Fibromyalgia Flares: Warning Signs, Tips, and Treatment

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Fibromyalgia Flares: Warning Signs, Tips, and Treatment

Fibromyalgia is challenging, and its often debilitating symptoms can wreak havoc with your daily routine. One of the most frustrating aspects of fibromyalgia is the occurrence of flares – periods of heightened symptoms that may catch you by surprise.

Our team at Allergy A.R.T.S. in Amarillo, Texas, has significant expertise in diagnosing and treating allergy, asthma, and rheumatologic disorders. One of our many specialties is comprehensive fibromyalgia care.

Read our tips regarding fibromyalgia flares and treatment strategies for managing them effectively.

What are fibromyalgia flares?

Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition characterized by widespread pain, fatigue, sleep disturbances, and cognitive difficulties.

While the exact cause of fibromyalgia is still not fully understood, it's believed to involve a combination of genetic, environmental, and neurological factors.

Flares are episodes where symptoms worsen, often triggered by various factors such as stress, overexertion, changes in weather, or lack of sleep.

Warning signs of a fibromyalgia flare

Recognizing the warning signs of a fibromyalgia flare is crucial for managing symptoms effectively.

Here are some common signs that indicate a flare may be imminent:

Increased pain

Pain is a hallmark symptom of fibromyalgia, and during a flare, individuals may experience a significant escalation in pain intensity. This pain can affect muscles and joints and may trigger headaches, including migraines.


Chronic fatigue is another prevalent symptom of fibromyalgia. Fatigue may become overwhelming during a flare, making it difficult to complete daily tasks or even get out of bed.

Sleep disturbance

People with fibromyalgia often struggle with sleep issues such as insomnia or non-restorative sleep. This may worsen during a flare, leading to more restless nights and increased daytime fatigue.

Cognitive difficulties

Often referred to as "fibro fog," cognitive symptoms such as forgetfulness, difficulty concentrating, or mental confusion may become more pronounced during a flare.

Increased sensitivity to stimuli

Heightened sensitivity to light, sound, or temperature changes is common in fibromyalgia. During a flare, this sensitivity may become more intense, exacerbating symptoms.

Tips for managing fibromyalgia flares

While fibromyalgia flares can be challenging to cope with, several strategies may help alleviate your symptoms and reduce their impact on daily life.

Try these tips to help limit the frequency or severity of fibro flares:

Stick with your routine

Changes in your daily routine can trigger a flare. You can’t always prevent life from upsetting your plans, but as much as possible, try to maintain a routine that includes regular mealtimes, a daily work schedule, and time to relax.

Pace yourself

Avoid overexertion and listen to your body's signals. Break tasks into manageable chunks and prioritize rest when needed.

Practice healthy stress management

Stress can exacerbate fibromyalgia symptoms. Incorporating relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, meditation, or yoga into your daily routine may help reduce flare frequency and severity.

Prioritize restful sleep

Establishing a regular sleep schedule and creating a calming bedtime routine can improve sleep quality and minimize the impact of sleep disturbances during flares.

Keep moving

While intense physical workouts may exacerbate symptoms during a fibromyalgia flare, moderate activity such as walking, swimming, or tai chi can help improve flexibility, reduce pain, help manage stress, and enhance overall well-being.

Stay in touch with your medical team

It’s essential that you follow up with your Allergy A.R.T.S. specialist as scheduled and whenever you notice increasing frequency or severity of fibro flares.

In addition to lifestyle modifications, our providers offer various treatment options to help manage fibromyalgia flares. Your personalized strategy may include:


You may benefit from medications to help alleviate pain, improve sleep, or manage other symptoms associated with fibromyalgia.

Physical therapy

Working with a physical therapist can help improve flexibility, strength, and posture, reducing the impact of flares on daily functioning.

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)

CBT can help individuals develop coping strategies to manage stress, pain, and other symptoms associated with fibromyalgia.

Remember, you're not alone, and there are resources available to help you manage fibromyalgia flares. Schedule a visit at Allergy A.R.T.S. today by calling the office or requesting an appointment online.