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FM Treatment and management

Getting started 

HealthLink BC

 
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Complex Chronic Diseases Program (CCDP), BC Womens
and Childrens Hospital
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Complex Chronic Diseases Program (CCDP), BC Womens
and Childrens Hospital
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Complex Chronic Diseases Program (CCDP), BC Womens
and Childrens Hospital
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Steps you can take

Becoming educated about FM and learning to self-manage the conditions seems, so far, to be the most successful way of dealing with its many effects.

If you have FM (not ME and FM), there are relevant resources available at PainBC and the Arthritis Society Canada

It is important to find a helpful and supportive medical professional who understands the myriad of issues that an FM patient deals with and can help with the appropriate prescription and monitoring of medications and their effects.  It is also important to seek professional help for any reactive depression that may result from dealing with a debilitating chronic illness.

Lifestyle modifications are helpful to conserve energy and minimize pain. Facets of pacing may be helpful.  Relaxation exercise can reduce physical and emotional stress.  Balancing rest with activity may reduce fluctuations in degree of symptoms. Implementing dietary changes may also help to regulate bodily functions and support various systems in the body.

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FM Comorbidities

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Fibromyalgia often coexists with other medical conditions. These comorbidities can complicate the management and treatment of fibromyalgia. Common comorbidities and conditions frequently associated with fibromyalgia include:

 

ME/CFS, Myofascial Pain Syndrome, chronic migraines, sleep disturbances, multiple chemical sensitivities, digestive problems/irritable bowel syndrome, and/or  menstrual disorders. 

 

It's essential to note that the relationship between fibromyalgia and these comorbid conditions is complex and not fully understood.

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Other sources of support

Support from family, friends and other people is extremely valuable to those who have FM.  Professional counselling may help some people to cope with the losses associated with this chronic condition and to assist with developing new coping strategies.

 

Self-help groups can plan important role in assisting people with FM to discover local resources that can access to help them manage their condition.

 

Contact us for more information on finding a support group in your area.

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