Managing your Fibromyalgia Flare
When you think of a pain or something flaring up — you may think of grandmothers joint pain in her hands when there may be rain coming — is a small annoyance that may last a short time. For anyone with Fibromyalgia, a flare can be much more serious and is a reminder that the disease is still with them, no matter how long in the past it has remained dormant.
What causes a flare?
A Fibromyalgia flare is caused by something that may elevate your immune system response known as triggers. Every person with Fibromyalgia may have different triggers, but some of the most common are:
- Physical or psychological stress
- Temperature and/weather changes
- Hormonal changes
- Traveling and/or changes in schedule
- Changes in treatment
- Poor sleep
These triggers are almost unpredictable, but there can be warning signs when a flare may happen.
Flares can be classified as mild, moderate, or severe. For example: A mild flare could perhaps be signaled by a fibromyalgia rash, moderate flares could include the rash, fatigue, and joint or muscle pain, and severe flares could potentially cause damage to the organs including fluid buildup around the heart or even kidney disease or failure which would require immediate medical attention.
What are the Signs of being in a Fibromyalgia Flare:
Prior to the onset of a flare, fibromyalgia patients may notice a number of indicative signs:
- Widespread muscle pain
- Fatigue that makes completing daily activities difficult
- Stiffness, especially in the morning or after a long period of inactivity
- Cognitive difficulties, also known as fibro fog, including problems with memory, concentration and organization
- Emotional issues, such as anxiety, sadness or depression
- Sleep problems, such as taking a long time to fall or sleep, frequent waking or waking up and still not feeling rested
Can Anything Prevent a Fibromyalgia flare:
Treatment plans for fibromyalgia help may lessen the onset of symptoms and flares. Those plans may include:
- Physical and emotional rest
- Aggressive treatment of infections
- Healthy Food Choices
- Vitamins: Vitamin B12, Magnesium, Vitamin D, Vitamin B6
Flares are to be treated seriously, however, as they are a sign that of increased disease activity. That is why it is imperative for fibromyalgia patients to take care of themselves, as well as understand and follow their treatment plan.
At FibroAid, we anyone to diagnosed to take a step back and be aware of what their triggers might be. Supplementing your medication with a healthy diet based around anti-oxidants has been shown to help with Fibromyalgia Flares.
Sometimes, despite you and your medical caregiver’s best attempts, you may still experience a fibromyalgia flare. If you suspect that you are having a flare, please contact your physician immediately so that any adjustments to your treatment plan and medications can be made.