What to Do If You’ve Been Given a Fibromyalgia Diagnosis
A fibromyalgia diagnosis might be a scary medical term for you to hear especially if you don’t know what it is and don’t know anyone who has the condition. The first step to do is to relax. Take a deep breath and know that you are not alone. There are others who successfully deal with this condition and there are many support groups available both online and off that can help you learn about your diagnosis.
Decide right away that you’re going to become an expert about the condition. After all, it’s your body and you’re the best one in charge to fight back and keep yourself as healthy as you possibly can.
Your first step should be to assemble the best medical or holistic care for your condition. You may need to be seen by more than one professional. Some patients routinely see a chiropractor, their physician, and a doctor who specializes in rheumatoid care.
Usually these are doctors proficient in internal medicine. Because the medical profession is still learning about how fibromyalgia affects the body, if you have a doctor who simply wants to medicate you without trying to find the best treatment for you, then consider finding a new doctor. You need one who stays up to date on the latest treatment information about the condition.
You may need to educate your family on what a fibromyalgia diagnosis means to them. It may require some lifestyle changes for you in order to keep your health on an even keel. You may have to rest more frequently, do less around the house or even find a career that’s not as taxing to you physically.
A dietician may be beneficial to you as you learn what you need to add (or subtract) from your eating habits. Some patients have seen improvement in learning how to manage their level of pain by going to physical therapy.
Talk to your doctor to determine if finding a physical therapist would aid in handling your fibromyalgia. Because of the pain linked with this condition, many patients want to resist any type of exercise but keeping a healthy body weight will help to keep more stress from being added to your muscles and joints.
Being given a fibromyalgia diagnosis means that in order to learn how to handle the demands on your body you’re going to have to make some changes. Listen to your body and learn what makes the condition worse for you and what seems to make the strain or pain not as severe.
Your body needs more sleep so make sure that you get the rest that you need in order to function. Since some people with fibromyalgia have to deal with insomnia and a lack of sleep can worsen symptoms, seek a doctor’s help right away if you start having bouts of sleeplessness.
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