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Guide by Condition: Fibromyalgia

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Understanding and living with Fibromyalgia

 

Fibromyalgia can differ from person to person and can be treated with medications, therapy and mobility aids to help manage symptoms and maintain independence.


What is fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a long-term condition which affects 1 in 25 people living in the UK. It can cause pain and tenderness all over the body, along with extreme tiredness and trouble sleeping, which in turn can cause ongoing fatigue. Fibromyalgia has no cure as of yet but it can be alleviated with medication and various mobility aids.


What are the treatments for Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia, like many other conditions, can improve and deteriorate over the course of just a few days and the pain can differ from person to person. Treatments vary depending on the pain level and the individual’s preferences, but they can include painkillers, massage, acupuncture and physiotherapy to help improve posture. Exercise such as swimming can also help to alleviate muscle pain, as the water supports the body whilst moving, and avoiding things like caffeine before going to bed can help improve sleep.


Aching and tired muscles can make climbing in and out of a bath or standing in a shower painful, but fortunately, a simple product like a grab bar can help with stability and make the world of a difference. Similarly, a long-handled sponge can make washing easier without the need to reach and stretch, whilst support cushions are great for providing comfort for aching.


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