The foundation of an effective fibromyalgia management program is perhaps patient education. A patient who is well educated about fibromyalgia can have a sense of control and improved ability to manage the condition, which in turn can substantially alleviate symptoms of fibromyalgia.
In This Article:
- Fibromyalgia: Defining Characteristics of Fibromyalgia
- Fibromyalgia: Evolution of Fibromyalgia
- Fibromyalgia: Profile of Fibromyalgia Patients
- Fibromyalgia Symptoms
- Fibromyalgia: Specific Diagnosis of Fibromyalgia
- Fibromyalgia: Differential Diagnosis of Fibromyalgia
- Fibromyalgia: Management of Fibromyalgia
- Fibromyalgia: Correct Diagnosis for Fibromyalgia
- Fibromyalgia: Patient Education for Fibromyalgia
- Fibromyalgia: Sleep Enhancement for Fibromyalgia
- Fibromyalgia: Aerobic Fitness for Fibromyalgia
- Fibromyalgia: Medications for Fibromyalgia
- Fibromyalgia: Alternative Treatments for Fibromyalgia (Non-Medicine Treatments)
- Video: What is Fibromyalgia?
- Fibromyalgia Condition Center References
First, patients should know that fibromyalgia is a common, non-progressive, non-deforming, and non-life threatening condition. Patients should be reassured that physical activity will not harm them and in fact can be helpful. Also, remissions can be expected from time to time 39.
Modulating factors that may exacerbate or alleviate fibromyalgia patient symptoms should be identified and discussed. These may include:
- Offending habits such as excessive caffeine, alcohol or nicotine intake should be addressed.
- Facilitation of stress management techniques and counseling should be incorporated as appropriate.
- Energy conservation techniques and work simplification principles should be employed under the direction of an occupational therapist, as appropriate.
- Adjustments in the work or home environment (such as use of lumbar support in a chair) can facilitate maximum social and vocational abilities.