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Soreness from Fibromyalgia “Tender Points”
I wrote a blog post not long ago about fibromyalgia. I talked about when I was diagnosed and some of the symptoms.
Through my eight-year fibromyalgia journey, I have learned so things that help me with fibromyalgia soreness, stiffness, tender points, over all pain.
When diagnosing fibromyalgia, there are specific areas of the body that are examined called “tender points.” If a patient exhibits pain in many of these areas, it is suggested that they are suffering from fibromyalgia.
The truth about tender points is that they are actually tender “areas” rather than points because the pain within and around a muscle radiates to the surrounding tendons, or what is called “trigger points.” The interesting thing about fibromyalgia related stiffness is that it doesn’t matter whether you are standing, sitting, or lying down it is a constant reminder of pain or soreness.
In the morning when I first get up is when the stiffness is the worst.
What helps me is:
- Do some stretching before getting out of bed. While you’re lying flat on your back, and then while sitting on the side of your bed.
- Taking a hot shower in the morning can help promote circulation and relax your muscles. Just simply stand in the water and relax.
- Take long soaks in the tub with warm water and Epsom Salt. I like to use Dr. Teal’s Epsom Salt for Pre & Post Workout. My doctor recommended I try it. It relieves my body, and the aroma is wonderful. I was very happy with the suggestion. I hope if you try it, it works as good for you.
- Drink plenty of water throughout your day, and eat as healthy as you can. Try to avoid problem foods, such as those containing artificial colors, white flours, and artificial flavors and sweeteners.
- Get some exercise throughout your day, even if you are just doing lots of walking and stretching. Every little bit helps!
- Dress warmly for the winter months. The cold air will cause your joints and muscles to stiffen up.
Fibromyalgia can bring with it extreme and debilitating fatigue, which makes pain and other symptoms even harder to handle. Moreover, fatigue can significantly affect your ability to work, care for your family and also take care of yourself.
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