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Living With Fibromyalgia

Although there is no cure for fibromyalgia, there are things you can do to optimize your quality of life – to improve your energy level and brain functioning, feel more rested, reduce your pain and minimize your other symptoms.

Pace yourself. Rest before and after activities. Alternate between activities that use energy, such as physical exercise and mental concentration, and those that help conserve energy, such as sleep, meditation and relaxation exercises. Listening to your body, moderating your activity level, eating a well-balanced, nutritious diet, taking pain medication during a flare-up, and getting the emotional support you need can all help manage your symptoms and improve your sense of well-being.

A physician who specializes in treating patients with fibromyalgia, Dr. Mark Pelligrino, describes the process of managing fibromyalgia like this:

The person with fibromyalgia is the captain of the [health-care] team and is responsible for finding out what works best, and integrating these positive techniques into their lifestyle.

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Fibromyalgia

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Living with fibromyalgia

Activity and exercise

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Sleep

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