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How to Support a Loved One

 Living with Fibromyalgia

It can be tough coming to terms with a chronic illness diagnosis and when you do get that diagnosis, it’s important to get the right professional support. But perhaps even more importantly, the support from friend and family is vital to manage day-to-day. 

Here are some of the ways you can support someone who suffers from fibromyalgia too;

  1. Learn about fibromyalgia 

Most people don’t know anything about the condition so get googling. Some good sources include NHS and or own website. This can help you and the person that you are supporting gain an understanding of what happens and equip you both to manage the pain and be survivors.

  2. Help them find a regime that helps

A number of treatments need to come together to manage Fibromyalgia. Medication helps but other things include massage, paced exercise and keeping warm. It can take time to find the regime that works so it can help to discuss the options and adjust over time. 

3. Remind them that it’s OK to stop

Remember to remind your loved one that stopping is not failing.

4. Support them to them keep going 

It can be very hard to get the balance right. When the pain and fatigue hit, it can take every ounce of determination to keep going.  A vital part of management is regular exercise so remember to support your loved one to keep it up regularly. 

5. Do the little things 

It’s surprising how touching it is when someone else simply runs a bath or heats up a wheat bag. 

6. Take time for yourself 

Supporting someone with any chronic illness can take its toll on you. It’s OK to take a break for yourself and when you come back, you can support them with renewed energy. 

7. Stay positive

Yes, Fibromyalgia is a chronic, debilitating condition but it’s not the end of the world and everyone involved needs to stay focused on the fact that it can be managed

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