Fibromyalgia and Coronavirus – What do I Need to Know?
The coronavirus pandemic is a scary and uncertain time for everyone, but for those with fibromyalgia, it can be even more unsettling. From reducing anxiety and managing symptoms, to keeping in touch with your GP throughout the pandemic, there are a number of different steps you can take to keep you safe, healthy and happy. So whether you just need tips on how to reduce your stress levels, or you’re worried about how the virus might affect you if you do catch it, the following information will help you to manage your fibromyalgia during the coronavirus crisis.
Fibromyalgia is Not Deemed High Risk for Coronavirus
Many fibromyalgia patients will have been concerned about being deemed a high risk group for coronavirus, meaning symptoms might be more severe if they were to contract it. However, fibromyalgia is not an autoimmune condition, so fibromyalgia patients are generally no more at risk than any other group, thus general government advice should be followed.
However, it’s important to discuss this with your GP to get advice on how you should manage your condition during the pandemic, especially if you have other underlying health conditions which may put you in a higher risk group.
You Should Try to Reduce Stress
As a fibromyalgia sufferer, you’ll know how detrimental stress can be for your health, often leading to a flare up of symptoms. However, during these uncertain times it can be difficult to avoid feelings of stress and anxiety, but, it’s important to try to manage these feelings in order to keep your fibromyalgia symptoms under control as much as possible.
Some of the best ways to reduce stress during this coronavirus pandemic include:
- Daily meditation
- Low-intensity yoga
- Avoid reading the news too often
- Try to go for short walks outdoors each day (symptoms permitting)
- Keep in touch with friends and family
- Maintain a healthy diet
- Limit your time on social media
- Try and maintain a routine each day
- Do things you enjoy, such as reading, cooking or painting
- Get enough sleep
So whether you start your day with some relaxing breathwork, or try to avoid watching the news – there are a number of different ways to reduce stress and keep you feeling as healthy and happy as possible.
Be Mindful of the Medication You Take
There is no set treatment for fibromyalgia, however, many patients will be on some or all of the following to help them to manage their symptoms:
- Anti-seizure drugs
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are used to reduce inflammation, reduce pain and help to bring down a temperature and are heavily relied on by many fibromyalgia sufferers. However it has been suggested that NSAIDs, specifically Ibuprofen, can worsen the symptoms of coronavirus in some cases.
Although this has not been confirmed, if you find yourself suffering from any of the symptoms of the virus, you should have a discussion with your GP as to whether it might be worth avoiding taking any NSAIDs until you’re feeling better.
So whether you just establish a routine to keep your stress levels down, or you stay in regular contact with your GP, there are a number of different ways to manage your symptoms throughout this pandemic, helping to keep you as healthy and pain-free as possible.
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