- Cut your to-do list in half. Because you live with constant pain and fatigue, you need to redo your to-do list and get your commitments straight. Only do those things each day that you can perform easily. Just say no to family and friends who want you to give more than you can handle.
- Get plenty of sleep. With fibro, you may feel like you haven't slept in days, but your body is acting like you've just downed 15 cups of coffee. Sleep is difficult with fibromyalgia, so talk with your doctor about your personal sleep issues. Get helpful sleep tips and consider taking medication, if needed.
- Move around. Exercise may be difficult because of the widespread muscle pain but it's still important for your endurance, strength, and overall health. Try taking a 15-minute warm shower before and after exercise. This helps to reduce pain so you can exercise easier and longer. Ask your doctor or physical therapist about exercises that you can try. And be sure to exercise outdoors, particularly during the early morning hours, to help reset your circadian rhythm.
- Nourish your body and brain. Even if you're too tired or in too much pain to be hungry, make sure you eat regular, balanced meals to keep your immune system working at its best.
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Mehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answeredWhile there's no magic bullet, there are some quick and easy lifestyle changes you can make to feel better with fibromyalgia.Helpful? 14 people found this helpful.
Michael Roizen, MD, Internal Medicine, answeredThere are many lifestyle changes you can make to improve fibromyalgia symptoms. Try using moist heat applications or warm baths twice daily to help decrease pain and stiffness associated with fibromyalgia. Some people find that applying pressure to painful trigger points helps to reduce pain and allows you to move around more. Sitting properly at your work station and taking frequent breaks to stretch can help ease neck and shoulder pain. Getting up, moving around, and stretching your body are all important in reducing the muscle pain. Exercise helps boost endorphins, the body's natural opioids. Not only is exercise a good way to increase fitness, but it can also improve your mood.Helpful? 2 people found this helpful.
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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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 answeredLifestyle changes are a necessary component of the treatment plan. Exercise is important and takes the form of light aerobic exercise such as walking or water aerobics. Physical therapy is usually necessary too. Reductions in stress by changing work environments or therapy may be helpful. Getting plenty of sleep is very important. There is no specific diet for fibromyalgia patients but it should be balanced with vitamin supplements.Helpful? 3 people found this helpful.
Jacob Teitelbaum, Integrative Medicine, answeredBegin by cutting back sugar and being sure that you stay hydrated. Also recognize that not everything is a stress, even though we live in an environment where "fear sells". In addition a high protein, low carbohydrate diet can be very helpful, as can getting good nutritional and sleep support.Helpful? 2 people found this helpful.