As many of you know fibromyalgia can be made worse when we are stressed, or through changes in hormones or even changes in temperature. So this page has a few non medical or prescribed tricks to try to help or aid your health and wellbeing in conjunction with you medication.
HINTS AND TIPS
In times of stress we all have our own ways of unwinding. But below are some of the more popular ones to try.
1- soaking in a nice warm bubble bath with essential oils.
2- listening to relaxation tapes.
3- Many of us like to have a massage but find the traditional massages quite painful or tender. I personally enjoyed a no hands massage which has less pressure than that of a traditional massage but is just as good and it involves using the forearm rather than the hands.
Another thing that can contribute to our pain levels is often a change in the weather so at number 4 you will find a few handy tips that may help a little.
4- For changes in weather you cant go wrong with heat packs, blankets, electric blankets and thermal layers. Not to forget of course heating which many of us will get help with in the form of the warm home discount scheme. Ask you own energy supplier about this if you haven't already.
SPOON THEORY AND PASING
Another fibro flare trigger can be when we over do it, when we overexert ourselves. We are all guilty when we are having a decent day, (by this I mean able to get out of bed and function a little like a normal human being) of thinking great I have a little energy and we go crazy and we over do it but this then triggers a flare that can make us confined to bed for days, weeks or months on end.
A good way to try and combat this is by using the spoon theory or by pacing. what is the spoon theory I hear you ask, well it is this - This theory allows us to use no more energy than is necessary.
Some people use the spoon theory but others use the pacing theory but they are much the same. For pacing this means balancing periods of activity with periods of rest, and not overdoing it or pushing yourself beyond your limits.
If you don't pace yourself, it could slow down your progress in the long term. Over time, you can gradually increase your periods of activity, while making sure they're balanced with periods of rest. If you have fibromyalgia, you will probably have some days when your symptoms are better than others. Try to maintain a steady level of activity without overdoing it, but listen to your body and rest whenever you need to.
Avoid any exercise or activity that pushes you too hard, because this can make your symptoms worse. If you pace your activities at a level that's right for you, rather than trying to do as much as possible in a short space of time, you should make steady progress.