Not only is pain the main symptom of Fibromyalgia, it is a symptom that can be treated in a variety of ways. People with Fibromyalgia have different types of pain, so it is important to work with your Medical Professional to find out what treatment is best suited to your needs.
Sometimes multiple treatments are used at the same time, because they may have a better chance of reducing the pain more quickly. Fibromyalgic pain may not be the only pain that people with Fibromyalgia are experiencing- they may suffer with other types of pain too.
- Understand that medication is not the only tool for treating pain. There are many non-medical treatments that can be used to help ease fibromyalgic pain i.e. hot or cold treatments. Self-help measures can be used to help cope with symptoms i.e. self-supervised gentle exercise programme (start with gentle stretching) and eating a balanced diet.
- Set pain management goals and follow through on them. Pick your greatest pain problems and set goals to focus on each one.
- Check your progress, use a chart or log to mark your progress as you meet each goal, keep a list of what does (and doesn’t !) work for you
- Plan each day, use a ‘to do list ‘or a schedule for exercise or other activities, but don’t overdo it.
- Seek and accept support, from friends, family, support group members or carers, they can help keep you on track, and help on difficult days
- Prepare for difficult situations, make a list of trouble areas with your pain, and create a plan. Being prepared can help to decrease anxiety and lessen stress. Try putting a remedy box together.
- Reward yourself, treat yourself to something nice when you reach a goal or complete a pain strategy. This will strengthen your positive attitude and your successes.
- Review treatment strategies from time to time. Discuss with your medical professionals what you have found works for you, and share it with support group members! If you are contemplating trying complementary therapies, discuss this with medical professionals before you begin treatments. Never just stop taking prescribed medication.
Don’t be too hard on yourself, be patient and try to understand and accept that Fibromyalgia is not life threatening, and though it can be life changing, maintaining a positive attitude means this can sometimes be for the better.