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coping with chronic fibromyalgia sydrome {Lifescript}

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As a little kid I had no idea what fibromyalgia syndrome was.  Few people did.  What I did know was my mom had good days and bad days.  She was tired, her muscles were constantly sore, she was missing out on life and no one had answers.  All pain is difficult to live with but nagging, chronic pain… that really lowers quality of life.

My mom sought help from every possible angle, visiting doctor after doctor, none with any real clue how to help. Fibromyalgia has been described as a “mystery disease” as the cause is not known and there is no cure.  As the years pass, more and more people are discovering there is a name for why they feel so bad.  Fibromyalgia syndrome causes chronic muscle pain and stiffness, anxiety, sleep disturbance and depression.

Lifescript is an online resource providing medical advice from professional health writers and physicians.  It is the perfect place to go to to seek facts, tips and support for fibromyalgia.

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From my mom:

The biggest challenge is dealing with the pain. You can’t plan ahead because you don’t know how you will feel.  The day can change.  You can start out with lots of pain and end with none.  Usually the day gets better. Nights are good and you do not want to go to bed, but rest is the most important thing.  That is why you have so much of this pain – lack of rest for your muscles to get rid of the lactic acid.  You learn over time to ignore some of the pain.  This can be bad because you can burn or hurt yourself and not realize it till afterwards.

You have to learn how much exercise is enough and not too much. You walk a fine line.  I have learned the 3 most important things are rest, enough fluids ( 3 – 4 quarts per day ), and salt intake.  The right amount of exercise should be the next thing and stop stress.  Balance life! 

Since there is no cure for chronic fibromyalgia, the afflicted must learn to live with the syndrome.  Some may find help in prescription drugs, but my mom has found after years of living with it, a healthy lifestyle is the best defense.

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There is a lot of information floating around the internet, but who knows if the source is credible.  Pop a key word into Google and what you will find is a lot of opinions.  On Lifescript you can find facts about and support for fibromyalgia, all from respected health writers, experts and physicians.  I learned so much from my visits to the helpful resource on fibromyalgia and other prevalent medical conditions affecting women.

From Lifescript I learned that fibromyalgia can occur at any age and is generally onset by a traumatic physical or emotional event, though genetics play a role as well.  Hmm.. not loving that genetic tidbit!  I also learned that while there is no cure, there is a whole host of alternative treatments, all of which revolve around living a healthy, less stressed life.  My mom was right (of course) Most importantly, keep a positive mental attitude!

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Lifescript’s Fibromyalgia Health Center features tips, quizzes, recipes and articles – all by professional health writers, experts and physicians – covering new fibromyalgia research, the best foods to fight fibromyalgia, how to get a correct diagnosis, management tips for moms and more. Please visit the Lifescript Health Center on Fibromyalgia for more information.

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  1. June 27, 2013 at 10:06 am — Reply

    I can’t imagine having to deal with a chronic illness and you are right about how much questionable information there is on the internet. It’s good that Lifescript has a reliable source of information for people who need help.

  2. June 27, 2013 at 10:15 am — Reply

    I know all about this. My Mom suffers from it and I think the emotional struggle is almost as bad as the physical struggle!

    • June 27, 2013 at 10:16 am — Reply

      I agree!

  3. June 27, 2013 at 10:29 am — Reply

    Gosh, that’s so tough. A coworker of mine has fibromyalgia and there are days when she barely can walk into work. I feel so bad for her!! I’ve heard that diet can greatly impact the symptoms, so that’s something I’ll keep in mind if ever I need to deal with it myself.

  4. June 27, 2013 at 10:39 am — Reply

    I can’t imagine watching someone I love hurt so badly, you’re a very brave woman

  5. June 27, 2013 at 11:05 am — Reply

    I couldn’t imagine such a painful lifestyle. I’m so glad your mom has found relief in healthy living.

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