By Wendy Green
Fibromyalgia is a debilitating, power situation characterized through frequent ache, sleep disturbance, fatigue and different indicators. during this obtainable and informative advisor, discover 50 stuff you can do this day to control fibromyalgia, corresponding to exercise to ease discomfort, profiting from a balanced nutrition and useful vitamins, and discovering worthwhile items and organisations.With a foreword via Alice Theadom of the Fibromyalgia organization united kingdom.
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Keep a stress diary For a couple of weeks note down the details of situations, times, places and people that make you feel stressed. ’ For example, if you find going shopping at the supermarket stressful, perhaps you could shop online instead. If you cannot avoid a particular stressor, you can usually reduce the level of stress you experience by taking practical steps to help you cope better, such as eating well (see Chapter 4 – Eat Foods That Fight Fibromyalgia), taking exercise (see Chapter 3 – Exercise to Ease Pain) and getting plenty of sleep (see Chapter 6 – Live Better With Fibromyalgia), or by changing your attitude towards the situation.
Laugh more Laughter is a great stress and pain reliever. A good belly laugh appears to reduce the stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline, and raise mood-boosting serotonin levels. People who see the funny side of life appear to have a reduced risk of the health problems associated with stress. It’s also thought that chemicals released when we laugh, such as endorphins and encephalins, can help to ease pain. Research at the University of Bath and Bath Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases found that patients with chronic arthritis pain who were able to laugh noticed their pain lessened afterwards.
Although fibromyalgia is not a type of arthritis, as it doesn’t affect the joints, some arthritis sufferers do go on to develop it. Women are more likely to suffer from fibromyalgia than men, as are those aged 50 to 70 – although it can sometimes affect children and young people as well. With appropriate management and treatment, people with mild to moderate fibromyalgia can usually lead a normal life; however, if symptoms are severe, the sufferer may be unable to work or have an active social life.
50 Things You Can Do Today to Manage Fibromyalgia by Wendy Green