Fibromyalgia pain can cause severe pain, which makes it difficult for a person with the disease to think clearly. For some, fibromyalgia pain can become so intense that it is a struggle just to get through the day. Often the worst days are referred to as fibromyalgia fog and it is advised that fibromyalgia patients prepare a coping plan for those days.
The Mayo Clinic suggests fibromyalgia patients:
- Make a list of family and friends who can help. On a day when symptoms are mild, make a list of people who can help, and on days when symptoms are more severe, enlist their support.
- Identify other resources. Resources in the community, such as a support group, may be available to help during a really difficult day.
- Make a schedule. Write down the tasks that must be completed every day. Think about what’s necessary and what can wait.
- Find distractions. Identify activities that distract from signs and symptoms of the condition. Family and friends also can provide distraction.
- Plan to relax. Set aside time for daily relaxation. Activities might include meditating, writing in a journal, listening to music or taking a bath.
Additional information on fibromyalgia is provided by the Mayo Clinic: