What is the FMS Treatment?

As the cause of FMS remains unknown, there is no specific cure for fibromyalgia, but treatment aims to ease symptoms and improve your quality of life. Despite that there were several attempts of various therapeutic methods and programs the results were very often discouraging. This was the reason that FMS patients are wandering and visiting several doctors and therapists specialized in many different fields. The fibromyalgia treatment demands an interdisciplinary approach that should cover i.a. following areas:

  • Education
  • Psychotherapy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Pharmacotherapy
  • Dietetic procedures
  • Kinezytherapy*

* Greek kinesis – movement. Kinezytherapy — kind of physical therapy that applies different forms of movement exercises


Education

All chronic illnessess deserve and demand wise and active participation of patient in therapeutic process. This is cornerstone of the effective therapy and the same applies to FMS patients.

Education in FMS has particular importance. The Patient feels constant pain and tiredness, which discourages him from undertaking any vital activity. There is also very little or no understanding from the social milieu. The patient does not receive the expected help from his doctors and after some period of time becomes convinced of the severity of his illness and of coming disability or even death. The basis of education is understanding the nature of the illness, and mainly that there is no risk of death and/or sudden disability. It also important to understand relationships between stressors and intensity of symptoms. This helps the patient to make his personal plans and also to set up the therapy programme.

Living with fibromyalgia

Even with the many treatment options, patient self-care is vital to improving symptoms and daily function. In concert with medical treatment, healthy lifestyle behaviours can reduce pain, increase sleep quality, lessen fatigue and help you cope better with fibromyalgia.
Here are some self-care tips acc. to American College of Rheumatology.

  • Make time to relax each day. Deep-breathing exercises and meditation will help reduce the stress that can bring on symptoms.
  • Set a regular sleep pattern. Go to bed and wake up at the same time each day. Getting enough sleep lets your body repair itself, physically and mentally. Also, avoid daytime napping and limit caffeine intake, which can disrupt sleep. Nicotine is a stimulant, so those fibromyalgia patients with sleep problems should stop smoking.
  • Exercise often. This is a very important part of fibromyalgia treatment. While difficult at first, regular exercise often reduces pain symptoms and fatigue. Patients should follow the saying, "Start low, go slow." Slowly add daily fitness into your routine. For instance, take the stairs instead of the elevator, or park further away from the store. After awhile, do more physical activity. Add in some walking, swimming, water aerobics and/or stretching exercises. It takes time to create a comfortable routine. Just get moving, stay active and don't give up!
  • Educate yourself. Try to find in your area local organization for rheumatism and FMS patients. Internet is great resources for information. Share this information with family, other patients, friends and co-workers.
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