6 Tips to Prevent Fibromyalgia Flares

According to everydayhealth.com, there are more than five million people in the U.S. living with fibromyalgia. Living with the condition can be incredibly challenging, but there are things you can do to lessen the risk and frequency of flares and live a more enjoyable life. Although there is no guaranteed way to avoid fibro flares, there are strategies you can develop to be more proactive in your defense against them. Keep a Journal Keeping a journal of things you've done, places you've been and the foods and drinks you've consumed each day will create a document that you can reference to see if there are any specific triggers that can set off a fibro flare. Often it can take a few days before a trigger manifests itself into a flare, so a journal can help you identify any patterns. Avoid Stress We know it's impossible to avoid stress completely, but you can help reduce your stress load by not overexerting yourself, delegating tasks to others, and not spending time with people who stress you out. Do things that counteract stress such as spending time listening to music, taking a walk, practicing yoga, or watching a comedy film. Check Your Posture Sitting, laying or standing with poor form can create additional pressure in muscles and joints and compound any joint and muscle aches you already have. Think about standing tall with your shoulders pulled back. If you have to sit all day at work, ensure you have a supportive chair and try not to slouch forwards. Stretching exercises such as Tai Chi, yoga and Pilates are good for correcting postural problems. MORE: Five types of e
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3 comments

  1. Daniella Askewe says:

    I have discovered that if I’ve had a really big day and I take a couple Panadeine or if necessary Panadeine Forte just before I go to bed I will often not wake up with the flare that I expected the next morning.

  2. Karen says:

    I would add to get good sleep. When I have trouble sleeping I take an ativan. If I have a restless night I can almost be sure to have a flare the following day.

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