The womenshealth.gov website offers tips on what to do with a diagnosis of fibromyalgia. The tips seems especially helpful for newbies who have been recently diagnosed.
A big, important tip for fibromyalgia patients: build a strong network of support. Hopefully, that includes a doctor with a background in fibromyalgia, but if it doesn’t, that doesn’t mean a doctor can’t learn more about the condition with you. As a diagnosis, fibromyalgia is often misunderstood by even the best doctors. If a doctor seems unwilling to learn, research doctors on the internet and also ask for recommendations from support groups. A good doctor or health advocate will be found eventually.
Next, make sure to give yourself time to adjust to a new diagnosis. Read as much as possible–there are many good blogs about fibromyalgia. On these blogs, you will find in-depth advice on:
- fibro foods
- sleep advice
- job advice
One of the best things to remember is that you don’t need to get everything done at once on a daily basis. Fibromyalgia requires that you do everything to the best of your ability. Stretch, do some non-impact exercise, and try to get enough sleep. Limit noise and distractions.
Also, keep a journal of the ups and down of the day. A physical and emotional record can help you establish patterns and routines regarding how food, exercise, sleep, and stress affect your pain.
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