Patient Questions: Answered

Fibromyalgia affects all of us in different ways, often leaving us feeling frustrated — combatting chronic and widespread pain day after day. So why is it that even though so many of us are suffering, few of us actually receive the necessary treatment we want and deserve? To help turn this around, we’d like to start sharing some patient questions, in hopes it will benefit others who are suffering from this debilitating condition.

I have had fibromyalgia for some years. I would like to address the illness and get some help in managing pain levels better, any advice?

There are many steps you can take when it comes to managing your fibromyalgia. To start, choose activity wisely. Exercise regularly, but do not overdo things. Set personal limits, and always remember to take a rest. Try your best to remove yourself from situations that are likely to cause stress as this can aggravate pain, and modify your working environment to better suit your situation. During a flare-up, do less, take warm baths or use ice — whichever works best for you. It is also a good idea to read up on some simple mindfulness techniques such as meditation, deep breathing, or visualisation — as many patients see relief from these practices.

With several years of experience treating patients with Fibromyalgia, The Fibro Clinic truly empathise with the obstacles patients face on a daily basis. We are constantly taking new research and information into consideration when finding the correct treatment path for our patients. We believe in a multidisciplinary approach comprised of tried and tested measures to effectively lower and manage symptoms for a better quality of life.

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