How can I cope with fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia 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 illness
Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
Successful 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. 
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Coping 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.
Jacob Teitelbaum
Integrative Medicine
By 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.

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