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Fibromyalgia is a painful disorder that causes long-term pain or aching in the muscles in several parts of the body. The disease is characterised by pain in the body for long periods, stiffness in the muscles and a feeling of numbness. Stomach pains and other painful symptoms are also common. In addition, the disease increases the sufferer's general sensitivity to pain so that things that are not perceived as painful for healthy people can still be painful for a person with fibromyalgia. The pain is spread throughout the upper and lower body on both the right and left sides, although some areas and body parts may hurt more than others. As well as stress, poor sleep and repetitive movements contributing to the onset of fibromyalgia, the condition can be hereditary.

There is currently no scientific evidence that fibromyalgia can be prevented, but there are steps you can take to reduce the frequency and intensity of symptoms if you are affected. Most are linked to lifestyle, for example, it is important to make sure you get enough sleep, reduce mental and physical stress and increase physical activity to relieve symptoms. If you suffer from pain, you should seek medical attention, as long-term pain is linked to fibromyalgia. It is also important to review your working posture to counteract tension in your body. If you feel stressed and have difficulty sleeping and concentrating, it is important to take all the warning signs seriously and seek professional help.

Studies have shown that increased physical activity is one of the main keys to improving your quality of life and reducing body pain for fibromyalgia sufferers. Exercise releases endorphins in the body that act as natural pain relief and can improve mood but it is important to start slowly and to increase the level of activity gradually so as not to shock the body. A good aid to relieve pain in the body can be various support bandages that warm and support the muscles, which means that the pain can be experienced as milder. If you also have pain in the joints, there are many different good supports for, for example, hand and ankle joints, knees, shoulders and elbows that can facilitate your way to a more pain-free life with fibromyalgia.

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