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5 Ways Seniors Can Treat Fibromyalgia

By Home Care Assistance, 9:00 am on

For seniors with fibromyalgia, the pain can be pretty intense. Ft. Lauderdale in-home care professionals suggest a number of different treatment options to help ease the pain as well as other symptoms of the condition. 

1. Medication

For some time, doctors were not exactly sure how to treat fibromyalgia, but today they rely on medications to combat the symptoms. For example, antidepressants may be prescribed to regulate brain chemistry and prevent anxiety and depression. Pain relievers, sleep aids, and narcolepsy drugs can also help treat fibromyalgia. 

2. Mild Exercise 

Exercise can be difficult if you have fibromyalgia, especially for seniors who are not quite as mobile as they once were. However, mild exercise may play a role in symptom relief. Encourage your loved one to aim for 30 minutes a day, but start slowly. If 30 minutes is not possible, encourage your loved one to start with 5 and work his or her way up. Ask your loved one to avoid intense exercises like running or those requiring balance, such as yoga. Encourage him or her to try walking, swimming, or stretching instead. 

3. Sleep

Fibromyalgia can interfere with a good night’s sleep, which is especially true for older adults who may already have problems sleeping through the night. Help your loved one take extra steps to sleep deeper and longer, which includes avoiding naps during the day, cutting back on caffeine, and taking supplements like melatonin with the doctor’s approval. Get your loved one to sleep in a dark room, and turn off all tech devices at least half an hour before bedtime. 

4. Diet 

Many seniors are deficient in certain vitamins and nutrients, which can flare up the symptoms. Help your loved one cut out processed foods and foods with additives such as aspartame and MSG and include more fresh fruits and vegetables in his or her diet. Encourage him or her to eat more foods with omega-3 fatty acids, such as fish and nuts, to reduce inflammation that can cause aches and pains. This can also help protect your loved one’s heart and cardiovascular system. 

5. Heat

Sometimes, no matter what your loved one does, the pain remains, especially as he or she ages. Heat can help alleviate the pain. Heating pads, warm showers and baths, and hot compresses can get the blood flowing to those achy areas.

If your loved one has been diagnosed with fibromyalgia and you are not able to meet his or her needs, reach out to Home Care Assistance. We offer hourly and 24-hour care. Ft. Lauderdale families can call (954) 909-0370 to learn more about the support their loved one needs to maintain a high quality of daily living. Call one of our Care Managers and schedule a free in-home consultation.

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