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Coping With Fibromyalgia Fatigue

Fibromyalgia fatigue is a common complaint in FMS sufferers.

With fatigue comes; difficulty concentrating on simple tasks, impaired word recall, metabolic sluggishness, lowered quality of life and many other potentially debilitating factors.  Coping with this symptom is one of the many keys that can open the lock to improving overall  health and ‘functioning’ levels.

I can be going along my day seemingly doing fairly well, when all of a sudden, severe fatigue can hit me out of nowhere.  It feels as if I’m carrying a 50lb boulder on my shoulders while wading through wet cement.  This is truly one of the strangest parts of FMS fatigue.  How it can overtake you at unpredictable times during the day.

Steps To Combat and Improve Fatigue Levels In FMS ~

  • HAVE YOUR ADRENALS CHECKED ~  Adrenal fatigue is a commonly overlooked comorbidity in Fibromyalgia.  The adrenal glands are responsible for regulating the ‘fight or flight’ function.  In FMS, this function can be on ‘overdrive’, and can therefore weaken the adrenal glands though overuse.  This can contribute to slow metabolism, blood pressure issues, anxiety levels ect. Doctors do not always check adrenal health, so be sure to ask.

  • GET AS MANY ZZZ’S AS POSSIBLE ~ Getting to and staying asleep is one of the hardest challenges we face with FMS.  Insomnia is always a battle, and making it through all the stages of sleep needed by our bodies can seem an impossibility at times.  People have reported success with natural sleep aids like melatonin, and if legal and prescribed: cannabis.   I will also be doing a review soon for an all natural sleep aid designed for Fibromyalgia patients, which I will come back and include the link to here when I post it. {and here it is!}

  • GOOD NUTRITION ~  I know, I know!  We all get tired of hearing how eating a certain way will cure ALL of our ills!  No, good nutrition will not cure everything that ails you, but there is truth to quality of food impacting your over-all health in a positive way.  When I eat un-processed natural foods, I have more energy and feel better.  It’s a fact, and there’s really no way around it.  Better food = better quality of life.

Coping with Fibromyalgia fatigue

There are so many factors to deal with when trying to improve FMS symptoms.  Finding ways to cope with Fibromyalgia fatigue is right at the top of the list with pain management.  They all connect with each other, with one improved symptom affecting the improvement of another (‘synergy’ baby!). Getting a handle on Fibromyalgia fatigue will go a long way to raise your quality of life and the condition of your well-being.

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    April 27 at 3:22 pm

    Wow, thank you for this wonderfully timely piece! I’ve been struggling mightily with fibro fatigue and getting so frustrated! Just reading this is a relief! PTL!!! SO glad God directed me to your site, Kristine! <3
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      April 27 at 6:02 pm

      Thanks Jennifer! God does take good care of His own! Thank you for such an encouraging comment! 🙂

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    April 27 at 9:37 pm

    I love how you Americans can ask for specific tests and get them. Not possible here in the UK though sadly. Our GP’s are a bit hit and miss and mine is an arse. I went to him and told him my hair was falling out and he just pointed to his bald head and shrugged his shoulders. I don’t go at all now. :0)

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      April 27 at 10:22 pm

      So sorry about that Jools, that’s just wrong. And that is the advantage to not having your medical treatments paid for by the government. In the ‘free market’ we are still able to have a good deal of say over treatment and tests. Unfortunately, there are those who don’t learn from the examples of other countries where socialized medicine ends up being disastrous in so many cases. I hope you found the medical help you needed though…best wishes to you Jools ♥♥♥

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    Tanya @ Mom's Small Victories
    May 1 at 6:41 pm

    Oh I know about fatigue coming at you from nowhere, I feel the same with Rheumatoid Arthritis. And I totally agree that nutrition and sleep help with it though they are so hard to remember to do. I am the worst at self care when I’m feeling good and then my body totally revolts against me and forces me to rest. Thanks for sharing with Small Victories Sunday Linkup. Pinning to our linkup board and hope you found some great posts to visit this week!
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      May 1 at 9:26 pm

      Thank you Tanya! RA would be so hard to live with! And you’re right, self-care if hard, but worth it. Have a wonderful week ♥ 🙂

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    Brandi Clevinger
    May 5 at 7:15 am

    These are great tips for fatigue, but the adrenals one is rarely known to others. I didn’t know about it, and didn’t know it was linked to fatigue. It is helpful knowing what to check as causes of fatigue.

    Thank you for sharing at Chronic Friday Linkup! I pinned this to the linkup board.
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      May 5 at 1:59 pm

      Thank you Brandi! That’s why I do alot of research on FMS/CFS, unfortunately we can’t depend on our doctors to be on top of everything we may need. This way at least we can go in armed with info.

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    May 5 at 11:01 pm

    Thank you for the article. Fatigue was one of my battles today. I’d like to have testing for the glands, but unfortunately, having moved and having to start over with doctors, when you ask for a test they look at you as if you’ve got two heads!

    I do agree with the other commenter that socialized medicine can be disastrous. Recent changes in Healthcare in the US has already caused some problems…not just for patients, but doctors as well..

    Back to the fatigue; I’m still in disbelief at the contrast of how I use to be able to do anything, operate on a few hours of sleep and have endless amounts of energy- to the sluggish person I’ve become. It makes me feel useless or worthless.

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      May 6 at 10:05 am

      Thank you so much for your comment Stephanie, first, you are NOT worthless and useless. You have a disease. Do cancer patients feel that way, or people with tuberculosis? My point being, it’s the ‘invsible’ diseases like FMS, CFS/ME ect. that tend to cause this reaction from patients because they are seldom recognized and validated like the more ‘accepted’ ones. A reaction that comes from not only the medical community, but unfortunately, also the people closest to us. Give yourself a break. Think if you would tell someone else who was sick that they were ‘useless’ or ‘worthless’. I’d be willing to bet you would’nt, so don’t tell yourself that either. Beauty & grace to you Stephanie ~ ♥♥♥

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