6 Tips That Can Help 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 defence 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. Spend time doing things that counteract stress such as listening to music, taking a walk, practicing yoga, or watching a comedy.

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.

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Eat Well
A balanced diet — filled with plenty of fiber, fruit and vegetables, low-fat protein and whole foods — is a must. Avoid processed foods and foods high in sugar, salt and saturated fats. A food diary will help to establish if certain food groups such as dairy or gluten trigger flares.

Try Complementary Treatments
As well as taking your prescribed medications, you may want to check out complementary treatments like acupuncture, massage with essential oils, or herbal supplements. It’s advisable to only do one complementary treatment at a time so you can monitor its effects.

Stay Positive
It’s not always easy, but keeping a positive attitude will go a long way in helping you prevent fibro flares. If you feel you’re not coping well emotionally with your condition, speak to your doctor about seeing a counselor or prescribing medications to help with depression or anxiety.

MORE: 10 tips for managing joint stiffness in the morning

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5 comments

  1. Karen says:

    I am just getting really tired of the pain. Nothing seems to help more than a few days. I am going to go for some water therapy today that should give some relief but I can’t live in the hot tub.

  2. Mandy says:

    I have discovered the majority of my triggers by accident and in the most painful way possible! That didn’t necessarily stop me from repeating the action that caused the flare (except for the extremely stressful house move, which I will never do again on my own 😕)!!! Over the years though, I have learned how far I can push myself and when I should rest and if I overstep those boundaries I will pay the price. The only factor I can’t control is the weather and that is the biggest contributor to my flares. As long as we have sunshine I’m okay, but any threat of rain or other low pressure system and cooler temps and I’m in trouble 😯 Basically, most of three seasons where I live unless we have a good year! Oh well…

  3. Great tips!! Meds are not the answer. Changing my diet has reduced all of my symptoms and done have gone all together. I cook everything fresh and don’t eat any processed foods or drink coffee 👍

      • Julie says:

        Marianne Brown how long have you had it? Also how long did it take you to see a major difference by eating fresh clean foods with no processed? Did you or Do you like eat Paleo or Whole 30 like? Do you use any sweeteners such as honey, coconut sugar, stevia etc…?? Enjoy life chocolate chips?

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