Research has shown that people with fibromyalgia have much higher ongoing stress levels than normal people.
Experts believe that people with FMS actually suffer from a malfunction in the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) which is the body's primary way to deal with stress.
This then causes the body to secrete hormones that actually further impair the bodies ability to deal with stress.
Virtually any kind of pain is worse when it's accompanied by stress and stress causes a flare up in fibromyalgia, so you can see how people with this disease are part of an never ending circle of pain and stress.
It is imperative that we take action to break this cycle, even if it is only for a short time each day.
The ways we can do this are many and varied and usually require a combination of things.
I will give you a few ideas here. These are of course in addition to your Doctors treatment.
Gentle stretching exercises, walking, meditation, especially before going to bed, gentle swimming, cognitive behavioural Therapy (CBT) and taking time out enjoying nature.
|Take time to gaze at Geiki Gorge, a beautiful spot in Australia|
If you have other things that have worked for you, please add them in the comments section.