Coping with Fibromyalgia/Chronic Pain



Background Information 

This post is geared towards offering som tips to dealing with Fibromyalgia and other chronic pain disorders. 

Fibromyalgia is the most common musculoskeletal condition. It often goes misdiagnosed and misunderstood. Fibromyalgia includes widespread joint pain and fatigue. 

Fibromyalgia causes you to ache all over. You may also have tender points on the body that may be painful to touch. Fibromyalgia may cause you to have irregular sleep patterns as well as mood disturbances such as depression.

Som patients may also have the following symptoms: headaches, stomach aches , inability to concentrate ( fibromyalgia fog) , numbness or tingling in the fingers and feet

If you are having symptoms that you are unsure , I recommend you seeing your primary care doctor for a referral to a specialist ( commonly known as a rheumatologist)

My Story 

After many years of suffering ongoing pain and many test to rule out conditions such lupus and thyroid disease I was finally diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Degenerative Arthritis  and osteoarthritis.

I live with chronic pain and a daily basis. I was initially prescribed medications that I was not comfortable taking for different reasons. There were some that I tried ( Lyrica & Savella) that did not help me. I really have not found any medication that offered me any relief.

I continue to educate myself and trust God that there will be answer and a relief for myself and others.

7 tips to cope with Fibromyalgia

1. Reduce Stress – modify your lifestyle and learn to say “No” Sometimes we are over achievers and take on too many obligations.

2. Sleep- make sure you are getting recommended about of sleep. If you are having trouble with restful sleep you will need to develop a night time routine that will help you to get the sleep that you need.

3. Relaxation- aside from sleeping you need to take 20-30 minutes breaks during the day to help to relax you mind and your body. If you are working, try to plan 10 minutes or so out of the day  get some quiet time in order to make it through the day easier.

4.Exercise – I know this may be the toughest one to do. In honesty, this is one of the most important things to try to do because the mobility really is helpful to keep the joints from being so stiff. This also helps stretch muscles. I have not tried this but, warm water aerobics have been very beneficial to some fibromyalgia suffers.

5. Prayer & Mediation- We have to keep our faith and trust in God to give us the strength to believe in the divine healing power. You have to stay positive and believe that there is healing for you. Your healing may come from a spiritual miracle from God or it may come from researchers finally coming up with a medication that will help.

Jeremiah 29:11  is my favorite scripture…that helps me to know that there is help and healing for is not God’s desire to cause harm to us.

6. Eat Wise – it really does matter what the types of food you consume. Drink plenty of water , eat green( lots of leafy green vegetables) and add some type of daily vitamins. Stay away from colas and chocolate.

7. Live & Be happy- this may be easier said than done. Get involved in at least two leisure activities that you enjoy doing. It may be swimming, reading, knitting, spending time with friends, shopping etc…. For me, it has been spending quality time with my family & photography.

Live, Love, Laugh…..


Much Love, Nora

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  1. God Bless you Fellow Sister In Christ!! Good Post!! I so support the fact too that more awareness and understanding need to be there .
    I have two kinds of Lupus Systematic and Antiphospholipid Syndrome (Hughes Syndrome) , as well as Sjolgrens Syndrome, Tieze Syndrome and inflammatory arthritis and Fibromyalgia and Thyroid issues . environmental and food allergies . Keep Moving Forward and God Bless totally following you on Fb ! 🙂

    • You are so very welcome….there is so much information but I didn’t want to overwhelm the readers…i see so many patients in my office that struggle so much….i wish it was more I could do…thanks for reading…please share

    • Thanks so much for the positive feedback…this condition is known as the invisible illness as there are many suffers but little knowledge of how to help these individuals…

    • Thanks for reading….I had endometriosis….in 2013 I had what was supposed to be a full hysterectomy. And a year later I was having severe pain and found to have a cyst due to ovarian remnants…had to have major surgery this past June….just now trying to get back on track….#painisreal

  2. I have a friend with the same diagnosis. Thank you for explaining it well and I appreciate your trust in God through it all. Many blessings to you as you continue your journey. Continue to shine God’s light.

  3. I have a friend with the same diagnosis. Thank you for explaining it so well. I also appreciate how you point to God as your source of comfort. Keep shining for Him.

  4. Great tips for relieving some of the issues associated with this difficult illness. My cousin Debbie suffers from FB and it’s no fun at all. She has a therapy dog that helps her (she weighs 2 pounds!!) and is approved for (but hasn’t used) medical marijuana. It’s very difficult for her.

    • No, it really is not fun to live in pain . One of the most difficult thing to deal with is that not really helps. I have yet to find a medication that has really helped. I pray that one day soon that the response will be different. I try to remain positive

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