What non-pharmaceutical treatment has helped you manage fibromyalgia symptoms the most?
- 23 Mar 2015 by OccuThera2015
- 25 March 2015
- fibromyalgia, pharmacy, exercise, breathing, treatment, symptom, management, relaxation, therapy
Some examples: Light regular exercise? Cognitive Behavioural Therapy? Stress Management? Relaxation/breathing techniques? Heat? Activity Pacing? Acceptance Commitment Therapy? Any other approaches...
I am an Occupational Therapist starting to plan some OT sessions to help a client who has fibro get back to work. Thanks in advance! :)
I have no idea what some of those are, for me its learning to control what you will accept. I just refuse to accept something stopping me from doing what I want, and I put my pain in a box in my brain, close the lid and ignore it. Of course I have to pace myself, as much because of back damage then the fibro, A big part of the problem with fibro is it doesn't stand alone, other nice things come with it much of the time. An attitude of it isn't going to get me is a big part of dealing with it.
I have a a Bachelors of Science in Nursing and was forced to retire on permanent disability. I tried changing and reducing hours until I was either in bed recovering or working in pain. Non-pharmaceutical things that help me is stretching and deep breathing. I cannot exercise for 30 min in a row. I do short frequent exercises all day long. Lunges while waiting for micro. Walking in place or curls during commercials. Mornings are the worse. I get up and take my pain med wait for it to work, then walk in place for about a minute and stretch. Stretching is very helpful for me. Epsom Salt baths before bed is helpful because of the magnesium. I have learned that doing this during the day causes me fatigue. Focused meditation with narrative and soothing white noise that is focused on self esteem and depression is helpful. I have done much research and tried many things to remain comfortable and maintain my activities of daily living. I hope I was helpful and I would be happy to answer anything else or work with you in any way because this monster has ruined my life. Very sincerely yours, nursepen. Note: the Fibromyalgic patient is almost always depressed. Like everything, there are exceptions but most chronic pain patients are depressed. I have been clinically depressed since pubescence.
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