Dealing with the constant, daily pain of Fibromyalgia Disease can be tough. But the task can be even tougher if you fall into some common traps. Learn how to avoid mistakes that can make it even harder to cope with fibromyalgia.
1-Navigating Fibromyalgia Disease
Dealing with the constant, daily pain of fibromyalgia Disease can be tough. But the task can be even tougher if you fall into some common traps.Everyone makes mistakes, but there are some missteps that can make it even harder to cope with this disorder.Learn how to avoid them and make living with fibromyalgia that much easier.
2-Not tracking your pain
“The problem with Fibromyalgia Disease is that patients are always in pain so it’s hard to judge when things get better and when they don’t get better,” says Bruce Baethge, MD, a rheumatologist with Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine and Scott & White Healthcare, in Temple.Keeping a pain diary can help you keep track of the ebbs and flows of your this disorder.
3-Expecting too much from medication
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved three drugs for this disorder Lyrica (pregabalin), Cymbalta (duloxetine), and Savella (milnacipran).These drugs may or may not work for you, or be only partially effective. They can also be expensive or may have side effects, including psychiatric problems, Dr. Baethge says.Be flexible about your options and be willing to switch if necessary. “Treatment for Fibromyalgia Disease is not just one medicine. It’s a lifestyle,” he says.
4-Refusing to consider off-label drugs
Off-label drugs are those that are approved for use with one condition but frequently given to people with another condition.For instance, fibro patients are often treated with antidepressants, even though not all antidepressants are specifically approved for this condition.Some people get dramatic relief with both older and newer generations of antidepressants.
5-Not exploring alternatives
What’s considered an alternative treatment in conventional medicine may not be for fibromyalgia.For instance, Dr. Baethge says, “Yoga is not considered an alternative treatment for Fibromyalgia Disease. We use stretching exercises as a mainstay of therapy.”Learning how to relieve stress through meditation, biofeedback techniques, or Tai chi, a Chinese martial art, can also be helpful. Check out the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine for more on Tai chi.
6-Sticking with the wrong doctor
Believe it or not, there are physicians out there who still think that fibromyalgia Disease patients are making up the symptoms, probably because there’s so little known about the condition.