Napscan't make up for a chronic lack of nighttime sleep -- a common problem for people with fibromyalgia -- but a quick nap or midday rest can go a long way in minimizing fibromyalgia fatigue. Even just a 10-minute power nap may help in dealing with fibromyalgia. Patients should talk with their fibromyalgia doctor about steps they can take to sleep more soundly.
Sean T. McGrath, MD
Specialty: Physical Medicine/rehabilitation
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How does napping affect fibromyalgia?
What types of pain relievers should I use for chronic pain?
Stacy Wiegman, PharmD, Pharmacy, answeredOver-the-counter pain relievers are usually not recommended for chronic pain. They are not usually recommended for long-term use because of the side effects they cause. This is especially true of extended use of NSAIDs. Because NSAIDs affect chemicals that protect areas of your digestive tract, overuse can cause ulcers, kidney failure, liver failure, and GI bleeding. Instead, your doctor will probably prescribe a stronger medication made to handle chronic pain.
What exercises might I do during stroke rehabilitation?
Natalia Rost, MD, Neurology, answeredYour exercise regimen during stroke rehabilitation will depend on your specific type of disability and may include some or all of the following: walking on a treadmill, walking up or down stairs, using hand or leg weights, and repeatedly bending and extending your arms and fingers. If you can't bear weight on your legs, you may practice walking and other exercises while partially supported by a harness, or in a swimming pool, where water can support some of your weight (hydrotherapy). The amount of time you spend in physical rehabilitation will depend on your needs and your stamina, but expect it to last at least a few weeks.
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