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How to Live With Fibromyalgia Symptoms

About 4 million American adults live with fibromyalgia, a chronic condition that causes musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, and brain fog. These symptoms can make daily life challenging, from keeping up at the job to maintaining relationships with family and friends.

Fibromyalgia isn’t well understood. Different people experience different symptoms, and it’s not uncommon to have flare-ups or days where your symptoms are worse than usual. Fibromyalgia can severely affect your quality of life, but finding effective treatment is possible.

At Ketamine Integrative Medicine in Gilbert, Arizona, Annette Lusko, DO, and our team are here to help. From lifestyle remedies to ketamine infusion therapy, fibromyalgia treatment can minimize your pain and help you enjoy life again.

Make exercising a habit

Musculoskeletal pain is a common complaint among fibromyalgia sufferers. And while the thought of getting out and exercising might be far from your mind, the truth is that regular physical activity can help keep pain at bay.

You don’t have to commit to rigorous workouts to find relief from symptoms. Consider adding a 20-30 minute walk to your routine, and take walks at least three times a week. Mild to moderate exercise can help reduce pain and increase energy.

Find ways to manage stress

Your risk of anxiety may increase if you’re diagnosed with fibromyalgia, and stress and worry can make symptoms worse. Regular exercise can reduce stress, so consider adding yoga or tai-chi to your routine. 

Try meditation and prioritize sleep as much as possible. Getting restful sleep can be difficult if you have fibromyalgia, but practicing good sleep habits — such as going to bed and waking up at the same time each day — can help.

Listen to your body

It’s important to stay active, but don’t overdo it. Take time to plan out your to-do list, activities, and social obligations, so you have a balance of tasks and don’t push yourself too hard on any particular day.

It may be tempting to overdo it on good days, but it may increase your risk of flare-ups and exhaustion in the days afterward. Instead, pace yourself. It’s OK to step back from activities and rest if you’re feeling tired.

Consider ketamine therapy

Dr. Lusko and our team take a comprehensive approach to managing chronic pain. If you live with fibromyalgia, we’ll work with you to understand your symptoms and find a treatment plan that’s right for you.

We may recommend therapies that include osteopathic manipulation, pain injections, or ketamine infusions. Ketamine is a medication that’s long been used as an anesthetic, but today it offers promise as a treatment for people suffering from chronic pain.

Ketamine therapy may be a good option for you, particularly if other fibromyalgia treatments haven’t made a significant improvement in your quality of life. Ketamine infusions can help relieve pain and clear your mind.

Most ketamine infusion sessions for chronic pain take several hours in our office. You’ll relax in a comfortable chair, and you’ll be free to read, nap, or relax during your infusion. We generally recommend a series of infusions for the best results.  

Don’t let fibromyalgia symptoms keep you from enjoying your life. Find out if ketamine therapy can help you. To learn more, book an appointment online or over the phone with Ketamine Integrative Medicine today.

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