How Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Helps Fibromyalgia Symptoms (video)

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or CBT is a form of psychotherapy based on the belief that our thoughts influence how our body feels.  It has been shown that CBT produces results in less time than traditional therapy.

Research shows that taking control of your own self-care improves symptoms of fibromyalgia.  Limiting drinking and partying, positive thinking and keeping a journal are usually included in CBT.  Cognitive Behavioral Therapy has also been linked to improved sleep in patients with fibromyalgia.

Researchers do note, however, that the positive effects of this therapy may not be permanent.

For more answers to your fibromyalgia questions, watch the other videos in this series.

 

 

This video was created by Healthguru.com and Dr. Betty Keller; Dr. Keller practices at the Optimal Wellness Center in Franklin Lakes, NJ.

Improve Fibromyalgia Sleep Quality (video)

Quality sleep is a big issue for people with fibromyalgia.  Persistent pain in muscles, tendons and ligaments can flare up randomly, even when you’re asleep or trying to sleep.    Lack of sleep is known to increase pain sensitivity — which can cause a whole cycle of sleeplessness, pain, and more sleeplessness.

How to increase your quality and quantity of sleep

There are a few things you can do to create better quality sleep patterns.  Set a regular sleep routine, going to bed and waking up at the same time every day.  Relax and soothe sore muscles by taking a bath in Epsom salts, or oils such as juniper or chamomile right before bed.  De-stress by practicing yoga or meditating, as stress is known to increase the pain of fibromyalgia symptoms.  Try changing your sheets:  natural fiber bedding to allows you to be more comfortable. People with fibromyalgia are known to have fluctuating body temperatures; controlling temperature changes with natural fiber sheets can reduce painful flare-ups.

Avoid alcohol, caffeine and exercise right before bed.

Recommended sleeping positions for people with fibromyalgia

Sleeping on your side is recommended for people with fibromyalgia.  It puts less pressure on tender spots.  Experiment with pillow arrangements for support and comfort.  Be sure to place your pillow so that you don’t create unnecessary stress on tender spots, especially by putting pressure on your neck.

Try different sleep positions, nightly routines, and ways to control stress until you find solutions that make you more comfortable and give you the support you need for a good night’s sleep.

 

This video was created by Healthguru.com and Dr. Betty Keller; Dr. Keller practices at the Optimal Wellness Center in Franklin Lakes, NJ.

 

Mind-Body Treatments (video)

Fibromyalgia can be difficult to treat, and mind-body therapies have been shown to be more effective than traditional treatments.  Reducing the stress that causes pain by relaxation and meditation are among the best mind-body options.  Other options include:  Biofeedback, hypnosis, breathing exercises, yoga, tai chi and guided imagery.

For more information on how to take control of your fibromyalgia therapy, watch the other vides in this series.

This video was created by Healthguru.com and Dr. Betty Keller; Dr. Keller practices at the Optimal Wellness Center in Franklin Lakes, NJ.

Get the Most from Your Doctor’s Appointment (video)

If you suffer from body-wide pain and suspect you might have fibromyalgia, you should visit a doctor for a proper diagnosis.  To get the most from your doctor’s appointment you need to be prepared ahead of time.

How to Prepare for Your Visit to the Doctor

  1. Create a timeline outlining the length of time you’ve been experiencing pain, how often and where it’s located.
  2. Rate your pain on a scale of 1-10 for each pain location.  Note how often the pain interferes with your daily life and how it affects your sleep.
  3. Bring a list of all your medications, over-the-counter and prescription, and include dosage, frequency and amounts.
  4. Write down any other types of treatments you’ve tried and the results of those treatments.  Bring copies of recent lab and medical records.
  5. Most importantly, write out any questions you have for the doctor.

It’s a good idea to bring someone along with you to either take notes or help you remember the discussion during your visit.

 

 

This video was created by Healthguru.com and Dr. Betty Keller; Dr. Keller practices at the Optimal Wellness Center in Franklin Lakes, NJ.