How can I avoid flare-ups from fibromyalgia?

Jennifer N. Caudle, DO
Family Medicine

Fibromyalgia is a complex condition that affects patients differently; it's important to know what your own triggers are to best prevent flare-ups. Watch family medicine physician Jennifer Caudle, DO, discuss how to prevent fibromyalgia episodes.

Natalie E. Azar, MD
Internal Medicine

One of the universal symptoms of fibromyalgia is fatigue, so patients need to make sure they are getting enough sleep. Watch rheumatologist Natalie Azar, MD, explain the importance of sleep and regular exercise in preventing fibromyalgia flare-ups.

The key to avoiding fibromyalgia flare-ups is to figure out what causes your symptoms to worsen. Once you have identified the triggers for your fibromyalgia flare-ups, you can take steps to avoid or control them.

The triggers for fibromyalgia flare-ups differ from one person to another. For some, cold weather and drafty environments worsen symptoms. In that case, checking the weather forecast and bundling up on cold days can help to avoid flare-ups. Other common triggers for fibromyalgia include hormonal fluctuations (such as those that occur prior to menstruation), psychological stress, and exercising too hard. Your doctor may be able to help you identify what causes your fibromyalgia to flare up.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Just as this condition can cause an array of symptoms, no two people have exactly the same triggers for fibromyalgia flare-ups. And there are many potential triggers. For you it might be stressful situations, which can amplify and exaggerate your symptoms. For another person, it could be cold drafts, which can make muscles tense up.

Work on determining what causes your fibromyalgia to intensify. Keep a diary and record what was happening in your life every time your symptoms become hard to manage. Once you've identified your fibromyalgia triggers, work on strategies to avoid them.

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