Life with conditions like fibromyalgia and restless legs syndrome is full of ups and downs. One day you’re fine, able to handle everything on that mile-long to-do list. The next, you’re so tired you can’t get out of bed. But even in the face of this uncertainty, you can take steps to treat, and even avoid, pain.
With fibromyalgia syndrome, just getting by each day often requires difficult choices. Read on for how to manage fibromyalgia pain and fatigue while living life to the fullest:
1. Begin each morning identifying how you feel. If you didn’t sleep well the night before, plan your day accordingly and arrange to do less. If you feel well rested and your pain is tolerable, do more — but remember that moderation is key. Always be flexible. You never know when you’ll have a flare, so listen to your body and take breaks when you need them.
2. Exercising while exhausted. At times, moving may be the last thing you feel like doing. But moving can actually make you feel better and more energized. Regular, gentle exercise can help ease pain, stress, and other fibromyalgia symptoms. Start slowly and try activities like walking, swimming, and stretching, even if it’s only for a minute or two at a time. If you feel good, you can increase how long you work out and how hard.
3. Massage the pain away. Massage is a time-tested way to ease muscle pain and reduce stress. People also use massage to help improve range of motion and deal with depression and anxiety. More vigorous forms of massage may help relieve deep muscle pain from fibromyalgia. You also can try relieving some fibromyalgia pain yourself. Try massaging painful areas with a tennis ball or other firm object.