The First Steps to Dealing with Fibromyalgia Pain

Although finally having a diagnosis may help you understand the pain and fatigue you’ve been feeling, you may be wondering what you should do now that you know you have fibromyalgia. We’d like to share a few of the first things you can do to deal with your pain.

Learn about your team and your medications

You may have a whole team of health care providers, and a box full of medications. One of the first things you should do is make a list of all of your providers and make sure you understand what each one’s role is in treating your fibromyalgia. It’s a good idea to have a list with the necessary contact information handy.

You may be taking a number of medications. Read the labels carefully, and devise a system to help yourself remember when to take what. One of the most common problems that patients with chronic health conditions have is taking their medications on schedule.

You may need a pill organizer or to set alarms for yourself. If you’re struggling with this, don’t hesitate to discuss it with your provider at Revive Medical. We may be able to suggest a strategy that works for you.

Investigate a variety of pain management approaches

Our team will suggest a pain management approach for you, and it may well include a variety of techniques. At Revive Medical, we practice integrated medicine, which means that we work to make sure that all of the systems of your body are functioning in harmony. A few of the therapies we may suggest are listed below.

Low-level light therapy

Low-level light therapy (LLLT) is a noninvasive, painless, quick method of reducing inflammation and lowering pain. In LLLT, the energy from light, rather than heat as with most laser therapies, is used to effect change at the cellular level.

Treatments usually last 15-20 minutes, and for many patients they’re extremely effective.

Physical therapy

Physical therapy helps to improve your strength, flexibility, and mobility. When you work with our physical therapist, you’ll be working one-on-one with an expert who helps you find the specific exercises and movements that are most beneficial to improving your pain levels.

Introduce changes slowly

You’ve probably already read that proper diet and exercise are two of the keys to living more comfortably with fibromyalgia. But if you’re considering a full overhaul of your diet and just beginning an exercise routine -- all while you’re in chronic pain -- you may justifiably feel overwhelmed.

Rather than making multiple big changes all at once, consider introducing them slowly, allowing your body to adjust, before adding another. For example, if you want to limit the amount of sugar you eat, rather than cutting it out all at once, you may want to try reducing it gradually over a few days or weeks.

The same is true for exercise. When you’re in chronic pain, you’re not going to be able to take on the same kind of exercise program someone without fibromyalgia could. You may need to begin by simply walking for two minutes and build up from there.

Discuss the changes you’d like to make with our staff. We’re happy to help you develop a plan that’s likely to work for you.

If you’d like to learn more about our approach to treating fibromyalgia, book your appointment today by phone or online. When you come in for a consultation, we’re happy to discuss your personal situation and make suggestions that can help you deal with fibromyalgia pain.

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