Sometimes, taking some extra safety measures (e.g. staying
hydrated in extreme heat) can counterbalance the effects of adverse weather conditions
but at other times, when the adverse conditions are intense, it may be
expedient to move to a different climate that would be more comfortable.
Almost all fibromyalgia patients notice that weather conditions,
especially extremes in temperature (too hot or too cold), have an adverse effect
on their symptoms. Although researchers are yet to establish the link between
weather conditions and aggravation of fibromyalgia symptoms, the vast amount of
reports from the experiences of actual sufferers is so profound.
People suffering from fibromyalgia are a lot more sensitive
to over-stimulation of their senses
by the environment by loud noises, bright lights, strong odors, and so on. If any
of these happens, it can lead to a severe headache or a migraine, and a host of
other symptoms. Staying away from places and situations that may expose you to
sensory overload will prevent an undesirable upsurge of symptoms.
The list of the negative impact of smoking on health is
seemingly infinite, so much so that there is no argument about the fact that
smoking is injurious to health, regardless of whether there is an underlying
medical condition or not. For fibromyalgia patients, however, the effect of
smoking is even much more telling; studies have shown that smoking significantly exacerbates
pain, numbness, and functional difficulties in fibromyalgia patients.
Although depression is a subject that is often not discussed
in our society, it is a real challenge that affects people from all levels of
the society. It is advisable to seek professional service from a certified therapist
or counselor if you are dealing with depression so that you can break the vicious
cycle and lead a happier life.
Just as aforementioned with stress, fibromyalgia (like other
chronic illnesses) often increases the risk of depression, which can, in turn,
can worsen the symptoms of fibromyalgia. This, like the issue of sleep and
stress, is also a vicious cycle that can weigh a fibromyalgia patient down
mentally, physically and emotionally.
Besides, chronic stress can also lead to other chronic
conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes etc. It is therefore advisable
for fibromyalgia patients to find ways to productively relief and manage; this
will not only prevent the aggravation of symptoms but also improve general
Stress is an unavoidable phenomenon for those who are
suffering from chronic health conditions like fibromyalgia. In fact, living
with a chronic illness is a major risk factor for chronic stress. While fibromyalgia
(like other chronic conditions) predisposes patients to chronic stress, chronic
stress can in turn also aggravate the symptoms of fibromyalgia due to
Research studies have shown that prolonged daytime naps can aggravate
the severity of fibromyalgia symptoms. That being the case, shorter ‘power’
naps (between 10 and 20 minutes) throughout the day would be a better recommendation
for the relief and rejuvenation of your body without aggravating your symptoms.
The issue of daytime naps further buttresses the idea that
sleep is somewhat a riddle for fibromyalgia patients. While it is necessary for
most fibromyalgia patients to take naps during the day in order to relieve the fatigue
and exhaustion they often experience, it is advisable not to take long, and
frequent naps as this may make symptoms more severe.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) has been found to be very
effective in treating insomnia in patients with chronic conditions, in fact, it
has been suggested by some research studies that CBT
may provide more lasting relief than some prescription medications. Irrespective
of the method you choose (CBT or Medications), it is expedient for a
fibromyalgia patient to get the best night’s rest possible.
The issue of sleep is somewhat like a riddle for fibromyalgia patients. While
some sleep problems, such as insomnia, can occur as a result of some of the
symptoms of fibromyalgia, lack of sleep, on the other hand, can also worsen
some of the symptoms of fibromyalgia and lead to increased pain sensitivity.
This makes sleeplessness a sort of vicious cycle that can be hard to break.
Most fibromyalgia patients find out that they often get tired
and worn out easily. For this reason, coffee or energy drinks may seem like rescue
options to help boost energy levels, as an effective way of dealing with the
fatigue and exhaustion. However, the caffeine content of these beverages can, in
fact, aggravate the symptoms of your fibromyalgia worse and may not have a
significant effect on your energy levels in many cases. Caffeine typically
stays in the system for 3-7 hours and may cause fever, dizziness, and sleeplessness.
you look at the label on your food, and you find yeast extract, Gelatin, Glutamic
Acid (E 620)2, Caseinate, Glutamate (E 620) or anything hydrolyzed among the
ingredients, avoid it. Glutamic Acid (E 620)2 and Glutamate (E 620) are other
names for MSG, while the other ingredients mentioned contain high levels of MSG
but aren’t required to indicate it. Fruits and vegetables that naturally
contain MSG include tomatoes, potatoes, and mushrooms.
the sodium salt of glutamic acid, which is naturally found in some fruits and
vegetables and is used as an additive in a lot of processed foods to boost the flavor.
Like quite a number of food additives, Monosodium glutamate is an excitotoxin
that stimulates neurons that increase pain sensitivity in those suffering from fibromyalgia.
Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)
10 Common Triggers to
A good understanding of the things that can trigger the
symptoms of fibromyalgia and how to manage them will be a good guide as you traverse
this “road with many potholes”. Although, each person’s reaction to these
various threats or triggers is somewhat different, there are quite a few triggers
that all fibromyalgia patients should be cognizant of. Below is a list that highlights
and explains ten (10) of those common triggers.
fibromyalgia can sometimes seem like traversing a road with many potholes. With
that picture in mind, the symptoms of fibromyalgia can be aggravated by quite a
number of “potholes” out there, so one must carefully avoid them in order to
prevent the fibromyalgia from flaring up. It is expedient that thorough care is
taken because it sometimes takes days to fully recuperate from the pain or
damage caused by making a mistake.
Triggers to Avoid