Tips on Living with Fibromyalgia Syndrome

  1. 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.
  2. Lower Your Stress - Avoiding or minimizing stress has also shown to help many people suffering from this condition.
  3. Exercise - As with many medical conditions exercise is known to help people with fibromyalgia. It also helps to lower stress levels.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.