Chronic pain isn’t an easy condition to handle, especially when you live with Fibromyalgia, but you can take control. There are techniques that you can implement to help lessen your pain and the distress it causes you, without the use of pharmaceuticals. Simple changes in your lifestyle, diet, and exercise routines can help ease your pain.
I don’t want you to think that I am implying that you are the root cause of your Fibromyalgia pain, because I’m not. I want you to know that there are natural alternatives that are effective in helping manage your symptoms. These tips are handy, especially if you don’t feel you are getting the proper support from your doctors. These techniques are intended to be your personal pieces of empowerment despite lack of medical understanding.
Try these techniques to experience relief:
1. Manage stress. Stress can increase chronic pain and make it more difficult to manage. Try a variety of strategies to relax and reduce stress to see which ones work the best for you.
Qigong and meditation are two stress-reduction strategies that can help.
Start a Gratitude Journal and write about the positive aspects you are grateful for.
2. Try breathing exercises. By simply focusing on your breathing, you can relax your muscles and reduce pain. Deep breathing exercises can also reduce blood pressure, eliminate stress, and decrease the heart rate.
3. Find fun distractions. Instead of concentrating on the pain, try distractions that help you
forget about it.
Hobbies and activities such as watching your favorite movie or reading a new book can help. You may also want to try drawing or other ideas that help you fill your time and avoid thinking about the pain.
4. Increase your water intake. Dehydration can make chronic pain worse. When the brain is dehydrated your body will feel increased levels of pain in the forms of headaches, muscle pain, arthritic pain, back pain and more.
Keep water bottles pre-filled in the refrigerator so they are nice and cold for the drinking.
If you don’t like the taste of plain water, add some fresh fruit to enhance its flavor.
5. Avoid inflammatory food. Fast food and processed food can increase inflammation in your body, so your chronic pain also increases. Foods with a lot of sugar also contribute to inflammation and increased pain. The top foods to eliminate from your diet to decrease pain are gluten, dairy, processed sugar, and nightshades.
Your nutrition can make a world of difference. It can mean having the ability to get out of bed or not.
6. Add more anti-inflammatory food. On the other hand, nuts, leafy greens, fatty fish, berries, and other items can help you fight inflammation and reduce pain. They have antioxidants that fight damage on the cellular level.
7. Focus on posture. Posture can help reduce the stress on your back and cut down on chronic pain.
Consider the way you sit and stand. Experts recommend that you avoid slumping your shoulders and lowering your head. The spine should be straight, so circulation is better.
8. Discuss your health. Researchers have found that talking about your health can reduce pain. The American Psychological Association points out that talking about your pain can help you discover management techniques.
There is no shame in seeking out a counselor to talk about your chronic pain. You’d be surprised how it can be healing and how much your pain can actually diminish.
9. Try massage. Massages can reduce chronic pain by improving circulation and blood flow.
Massages help reduce back, shoulder, and neck pain. They can also help your overall health.
10. Find support. Health experts recommend finding support groups that focus on chronic pain. These groups give you the chance to meet others who suffer from chronic pain.
They can offer advice and tips for managing pain. They can also provide doctor and clinic reviews or recommendations. By talking to others who have chronic pain, you can learn new techniques to deal with your pain.
Chronic pain is linked to anxiety and depression. The social aspect of support groups can also help in coping with these side effects.
Support groups are less formal settings, and online groups offer privacy and anonymity, so you can feel comfortable sharing your experience.
Even if you take medication for your pain, you can further reduce it with these techniques. Reduce stress and inflammation, and find support, and you’ll feel the pain relief you’ve been seeking.