Fibromyalgia symptoms can also be managed by making lifestyle changes.
It’s not always easy to manage fibromyalgia, but there are things you can do for yourself to help reduce symptoms. In fact, an effective way to relieve symptoms of fibromyalgia may be as simple as making a lifestyle change like getting regular exercise.
Consider incorporating some of these approaches into your daily routine. But remember—always consult your healthcare professional before incorporating any of these approaches into your treatment plan.
Regular exercise can help improve symptoms of fibromyalgia. Understandably, your symptoms may make it more challenging to exercise regularly, but it’s important to stay active. Before starting any exercise program, ask your healthcare professional about safe ways to exercise, and start slowly.
Although no specific diet has been shown to relieve symptoms of fibromyalgia, a healthy and balanced diet can give you more energy and help prevent other health problems.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Many patients with fibromyalgia experience daily stress from having a chronic pain condition. CBT can help fibromyalgia patients consider alternate ways of thinking about and managing their condition. Studies have shown that adding CBT to a treatment regimen for fibromyalgia can actually reduce pain and improve function.