5 Best Practices for Living With Fibromyalgia

If you suffer from chronic pain of any type, you know how difficult it can be to do even the simplest things. One pain condition that affects as many as 12 million people in the United States is fibromyalgia, which can interfere with your mental and physical health. 

At Ohio Institute for Comprehensive Pain Management in Centerville, Ohio, triple board-certified anesthesiologist and pain management expert Mervet Saleh, MD, helps us understand more about fibromyalgia and shares some tips for how to live well with it.

Understanding fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a pervasive pain condition that affects your bones, joints, and muscles throughout your body. Telltale symptoms of chronic pain include:

It’s not well known why, but women are much more prone to develop the condition than men.

Best practices for living with fibromyalgia

Unfortunately, there’s no cure for fibromyalgia, but there are some well-established ways to manage the condition so that you can not only stay productive, but also thrive.

#1: Take your medications

Dr. Saleh meets with you to understand your health history and current condition. Depending on the severity of your symptoms, she may prescribe medications to minimize inflammation, decrease depression or anxiety, and alleviate muscle spasms. If you’ve been prescribed medications for your illness, you must take them routinely.

#2: Eat a healthy diet

While a healthy diet should be a goal for all of us, if you have fibromyalgia, you must prioritize nutritious foods. We recommend that you concentrate on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins. Steer away from caffeine, monosodium glutamate (MSG), artificial sweeteners, and dairy as they may aggravate your joint and muscle pain and make you feel worse.

#3: Exercise

In addition to relieving stress and anxiety, exercise strengthens your muscles and immune system, enhances your flexibility, and increases your energy. Swimming and walking are excellent options for people with fibromyalgia.

#4: Deep muscle massage

We advise therapeutic muscle massage to help release endorphins, increase your range of motion, relieve stress, decrease stiffness and relax your tight and painful muscles.

#5: Physical therapy

Physical therapy helps you practice helpful exercises to build up strength, enhance flexibility, and improve your balance.

Taken together, each of these best practices should enhance your sleep quantity and quality. Adequate sleep is crucial for healing and your overall ability to function well.

If you have fibromyalgia, our dedicated team cares and wants to help. Call today to learn more about how we can help you feel better or book your appointment quickly online.

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