Fibromyalgia tips for surviving Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving can add extra stress that leads to fibromyalgia flares and pain issues. If you are battling this disorder, then you may want to consider the following tips to help you manage the holidays. Although it may be tempting to hide from the world during a fibromyalgia attack, Thanksgiving may force you to interact with others and push your boundaries.


Fibromyalgia may force you to change your Thanksgiving traditions and adjust the holidays to fit your health. A study from the American Psychological Association found that 20 percent of the people included in the survey often felt stress during the holidays, and 25 percent often felt fatigue. This research project focused on a wide range of participants, but fibromyalgia patients report that their stress levels increase dramatically during the holidays.


What can you do to battle the stress and still enjoy Thanksgiving? If you are forced to do the cooking, the chronic pain and fatigue could affect your results. You may want to consider letting someone else take over the hosting duties or purchasing complete holiday dinners from retailers. You may also want to try recruiting family members to help prepare the dishes. If this is not an option, then you may be able to hire a cook to prepare the entire meal for you in your home.

Sometimes the interactions with family members can create additional stress, and fibromyalgia patients often struggle to explain their disorder. If this is a common problem, then you may want to be prepared ahead of time by printing out research from valid sources online. Information from the Arthritis Foundation, National Fibromyalgia Association, National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association and others will help them understand your daily struggles. You may also want to consult with your doctor about the best ways to talk with your loved ones about fibromyalgia.

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