Patients with fibromyalgia and related chronic multisymptom illnesses experience symptoms that wax and wane on a daily, even hourly, basis. Some days are good, some days are bad, but across the board symptoms persist daily. What varies from day-to-day and patient-to-patient is the ability to function and be productive in the presence of varying symptoms.
The information below provides skills and techniques to help patients overcome a variety of common stumbling blocks. Each strategy can be learned at home, but may take some practice. The concepts are straightforward, but all of them require some level of behavior change which requires practicing a new behavior often enough to replace an old behavior that is no longer working. Sometimes changing your behavior can be challenging, but if you are willing to do your part, you’ll reap the rewards of a better quality of life and well-being.