Older adults who have fibromyalgia know how intense the pain can be. North Broward home care professionals suggest a number of different treatment options to help ease symptoms and the pain caused by the condition.
1. Exercise for a Few Minutes Each Day
Mild exercise is one of the most effective ways to lessen the side effects of this disorder. Even exercising for just a few minutes a day can help with symptoms such as chronic fatigue and general discomfort. Seniors who have fibromyalgia should speak with a doctor about low-impact exercises that are safe for them.
2. Naturally Change Sleep Habits
One recent study published in the medical journal Arthritis & Rheumatology found sleep problems can drastically increase an individual’s risk of developing fibromyalgia. Instead of using medication to sleep, seniors should start making changes to their daily habits. This includes not taking naps late in the day, limiting the amount of caffeine they consume, and turning off electronics an hour or two before going to bed.
3. Alter the Diet
There is no single diet that works for everyone with fibromyalgia, which is why seniors and their caregivers should keep food journals. When a flare happens, your loved one can look in the journal to see if any foods might have caused it. According to the National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association, some of the ingredients causing flares include aspartame, caffeine, processed sugar, gluten, and sodium nitrite.
4. Take Anticonvulsants
Anti-seizure medication can help relieve many of the symptoms associated with fibromyalgia. This medication is so effective it was the first treatment approved by the FDA to manage the side effects of fibromyalgia. Anticonvulsants can also help with other symptoms such as insomnia.
5. Start Meditating
Some research now indicates meditation can actually alter the way an individual perceives pain. Seniors with fibromyalgia could try to focus on their feelings and emotions for a few minutes each day instead of ignoring them. Those who would like to try this style of therapy should speak with a doctor about finding a local meditation expert who specializes in helping seniors.
If you have a senior loved one with fibromyalgia and you require assistance to take care of him or her, reach out to Home Care Assistance. We provide part-time and live-in home care. North Broward seniors can benefit from our highly trained caregivers who work with them to build a structured schedule, which includes a healthy diet, physical exercise, cognitive stimulation, and socialization. For more information on our senior care services, call one of our experienced Care Managers today at 954-906-5161.