How long does a fibromyalgia flare up last

Fibromyalgia is condition

Fibromyalgia is condition that is very individual. Symptoms vary from person to person, and frequency of flare ups vary as well. Unfortunately, there is no prescribed timeline for this illness. Flare ups can last days or weeks. Then again, you may have periods of time where your fibromyalgia symptoms are very manageable.

Most people find that fare ups occur as a result of some stressor i.e. lack of sleep, unusual emotional stress, changes in weather... Causes of flares are also very individual, so trying to figure out what causes your pain to flare may help you keep them at bay. It may help to keep a diary of symptoms, when they occur, what makes them better or worse, and what was going on in your daily life that may have worsened symptoms.

When you do have a flare, you need to take care of yourself. Extra rest is important. Pushing through the pain will likely make it worse. Again, everyone is individual, and you will learn over time what helps you the most when you have a flare. Anticipating a flare in advance and having a plan to cope with them may help, as will having the support of others around you when one does occur.

I wish you long periods of pain-free days.

Jennifer Bunn, RN


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Fibromyalgia is a prevalent condition that affects many people in the United States. Approximately 3.7 million Americans have Fibromyalgia. That is 1 in every 73 people.

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