From time to time, fibromyalgia sufferers will experience flare-ups, whereby their symptoms become worse. For tips on how to cope during this stage, read our blog.
When fibromyalgia symptoms peak, it is referred to as a flare-up. During this time, patients are left wondering what could have caused it. Was it the caffeine you drank the other day? Or did you overdo yourself at the weekend while doing a spot of gardening? One thing that is for sure is that when a flare-up hits, the pain you feel multiplies and worsens tenfold, leaving fibromyalgia ruling your world – once again. Whatever the cause, it is best to be prepared for a flare-up and, while the coping tips outlined in this blog will not completely get rid of the pain and discomfort you feel, they should make managing during this time a little easier.
Have a break
Bad things always seem to happen at the worst possible times, and the same can be said for fibromyalgia flare-ups. Try to push through the pain and continue with your daily life, and you will pay for it. During a flare-up, it is advised that you take a break. If you have a deadline, extend it. If you have plans, cancel them and rest instead. Take care of yourself and take all the precautions necessary to ensure your stress levels are as low as possible.
Get some sleep
It is no secret that a lack of sleep plays a key role in fibromyalgia symptoms. As a result, it is advised that you try to get at least eight hours of rest per night. If you are struggling, try to set yourself a cycle; get into bed at a certain time and wake up at the same time every day. This way, your body will set itself a schedule. If you are still feeling lethargic and rundown, consider adding a short nap to your day, if you have the time. Although, try not to nap for a long period of time during the day; the longer you nap, the harder it will be to fall asleep naturally at night.
Take your medication
If you have been prescribed medication for your pain, then follow your schedule to the dot. By doing this, your chances of getting your pain under control will increase. Even if you still feel as though your last dose is still working for you, take your next dose and remember to follow your plan like clockwork. With this being said, it is important that you also resist the temptation to double up on doses if your pain is severe. Sometimes, medication can cause serious side effects. If your medication just is not cutting it, contact your doctor and arrange an appointment. Although we are experts in handling fibromyalgia compensation claims, we are not medical experts, therefore, cannot comment on the effectiveness of medication or recommend alternatives.
Be open and honest
What is the one thing worse than going through a flare-up? The answer: going through a flare-up alone. Coping with fibromyalgia can be isolating, often leading to depression, anxiety and many other psychological issues. To prevent yourself from experiencing lonely thoughts or feelings, it is important that you open up to someone. If you do not know of anyone who would understand, reach out to support groups or online forums to e-meet people like you. Sometimes, just talking about how you are feeling, as well as the painful symptoms you are experiencing, is enough to lift a weight from your shoulders. After all, you will feel reassurance from having someone understand where you are coming from. Who knows? They may even have some tips for you.
Train the mind
Breathe deeply. Meditate when you can. Relax with a good book or some soothing music. Take your mind off the pain you’re feeling and make coping more manageable. If you are constantly thinking about the discomfort you feel, then it will only become worse. Distracting methods will help to ease your symptoms.
When it comes to your next flare-up, take note of these tips and make a conscious effort to action them, and you should feel some relief. Granted, none of these things will completely reduce the pain you feel, however, they should help you cope when the time comes. The most important thing is to remember that it will pass and that you are not alone.
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