10 tips for living with fibromyalgia

10 tips for living with fibromyalgia
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Gabby Robinson, a yoga and pilates instructor living with fibromyalgia, shares her top tips for coping with the condition. As a mum of twins and with a busy online yoga and pilates business, Gabby Robinson was constantly exhausted.  But it was more than that, she felt as though her body was giving up on her.  Three years ago Gabby was diagnosed with the chronic condition, fibromyalgia.  What is fibromyalgia? According to the Mayo Clinic, fibromyalgia is a disorder characterised by widespread musculoskeletal pain, accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues.  Researchers believe that fibromyalgia amplifies painful sensations by affecting the way your brain processes pain signals. What causes fibromyalgia?  According to the NHS, ‘the exact cause of fibromyalgia is unknown, but it’s thought to be related to abnormal levels of certain chemicals in the brain and changes in the way the central nervous system (the brain, spinal cord and nerves) processes pain messages carried around the body.’ There are many reasons why someone might be diagnosed with fibromyalgia. It can arise after a viral infection, an injury, trauma, PTSD, toxic load, an accident or other high stress event. Fibromyalgia can be painful, exhausting and terrifying at times.  Gabby Robinson is a yoga and pilates instructor Three years on, Gabby still has flare ups but they don’t last as long and she knows it will pass.  Along the way, she has learned how to monitor and modify her lifestyle, behaviour, workload, nutrition, rest, hydration, stress levels and exercise formats constantly to make sure her body is getting what it needs. Rest is so important and so is stimulating the mitochondria, the power houses or batteries, of our cells.  After Gabby was diagnosed, the consultant and doctor prescribed strong drugs such as Amitriptyline and Gabapentin, in order to help the chronic…

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