How do I manage fibromyalgia on a daily basis?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition. That means you need to have a plan in place to manage your symptoms, or else your symptoms can end up managing you. Your plan for managing fibromyalgia every day should include the following:
  • Take all medications that your doctor has prescribed. Don't skip doses. If a medication is causing serious or unpleasant side effects, tell your doctor.
  • Get some exercise. Getting up off the sofa may be the last thing you want to do when you ache and feel depleted. But exercise is one of the best forms of medicine for fibromyalgia.
  • Eat right. There's no magic meal plan, but eating a nutritious diet can give you energy you need to take on this condition. If certain foods make your symptoms flare up, avoid them.
  • Get a good night's rest. This is easier said than done sometimes for people with fibromyalgia, but very important, nonetheless. If fibromyalgia keeps you up at night, don't count sheep. Take up your sleep problem with your doctor, instead.

Managing your fibromyalgia on a daily basis starts with finding the right treatment plan. Work with your doctor to find a treatment that works for you and then stick to it. This will often involve a regular exercise routine and it may be necessary to see a physical therapist as well. Find ways to keep your stress levels low and do what you can to get on a regular sleeping schedule. Not getting enough sleep can be detrimental to your fibromyalgia. If your doctor prescribes any medication, make sure you take it according to the proper dosage and schedule. Following these steps should help you minimize your symptoms and live comfortably. If your treatment doesn't seem to be working or if you experience any side effects, contact your doctor to discuss the issue.

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