The pain and other symptoms of fibromyalgia can get worse during stressful times. The good news is that there are a lot of things you can do to lower your stress. For example, research shows that you can change how you think. And how you think affects how you feel.
- Breathing Exercises for Relaxation
- Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Pain Management
- Doing Guided Imagery to Relax
- Doing Progressive Muscle Relaxation
- Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
- Stop Negative Thoughts: Getting Started
- Chiropractic therapy.
- Dietary supplements, herbal products, and vitamins.
- Massage therapy.
- Tai chi and qi gong.
Talk with your doctor about the safety and potential side effects of the treatment. Remember that fibromyalgia doesn't physically harm you or damage your body. A treatment that could be harmful may not be worth the risk, especially when its benefits are unproven. Avoid treatments that may be harmful, such as unusual diets or excessive vitamin or mineral supplements. (A daily multiple vitamin-mineral supplement is okay. Try to avoid taking more than 100% of the recommended daily allowance for any vitamin or mineral unless your doctor prescribes a special supplement.)
Most mind and body practices-such as acupuncture, meditation, and yoga-are safe when used under the care of a well-trained professional. Choose an instructor or practitioner as carefully as you would choose a doctor.