Fibromyalgia is known for its disabling symptoms of widespread chronic pain and fatigue. If you have Fibromyalgia, then you know how severe these symptoms can be. However, the severity of your symptoms may vary greatly over time. Some days you feel okay, others you dont.
Here is an effective strategy to help manage your symptoms so you have more good days than bad, and you may also find your bad days are more manageable. Striking this balance is the goal of good symptom management.
A program of symptom management should always include an element of pacing. This is extremely helpful in managing both pain and fatigue and is probably the single hardest thing you will need to learn how to do!
Pacing doesnt mean waiting until you are worn out to stop what you are doing. It means setting a schedule of activity and rest. Sometimes only a few minutes each. Then you gradually increase your activity until you find the right balance between activity and rest. Most importantly, you do this for everything you do, even when you feel well.
Now, be honest. When you have a good day what do you do? You run around the house trying to catch up on all the housework....