The Effect of Fibromyalgia on Friendships

Fibromyalgia and Friendship

Maintaining positive relationships and a good support system is vital for a person with a chronic pain condition like fibromyalgia. Unfortunately, relationships are often one of the first things to suffer when a patient is learning to cope with a life-changing ailment. We’re going to look at some things to communicate to your friends so you can help them understand your condition, and then look at a natural way that some fibromyalgia sufferers have been getting some relief.

Helping Friends to Understand the Effects of Fibromyalgia

One of the biggest strains a chronic illness can put on a relationship is a lack of communication. A fibromyalgia sufferer may not always have the energy to hang out anymore. That includes the emotional energy to explain why. Therefore, it is a good idea when you are having a good day to write a letter to best friends explaining your circumstances. In this way, you can communicate on your own terms. Choosing a day when you feel good may allow you to express yourself better while fibro fog is at a minimum.

What are some things that you may want to communicate to friends?

  • Explain how fibromyalgia has changed the way you live
  • Make sure they know it isn’t contagious
  • Explain why you have to say no to plans so often or may find it difficult to make plans in advance
  • Let your friends know that they can always ask you questions
  • Explain how friends can help when you are having a bad day
  • Let your friends know you miss them too

Fibromyalgia often changes relationships, but it doesn’t have to hurt them. In fact, this is a good way to find out who your truest friends are because they will respond positively to your efforts to maintain the friendship.

Getting Help for Fibromyalgia

Good friendships can help you to deal with some of the loneliness and anxiety that a chronic illness can bring. For the pain and other symptoms, upper cervical chiropractic may be able to help. That’s because a misalignment of the C1 and C2 vertebrae can affect brainstem function and blood flow to the brain. As a result, the body may be processing pain signals incorrectly and remaining in a constant state of wind-up.

Correcting this misalignment has helped fibromyalgia to resolve completely for some in case studies. To learn more, contact an upper cervical practice near you and schedule a no-obligation consultation.


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