But fibro isn't like a broken arm; you don't just fix it up with a cast and move on. It's a tricky, chronic condition, and it can affect your self image and your daily life. Once you start the medication regimen, reach out and join a fibromyalgia support group. This is a group of other people who have fibromyalgia. You can talk about any of your concerns with these people and get support and new ideas on how to live better with fibromyalgia. If you are having a difficult time coping, then see a counselor or therapist. Talk about your problems with fibromyalgia. The therapist will help you gain some new coping skills and teach you ways to retrain how you understand living with a chronic and painful syndrome.
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Mehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answeredCoping with fibromyalgia starts with a visit to your doctor. Make sure you have an accurate diagnosis, and talk openly with your doctor about the symptoms. In fact, bring a list of symptoms so you don't overlook anything. Your doctor will prescribe one or more medications to help with the fibromyalgia pain, sleep problems, anxiety, and other symptoms.
But fibro isn't like a broken arm; you don't just fix it up with a cast and move on. It's a tricky, chronic condition, and it can affect your self image and your daily life. Once you start the medication regimen, reach out and join a fibromyalgia support group. This is a group of other people who have fibromyalgia. You can talk about any of your concerns with these people and get support and new ideas on how to live better with fibromyalgia. If you are having a difficult time coping, then see a counselor or therapist. Talk about your problems with fibromyalgia. The therapist will help you gain some new coping skills and teach you ways to retrain how you understand living with a chronic and painful syndrome.Helpful? 5 people found this helpful.
Michael Roizen, MD, Internal Medicine, answeredSuccessful ways to cope with fibromyalgia exist. One important tool is a daily pain journal where you record your pain symptoms. You can also write down the location of the pain and the intensity on a scale of 1 to 10 (with 10 being the worst). Take this notebook with you to your doctor's appointment. Reviewing this information together will allow your doctor to prescribe the most effective treatment, including medications, moist heat applications, exercises, and complementary therapies such as massage that may help your symptoms improve.
Pfizer LYRICA™ (pregabalin) Team answered
There are many ways to manage the chronic widespread pain of fibromyalgia, including taking a prescription medicine. But your prescription is only part of a complete fibromyalgia treatment plan. One way to approach your treatment is to think of it as a series of steps:
- Learn all you can about fibromyalgia
- Work with your doctor to set a treatment goal—even one as simple as "be in less fibromyalgia pain"
- Work with your doctor to form a fibromyalgia treatment plan. Consider using more than one method—for instance, complement taking medicine with alternative treatment approaches
- Track progress over time—this will help you know when you’ve met your first goal
Many people can benefit from creating a fibromyalgia treatment plan that combines medicine and alternative treatment approaches.
- A healthy diet can make a difference
- Restful sleep can make a difference
- Being active can help
- Consider alternative treatment approaches, including physical therapy, chiropractic therapy, nutritional counseling, etc.
Talk to your doctor before making any changes to your diet, exercise routine, or treatment plan.
For many with fibromyalgia, prescription medicine is an important part of treatment. Ask your doctor if prescription medicine, such as LYRICA, could be a part of your fibromyalgia treatment plan. In clinical studies, LYRICA was proven to provide significant relief from fibromyalgia pain compared with a placebo, so patients felt better and could do more.*
*Individual results may vary.
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Important Safety Information (ISI)
LYRICA is not for everyone. LYRICA may cause serious, even life threatening, allergic reactions. Stop taking LYRICA and call your doctor right away if you have any signs of a serious allergic reaction. Some signs are swelling of your face, mouth, lips, gums, tongue, throat or neck, or if you have any trouble breathing, or have a rash, hives or blisters.
Drugs used to treat seizures increase the risk of suicidal thoughts or behavior. LYRICA may cause suicidal thoughts or actions in a very small number of people, about 1 in 500. Patients, family members or caregivers should call the doctor right away if they notice suicidal thoughts or actions, thoughts of self harm, or any unusual changes in mood or behavior. These changes may include new or worsening depression, anxiety, restlessness, trouble sleeping, panic attacks, anger, irritability, agitation, aggression, dangerous impulses or violence, or extreme increases in activity or talking. If you have suicidal thoughts or actions, do not stop LYRICA without first talking to your doctor.
LYRICA may cause swelling of your hands, legs and feet, which can be serious for people with heart problems. LYRICA may cause dizziness and sleepiness. You should not drive or work with machines until you know how LYRICA affects you. Also, tell your doctor right away about muscle pain or problems along with feeling sick and feverish, or any changes in your eyesight including blurry vision, or if you have any kidney problems or get dialysis.
Some of the most common side effects of LYRICA are dizziness, blurry vision, weight gain, sleepiness, trouble concentrating, swelling of your hands and feet, dry mouth, and feeling “high.” If you have diabetes, tell your doctor about any skin sores.
You may have a higher chance for swelling and hives if you are also taking angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors so tell your doctor if you are taking these medications. You may have a higher chance of swelling of your hands or feet or gaining weight if you are also taking certain diabetes medicines. Do not drink alcohol while on LYRICA. You may have a higher chance for dizziness and sleepiness if you take LYRICA with alcohol, narcotic pain medicines, or medicines for anxiety.
Before you start LYRICA, tell your doctor if you are planning to father a child, or if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding. If you have had a drug or alcohol problem, you may be more likely to misuse LYRICA.
In studies, a specific type of blood vessel tumor was seen in mice, but not in rats. The meaning of these findings in humans is not known.
Do not stop taking LYRICA without talking to your doctor. If you stop suddenly you may have headaches, nausea, diarrhea, trouble sleeping, increased sweating, or you may feel anxious. If you have epilepsy, you may have seizures more often.
LYRICA is indicated to treat fibromyalgia, diabetic nerve pain, spinal cord injury nerve pain, and pain after shingles. LYRICA is also indicated to treat partial onset seizures in adults with epilepsy who take 1 or more drugs for seizures.
Piedmont Heart Institute answeredFibromyalgia patients require a comprehensive program to manage their chronic condition. Coping is best helped by sticking to a program inclusive of medical care, nutritional care, psychosocial care, and nutritional therapies. Support groups may be very helpful in reducing stress and coping with the chronic illnessHelpful? 2 people found this helpful.
Celeste Cooper, Rheumatology, answered
Coping with fibromyalgia is the same as it is with any chronic illness. The first step is acceptance; until this is achieved forward momentum is stunted.
It is impossible to answer this question with one or two paragraphs. Our book is full of helpful information for coping with fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue immunodysfunction and myofascial pain from myofascial trigger points. It takes a multimodal approach and includes how to relate to others, including your physician, identifying stressors and blocks to mental and emotional health. Also included in our book are the many different therapies, addressing aggravating factors and comorbid conditions and much more. I started writing as a way of identifying my own needs for coping effectively, I am an RN, educator, and last but foremost, a patient. When I say I get it, I really get it.
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Jacob Teitelbaum, Integrative Medicine, answeredBy understanding what is causing the disease and that it is very treatable. These illnesses represent an energy crisis and respond very well to treatments of SHINE sleep, hormones, infections, nutrition and exercise as able. Meanwhile find a holistic physician or rheumatologist familiar with the disease or CA FIBROMYALGIA AND FATIGUE CENTER physician.Helpful? 1 person found this helpful.