If you live with someone, or know of someone, that has Fibromyalgia you may be wondering the best ways to help them. I know that many people may choose just to take the silent path, not saying much nor doing much to encourage the sufferer, but mostly this is out of ignorance in not understanding the illness. Once someone better understands the illness, then they are more apt to lend some support.
Here are some steps you, as a loved one or friend, can help a Fibromyalgia sufferer get through their days a little easier. It is important to understand the symptoms and things that can cause a flare up. In knowing that, then you may be able to help alleviate some symptoms or help to reduce the flare ups. It also shows the individual that you are interested in helping them and have genuine concern.
It is not uncommon for a sufferer to feel fine in one part of the day, but then maybe overdo it with house work or some other activity and then not feel well later on. Some days it may be necessary to be flexible and willing to reschedule activities that were planned for the rest of the day, or even a few days if a flare is starting. The sufferer probably had every intention of following through with the plans that were set, but once their body starts to ache and retreat, the plans sometimes have to be scaled down.
Even though the one hurting may not want to, it is important to encourage physical exercise. They already have sore muscles, but it has been proven that physical exercise not only helps with the aches and pains, but also with the emotional and mental state of the sufferer. It is good for the caretaker as well! Even if it is just getting out and walking the block, or going to an inside area like the mall and walking, it will be beneficial.
Other things that can help a Fibromyalgia sufferer, is to get in a support group. In fact, it may help the one with the illness, as well as the ones closest to them. There are support groups for both types of individuals. Being able to share similar stories and feelings with others can be very helpful in letting you know that you are not alone. If you cannot get to one in person, or cannot find one in your area, there are some online chat groups or blogs that may be helpful as well. There are many things that can be done to alleviate the stress that is involved with having and caring for someone with Fibromyalgia.