Fibromyalgia is no joke, and millions of Americans are diagnosed each and every year with this medial condition. Here at Fast MD 4 You, we know that at times the pain can be so intense that you may feel helpless and alone. To help you, we’ve put together a list of four simple ways you can cope with fibromyalgia pain the morning.
- Take a warm shower/bath
Taking a warm shower or bath at bedtime and in the morning is one of the quickest and easiest ways to help lesson fibromyalgia morning pain and stiffness. Warm baths/showers relax muscles and offer a great deal of relief. To obtain maximum relaxation, try staying in the warm water for at least 10 minutes.
- Avoid caffeine, alcohol and smoking
Caffeine, alcohol and nicotine can disrupt sleep and make pain and morning stiffness unbearable. All three should be avoided as much as possible as they are known to exacerbate fibromyalgia symptoms due to the stimulatory effects they can have on one’s body.
- Practice healthy sleep habits
Getting a good night’s sleep is essential to feeling your best in the morning. If possible, stick to a set sleep schedule. This will help your body get into the routine of going to bed and waking up at the same time each day. If you’re having difficulties falling asleep at night, try not watching TV or doing any work in the bedroom at night. It’s also important to keep your bedroom temperature at a comfortable level.
- Give yourself a morning massage
First thing in the morning, gently rub your own shoulders, neck, arms and back. This will help you to loosen your muscles and make you feel your best while easing morning stiffness and pain.