- Target your stress
Coping with fibromyalgia can get anyone down. Relaxation exercises and other approaches can make a major difference in your outlook.
- Deep breathing exercises, in which a person breathes in slowly, holds the breath, then breathes out slowly, can ease a moment of stress and anxiety.
- Meditation, visualization, and cognitive behavioral therapy are often useful as well in developing coping mechanisms and establishing positive routines.
- Massage therapy may help you relax as well as help you improve daily functioning and sleep.
Some trial and error may be involved in finding what works best for your fibromyalgia symptoms. Each person experiences fibromyalgia differently, in part because so many people with fibromyalgia also have at least one other medical condition. Ankylosing spondylitis, rheumatoid arthritis, depression, and low back pain are among conditions that often occur with fibromyalgia.