Living with Fibromyalgia

After a diagnosis of fibromyalgia, it is totally normal to be overcome by a host of different emotions. Living with fibromyalgia entails changing your life completely and it is but natural to mourn the loss of your old life and habits. Experts suggest that you make the following lifestyle changes:

•    Reduce stress by learning relaxation techniques, yoga or meditation.

•    Get proper sleep and maintain regular schedules.

•    Exercise carefully and regularly. Consult with a physiotherapist for instructions on what you can and cannot do.

•    Follow a balanced diet, avoid coffee, do not smoke, drink plenty of water and rest adequately

Coping with fibromyalgia means dealing with feelings of denial, anger, depression and finally acceptance just like any grieving process. There are support networks and counseling services that can help see you through this tough time. 
Frequently asked questions
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