Fibromyalgia is a debilitating condition that can affect the daily lives of those living with it. This condition is often diagnosed during the middle years of life, and can often get progressively worse over time. Below, we will discuss the condition, and what you can do to make your older loved one living with fibromyalgia have a better quality of life.

What is Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a musculoskeletal disorder whose primary symptoms include widespread bodily pain and fatigue. These symptoms lead to a variety of secondary symptoms, which can include difficulty sleeping, mood swings, memory issues, IBS, and more. Cognitive deficiencies, such as poor concentration, can come as a result of the pain symptoms. According to the Mayo Clinic, some researchers suggest that the disorder amplifies pain sensations by affecting how pain signals are processed.

Risk Factors

Many factors could make one more at risk of developing Fibromyalgia. While there may be a genetic component to risk factors, there are many other avenues for potential risk. These may include, age, stress levels, repetitive injuries, obesity, and more. Women are also more likely to develop Fibromyalgia than men. PTSD, Lupus, and Rheumatoid Arthritis are also risk factors for this condition.


Thankfully, effective treatments for this condition exist, according to the CDC. With medication and self-management strategies, it is possible to live a relatively normal life with this disorder. However, it will likely take proper care and health management to be brought to a manageable level. Common care plans include prescription medications, regular aerobic fitness, stress management techniques, good sleep habits, and more. For those experiencing secondary emotional or mental health issues, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) may be helpful.

Making Older Loved Ones With Fibromyalgia More Comfortable at Home

Older family members living with Fibromyalgia may need more help at home. Their chronic pain and fatigue can make even simple tasks difficult. As such, they may need assistance around the house. A Certified Home Health Aide can assist them in daily tasks such as hygiene care, housekeeping, meal preparation, and more. An aide can also assist your loved one with trips to doctor’s appointments. Fibromyalgia can be a debilitating condition, but those with it can be healthy and independent. A care aide can help your loved one make the most of their daily lives while reducing the stress of their day-to-day activities.

Safe Harbor Healthcare Services does not provide medical, healthcare, or financial advice via articles. This material has been prepared for informational purposes only. It is not intended to provide, and should not be relied on for medical advice.
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