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I’m having a hard time getting things done. What can I do?

Because you have good days and bad days with fibromyalgia, start each morning assessing how you feel. If you didn’t sleep well the night before, plan your day accordingly and arrange to do less. If you feel well rested and your pain is tolerable, do more — but remember that moderation is key. Always be flexible. You never know when you’ll have a flare, so listen to your body and take breaks when you need them.
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How can I exercise when I feel tired?

At times, moving may be the last thing you feel like doing. But moving can actually make you feel better and more energized. Regular, gentle exercise can help ease pain, stress, and other fibromyalgia symptoms. Start slowly and try activities like walking, swimming, and stretching, even if it’s only for a minute or two at a time. If you feel good, you can increase how long you work out and how hard.
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Can massage reduce my fibromyalgia pain?

Massage is a time-tested way to ease muscle pain and reduce stress. People also use massage to help improve range of motion and deal with depression and anxiety. More vigorous forms of massage may help relieve deep muscle pain from fibromyalgia. You also can try relieving some fibromyalgia pain yourself. Try massaging painful areas with a tennis ball or other firm object.
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What can I do for my muscle pain and stiffness?

Heat, especially moist heat, may relieve soreness and stiffness from fibromyalgia by boosting blood flow to the places where you hurt. Apply a warm, moist washcloth to the painful area or try taking a shower or soaking in a bath. You also can reduce the deep muscle pain of fibromyalgia with a cold pack. Don’t have one handy? Try wrapping a towel around a bag of frozen vegetables.
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Can acupuncture help fibromyalgia pain?

This Chinese healing practice may relieve fibromyalgia symptoms in the short term. But research results are mixed. Acupuncturists believe inserting thin needles into specific points on the body helps energy flow. Others think it may increase the body’s natural pain-fighting chemicals. Although some acupuncture studies have shown an improvement in pain, fatigue, or anxiety, others have shown it to have no effect when compared to simulated acupuncture.

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