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Decrease your fibromyalgia pain flair up

Updated on October 31, 2013

Signs of a flairup

Pain and fatigue:

These are the two most prominent symptoms of fibromyalgia. During a flair-up, these symptoms become severe.

Visual problems:

You may have blurred vision or double vision during a fibromyalgia flair-up. You may find that you have a hard time reading. Visual problems can cause concentration problems.

Problems concentrating:

During a fibromyalgia flair-up, you may have trouble concentrating. When your body is screaming in pain and you are really tired, your concentration won't be to sharp either.

Sensitivity issues:

A fibromyalgia flair-up can cause you to become extra sensitive to noise. Loud noise during a fibromyalgia flair-up can cause you to become more anxious and more painful.


Anxiety rises to the extreme during a fibromyalgia-flair up. Increase anxiety can cause all the other symptoms of a flair to feel ten times worse.

This is not a complete list of the symptoms of a fibromyalgia flair-up. Each individual inflicted with fibromyalgia may have different symptoms on top of the most common listed above.


Ways to Decrease Pain

Fibromyalgia pain can be triggered by the slightest things. To much activity or "overdoing it" is the most reported way fibromyalgia sufferers end up with increased pain. Sometimes we just don't know when to slow down.

Fibromyalgia flare ups can occur at any time of the day. With fibromyalgia, there are areas of muscles that tighten severely and spasm, causing extreme pain, these areas are called nodules.

Nodules can actually be felt under the skin. The nodules tighten and spasm, which is what causes pain in these areas. People with fibromyalgia usually have nodules in the shoulder area and the mid and upper back.

If you are having a particular bad flare up, here are some ways to calm down that pain.


Use of ice is one of the best ways to calm down flare ups. Flare Ups can result from inflamed muscle areas that create severe pain throughout other areas of the body. When you use ice, you are helping to decrease the inflamed areas. Make sure you only apply ice for 20 minutes at a time. Put a towel or a pillowcase between the ice pack and your skin to prevent injury to your skin.

Self Massage:

An electric personal massager can be a life saver when it comes to fibromyalgia flair ups. Make sure you get one that also has heat. You should use this when you have specific areas of pain, as many fibro. sufferers have, called nodules. Apply to your nodules for 20 minutes at a time. This will help decrease the tightness in the nodules that are flaring.


Most fibromyalgia sufferers should not get treated by a traditional chiropractor, but there are chiropractors out the nowadays that specialize in fibromyalgia treatment. They do not "jerk" your body around. They use gently touch, heat and massage to help decrease you fibromyalgia pain. If you haven't seen a chiropractor in a while, make an appointment with a certified, fibromyalgia specialized chiropractor. Try it, it makes a huge difference in your daily pain level.


Have someone massage your areas that are flared. There are areas called nodules that are muscles that bound tightly and spasm in the fibromyalgia patient. Have someone focus on those areas and "work them out" with massage. I actually have my son knead these areas with his fist, a little harder than a massage. It really hurts while he is doing it but the relief I get when he has worked out those nodules are well worth the discomfort of the kneading massage pain.

Hot water:

Use a shower or a whirlpool to "message" those inflamed areas. Direct your shower head right on your inflamed nodules and let the hot water "pound" out the knots. If your lucky enough to own a whirlpool tub, then take advantage of that wonderful pain relief you will get by sitting in front of the powerful messagers, relax and let them work on your nodules.

Persistence with pain relief is key to decreasing your fibromyalgia pain. If one thing doesn't work, try another. Eventually you will find the best way you body reacts to these techniques. Fibromyalgia pain can become crippling at times. When you have those days of severe pain, don't try to be superhuman. Calm down and relax. Your pain is not going to decrease if you don't do something yourself to decrease it.

I have had fibromyalgia since 2002. I am currently disabled with it since 2004. Before that I was a practicing nurse. I am an advocate for fibromyalgia sufferers, as this is a truly controversial disease. I have on my journey with fibromyalgia, found many techniques that help fibromyalgia symptoms. Try the techniques above. I'm sure you will get relief from at least one of them and feel better from the relief you will get.


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      freefogging 2 years ago from Florida

      You need to see a Rheumatologist. They specialize in fibromyalgia and arthritis conditions. A Rheumotologist should be able to diagnose you, but there are times when the doctors have no idea what fibro. is and it could take years for a diagnosis. It took me 5 years of continual testing to get a diagnosis. My doctor also found other problems while he was doing the testing. He found sciatica, bursitis, 2 herniated discs, IBS.....Good luck to you!

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      Shandria yanay Ball 3 years ago from Anniston

      Thanks for writing. I think I have fibro but recently been diagnosed with fibroids .I have dull pain everyday in my neck , lower back and legs.What type of doctor do I need to see to get a diagnoses

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      freefogging 4 years ago from Florida

      Thankyou, I have fibro. for a very long time and use these remedies regularly!

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      A well advised hub on the Decrease of fibromyalgia pain flair up I agree with your points.

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      Fibromyalgia Daughter 5 years ago from Seattle

      I LOVE your natural remedies! I'll make sure my mother reads this blog. I'm writing about natural remedies to find the cure, rather than get rid of the pain, and this makes me wonder if I should write a little about the pain, as well.

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      freefogging 6 years ago from Florida

      Mizzicons....I am happy to hear that this has helped your mom a lot. I believe those of us who have this horribly ppainful condition have more power to help ourselves than our doctors have.

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      Mizzicons 6 years ago

      This helped a lot. My mom has fibro and I told her to do some of these things :)

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      freefogging 6 years ago from Florida

      No it's not the best idea, instead, knead it out. It may cause a little more pain at first, but the knots will come out and then you will feel better. Using more than one remedy is the most effective.

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      freefogging 6 years ago from Florida

      Thanks...I just posted it..thanks for reading me.