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Why is denial or avoidance a detrimental response to fibromyalgia?

Dede Bonner
Health Education

Many people cope with chronic pain and insomnia by pretending it isn’t happening. But this coping strategy may be costing you lots of your limited energy that could be better used for proactive approaches to alternative treatments, like taking a water aerobics or yoga class.

What matters the most is how well you cope emotionally with your illness and that you take proactive steps toward positive lifestyle changes, including more exercise and a better diet. You must conquer denial before you can be a fully successful patient.

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