Tips on Living with Fibromyalgia Syndrome
- Avoid Processed Food - Eating no or less processed foods such as dairy products, processed grains and eating more raw fruit and vegetables have shown to ease fibromyalgia pain in many people.
- Lower Your Stress - Avoiding or minimizing stress has also shown to help many people suffering from this condition.
- Exercise - As with many medical conditions exercise is known to help people with fibromyalgia. It also helps to lower stress levels.
- Get Outside - Many people with FMS report that getting sunlight on a daily basis has helped deal with fibromyalgia symptoms. It's also known to lower stress levels and help with depression.
- A Good Night Sleep - Sleep is another very under-rated tip for people suffering with FMS. Try to avoid sleeping pills as they can make you feel worse the next day, try a natural aid like melatonin or 5-HTP as these don't have the negative effects of chemical based sleep aids.
- Heat and Cold - Apply a cold pack to the back of your neck or painful areas as this will help you relax. The same effect can happen with heat, many people report that a warm bath can help with painful joints. Some sufferers report that cold and heat makes the pain worse so it may not work for everybody.
- Get a Massage - Get your spouse or significant other to give you a light massage. If this is not an option for you find a registered massage therapist in your area and book an appointment. These can be found for as little as $20/hour and can work wonders in helping with FMS.
- Antioxidants - New research indicates that many people suffering from FMS have damage cause by a lack of antioxidants. Research Oligomeric ProanthoCyanidins (OPC's) but make sure you buy a high quality OPC as the market has been flooded with low quality OPC's.