When a loved one is diagnosed with fibromyalgia, it may seem overwhelming. Anyone who is a spouse, caregiver, friend or family member to someone with fibromyalgia may feel uncertain as to how to provide both emotional or physical support. Spinal Dynamics, which provides excellent medical help for individuals experiencing this chronic pain condition, offers the following five tips for successfully advocating for a loved one with Fibromyalgia:
Be a Good Listener
It is common for those suffering from fibromyalgia to suffer in silence prior to finally getting a diagnosis. Allow your loved one to tell you what they are feeling and ask how you can help them without judging so they can supported.
Learn All You Can About the Condition
Educate yourself about the symptoms of fibromyalgia. Understand how these symptoms will likely interfere with your loved one's way of life before fibromyalgia. Research what medical treatments and medications are available to help reduce pain and encourage your loved one to get professional help.
Resist Expressing Skepticism
You will do your loved one a world of good by not dismissing their symptoms or criticizing them on days when their symptoms are worse. Make a committed effort to take their symptoms seriously and simply ask if you can do anything that would help relieve their pain or discomfort.
May people who suffer from fibromyalgia don't want to feel like they are a burden to their spouse or family member and may resist asking for help. So be proactive and offer help, without insisting, whenever and wherever you can. Suggest that you prepare the meals as often as possible. Enjoy a night at home watching movies rather than making your loved one feel guilty that they don't have the energy to go out.
Find Support Yourself
Find a network of friends or formal support group so that you won't experience caregiver burnout.
Support them in Seeking Relief
Encourage your loved one to seek help from a professional. The chiropractors at Spinal Dynamics may be able to help. Calling 208 888 0055 or fill out our contact form.