In This Chapter
^ Exercising and how it can improve how you feel ^ Working on weight loss to decrease pain ^ Staying away from foods that may worsen your pain
■ Xou've heard it all before: You should exercise, lose weight, and do all that boring and hard stuff that most doctors constantly urge so many patients to do. But the reality is, they're right!
Exercising and losing weight (if you're overweight) really can help you feel better by decreasing your fibromyalgia pain, fatigue, and muscle stiffness. And here's a little secret: You don't have to exercise to the point of exhaustion, nor do you have to lose great amounts of weight to feel better.
This chapter talks about several important lifestyle changes that you can make to gain more control over your fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) symptoms. First, I cover the benefits of exercising. I also include some basic do's and don'ts on exercising and provide four simple exercises to try. Next, I cover weight loss, providing a chart to determine for yourself whether you need to lose weight. I also cover popular prescribed diet drugs and their basic pros and cons. Finally, I cover dietary hyperstimulants, a made-up word for food substances that some experts believe can aggravate your FMS symptoms. You may find that avoiding these substances will help improve your condition.
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