To help regain some control over your fibromyalgia, you may want to work on the following:
- Better sleep. If you are like many people with fibromyalgia, you may have difficulty sleeping. This can leave you fatigued and without the energy needed to fight your condition. Fortunately, you can take steps to improve the quality of your sleep, including going to bed and getting up at the same time every day and maintaining a comfortable sleep environment.
- Dietary changes. Can you reduce symptoms by shaking up your diet? Medical studies are inconclusive, but there is little doubt that a well-balanced diet can improve your overall health. Avoiding spicy foods and late-night beverages also may help curtail insomnia, a common symptom of fibromyalgia.
- Exercise. The mere thought of a workout may seem overwhelming when struggling with the pain and fatigue of fibromyalgia. However, staying fit is one of the best ways to keep symptoms at bay. Start slowly and gradually increase your level of effort. Aerobic, strength-training and flexibility exercises all may offer benefits.
- Occupational changes. Your job may be a prime source of symptom flare-ups. In many cases, mild adjustments to your work routines (such as switching to a more comfortable desk) can help. However, people with physically demanding occupations sometimes need to find a new field of work.