Today is Fibromyalgia Awareness Day, let’s take a look at fibromyalgia (FMS).
Fibromyalgia syndrome affects the muscles and soft tissue. Because the classic symptoms of FMS aren’t very distinctive, the condition is often misdiagnosed and misunderstood. Those common symptoms include pain and tender points, fatigue, sleep disturbance, concentration issues, anxiety or depression, morning stiffness, numbness &/ pins and needles, headaches, bowel &/ bladder issues and menstrual cramps.
Living with fibromyalgia means making adjustments, from work through parenting responsibilities to household chores and having fun. By taking a more active role in managing your condition, you may feel a sense of control and boost your self-esteem along with your quality of life.
Exercise such as Tai Chi, walking, swimming or dancing can boost your strength, fitness, energy levels and resilience (both mentally and physically). Diet and sleep hygiene can help with your energy levels and mental state; whilst having a support network around that you understands – or even just accepts the problem can be invaluable. Therapies like massage, acupuncture or aromatherapy can help with pain or stress relief. Others, like cognitive behavioural therapy can help you to take ownership of, and deal with your problems.
Find out what really matters to you, and the people you care about; then plan your activities and save your energy to be at your best for those times.
FMS is NOT just one condition; it is a complex syndrome involving many different factors that can severely impact and disrupt a person’s daily life.
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