Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that affects the whole body. It is characterized by pain & stiffness in the muscles, but it is usually not measurable & does not show up on an X-ray or lab test. While it does not damage the joints or organs, constant aches & fatigue have a significant impact on daily life.
Women between the ages of 25 & 60 have the highest risk of developing fibromyalgia. The condition is usually triggered when the weather is cold or humid, or if one is overworked, has too little physical activity, or is stressed.
The hallmark of fibromyalgia is muscle pain throughout the body, typically accompanied by:
• Anxiety or depression
*Infections or some kind of illness
*Physical or emotional trauma
Self-care is important in the prevention and management of fibromyalgia
• Maintain a healthy lifestyle. Eat high fiber foods, such as vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. Also eat a plant-based protein food, such as spinach, beans, and carrots.
• Intake of Omega 3 reduces swelling & stiffness, fish is a great source of Omega 3 fatty acids. Vegetarian alternatives are flaxseeds, walnuts and fish oil supplements.
Reduce stress. Activities like yoga and outdoor recreation have psychological benefits, inducing reduced stress, Improved self-esteem, confidence, creativity, and an increased sense of exhilaration.
Exercise regularly. Exercising even thrice a week can relieve fatigue and depression. Walking and stretching are good forms of exercise but it's important not to overdo It.
Keep your daily activity on an even level. Moderation- means not overdoing it on the days when you feel better, and likewise no doing too little on the days when the symptoms flare.