Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Pain Triggers

When you have a chronic pain disease like Fibromyalgia, it is important to identify what makes your pain worse. The factors that make your pain worse are known as triggers.

Triggers can be just about anything, but common triggers for Fibromyalgia include:
-Temperature - either being too cold or too hot
-Certain activities - specific activities may increase your pain, and these activities are likely different for different people

Once you identify your personal triggers, you can reasonably avoid them. Of course, you won't always be able to avoid your triggers. In the winter, you will likely have to go outside at times when it is freezing. Thus, it is important to find ways to cope with the triggers. If it is extremely cold outside, for instance, you could put on layers of clothes, and make sure you are bundled up in a hat, scarf, gloves, and so forth.

Identifying and discovering ways in which to cope with factors that increase your pain will help you. Start paying attention to the circumstances that surround increases in your pain to effectively identify your triggers.

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