Manage Fatigue

Manage Fatigue

Fatigue from fibromyalgia can keep you from doing everyday activities, such as grocery shopping or cooking dinner. Note symptoms of fatigue and when they occur in your Journal, and learn more about how to manage fatigue.

Conditions: Fibromyalgia

Symptoms: Weakness, fatigue, difficulty sleeping, insomnia, unrefreshing sleep, pain at night, oversleeping

Triggers:

Treatments:

Categories: Rest

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Flu-like Fatigue

Fibromyalgia can make you so tired that you feel like you have symptoms similar to the flu. Just getting out of bed can be a big effort. When you're feeling wiped out and in pain, don't push yourself. Give yourself permission to take it easy. Schedule more time to sleep at night and rest more throughout the day. You deserve some R&R.

Prompt: Feels like flu?

CTA: Be aware of fibro fatigue.

Conditions: Fibromyalgia

Symptoms: Fatigue, feeling sick, flu-like symptoms, stuffy nose, feeling hot, feeling cold, all over pain

Triggers:

Treatments: Relaxation, sleep hygiene, rest

Categories: Rest

Moderate Good Days

With fibromyalgia, you'll have good days and bad days, and you can't always predict when you may have a flare. While it may be tempting to pack in as much activity as you can on your good days, remember that moderation is key. Overdoing it can set you up for a flare-up.

Prompt: Pace yourself.

CTA: Don't overtax yourself on good days.

Conditions: Fibromyalgia

Symptoms: Weakness, fatigue, difficulty sleeping, insomnia, unrefreshing sleep, pain at night, oversleeping

Triggers: Excess activity, overdoing it

Treatments: Rest, relaxation

Categories: Rest

Morning Check-in

You may be sleeping a full 8 hours, but is it restful sleep? Fibromyalgia can keep your brain switched on at night, and may keep you from deep sleep. When you wake up in the morning, do a quick morning check-in, and plan your day accordingly. If you feel well rested, and your pain is tolerable, plan to do more. If you didn't sleep well, plan to do less.

Prompt: Did you sleep well?

CTA:  Plan your day accordingly.

Conditions: Fibromyalgia

Symptoms: Fatigue, unrefreshing sleep, insomnia, difficulty sleeping, pain at night, oversleeping

Triggers:

Treatments: Rest, sleep hygiene

Categories: Rest

Learn to Take Breaks

You can help conserve your energy by resting throughout the day. Break up your activities into segments and rest in between. For example, you can put laundry in the washing machine in the morning, but wait to until the evening to fold it. Or wash just the pots after dinner and leave the dishes in the sink for the morning. Also try to sit down during tasks as much as possible.

Prompt: Break time!

CTA: Want to keep up? Take short breaks.

Conditions: Fibromyalgia

Symptoms: Fatigue, weakness

Triggers:

Treatments: Rest

Categories: Rest

Take a Break at Work

An 8-hour workday can seem endless when you're bone tired. Make your day more manageable by breaking it up into small tasks. Set a reminder so you work for an hour, and then take a 5-minute break. Talk to your employer about taking time off or working from home if your job allows when you have a flare, and incorporating short rest periods into your day.

Prompt:  Take a break.

CTA: How rest can help your workday.

Conditions: Fibromyalgia

Symptoms: Concentration problems, memory problems, fatigue, weakness, flu-like symptoms, pain, tenderness, joint tenderness, pain worse in A.M., all over pain, tender points, muscle pain

Triggers: Excess activity, overdoing it, fatigue, overtiredness, stress, cold weather, temperature changes, weather changes, wet weather, tension, barometric pressure changes, damp weather, pressure changes, rain

Treatments: Relaxation, rest, stress reduction

Categories: Rest

Ask for Help at Work

You don't always have to do it all yourself, especially when you're tired or in pain. Ask co-workers to help out with some of your job responsibilities on days when your symptoms are really flaring up. Then be sure to return the favor when you feel better.

Prompt: Ask for help.

CTA: Get help from co-workers.

Conditions: Fibromyalgia

Symptoms: Concentration problems, memory problems, fatigue, weakness, flu-like symptoms, pain, tenderness, joint tenderness, pain worse in A.M., all over pain, tender points, muscle pain

Triggers: Excess activity, overdoing it, stress, cold weather, temperature changes, weather changes, wet weather, tension, barometric pressure changes, damp weather, pressure changes, rain

Treatments: Rest, relaxation, stress reduction

Categories: Rest

WebMD Medical Reference Reviewed by Sabrina Felson, MD on January 14, 2019

Sources

SOURCES:

American College of Rheumatology: "What is Fibromyalgia?"

Arthritis Foundation: "Fibromyalgia: What Is It?" and "Fibromyalgia: What are the Effects?"

American Fibromyalgia Syndrome Association: "What Is Fibromyalgia?"

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Fibromyalgia."

Fibromyalgia Network: "Symptoms."

National Fibromyalgia Association: "What are the Symptoms?" and "Don't Distress--De-Stress!"

McIlwain, H. and Bruce, D. The Fibromyalgia Handbook, Holt, 2007.

 

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