Updated: Sep 26
If you suffer from fibromyalgia pain, you want to avoid everything and anything that triggers your pain to worsen. As you strive towards a quality of life as positive as possible, take note of those things that trigger the pain to be worse.
Fibromyalgia pain triggers to avoid:
Exposure to cold
Avoid too much exposure to the cold by sleeping with a heating pad or heated blanket. Bundle up when you go outside, paying particular 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 fibromyalgia pain.
Doing too much
There are always many things that will want to get done, but it's essential to avoid doing too much at one time. The best strategy is to practice pacing yourself when it comes to housework or outdoor chores and allowing yourself to rest whenever the pain takes over and feel you have done enough. Listen to your body, and use your pain levels to guide you on how much work you should do at any given time.
Read more about Tips For Very Active People Dealing With Fibromyalgia Pain.
Fibromyalgia pain can feel more intense, and fibromyalgia flares can occur more often when under stress. If you find yourself in a stressful situation, take time out regularly for gentle exercise or meditation, or just back away from these events. When you do this, you will find that your stress level will decrease your perception of pain. If you live a stressful lifestyle, it's time to take stock of those things in your life that are stressing you out and release that which is no longer need in your life.
Learn more about How to Reduce Stress Every Day.
Not enough quality sleep
If you're not getting enough sleep, you'll have an increased perception of pain. This is because your body needs restorative sleep every night to relax your muscles. If you don't get enough sleep, you can wake up with stiff and sore muscles and experience an increased level of fibromyalgia pain. Try to get at least seven to nine hours of sleep each night. Need help?
Read more about How to Sleep Better with Fibromyalgia.
Exercise can help people with pain and fatigue, but you should start an exercise routine carefully, and you mustn't overdo it. Training such as you would find in the practices of yoga, tai chi, and qi gong are perfectly acceptable for those with fibromyalgia pain. However, trying to run a marathon or run on a treadmill every day may backfire on you, and you'll experience muscle soreness and increased pain.
Read more about how to use Physical Activity To Ease Fibromyalgia Pain.
Relationship difficulties can increase stress and result in a Fibro-flare significantly or a chronic increase in your pain severity. Suppose you live with someone who doesn't understand the intensity of the fibromyalgia symptoms you're going through or are suffering from relationship troubles. Consider the best option for you, relationship counseling, living alone, or in a more comfortable relationship.
Things You Can Do To Avoid Fibromyalgia Pain
There is never a better time than now to start focusing on ways to lower your fibromyalgia pain and prevent intense pain flare-ups. It means avoiding the pain triggers discussed above and doing things that will improve your perception of pain.
Follow your doctor's orders regarding taking the medication you need for pain and any exercise prescription your doctor gives you. Exercise does not have to stop when you live with fibromyalgia pain; consider starting slow and gently with Restorative Yoga. Read more about Restorative Yoga For Fibromyalgia Pain.
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