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Fibromyalgia Relief Other Than Medication

Besides taking medicine prescribed by your healthcare provider, there are many things you can do to minimize the impact of fibromyalgia on your life. A few of these suggestions include:
 
Getting Enough Sleep
Getting enough sleep, as well as the right kind of sleep, can help ease the pain and fatigue of fibromyalgia. Some tips that may help people with fibromyalgia improve the quality and quantity of their sleep include:
 
  • Keeping regular sleep habits
  • Avoiding caffeine and alcohol in the late afternoon and evening
  • Avoiding daytime naps
  • Keeping your bedroom dark, quiet, and cool.
     
Exercising
Though pain and fatigue may make exercise and daily activities difficult, it's crucial to be as physically active as possible. Fibromyalgia research has repeatedly shown that regular exercise is one of the most effective treatments for fibromyalgia. People who have too much pain or fatigue to do vigorous exercise should begin with walking or other gentle exercise and build their endurance and intensity slowly. Although research has focused largely on the benefits of aerobic and flexibility exercises, a new study is examining the effects of adding strength training to the traditionally prescribed aerobic and flexibility exercises.
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