Fibromyalgia pain: Options for coping

Do you have fibromyalgia? No matter what, you’ll experience difficulty some time or another. On the days when your fibromyalgia pain flares, everything you try to do can seem more difficult.

One of the hardest things to accept may be that there is no cure for fibromyalgia. While lifestyle changes and medications can lessen the severity of your fibromyalgia pain or fatigue, you will continue to have bad days and good days.
Why prepare a list in advance?

When fibromyalgia pain or fatigue is severe, you might not be thinking clearly. A flare of fibromyalgia symptoms can send you into a spiral of stress and despair if you aren’t prepared. Having a plan to follow gives you a sense of control over your signs and symptoms.

fibromyalgiaWrite down your options for coping and keep your list where you can find it when you feel a bad day coming. Some may work fine for you on one day but not on another.
Avoid negative self-talk

Studies have shown that what we say to ourselves inside our heads can affect our perception of pain. Turning negative thoughts into positive ones takes practice, but is worth the effort.

If you have fibromyalgia, difficult days are inevitable. Fibromyalgia pain tends to fluctuate. On the days when your fibromyalgia pain flares, everything you try to do can seem more difficult.