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Living With Fibromyalgia

What can I do if I find that certain activities aggravate my fibromyalgia?

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  • Most people with fibromyalgia (FM) quickly learn there are certain things they do on a daily basis that seem to make their pain problem worse. These actions usually involve the repetitive use of muscles or prolonged tensing of a muscle, such as the muscles of the upper back while looking at a computer screen. Careful detective work is required by the person to note these associations and, where possible, to modify or eliminate them. Pacing of activities is important; doctors recommend that people use a stopwatch that beeps every 20 minutes. Whatever they are doing at that time should be stopped and a minute should be taken to do something else. For instance, if they are sitting down, they should get up and walk around -- or vice versa.
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