Like so many auto immune disorders, fibromyalgia is yet to be completely understood. For a person dealing with this debilitating disorder daily life can become a constant struggle. Persons coping with fibromyalgia find they are more prone to infections, depression, anxiety and a compromised immune system. These problems are usually secondary to the major symptom of extreme pain.
For many years doctors questioned the existence of the disorder. This is likely because the symptoms of fibromyalgia are extensive and varied and the medical community has built a health care system around consistent symptoms. The difficulty lies in a standard list of symptoms, which often varies from person to person, and the complexity of a diagnosis. This is an unfortunate and frustrating problem for fibromyalgia sufferer whose everyday life is impacted by inconsistent and unexpected pain. It is not uncommon for patients to feel great one day then crippled with pain and depression the next.
Today doctors or more likely to diagnose fibromyalgia but can offer little more than anti-depressants and narcotics to help a patient deal with symptoms. Feeling resigned to a life of medications and discomfort can be disheartening and add to further depression and anxiety. For some, they may give in to the stigma attached to the disorder and begin to believe that they should lie down, become less active and accept a life of mediocrity. There is so much a person can do to improve their health and reclaim power over their lives through diet and exercise.
Take advantage of the good days that are pain free and exercise. Consult your doctor for the best exercises for your age and fitness level; reserve more modest workouts, such as yoga or walking, for the days that you experience pain. Be kind to yourself when you simply cannot exercise, but push yourself on the days you can. Building strong muscles and bones will keep you functioning at a level that will allow you to live under your own power, not the power of fibromyalgia. Find the fighter inside of you and get determined to keep moving everyday.
It is suspected that fibromyalgia patients are more susceptible to infections and viruses because they do not absorb nutrients and vitamins as they should. A daily multi-vitamin may be enough to support the average person, but for the fibromyalgia sufferer, more is needed to support their overall health and immune systems. Vitamins should be used as a supplement, not a replacement for healthy eating.
One of the best ways to strengthen your immune system and promote health and vitality is consuming at least 6-8 servings of fruits and vegetables daily. Making smoothies or juicing vegetables is a powerful way to replace missing nutrients, minerals and vitamins in the body. Paying special attention to green leafy vegetables (such as spinach, kale, collard greens) and dark red vegetables (beets, red cabbage, radishes) can do much to improve your day to day health. Consider making smoothies with antioxidant rich fruits (such as berries, oranges) and probiotic rich yogurts to help strengthen the immune and digestive systems. It may sound simple, but if you suffer with irritable bowel syndrome, cystitis, chronic bladder infection or any number of other troubles that co-exist with fibromyalgia, juicing regularly, exercising and eating healthy can give you better results than a shelf of prescription bottles ever could.
Consult a physician prior to making any lifestyle changes such as dieting and exercising.