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Fibromyalgia pain: Four top tips for treating painful symptoms, according to a GP –

Fibromyalgia affects approximately 2.8 million people in the UK, according to Arthritis Research UK.

Symptoms of the condition include chronic pain across the body, aches and difficulty sleeping.

You can diagnose the condition by touching pressure points on your body, found on the large muscles. Sufferers will have five to six of these somewhere on their body, usually their legs, arms, back or chest.

Treatment for pain caused by the condition includes keeping moving, staying hydrated and using medication.

Dr Roger Henderson, a GP in Shropshire, has advised how sufferers can manage the condition and shared his four top tips for alleviating symptoms.

Don’t stop moving if you have pain

If people find movement painful they tend to try to avoid movement. Dr Henderson says this is the exact opposite of what you should be doing.

“A lot of people with chronic pain are afraid to do more because they say they feel worse.

“What happens is if they have a good day, they’ll do more, then their pain will get slightly worse for a few days, so they’ll do less, so the next good day they have they’ll do a bit less, and then they’ll slowly suffer for it. What happens is all the time, bit by bit they’ll feel they can do less and less.

“We always used to say just do what you can, but that’s now changed.”

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