Fibromyalgia is a medical condition characterised by chronic widespread pain and a heightened pain response to pressure. Other symptoms include fatigue, sleep problems, memory issues, sensitivity to noise, light and temperature, numbness and tingling in the limbs and restless leg syndrome. The condition has been associated with stress, anxiety and posttraumatic stress disorder, although the exact cause is still unknown.
Fibromyalgia is usually treated with drugs such as amitriptyline, although many people experience more side-effects than benefits from the drug. Regardless of the therapy, here are 8 things you should stop doing immediately if you’re suffering from fibromyalgia:
Stop putting your own needs on the bench
If you’re suffering from a debilitating condition, you need to put your own need first. Even if you’re completely healthy, it doesn’t mean that you should put your needs on the back burner.
Stop spending time with the wrong people
If you’re around people who add more stress in your life, stop spending time with them. Stress is only worsening your condition, so at least avoid these people in order to improve your chances of recovery.
Stop trying to be everything to everyone
Learn how to say “no.” Too often, fibromyalgia sufferers are unable to say “no” due to feeling guilty. This won’t get you nowhere – you can’t be everything to everyone, so don’t pretend you need to do something when you don’t.
Stop lying to yourself
Just admit it – you’re sick. You’re not feeling well, and saying “I’m OK” all the time isn’t going to make you better.
Stop wasting time explaining
Most people don’t care about your disease, so don’t try to explain your condition as almost all of them aren’t listening.
Stop trying to hold on to the past
Although there’s a way to improve your symptoms, there’s a big chance that you won’t be the same like before. There will always be limits, so stop trying to hold on to the past and just move on.
Stop berating yourself for mistakes in the past
Guilt and blame always surround fibromyalgia patients, but beating yourself up for things you can’t change isn’t going to help you. Just let go and move on. Focus on the future instead.