Ouch! Do you or someone you know suffer from Fibromyalgia? It’s a harrowing syndrome that leaves a person sometimes unable to get out of bed. There’s widespread body pain, numbness, swelling, and sensitivity to touch. Diet and exercise are important to those affected by fibromyalgia, but what do you do when you’re stuck in bed and in pain all the time?
If you’re stuck in bed in pain, do some simple stretches for every part of your body, but do them gently. You don’t want to overdo any stretching. Care for your muscles as you feel them contract and release. You can do this in time to your breath. Take a breath and flex; breathe out, and release. Start as slow as you need. You know your body’s limits so gauge how one repetition feels before you go on. It’s totally normal if you can only do one. It’s a good start! Do this every day, and your strength will begin increasing.
After you’ve made it past bed stretching, try walking in place for five minutes, then boost to ten minutes as time and your energy allow. As you find that your muscles are positively responding, and they will, you can increase your exercise from there.
Morbid obesity and obesity causes those with fibromyalgia, even more, pain and flare ups. It is so important to start exercise; some doctors swear by it. “Exercise is one of the most effective treatments for fibromyalgia,” says Daniel Clauw, MD, professor of anesthesiology and medicine at the University of Michigan.
Dieting is the easy part. However, let’s not call this a diet, let’s call it a lifestyle change. Fill yourself up on leafy greens, fruits, and vegetables. Begin a clean eating habit with meat, eat a four ounces of lean meat (boneless skinless chicken breast, fish, or tofu), or an egg. Stay away from processed, altered, and bleached foods and those foods that are full of cholesterol, fat, and sugar. In other words, eat healthy foods only. Fresh greens and fruits from your grocer are so much healthier for you. They will help change your body chemistry and metabolism so that you lose weight. They are packed with vitamins and minerals to keep you healthy.
Taking care of yourself when you have fibromyalgia may seem overwhelming, but it isn’t. If you follow these tips and are under the care of a doctor or specialist you will be well on your way to feeling better in no time. Just remember long-term change is best handled slowly. Don’t push yourself in exercising, eat clean, find your balance, and take control over Fibromyalgia.