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Self-Care for Fibromyalgia Pain

Self-Care for Fibromyalgia Pain

Discover 3 simple self-care pain relievers that can help ease fibromyalgia pain.

Your best bet for easing fibro pain? Try everything. That's right. Research suggests that a multifaceted approach works best for easing fibromyalgia pain. Your doctor may recommend pain medication, but you should also live a healthy lifestyle and investigate additional self-care pain relief approaches for fibromyalgia, like these:

  • Seek heat for pain. Soaking in a warm tub seems to pull the fibro pain right out of you, doesn't it? And research confirms that warm water—whether you exercise in a heated pool or just lounge in a warm bath or Jacuzzi—curbs fibromyalgia pain and stiffness. For fibro pain relief on the go, keep moist hot packs at the office or in your travel bag.
  • Try ice for pain. It's not certain whether ice or cold packs can relieve musculoskeletal fibromyalgia pain. But cold therapy can ease soft tissue pain associated with sports injuries and other rheumatic diseases, so it's worth a try to see whether it works to relieve your fibro pain.
  • Rub on pain cream. Applying over-the-counter analgesic ointments has been proved to curb mild pain associated with osteoarthritis, muscle spasms, and sports injuries, so it's another promising self-care strategy worth exploring for fibromyalgia pain. Look for one with arnica, winter green, menthol, camphor, or peppermint.

Medically reviewed in August 2018.

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