Stress and Fibromyalgia - Topic Overview
Many people with
fibromyalgia 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
biofeedback, visualization, meditation, or relaxation
Cognitive-behavioral therapy or training may be
helpful in learning to manage stress.
- Join a fibromyalgia
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
October 20, 2011
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