Things That Help Me: Fibromyalgia Since 2003

I've been living with fibromyalgia since 2003; I am on disability, but still manage to enjoy my life to the best of my abilities. Here is what has helped me the most:

1) Having hobbies and meditating. Stress is a big pain factor and relieving it helps me cope with pain.

2) Staying away from lots of sugar and processed foods also helps with pain levels.

3) Finding a compassionate doctor that listens is key.

4) Having a good support system in your life. Get rid of negative people and you'll feel better. Surround yourself with people that care.

5) Have a sense of humor. It helps.

6) Get lots of sleep, especially before days where you know you have a lot to do.

7) Don't blame yourself. You are not the person you once were physically and it's okay. Set new realistic goals for yourself based on what you can do. Always focus on what you can do.

8) It's okay to say no to doctors and ask questions. And it's okay to switch doctors too.

9) Stay away from alcohol. It just makes it worse.

10) Set a few goals for yourself each day, no matter how small. Try to stay active. It'll help with pain.

11) Don't be afraid to talk to people in your life, be honest about what you can do with other and how you're feeling.

12) Asking for help is okay.

13) Remember you are not alone and don't have to go through this alone.
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3 Responses Jan 15, 2013

Thank you.

Made me feel uplifted thanks for sharing! :)

Are you on Disability because of the Fibromyalgia?