Experiencing widespread chronic pain is just one of the many symptoms of a condition known as Fibromyalgia. It is also characterized by heightened pain response, fatigue, headaches, anxiety, depression, and memory/cognitive issues. Because the symptoms are both physiological and psychological, it is important to treat the body holistically.
At Monmouth Pain & Rehabilitation, our NJ Fibromyalgia specialist has the knowledge, skills, and experience as a physiatrist to develop a treatment plan that includes both sides of the condition. Our goal is to help improve our patients in all areas of their lives: physical, emotional, and social. Fibromyalgia is a complex condition and living with it can be difficult. Here are a few tips from our team to help improve your life and reduce the symptoms of Fibromyalgia.
How Sleep and Diet Impacts Fibromyalgia Pain
When it comes to living with Fibromyalgia pain, sleeping can be a source of stress and anxiety because of the ways in which pain and sleep affect each other. Debilitating pain can greatly reduce your ability to fall and stay asleep. However, maintaining a regular sleep schedule and resting peacefully can do wondrous things for Fibromyalgia pain.
Nutrient-rich foods have long been shown to have positive effects on pain management and reduction. As a Fibromyalgia sufferer, you may have a vitamin D deficiency which can worsen pain and other symptoms. A simple blood test can determine if your levels are low, and our NJ Fibromyalgia specialist can recommend foods rich in vitamin D. Also, we recommend avoiding caffeine. Caffeine can make it more difficult to sleep, and consuming more than 4 caffeinated drinks per day can increase Fibromyalgia pain.
The Benefits of Exercise for Fibromyalgia
At Monmouth Pain & Rehabilitation, our NJ Fibromyalgia specialist as well as our other physiatrists believe in active physical therapy. Because of this, we are well-versed in the benefits of exercise for Fibromyalgia patients.
Low-impact and balance exercises can greatly reduce your pain and increase your strength and flexibility. We recommend 20-30 minutes of exercise (walking, swimming, yoga) 2-3 times per week for best results. If this seems like too much for your pain level, we are happy to create a pain treatment plan which includes exercises you feel comfortable doing.
Make an Appointment with a Fibromyalgia Specialist in NJ
If you are suffering with the many symptoms of Fibromyalgia, contact our specialist at Monmouth Pain & Rehabilitation today. Schedule a free consultation to discuss your pain, management options, and an individualized treatment plan that treats your body holistically. We serve patients in Ocean and Monmouth counties. Contact us today to start your Fibromyalgia pain management.