Dealing with the constant, daily pain of fibromyalgia can be tough. But the task can be even tougher if you fall into some common traps. Learn how to avoid mistakes that can make it even harder to cope with fibromyalgia.
“The problem with fibromyalgia is that patients are always in pain so it’s hard to judge when things get better and when they don’t get better,” says Bruce Baethge, MD, a rheumatologist with Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine and Scott & White Healthcare, in Temple.
Keeping a pain diary can help you keep track of the ebbs and flows of your fibromyalgia.
And if you know when things are better, you can also figure out what made them better and what to do next time.
Dealing with the constant, daily pain of fibromyalgia can be tough. But the task can be even tougher if you fall into some common traps.
Everyone makes mistakes, but there are some missteps that can make it even harder to cope with fibromyalgia.
Learn how to avoid them and make living with fibromyalgia that much easier.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved three drugs for fibromyalgia: Lyrica (pregabalin), Cymbalta (duloxetine), and Savella (milnacipran).
These drugs may or may not work for you, or be only partially effective. They can also be expensive or may have side effects, including psychiatric problems, Dr. Baethge says.
Be flexible about your options and be willing to switch if necessary. “Treatment for fibromyalgia is not just one medicine. It’s a lifestyle,” he says.