Coping with a new Fibromyalgia diagnosis can be overwhelming, but taking these simple steps will go a long way in helping to make your path a little easier.
You’ve heard the term ‘Fibromyalgia’ before, but never really knew what it was. You’ve been dealing with wide spread pain for what feels like ages. The fatigue you experience goes far beyond ‘just being tired’. The words ‘invisible chronic illness’, and ‘central nervous system disorder’ are starting to become familiar terms.
Then it comes. A doctor gives the diagnosis of Fibromyalgia, tells you it may be a life long condition, and you feel overwhelmed with the thought that this is your new reality. What now? Let’s look at 4 helpful coping strategies that can get you through the initial stages of being diagnosed with Fibromyalgia.
Read! Read! Read! ~ Become an expert in Fibromyalgia. Research like crazy. You will know what to expect, how to better prepare for flare-ups, and what the latest news is on symptomatic treatment. Which leads to the next tip:
Be Proactive In Your Healthcare! ~ You may be one of the lucky ones who finds an informed, knowledgeable doctor sympathetic to your invisible chronic illness, or you may come across one of the many skeptics who are unwilling to acknowledge the legitimacy and gravity of this condition. So, again, be the premier expert on FMS. Equip yourself with the tools that will allow you to seek out the best treatment available (and maybe a new doctor!).
Improve Your Food Quality ~ Is there a diet that will cure you of Fibromyalgia? Sadly no, at least not that we’ve seen so far. Beware of the ‘snake oil salesmen’ on the internet wanting to sell you the ‘cure of the century’. But, that doesn’t negate the fact that whole foods and good nutrition improve the quality of our health, and help to maintain a healthy weight (which may be one of the hurdles you will face). Here are two posts I’ve written on the topic, as well as a delicious recipe to get you started – Here and also Here
Maintain Perspective ~ Yes. It sucks to have Fibromyalgia. Yes. You will now be faced with challenges you did not foresee, and hardships you were not prepared to face beforehand. However, the old axiom “It could always be worse” holds true. I think on times in my life when if the only thing I had to contend with was my FMS, I would have been thrilled. In the same vein, I can think of possible future scenarios that would make a bad flare day seem like a piece of cake (Ooo! Like lemon with white chocolate frosting, or yellow cake with bittersweet chocolate icing…..Oh! Sorry! I got distracted!)
Lean on the support system available to you, and consider a good online support group. Surround yourself with people who will be supportive and patient. Chronic pain warriors are some of the toughest and wisest people I know. Adversity has a way of grinding down the rough edges, and smoothing our surfaces to a beautiful shine. A precious stone, strong and beautiful!