Fibromyalgia: Self-care tips

Fibromyalgia symptoms fluctuate over time, even from day to day. Try these self-care tips to help you cope with difficult days.

By Mayo Clinic Staff

While lifestyle changes and medications can lessen the severity of your fibromyalgia pain and fatigue, you will continue to have good days and bad days. Knowing that, you can plan for the bad days. The following tips can help take your mind off the pain and ease your discomfort.

Put on some music

Music can have a powerful effect on moods and emotions. Music also helps reduce pain and increase mobility. What music works best? Any music you like. So turn on some of your favorite tunes and let the music carry you away.

Have a laugh

Even on tough days, it helps if you can keep your sense of humor. Spend time with people who have a positive outlook and a great sense of humor. Rent a funny movie or read the comics. Laughter can help ease pain by releasing brain chemicals that enhance a sense of well-being.

Take a bath

Several studies have looked in balneotherapy for fibromyalgia. Balneotherapy, which means bathing to treat an illness, appears to reduce pain and stiffness. This isn't surprising, given that warm water helps reduce muscle tension, promote relaxation and lessen pain. Add to that the generally pleasant experience of being at a spa or a similar setting.

If regular visits to a spa aren't your thing, try creating a spa-like ambience at home and have a soak in your own bathtub. Or look for a community center or gym with a heated pool or sauna rooms.

Apr. 28, 2014 See more In-depth