stretching exercises. Lastly, many find comfort and help in talking with others. This person could be a therapist, psychiatrist, or even a support group that focuses on Fibromyalgia.
Opinion by Heather Abbott
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