If you are dealing with fibromyalgia pain, you want to avoid anything that triggers your pain to be worse. As you strive to maintain a quality of life that is as positive as possible, you should take note of those things that trigger the pain to be worse.
Here are some fibromyalgia pain triggers you will want to avoid if you want to maintain a good quality of life:
Exposure to the cold. If you are dealing with issues of fibromyalgia pain, you will want to avoid too much exposure to the cold. This could mean sleeping with a heat pad or heated blanket. It also means bundling up when you go outside, paying special attention to covering your hands if you have arthritic hands, wearing warm footwear, especially in the winter, and wearing a hat to keep your body temperature up. Being warm, can help lessen the perception of the pain you're suffering from.
Overdoing it. While you probably always have things that need to be done, it is important to avoid doing too much at one time. This means pacing yourself when it comes to housework or outdoor chores and allowing yourself to rest whenever the pain takes over and you feel you have done enough. Let your body and your pain is the guides as to how much work you can get done in any given period time.
Excess stress. People who are under too much stress will feel more pain than those who are under less stress. If you find yourself in a stressful situation, practice meditation, or just back away from the situation. When you do this, you will find that your stress level will go down as will your perception of pain. If you live a stressful lifestyle, it is time to take stock of those things in your life that are stressing you out and that you can do without. Your body will thank you for the effort.
Lacking in sleep. If you do not get enough sleep, you will have an increased perception of pain. Your body needs restorative sleep every night in order to relax your muscles. If you don’t get enough sleep, you can awaken with stiff and sore muscles and you experience more pain. Try to get at least seven to nine hours of sleep each night.
Excess exercise. While it is known that exercise can help people with chronic pain, it must be done carefully and you must not overdo it. Exercise such as you would find in the practices of yoga, tai chi, and qi gong, are perfectly acceptable for those with chronic pain. Trying to run a marathon or run on a treadmill every day may actually backfire on you and you will experience muscle soreness and increased pain that you could do without.
Relationship difficulties. If you are living with someone who does not understand the pain, you are going through or if you are suffering from relationship troubles, you will increase your level of stress and will feel more pain than you would if you were alone or in a more comfortable relationship.
Things You Can Do To Avoid Fibromyalgia Pain
You need to take care of your body very seriously when you are suffering from Fibromyalgia pain. This means avoiding the pain triggers as discussed above and doing things that will improve your perception of pain. Follow your doctor’s orders when it comes to taking the medication you need to take for pain and any exercise prescription your doctor gives you. Exercise does not have to be eliminated when you are living with fibromyalgia pain but it must be done carefully. Get your FREE eBook 50 Ways To Improve Your Life When Living With Fibromyalgia to learn about things you can do to help avoid and deal with Fibromyalgia Pain.