Patient Comments: Fibromyalgia - Lifestyle Changes

What lifestyle changes (diet, exercise, etc.) have you found helpful in relieving fibromyalgia pain?

Comment from: txboxrk, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 13

I"m 64, I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia in 2001. Since then I also have chronic fatigue, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, IBS, cardiac reflex, sleep apnea, low vitamin D, pacemaker, obesity with depression and asthma. My symptoms are chronic pain, fatigue, and muscle spasms; my fingers/toes/feet try to turn different directions and upside down. My fingers lock up in weird positions. I have headaches fibromyalgia fog, loss of eye focus, heart palpitations and my fingernails are ridged. I take Lyrica, Flexeril, Aleve, Nexium, propranolol, vitamin D and Aldactone (bones). Sleep, fresh fruits, swimming, walking and the medicines Lyrica, Aleve, and Flexeril are helping a lot. I still hurt.

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Comment from: pat, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 12

I was diagnosed with fibro for 2 years now. There are days it is very hard to get out of bed. But I push on. My daughter suggested the book Eat to Live. I have been trying to follow the diet suggested in the book. I have felt better and have more energy then before hoping this will help more as time goes on.

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Comment from: Bama Girly, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 28

I find that a home spa (hot tub) helps me deal with fibromyalgia pain. I get in the water up to the base of my neck and the pain goes away. I'm also on a vegan diet and eat lots of green, leaf veggies. Animals (pets) help get your mind off yourself. Children help too.

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Comment from: Lori, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 20

I developed fibromyalgia right after I had surgery on my lower back. The doctor did a fusion, inserting a cadaver bone and titanium rods to hold it in place with four screws. Within a month of surgery, I started getting all-over body pain that was very debilitating, especially the first four hours after awakening in the morning or after taking a nap. My pain management doctor told me that it was fibromyalgia and put me on Lyrica, which has helped immensely.

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Comment from: Wenda, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 11

I have had Fibromyalgia since 2002 but I have refused to let it do me in. I joined a gym even though I had to drag myself out of bed to get there but after a gentle 30 minute workout I had about 4 hours of almost pain-free living which made me want to go back the next day. I also found that tanning beds also gave me a few hours of relief. Perhaps a sauna would work too. I finally gave in and am taking meds for the pain now as I have other disabilities that prevent me from going to a gym any longer.

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Comment from: Clyde40, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: February 21

I live with it and the chronic pain that goes with it 24/7/365. Nothing helps me. I've had it for ten years now and I've had treatment after treatment; test after test; needle after needle, and med after med. I've found no relief. I also live in Pittsburgh and the climate here is lousy. The winter months are just awful. Some days I can't get out of bed, but I have to push through my pain. The constant hurting has caused me to be depressed and overweight and feeling hopeless.

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