Stress and Fibromyalgia
Many people with Reference fibromyalgia Opens New Window find that stress makes their symptoms worse. Reducing stress, or finding healthy ways to cope with it, may help reduce your pain.
- Identify stressful situations at home and at work that seem to trigger your symptoms. Work on ways to make those situations less stressful or to make them occur less frequently.
- Cancel unnecessary activities that cause stress.
- Set priorities and learn to cope with your physical limitations. If you can't do an activity because of pain, find a less painful way to do it or try a different activity.
- Think about seeing a counselor if you are unable to deal with severe stress or need help finding ways to cope with stressful situations.
- Learn to use stress reduction, Reference biofeedback Opens New Window, visualization, meditation, or relaxation techniques. Reference Cognitive-behavioral therapy or training Opens New Window may be helpful in learning to manage stress.
- Join a fibromyalgia support group.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference October 20, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference Karin M. Lindholm, DO - Neurology