Helping you cope and look towards a fulfilled life
Fibromyalgia is a challenging illness to live with. Chronic pain affects every area of your life - home, work and social. And although the numbers of people affected are growing year on year, there’s still so little understanding about this illness, what causes it, and what can help.
Fibromyalgia is described as one of the ‘invisible illnesses’ - because being in constant pain isn’t immediately noticeable when you look at someone. If that person was wearing a sling, or had their leg in plaster, it would be very clear that something was wrong - and they would receive the required amounts of sympathy. But with fibromyalgia people often have no idea of the suffering you’re experiencing.
My clients tell me time and time again how difficult it is to get their friends and family to understand - or even remember - what they’re having to cope with. Unless of course they remind them every hour of every day - but who wants to be the person who’s always talking about how much pain they’re in? Never mind the additional mental impact that can be caused by frequently reminding themselves of the negativity they’re experiencing. I support people who have fibromyalgia in a variety of ways, but one of the main ways I can help is by providing an understanding and empathetic environment within which to discuss how they’re feeling, and how life is. All underpinned by a positive focus to ensure that our discussions are as constructive as they can be.
Support groups exist and they can be a great way of finding others who are experiencing the same symptoms and learn that you’re not alone. But they can also feel a little bleak sometimes, with the majority of discussion being focussed on the challenges that are being faced, rather than the possibilities that can be achieved.
My 121-fibromyalgia support encourages my clients to talk about their bad days if they’re feeling particularly challenged, but also encourages them to acknowledge their condition and work with me to learn ways to move into the more positive and hopeful mindsets that can be so much more beneficial. Those who crack this, often then achieve the greatest improvements overall.
Alongside my Wellness Life Coaching, this support I provide becomes a complete package of help that guides my fibromyalgia clients to an improved place - physically, mentally and practically. If this sounds like something you’d like to benefit from too, please get in touch.
In the meantime, here are some FAQ’s that I’m often asked:
Is fibromyalgia classed as a disability 2019?
Great progress has been made in recent years, and the medical professions and Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) now recognise fibromyalgia as a real and potentially disabling condition. Although of course getting this formally assessed and confirmed as a disability has to be carried out on an individual basis for the specific person in question. More information is available here: https://www.chdauk.co.uk/your-assessmentand you can also discuss with your medical professional.
What benefits can I claim with fibromyalgia?
If your fibromyalgia health condition is assessed and confirmed as being severe enough to be classed as a disability, you will be entitled to benefits. It should be acknowledged that this process can be time-consuming but I remain optimistic that our health professionals and government are starting to understand the impact of this challenging condition more each year. You can find out more about the assessment process here: https://www.chdauk.co.uk/your-assessment
What foods trigger fibromyalgia pain?
This can differ from person to person and I always encourage my clients to keep a food journal to track any patterns that emerge. If it seems appropriate to do so, and with their agreement, I have a group of experts I can call on to provide more specific nutritional advice. Please contact me to find out more.
What is the best treatment for fibromyalgia?
As a Wellness Life Coach who helps those with fibromyalgia, I support and guide my clients as we assess, try and decide on the best package of help for them. This includes dietary reviews, lifestyle assessments, fatigue management and mindset work. I also conduct a Life Impact Review with them to allow them to regain a semblance of their old life as they’re forming their new one.
Can you recover from fibromyalgia?
We’re starting to hear more success stories about people who have recovered. From my own personal view and experience, we’re where we were with ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome about 7 years ago. It’s now much clearer that many do recover from ME/CFS (myself included!) and I remain hopeful that we’ll hear more of these positive stories about fibromyalgia. What I do know for sure, is that even if full recovery from your fibromyalgia symptoms isn’t possible, you can absolutely find a way to create an improved life that feels fulfilled and enriched, alongside symptoms that are more easily managed.