The National Fibromyalgia Association and the American Chronic Pain Association help individuals with fibromyalgia connect with others who offer understanding support and share similar experiences, according to Mayo Clinic. The Arthritis Foundation is another good resource for locating nationwide support groups, adds WebMD.
In addition to seeking out a support group that provides a safe and encouraging environment in which to share the frustrations of living with fibromyalgia, minimizing stress, managing emotions and changing perceptions about challenging situations in daily life are crucial in managing the condition’s symptoms, explains WebMD. Stress may trigger the symptoms of anxiety, depression, insomnia and fatigue in individuals with fibromyalgia. Improving communication skills to better express difficult emotions and setting personal limits on commitments to others are helpful ways that support fibromyalgia patients in prioritizing the rest, relaxation and exercise needed to reach their daily goals.