Why is it helpful to identify my emotional state before I had fibromyalgia?

Coping with fibromyalgia can be emotionally draining, but many people who are diagnosed with this condition live long and satisfying lives. Following a well-designed treatment plan is essential. If your doctor has prescribed medication for controlling fibromyalgia symptoms, take all doses on schedule and report any side effects you experience. Managing fibromyalgia on a daily basis can help prevent your symptoms from overwhelming you. Take these steps:
  • Eat a healthy diet.
  • Make time for regular exercise. Low-impact activities such as walking, swimming, or riding a stationary bike are ideal for many people with fibromyalgia. Water aerobics or water yoga may be helpful, too.
  • If you have trouble sleeping due to fibromyalgia, talk to your doctor about strategies for overcoming this problem. Lost sleep will cause fatigue, which may worsen your symptoms.
  • Keep stress in check. Try relaxation techniques such as deep breathing or meditation.
These strategies can help you to feel like your old self, or maybe even better.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
If you have fibromyalgia, you may be experiencing not only pain, fatigue, and other physical symptoms, but also attention problems (sometimes called "fibro fog"), mood swings, anxiety, or depression. There’s no guarantee that you will return to your emotional state before you had fibromyalgia, but you can feel better. Many studies report that specific treatment programs not only can reduce pain and fatigue, but also emotional problems caused by fibromyalgia. With a good treatment program that includes medication, mild exercise, physical therapy, massage, cognitive therapy, or mind-body approaches such as tai chi or yoga, you may feel less anxiety and depression, and focus better. In many people, fibromyalgia symptoms, including emotional ones, improve over time.
Dede Bonner
Health Education

One way to recover your sense of balance is to reflect on who you were and define your emotional state before chronic pain and fatigue became routine. Maybe you were overstressed in a dead-end job, arguing constantly with your defiant teenager, or barely hanging on to a rocky marriage. Or life was good, full of raising children, church activities, and travel adventures.

Think of this question as an emotional audit and a reality check. Be honest with yourself to avoid mourning the “good old days” - which may not have been quite as great as you remember.

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